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Before and after: Laura Mannes Design – a bathroom to linger in

Some of us, no names mentioned, love to luxuriate in a well appointed bathroom. It helps when it is a bright, pleasing and well designed space rather than a  utilitarian room full of sinks, tubs and showers. Ideally a spa-like space for relaxing and catering to our body’s well being.  Laura Mannes of Laura Mannes Design is responsible for this transformation. She tells us she set about creating a clean and modern aesthetic that was also natural, warm and inviting.

The tub you are currently admiring is  Napoli by Victoria + Albert with a Hansgrohe tub filler from the Axor Massaud collection.  Victoria + Albert’s Englishcast bathtubs are made from natural volcanic limestone which has  exceptional strength and heat insulating properties.  We love Victoria + Albert, and not just because they are sponsoring Blogtour. Laura’s choice just shows that she is a designer with impeccable taste.

A quick word about what Laura has done with the windows. She has used a woven wood top down-bottom up shade which is transparent enough to allow light to filter through while still providing privacy.  Inexpensive,  works well and provides a good  counter balance to the tub and tile .

And the tile? The large format wall tiles  are from Laura’s favourite Porcelanosa.   The floor tiles may look like  concrete but are, in fact, porcelain. We agree with Laura who has a taste for fully tiled walls, much more common in Europe than the USA.

Look at the difference Laura has made to the shower area. All that glass keeps and seamless continuation of the wall tile into the shower keeps everything bright, light and inviting. The recessed shelves make use of wall space between studs and free the shower from unnecessary clutter.

And finally, a quick look at the 96-inch wide mahogany vanity which Laura suspending 18-inches above the floor. She was concerned that it might otherwise drag the room down.  We love the contrast between the wood and thick white Corian counter.

So Laura said she was going for ‘clean, modern, natural, warm and inviting’. We say she succeeded. Lovely.

  • Anonymous

    Natural light does so much for the atmosphere in the bath.  I’ve built floating vanities, sideboards and beds before.  They’re a lot of fun!  Well done.

  • Anonymous

    Natural Light does so much for bath space.  I’ve built floating vanities, sideboards and beds.  They’re so much fun!  Nice work.

  • Anonymous

    The simple tubs are amazing to me. The trend has totally moved away from the huge jacuzzi/whirlpool type monsters (who used them anyway?) to the simple tub with a nice solo spout. It looks sleek and modern. Plus it allows room for things like that plant…and just gives the illusion of space. Brilliant work!


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