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Dramatic Showhouse Bathroom

A master bath renovation worthy of a Hollywood duo

Written by Amy Elbert

Marriage is all about togetherness and sharing—until it comes to the bathroom. “A majority of our clients want separate his and her bathrooms,” says Atlanta kitchen and bath designer Matthew Quinn. So when Quinn and interior designer Clay Snider renovated a master bath suite at the Atlanta Symphony Showhouse, they did the next best thing—they created separate but equally luxurious spaces in one 17x20-foot room. On either side of a centerpiece tub and glass-walled shower, the designers carved out individual spaces, each with a sink vanity, grooming and sitting spot, and enclosed water closet.

The layout allows for people to relax alone or interact with a spouse, Quinn says. “It’s the best of both worlds.” 

The shower and sculptural tub were centered across from an existing fireplace, which was updated with a new, gently rounded limestone surround. A crystal-and-brass chandelier and a Calacatta Gold marble floor in a herringbone pattern add drama and are in step with the Italian baroque architecture of the 1920s house. 


Rohl showerheads are centered on Crossville’s “Irene” tile panels from the Talya Collection. 

Snider swathed the room in linen, hanging draperies on windows, perpendicular to both sides of the sink vanities, and swagged across a dressing table. The draperies act as architectural elements, defining spaces and enhancing privacy, he says.

“We wanted the bathroom to feel like a special place, a respite,” Snider explains. “The layers of draperies add drama and luxury, and make the room feel like a spa.” 


The “Genevieve Desk” and the “Francie Swivel Chair” from Ballard Designs snuggle into a draped window niche. 

Taking cues from the veining in the marble floor tiles, Snider painted walls and also upholstered chairs in shades of gray. Additional color comes from pink-toned marble columns on either side of the tub and decorative tile panels in the shower. 


A chandelier from Circa Lighting hangs above the “Parisian” oval tub from MTI Baths. Calacatta marble tile is from Crossvile Tile & Stone.  

An existing rococo-style mirror above the fireplace was retained, but not without some debate. “We talked about taking it down or painting it,” Snider says. In the end, however, he used it as a focal point for a wall of artwork. “I encourage my clients to collect things they love,” Snider says. “And I wanted to show that you can hang art in any room. What better way to see your art collection than lying in your freestanding tub?”  


An antique side table and a Ballard Designs slipper chair cozy up to a new Francois & Co. limestone mantel and surround. Artwork is from Tew Galleries.

Click here to tour the rest of the spaces in the 2014 Atlanta Symphony Showhouse.

Photography: Emily Jenkins Followill  
Produced by Lisa Mowry

Bath designers: Matthew Quinn, Mary Kathryn Timoney, Laurie Lehrich, Kelly Carlisle, and Debbie Blumencrantz, Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio, 351 Peachtree Hills Ave. N.E., Suite 234, Atlanta, GA 30305; 404/261-0111, .
Interior designer: Clay Snider, Clay Snider Interiors, 397 Seventh St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30308; 404/541-9495, .   

Paint (“Wickham Gray” #HC-171): Benjamin Moore, .
Vanity: Design Galleria, .
Vanity hardware: Matthew Quinn Collection, .
Countertop and flooring  (“Calacatta Gold Extra”): Crossville Tile and Stone, .
Mirror (“Ogden Mirror”): Ballard Designs, .
Art above mirror: Tew Galleries, .
Sconces (“Double Horn Sconce” #CHD1162, discontinued); chandelier (“Belvoir Chandelier”/Antique Burnished Brass #CHC1547): Circa Lighting, .
Shell bowl (“Giant Clam Shell”); drapery (“Trilby Basketweave”/Natural); slipper chair (“Sadler Chair”); chair fabric (“Queen’s Velvet”); étagère (“Wilton Etagère): Ballard Designs, . 
Oval bathtub (“Parisian 4,” Designer Collection): MTI Baths, .
Vanity faucet (“Viaggio Widespread Faucet” with Cross Handles”/English Bronze); bath and shower fixtures (Country Bath Collection/English Bronze); rain shower (“Bordano”/English Bronze): Rohl, .
Columns (Breccia Aurora marble): Marmi Natural Stone, .
Subway tile in shower (“Savoy,” 3x6); decorative trim (“White Gloss”): handmade, distributed by Crossville Inc., .
Shower stall (custom): Atlanta Glass & Mirror, 404/378-2896. 

Dressing table (custom): Design Galleria,
Hardware: Matthew Quinn Collection, .
Countertop and flooring  (“Calacatta Gold Extra,” honed): Crossville Tile and Stone, .
Sink (“Dantesca Oval”/Sedona Beige): Toto, .
Sconces (“Double Horn Sconce” #CHD1162, discontinued): Circa Lighting, .
Shell bowl (“Giant Clam Shell”); drapery (“Trilby Basketweave”/Natural); dressing table (“Genevieve Desk”); lamp (“Suzanne Kasler Gourd Lamp”/Smoked Gray); skirted chair (“Francie Swivel Chair”); chair fabric (“Chippendale”/Spa, discontinued”): Ballard Designs, .
Art on vanity: Tew Galleries, .
Box on vanity (antique): Clay Snider Interiors, .

Master bath—
Oval bathtub (“Parisian 4,” Designer Collection): MTI Baths, .
Bath and shower fixtures (Country Bath Collection/English Bronze); rain shower (“Bordano”/English Bronze): Rohl, .
Columns (Breccia marble): Marmi Natural Stone, .
Subway tile in shower (“Savoy” 3x6); decorative trim (“White Gloss”): handmade, distributed by Crossville Inc., .
Decorative mosaic in shower (custom, with “Irene” mosaic, Talya Collection): Crossville Tile and Stone, .
Shower stall (custom): Atlanta Glass & Mirror, 404/378-2896.
Drapery (“Trilby Basketweave”/Natural): Ballard Designs, .

Master bath toward mantel—
Mantel (custom, “Mont Richard,”  limestone, Cream finish): Francois & Co., .
Chandelier (“Belvoir Chandelier”/Antique Burnished Brass #CHC1547): Circa Lighting, .
Mirror over man original to home.
White vase, lidded jar on mantel (“Suzanne Kasler French Bisque Lamp Slips”); slipper chair (“Sadler Chair”); chair fabric (“Queen’s Velvet”): Ballard Designs, .
Small clear vases on mantel; table beside slipper chair (antique): Clay Snider Interiors, .
Art: Tew Galleries, .