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Steal This Look: A Spa-Like Sanctuary in LA

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Steal This Look: A Spa-Like Sanctuary in LA

March 24, 2020

What makes a perfect bathroom? In my mind, it looks like this one, in the former LA home of designer Pamela Shamshiri. (The house sold to new owners this past summer). Spa-like but cozy, simple but sophisticated, it’s anchored by a hinoki soaking tub for long, relaxing baths.

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Above: The room’s palette reflects the one on the other side of the floor-to-ceiling window. Photograph courtesy of Rizzoli from the book, The Perfect Bath by Barbara Sallick.

I’m not alone in admiring this space: It appears in Barbara Sallick’s book, The Perfect Bath, and, as it turns out, was Pamela’s favorite room of her Rudolph Schindler-designed house. “It’s my sanctuary, the master bathroom. It’s not original in any way but I think Schindler would approve of the design,” she said in an interview with Rip & Tan. “It’s where I recover and recharge.”

We love ofuros, Japanese soaking tubs. See How to Bathe, Japanese-Style for more ideas to steal. Photograph by Nicki Sebastian, courtesy of Rip & Tan.
Above: We love ofuros, Japanese soaking tubs. See How to Bathe, Japanese-Style for more ideas to steal. Photograph by Nicki Sebastian, courtesy of Rip & Tan.

Ready to learn how to steal this look? Here’s what you’ll need:

The Wood Stuff

The Hinoki Copper Bath Bucket is $90 at Jinen. It’s 9 inches wide and 4 inches tall and watertight. (For less expensive options, see High/Low: The Japanese Wooden Bath Bucket.)
Above: The Hinoki Copper Bath Bucket is $90 at Jinen. It’s 9 inches wide and 4 inches tall and watertight. (For less expensive options, see High/Low: The Japanese Wooden Bath Bucket.)
The Hinoki Bath Stool is $5 is Nalata Nalata. (Check out  Easy Pieces: Best Sauna Stools for the Bath for more ideas.)
Above: The Hinoki Bath Stool is $175 is Nalata Nalata. (Check out 10 Easy Pieces: Best Sauna Stools for the Bath for more ideas.)
The Hinoki Bath Mat is $
Above: The Hinoki Bath Mat is $220 CAD at mjolk. It’s also available at Nalata Nalata for $210.
Zen Bathworks specializes in hand-crafting Japanese ofuros. Contact them for prices. We found this one on Perigold for $5,939.
Above: Zen Bathworks specializes in hand-crafting Japanese ofuros. Contact them for prices. We found this one on Perigold for $5,939.
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Above: Pamela’s stump stool is by artist Alma Allen. For something similar, try EQ3’s Teak Stool at All Modern; $206.

The Hard Stuff

For a similar look, try Heath Ceramics&#8
Above: For a similar look, try Heath Ceramics’ Classic Field Tiles in a matte glaze.
The . Low Profile Three-Hole Wall-Mounted Lavatory Faucet with Cross Handles is $loading=
Above: The .25 Low Profile Three-Hole Wall-Mounted Lavatory Faucet with Cross Handles is $1,095 for the chrome finish at Waterworks. (See 10 Easy Pieces: Modern Wall-Mounted Bath Sink Faucets for more options.)

The Little Stuff

The waffle Onsen Towel Set is $79 at Onsen, a direct-to-consumer startup.
Above: The waffle Onsen Towel Set is $79 at Onsen, a direct-to-consumer startup.
Fish is a symbol of prosperity and wealth in Japan. We like this slim Fish Soap on a Rope; £9.50 at Fur Feather & Fin.
Above: Fish is a symbol of prosperity and wealth in Japan. We like this slim Fish Soap on a Rope; £9.50 at Fur Feather & Fin.

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