OTTAWA INTERIORS sets out on a mission to inspire would-be renovators around the city, visiting six unique kitchens and bathrooms and bringing back the goods on where the homeowners got their great ideas - and where they found the talent, companies and products to make it all come together.
When the main bathroom is under seventy-five square feet, you have to get creative with space-and that's just
what interior designer Penny Southam set out to do when she renovated her family's bathroom. "It had the original fixtures from about a hundred years ago," she says with a laugh. "And I thought, I design beautiful spaces every day for others. It's time I designed one for myself".
Her plan called for lots of storage to hide the "toys and stuff' that come with sharing a bathroom with a toddler.
Take a close look at the space behind the bathtub: along with the storage built in below the vanity and under the main counter, Southam designed a five-foot run of cabinetry that continues up the wall, perpendicular to the tub.
Another special feature is the pullout step at the base of the vanity, built to allow a toddler to reach the sink. Of course, the biggest "wow" factor is the artwork that dominates the room. Southam commissioned the piece from Delfina Falcao. "I said, 'Create whatever you want.' And she did. She's just brilliant."
Design: Penny Southam, ARIDO, IDC
Contractor: Crawford Classics
Bathtub: Bain Ultra, from Westend Bath & Kitchen Centre
Bathtub faucet: SuperGrif by Tangent, from Astro Design Centre
Handheld shower and bar: Grohe. from Westend Bath & Kitchen Centre
Tile: Asia Madras tile, from Tile Centre
Custom millwork: Figured Anigrie veneer, from Ebenisterie Classique (Montreal)
Custom door hardware: DK6, from Wahzoh Studio
Counter: Honed Cambrian black gr from Emerald Tile
Vessel sink: Hugo, from Westend Bath & Kitchen Centre
Sink faucet: Cabano Tebisa single from Westend Bath & Kitchen Centre
Accessories: Selection 25. from Astro Design Centre
Custom glass artwork: Delfina Falcao Design