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The Luxury Designer's Guide: Bathroom Must-Haves

Hey there! Long time, no talk. After so many thrilling project reveals, I'm excited to finally have a moment to chat with you. Welcome to the very first installment of my brand new series titled, "The Luxury Designer's Guide." In this series, I'll be sharing my unique insights and perspectives as a designer on any topic. Today's topic is must-haves in a luxury bathroom. Next week's topic is shelf styling! What do you guys want to read about next?

That's the fun part of this series – the topics we cover are up to you! I'm asking over on my Instagram what you all would like to see discussed. So, feel free to drop a comment or shoot me a DM with any topic you'd like me to cover. Your input is what makes this series special, and I can't wait to dive into these discussions with you!

At LWD, our mission revolves around crafting spaces that marry beauty with practicality. After all, true luxury isn't just about aesthetics; it's about enhancing your everyday life. Luxury is functionality. It's not merely about aesthetics or the choice of materials; it's about how well a space functions within your daily routines. Picture a stunning bathroom with a door that swings incorrectly – it's not luxurious; it's inconvenient. Luxury, therefore, blends beauty with convenience, ensuring that every element serves a purpose.

In the wake of a recent Instagram sensation featuring the basement bath at our Coeur D’Alene Lake House, the overwhelming response has underscored a crucial aspect of luxury design: functionality. Our expertise! It inspired me to write the first installment of this series: Bathroom Must-Haves. Here are features you want to add to your bathroom to create a beautiful space that enhances your daily life.

Basement Bathroom at Coeur D’Alene Lake House

Flattering Lighting

Let's begin by exploring the significance of lighting in a luxury bathroom. While natural light is ideal, it's not always readily available. Enter sconces – my favorite solution for achieving flattering lighting. By strategically placing sconces at eye level, flanking the mirror, we not only enhance the space's aesthetic appeal but also provide soft and flattering illumination, far superior to harsh overhead lighting. Take, for instance, the stunning sconces adorning the bathroom above at the Coeur D’Alene Lake House Project – they perfectly illustrate the transformative power of lighting in luxury design.

Custom Cabinets

Next, let's delve into the realm of custom craftsmanship. In luxury design, customization reigns supreme, particularly when it comes to cabinetry. Custom cabinets offer tailored solutions that maximize storage while exuding a refined elegance. From adjusting sizes to incorporating intricate details such as bespoke cutouts, customization ensures that every aspect of your bathroom aligns seamlessly with your aesthetic preferences and practical needs. It's this meticulous attention to detail that truly sets luxury bathrooms apart.

Jack & Jill Bathroom at Coeur D'Alene Lake House

High-Quality Materials

When it comes to materials, natural stone and marble take center stage in our designs at LWD. Nothing exudes luxury quite like marble, while finishes such as brass, polished nickel, and black add a touch of sophistication. Sometimes, I like mixing these metals, as it creates a more interesting look that elevates the overall aesthetic of the space.

Powder Bathroom at Fountain Hills

Vanity Drawer Outlets

A stroke of genius that ensures clutter-free countertops. These discreet yet indispensable additions provide a dedicated space for hairdryers, electric toothbrush chargers, and more, seamlessly integrating functionality into the design. It's functional design at its finest, ensuring both convenience and aesthetic appeal. Don’t skip this step when designing the bathroom of your dreams. Trust me, once you experience the convenience of vanity drawer outlets, you'll wonder how you ever lived without them.

Guest Bathroom at Fountain Hills

Oversized Shower and/or Steam Shower

Moving on to one of the ultimate indulgences in luxury bathrooms – oversized showers and steam showers. Whether it's the luxury of multiple shower heads or the therapeutic benefits of a steam session, these features transcend mere functionality, offering a sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation. It's these indulgent touches that truly elevate the bathroom experience to new heights of luxury.

Master Bathroom at Canyon Creek

Trim or Wallpaper

And finally, for those seeking to add a touch of personality and charm to their bathroom, consider the transformative power of wallpaper or trim. These subtle yet impactful additions inject character and leave a lasting impression on anyone who enters the space.

Powder Bathroom at my house!


In the realm of luxury bathroom design, functionality reigns supreme. From thoughtful lighting choices to bespoke customization and indulgent features, every element is meticulously curated to enhance not just the aesthetics but the overall living experience. At LWD, our commitment to luxury extends beyond mere opulence – it's about crafting spaces that seamlessly integrate beauty with functionality, enriching your daily life in the most luxurious of ways.

I hope you enjoyed delving into the world of luxury bathroom design with me! Was this content helpful in sparking ideas for your own bathroom project? I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions for future topics you'd like to explore together. Feel free to drop a comment or send me a DM on Instagram with your feedback and ideas. Your input is what makes this journey so exciting, and I can't wait to continue exploring the world of luxury design with you. Until next time!


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