New This Week: 4-bedroom Black and White Tile Style

3. Simple but refined

Designer: Homeowner Sarah Ellis Ellis Architects
Location: in Sacramento, California
Size: Over 80 square feet (7 square meters); about 8 times 10 meters

Homeowner Objective: Blend-a versatile, contemporary addition to the existing character and charm of the 1927 house .

Tile: made of ceramic . “It’s really a simple space that has just enough interest between the patterned floor tiles and the lighting coming through the windows,” says designer Sarah Ellis, who also owns the house with her husband.

Why design works: “There are nine or 10 different ‘white’ items in the room that have been carefully selected so as not to be together,” says Ellis. “The bottom plate is a focal point.”

Who uses it: Ellis, her husband and her two young daughters Ellis tries in vain to keep her out of her bathroom. “Having just a bathroom and a sink, for so many years, some habits are hard to break,” she says.

Designer’s secret: “You can add more details if you know,” says Ellis. “For example, the complete wall tile and door trim add nice shadows, lines and texture.”

“Uh-oh” moment: “We used to have a simple Ikea wall-hinged washbasin cabinet with custom countertop and non-Ikea sinks,” says Ellis. “The drawers are designed to fit only with the standard flat Ikea sink and plumbing. We had our custom cabinet-maker change the inside of the drawers so that the drawers could close. ”

Splurges and savings: Ellis saved on the wall tiles, cabinets and fixtures that you bought at Costco, and treated us on the floor tiles, medicine cabinets, wall-hung toilets, towel warmers, LED sconces and full-glass, frameless shower doors.

Also on the team: Kat Alves (photography)

Learn more about this home

Floor tile: cigar shop, cle, shower floor tile: lantern, in matt black, fujiwa; Wall Tile : 6-by-6-inch – Square White, Dal Tile; vanity: Ikea; Medicine Cabinets: Robern; LED lights: modern forms; Countertop: London Gray Caesarstone; Shower seat: teak, Mr. steam; paint the wall: Divinity White, Kelly Moore; Shower equipment: Groer, armature: Hansgrohe


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