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1 Frank Ponterio combined style and practicality in this Northfield pool bathroom. The bamboo on the walls and the eucalyptus green of the shower curtain and towels give it a tropical cabana feel, while the woven-vinyl flooring accommodates dripping-wet kids dashing in for a pit stop.
2 In this classic bath by Nate Berkus for his own Gold Coast condo, unobtrusive subway tile on the walls and hexagonal marble tile on the floor get some punch from steel-frame console sinks and brass mirrors and sconces.
3 Architect Melanie Soos didn’t want flashy materials that might interfere with the gorgeous wetland views outside her large windows. Simple limestone on the floor with matching stone in the shower, along with exposed cinder-block walls and elegant white plumbing fixtures, ensure that she and her husband can, in her words, “bathe in nature” every time they walk through the door.
Photography: (1) Alan Shortall; (2) Nathan Kirkman; (3) Bob Milkovich