Part of your initiation when you become a Californian is creating a really amazing bathroom. Out on the West Coast, where good vibes rule year-round, it’s imperative to have a place where you can recharge after a long beach day or an afternoon of L.A. traffic. French photographer, writer, and O.G. style influencer Garance Doré is officially part of the club.
In her newly renovated Mar Vista home, the native Corsican and former New Yorker carved out a minimalist-modern oasis, complete with milky white tiles and a terracotta-colored travertine countertop. To perfect the look, Doré enlisted the help of designer Sarah Sherman Samuel. In addition to a larger round statement mirror and open vanity shelving, the pair opted for a shower-tub combo behind the glass enclosure. Bath time is serious business when you live in SoCal.
“Sarah and I wanted to simplify the space as much as possible, and combining both felt easy and perfect,” shares Doré. “It allows me to have a big shower, as well as a big tub!”
The impeccable champagne bronze finishes, pampas grass, and ceramic accessories elevate the master bathroom’s neutral palette, but it’s Doré’s wind-down essentials that take the space to “retreat” status. “A bath, for me, is a ritual,” she says. Her tub-side table is a treasure trove of late-night remedies. “[I have] a candle, a book, bath salts, oils, masks for face and hair, Moroccan scrub gloves…”
If Doré’s bath-time routine sounds as dreamy to you as it does to us, you’re in the right place. Here are six finds from her personal oasis that you can steal for yourself.
A Soaking Tub That Doesn’t Soak Up Space
For the indecisive, having a stand-alone tub in the walk-in shower is a convenient way to enjoy the best of both worlds. In a two-in-one situation like this, the type of tub you choose can make or break your spa-like retreat. A soaking tub provides enough room for one to plunge or shower as they please.
Plumbing That Goes With Everything
Forget everything you knew about brass. The champagne bronze finish of the showerhead and tub faucet pick up on the sun-kissed tones of the terracotta rug, custom wood cabinetry, and peach-colored bath towel.
A Self-Healing Station
We already know Doré’s bath-time must-haves, but where does she keep them? On hand and at the ready. A slender marble end table next to the soaking tub doubles as a personal apothecary. A small stone tray will stop smaller goods from slipping off the edge.
Not-Your-Typical Subway Tile
The room’s toned-down palette of desert taupes and muted peaches needed some extra oomph. A glossy floor-to-ceiling tile gives the room a much-needed sparkle. The simplicity of the lines coupled with the semi-reflective glow instantly brightens up the room.
A Graphic Rug
Block Shop’s signature sidewinder motif is bound to convert any ocean lover to a desert dweller. Designed with a mid-century Joshua Tree cabin in mind, the flat-weave rug truly makes the bathroom feel like an escape. The serpentine print offsets the smooth curvature of the large round mirror above the vanity.
As much as we love a good old-fashioned ZZ plant, there are other easy-to-care-for greens out there that will take your aesthetic to the next level. For a finishing touch, fill your favorite ceramic vase with a bundle of dried pampas grass—no watering required.
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