Room Tour: A Calming Bathroom in Tune With Nature
Functional, beautiful and serene, this en suite is both contemporary and connected to the timeless landscape outside
The couple who own the property searched Houzz for a designer who could restore the whole of their Victorian house sympathetically and liked Charlotte’s vision. “They really believe in our nature-driven biophilic ethos,” she says. “And sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. Everything connects back to that – natural materials, carbon footprint, and really considering why are we putting a particular product into a building.”
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Who lives here? A couple with three young adult children who visit frequently
Location Ambleside, Cumbria
Property A Victorian villa
Bathroom dimensions 13ft x 10ft into the bay window
Project year 2022
Designer Charlotte Findlater
Photos by Steven Barber
Charlotte’s clients asked for an en suite bathroom that was well-functioning and had a spa feel, but was also sympathetic to the old building. “We wanted to evoke the natural world, but in a minimalist way – we tried to not put too much into the room,” Charlotte says.
“All these colours and materials connect the space back to nature,” she says. “The colours are right outside the window, so it’s really a reflection of outside inside.”
The insulation throughout the building is sheep’s wool. “It’s so good for health – for the owners, but also the team working on the room,” Charlotte says. The sash windows have been replaced like for like, but are now more insulated.
The reclaimed bench is made from whisky barrel staves.
The LED light around the mirror can be switched on from the doorway for a gentle light at night-time. “Sometimes when you walk into a room in the middle of the night, it’s nice not to have a glaring light on,” Charlotte says.
Keen to consider the circular economy, Charlotte sourced downlights whose component parts can be used again and again. “We try to consider how things can be reused in the future,” she says.
Downlights, Orluna. Slate, Pure Stone.
“You can take a moment and show off some lovely ceramics and plants,” she says, “and the space can be curated to look different.”
The artwork of a lake by Joanna Farrow connects with the abundant water in the surrounding area.
Glide II vanity unit, Crosswater.
The wicker basket adds another note of natural texture. “That was handmade by women [refugees] in Vietnam,” Charlotte says. “We like to give back through the business and it’s also supporting keeping crafts alive.”
Walls painted in Goujon Vert, Fenwick & Tilbrook. Basket, Made51.org.
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The room now feels very sanctuary-like and, not surprisingly, Charlotte says, “The clients are blown away.”
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