Think outside the (rustic) bath

In our current “Rustic Done Right” issue (on newsstands now!), we filled the pages with photos and ideas to help you nail the rustic look. This gorgeous bathroomâwhich we first featured in our September/October 2009 issueâis one of our favorite examples of rustic done just right. (Find it on page 88 of the current issue in our special rustic retrospective.)

Photo by Audrey Hall

What makes it so perfect? We think it’s because interior designer Charles de Lisle and architect Larry Pearson weren’t afraid to break a few rules.

First, they reimagined wood paneling, setting the planks in a herringbone pattern to give the rough-and-tumble material a sophisticated edge.

Next, they swapped out a standard door for a simple tangerine-striped drapery that can be swept back for a sense of drama. The sinks? Those are fashioned from two-century-old Italian terracotta planters.

Fuzzy bath mats? Not here. De Lisle covered the floor with a vintage rug, then finished the look with a turned-leg table, lacy little chair and even an oil painting or two. Not what you’d expect in a bathroom, and that’s what we just love.

What do you think? Post a comment below — we’d love to hear from you!

Categories: Architecture & Interiors, Decorating Secrets, Kitchen & Bath