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Before I even knew what my “dream bathroom” brief would be, I knew I wanted to ask Clare Cousins to do it. I’ve loved her work for such a long time so I crossed my fingers, and then sent an email begging her to take on my Reece “dream bathroom.” Luckily, she said yes.
My brief was quite open, but I did want a relaxing space, surrounded by greenery, with a round window or round ceiling void where I could look out to the stars from the tub. After emailing Clare with this brief, I received an email back: “Love the round window idea. Starting to think a bit of a cool, luxe seventies vibe.” I’m not going to lie – I got a little worried. I started having flashbacks of my aunt’s old house in Brisbane where there was an avocado coloured bathtub surrounded by outrageously orange wallpaper. But then I told myself, “Clare knows what she’s doing. Clare wouldn’t burden me with an avocado tub.”
And she didn’t. Far from it. The space the team at Clare Cousins Architects has designed is perfect – glamorous, generous and inviting. Not only did I get my round window, but I got my ceiling void too! And the seventies touches – the indoor plants, the blush pink tiles and the brass fixtures and details – are entirely modern and inviting. And no avocado in sight.
When Cassie approached us to design her Dream Bathroom she forward us a short brief and reference images. One particular image stood out; a circular window with greenery inside. We loved this image and started to imagine what a bathroom inside this building would look like. When thinking of a dream bathroom, the fantasy is we’re not limited by size, budget or colour so we were keen to push the boundaries. We chose to make the bathroom large, 3x7m and make it primarily a bathing space, focusing on the bath. The shower and toilet are highly functional but discretely positioned in the space.
We loved the idea of stepping up to the bath, made popular in the seventies, however there is a functional side to this; plenty of space to place toiletries, a book or cup of tea. We chose Reece fittings that we use often in our projects, with circular and rounded profiles and ones that can be integrated to allow the personality of the space to feature.
Warm metal accents in the tapware and metalwork complement the pale pink stone and tiles while the integrated planted garden bed takes indoor greenery to the next level.
We’re so pleased Cassie loves her Dream Bathroom; a bathing sanctuary to retreat, recharge and star gaze.