Notes to self

A reminder that less is more – restrained styling of a few pieces will bring you a bathroom all set for some quality me, me, me time.

BACKDROP Wall in Resene Siam, Firenze Cuoio Hex tiles, $30/m2, FROM TOP LEFT Rocky pendant lights, $150 each, Hub Oval mirror, $349, Vanity washstand, $2025, Uno curved-spout basin mixer by Elementi, $329, Palmarosa & Vetiver hand soap by Austin Austin, $55, Flax hand towel by Kontex, $59; oak peg rail, $229, Bath brush by Iris Hantverk, $69, Flax bath towel by Kontex, $189, Hanami robe by Bianca Lorenne, $139, Evo 1670 freestanding bath by Progetto, $1799, Elm Antique Round stool, $259, Artwork by Joan Lovatt stylist’s own.

Consider this

This low-key-luxurious, contemporary scene owes some of its serenity to the walls washed with a subtle pink and paired with calm concrete flooring. Create this retreat-like vibe by repurposing a sideboard for use with his-and-hers basins, swapping your bath for a spacious shower, and adding brass fittings, dark greenery and hints of ochre. The final flourish is the floor mirror – a piece you’ll gaze at fondly for years to come.

BACKDROP Walls in Resene Soothe and Resene Colorwood Whitewash, Concrete White tiles, $130/m2, FROM FAR LEFT Tasseled wool rug, $1900, Credenza, $1490, Emerald Vessel basins by Apaiser, $1499 each; Buddy Highrise basin mixers, $749 each, Radial Floating shelf, $100, Hand-carved pumice bowl, $45, Metro Ball lampshade, $110, Ginger laundry basket by Mavis & Osborn, $249, Ceremony slides, $30, Bella dressing gown, $159, Buddy shower mixer with diverter, $1099, and ceiling-mount rainhead by Progetto, $1299, Low Hut stool, $320, Bergamot & Juniper shampoo by Austin Austin, $49, Hand-carved bowl, $25; knitted cloth by Bianca Lorenne, $30/set of three, Sunday mirror, $790, Potted plants stylist’s own.

Side note

Anchor a vignette beside your basin with a small ceramic bud vase filled with sculptural twigs or fresh spring greenery. Observe the styling rule of thumb by arranging an odd number of objects (three or five works well) for visual balance, and remember practical can – and should – be pretty too, so choose items that please all the senses to make your daily rituals a pleasure.

BACKDROP Wall in Resene Fossil, FROM LEFT Trestle 900 vanity by Progetto, $1299, Pumice stone, $16; Herringbone face towel by Classicky, $23, pH Perfect body and hand wash, $39, Sanctum 530 basin vessel by Apaiser, $1399; Fontane Bianche three-hole basin mixer by Salvatori, $1699, Vase stylist’s own.

BACKDROP Wall in Resene Siam; plinths in Resene Bandicoot (rear), Resene Avocado (middle) and Resene Eagle, Firenze Cuoio Hex tiles, $30/m2, FROM LEFT Large pit-fired vase by Bryce Stevens, $280, Classic Highrise basin mixer by Nicolazzi, $999; Orbit Vessel basin by Apaiser, $1099; Regal ceiling- mount rainhead by Nicolazzi, $799, Oak hook, $13; string bag by Rethink, $16, Tube Plus three-hole basin mixer by Progetto, $399; Consort basin taps by Progetto, $299, Branches stylist’s own.

Styling Gem Adams
Photography Wendy Fenwick

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