Desert Oasis

Primary bathroom transforms into a peaceful retreat
ORGANIC CURVES // Once a guest room, this transformed primary bath takes inspiration from the Californian desert with its muted palette, cool textures, and modern shapes.

Joseph Tiano

Thanks to a thoughtful renovation by Anahi Hollis, owner of Anahi Hollis Design in Pleasant Ridge, the primary bathroom in a West Village home built in 1914 feels like a desert getaway. “She loves Palm Springs and the whole West Coast vibe, and she wanted something serene, like a spa bath she can relax in,” Hollis says about her client, Waiinine Simmons, who appreciates every last detail.

“I can’t pick a favorite feature; the soaking tub, the niche, the shower, everything in the bathroom is beautiful,” Simmons says. “Once I walk through the closet and into that bathroom, it’s like heaven at home.”

A former guest room became a primary bathroom. “We reconfigured the back half of the house,” Hollis explains. A walk-in closet leads to the space from the bedroom. It now incorporates a soaking tub and a separate shower, which were on Simmons’ wish list. Above the tub, an arched niche and a ledge on the half-wall below add storage space. The shower features a curved bench and additional niches.

WEST COAST COOL // Tumbled marble mosaic floor tiles in creamy hues, warm white walls, brushed brass fixtures.

Distinct light fixtures with brushed brass finishes include a pendant above the tub and sconces that flank a rounded mirror above the vanity. “We tried to maintain a lot of curves and arches in the space to soften any sharp corners,” the designer says. Subtle texture comes from the tumbled marble mosaic floor tiles in creamy shades and the shower wall tiles with color variations that range from soft pinks to sand hues. The bathroom’s natural light amplifies the warm white color of the walls.

Soft pink accents, give this renovated space a relaxing, Palm Springs-inspired feel.

Hollis says primary bathrooms take some planning. “The biggest challenge, always, is coming up with a perfect layout,” she says. “Everywhere you look, (there’s) a feature wall that has something interesting going on.”

Material pairings also matter, Hollis notes. “I always pay attention to details and how things play off of each other,” she explains. “Coordinating different tiles is a welcome challenge. I love working with tile.”

The desert aesthetic in this home has a calming effect. “If you close that window shade, you can be anywhere. That’s the beauty of design. It can transport you to a different place,” she says. “Sometimes you just need to get away. It’s really good to have that space where you can check out and still be at home.

Text by Jeanine Matlow | Photography by Joseph Tiano