lower-level powder room was inspired by something the homeowners
had seen at an extreme sports hotel.
lovers Bonnie Hammond and her husband, Kelsey Starks, wanted to
incorporate their love of the water and water sports into the redesign
of their Mequon homeís lower level. Deep sea diving relics, beach
finds and murals help to provide a seaside feeling. The most unique
feature might be the lower level powder room, made to look like the
inside of a shark diving cage. "We stayed at an extreme sports
hotel in Cape Town where all of the elevators were built like shark
diving cages. We fell in love with the idea of creating a simulated
shark cage in our home. When you walk into the powder room, you feel
just like youíre in a shark cage, right down to the iron bars, which
were specially designed for us by Dean Derge Ornamental Iron Works in
Kewaskum," says Bonnie Hammond.
No scuba gear or
diving certificate is necessary, but it might be a good idea to have
the smelling salts handy when guests open the powder room door and
come face to face with a (painted) Great White shark. "Our
friends are all amazed. They say itís just like the real
thing," Hammond says.
Barry wallpaper was the inspiration for the color scheme and
design of this powder room that the homeowner calls her jewel
A powder room
may be just a "half bath," but thereís nothing halfway
about the design of this well-dressed little room in the Fox Point
home of David and Jane Frank. "I envisioned my guests touching up
at a party and I wanted them to have the loveliest possible
experience. Words like glamour, Hollywood and crystal came to my mind
when I thought about designing this powder room," says Jane
The plan for
this room located off the main foyer was driven by the wallpaper Frank
selected from Los Angeles interior designer Barbara Barry. "I saw
this paper in a magazine article and knew it was the one for me. The
color scheme in the room came from the wallpaper, a reflection of
modern glamour," Frank adds.
shelving, built by KGH Craftsmen and Wisconsin Shower Door, allows
Frank to display her Limoges and Swarovski treasures. Light fixtures
were specially designed by Baga, and the mirror was custom made by
Bresler Eitel. Bathroom fixtures are from Kohler.
tiled lineal tile drain in the shower maintains the clean
aesthetic of the design. The bath also features heated floors
and lights that turn on and off automatically when you enter or
leave the room.
At just 5 feet
by 6-1/2 feet, the first-floor bath of Jake Ruizís West Allis home
is small. But in remodeling the space, Ruiz, a project manager with
Quality Remodeling Specialists in Pewaukee, maximized every inch of
the small space.
the bathroom is so small, I wanted the new shower and the rest of the
room to feel like one larger space," Ruiz says. He accomplished
this by using the same neutral-tone tile on the walls, floor and in
the shower, installing a curbless shower and clear glass panel with no
door. "Natural stone pebbles surrounding a new glass block window
wrapped in marble makes the room feel deeper and brighter while giving
the room character," he says.
mirror, compact Kohler Persuade toilet and a cantilevered vanity with
vessel sink give the room a larger feel.
Now the clean,
modern design of the bath flows with the rest of the remodeled home.