Designer's Notebook: Carolina Style in a Spa Bath

A two-sided fireplace is the focal point of this master bath addition.

1. Sconces From Robert Abbey Fine Lighting, the sconces on either side of the mirrors are "bath bars" from the Roderick collection. Visit Robert Abbey Fine Lighting at

2. Fireplace The focal point of the entire design is the see-through Linear Burner System fireplace from Spark Modern Fires. Because the fireplace is intended to provide atmosphere and not heat, Rasnick says the fan was not connected. Still, the fireplace gives off enough heat through the glass walls to comfortably warm the bathroom without giving off too much heat to the bedroom-side cabinetry and the A/V equipment it houses. Visit Spark Modern Fires at

3. Sink & Faucetry Made of absolute black granite, Rasnick says the bathroom's two vessel sinks are luxurious to a fault. "They're beautiful and we spent a fortune on them," he says, "but the granite shows everything - shaving cream, toothpaste, soap film. We're constnatly cleaning them." Though he says he's happy with the sinks and wouldn't replace them, Rasnick does recommend that designers advise their clients on these types of issues when choosing high-end materials. The sinks sit on Carrera marble slabs that blend into a Carerra mosaic tile backsplash. For the fixutres, Rasnick chose Vola products for the lav faucets, tub filler, tub hand shower, and thermostatic control. Though the fixtures were designed by Arne Jacobson in 1951, Rasnick says the sleek 20th Century Scandinavian designs still work in modern homes. As an exclusive distributor of the Vola line in the U.S., Hastings Tile & Bath supplied the fixtures for the project. Visit Vola at Visit hastings Tile and Bath at

4. Cabinetry All of the bathroom's custom cabinetry was designed by Rasnick. The floating vanities, as well as the mirror frames, match the wood of the fireplace cabinetry in the bedroom portion of the master suite. The fireplace cabinetry is made of maple panels that are rotated from top upper left to bottom right so that the grain goes in different directions on each panel. "This adds a lot more interest to the piece," Rasnick says.

5. Floor & Mosaic Tile Sourced from Renaissance Tile & Bath, Rasnick used 1-inch Carerra marble mosaic tile for the entire bathtub, shower walls, and fireplace surround, as well as the backsplashes behind the lavatory sinks. "The bathtub dimensions were calculated beforehand to accommodate specific tile runs so as to eliminate tile cuts," Rasnick says. On the floor, 18-inch dark gray bluestone tiles complement the Carrera tile, as well as the vanities, which are Carrera slab. Rasnick says the overall effect is dramatic. Visit Renaissance Tile and Bath at

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