English Tudor style is known for dark woodwork and half-timbering, but the classic decorating style takes a lighter turn in this bathroom overlooking Fort Lauderdale’s Tarpon River. To suit the Florida setting, the house has a fresh slant throughout—the doors and plank flooring are bleached oak, for instance, and the moldings are painted white—but the distinctive archways, paneled walls, and carved details all hark to English Tudor style.
No single room expresses the home’s star power better than this master bath, created by architect Dan Cooper and interior designer Phyllis Taylor. They began with a large, empty square on the floor plan, then started “playing the angles.” By lining the walls with a series of alcoves and angling the corner compartments between them, they made the bath’s interior an octagon. Matching toilet compartments (one for the wife, one for the husband) flank the entry from the bedroom, creating a vestibule between them. The room’s centerpiece is a freestanding tub, crowned by a glittering chandelier. “We had to use that light fixture!” Taylor says. “It has star-shape crystals, and it was the most Hollywood thing we’ve ever seen.”
The tub leans toward modern, but the room’s other details reflect the old-world architecture.
The floor and the back wall of the dressing-table alcove feature a marble inlay with a quatrefoil pattern (a four-leaf design popular in old Gothic churches).
A fancy antique wall mirror partners with the dressing table to up the glamour quotient, while white sink vanities continue the historic theme with raised carvings in a Tudor rose pattern.
Despite the bath’s glamorous shine, gray-and-white marble establishes a quiet mood. “There is a real serenity to gray,” Taylor says.
Here, the gray makes the white vanities pop, softens the strong Florida light, and keeps the space from feeling “too glitzy.” The resulting look is calm, but not dull, Taylor says. “You can keep monochromatic schemes from being boring by introducing different shades of one color,” she explains. This bath’s painted paneling is a pale bluish gray, for example, which complements the Carrara marble atop the sink vanities. The floor’s quatrefoil mosaic is a foggier gray, while the velvet-covered stool at the dressing table is deep charcoal.
Neither too masculine nor too feminine, the room suggests a storybook fantasy: A royal bath in a castle has been reimagined with modern luxuries and made fit for Hollywood royalty. It has “a serious, stately side,” Taylor says—and just the right amount of bling.
Field editor: Anna Molvik
Photography: Tria Giovan