BOTY 2014: Elegant Escape

Mitchell Wall Architecture + Design, Gold winner, 125-250 square feet

Edited by Melissa Mauzy
Photography by Alise O'Brien


Elegant Escape
Soothing, tranquil and elegant perfectly describe this 144-square-foot master bath. Going for a modern take on vintage, the homeowner, along with Mitchell Wall Architecture + Design, created the ultimate oasis. After falling in love with the Waterworks bathtub, it became the focal point of the room and the basis for many of the design decisions. The curvature of the tub is replicated in all aspects of the bathroom including the cabinetry, tile and cabinetry hardware.

The marble tile inset repeats the curved design. After the design on the floor was laid, there was leftover tile. On a whim, the homeowner came up with the idea to use the tile at the surrounding base of the shower. The minty-green cabinetry is a shaker style, but the overlay on top is curved to mimic the tub and add a more modern touch.

For a soothing effect, the walls are painted a soft mint that becomes a neutral without being too overwhelming. The showpiece of the master bath is the collection of original Marcel Vertes watercolors the homeowner had framed in multiples. The paintings are a series of nine dancers, and again, the movement in the piece reflects the curvature in the tub.

Why the judges love it:

This master bath really achieves the look of old Charleston with its soft and elegant aesthetic. What great tile work! The way the tile radius matches the tub radius is well thought out and brilliant.


Designer: Mitchell Wall Architecture + Design, 314-576-5888
Cabinetry: Beck/Allen Cabinetry, 314-677-6713
Shower: County Glass, 314-961-4910
Tile: The Gallery at ISC Surfaces, 314-219-1977