From the August/September 2013 Issue:

Sweet & Sophisticated

    Writer: Meg Fox | Photographer: Peter Rymwid | Interior Designer: Kingsley B. Knauss, Professional Member ASID |

A bathroom remodel designed to grow with a little girl

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enlarge | Timeless white cabinetry and contrasting black marble countertops will take this young girl’s bathroom well into her adulthood. The arched mirror with pilasters adorned with flower petal-motif sconces and a handpainted wall motif “add softness and a bit of feminine whimsy,” designer Kingsley B. Knauss says.
This sunny bathroom was part of a larger renovation of a Westfield home by Kingsley B. Knauss, principal of KBK Interior Design in Westfield, a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers and a state-certified interior designer.

Designed for homeowner Jeanine Williamson’s young daughter, the bathroom has a classic neutral foundation that can easily withstand the test of time: ivory-colored Botticino stone, cream-colored cabinets and millwork, and contrasting black marble countertops.

Knauss relocated the toilet to make room for a bench-like cabinet under the window. “Wood cubbies were added to cut down on the clutter of makeup and hair products as this young girl becomes a teenager,” Knauss says. Its stone top allows the lower surface to double as seating or extra countertop space.

Defining Details
The vanity—detailed with inset doors and drawers with simple picture–frame molding—was painted the same color as the trimwork (Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing) “to minimize the size of the cabinetry in an average size bathroom,” Knauss notes. Instead of the typical recessed toe kick, Knauss added a furniture base with a cutout at the sink. Drawers step back from the sink cabinet on both sides, “adding detail without great expense in the cost of the vanity.”

An arched mirror with pilasters above the sink is adorned with sweet petal-motif sconces, which “add softness and a bit of feminine whimsy,” the designer says. The medicine cabinet—chosen in the same door style as the vanity—has interior glass shelves for easy cleaning and a hidden outlet to keep an electric toothbrush out of sight until needed.

Sense of Continuity
A faux finish on the walls—in buttercup yellow, ivory and tiny black dots—depicts a playful flower design that picks up on the stone mosaic details in the shower. The pattern is echoed also in the ceiling corners. “She’s young now, but later the walls can simply be painted in an adult color scheme,” Knauss says. Plumbing fixtures, lighting and bathroom accessories are polished chrome to “keep costs down and to provide easy care and a little sparkle.”

Neutral Botticino brick tile continues around the room and into the shower, where black marble and blue mosaic provide interest as a border and within a shampoo niche. No detail was unturned. “The sheers in this room not only provide privacy but have the whimsy of a black wavelike banding at the base and contrasting yellow border to pick up on the wall colors,” Knauss says.


interior design and specification of all materials and millwork, Kingsley B. Knauss of KBK Interior Design Inc. in Westfield; architect, Philip J. Iannitto, AIA, of Bol Architecture in Berkeley Heights; builder, Charles Contracting in Mountainside; cabinetry and millwork fabrication, R&G Construction Cabinet & Millwork Inc. in North Plainfield; tile, Mediterranean Tile & Marble in Fairfield; marble countertops, Arena Stone in Carlstadt; countertop fabrication, Peter Brooks Stone Works in Wood Ridge; Rubinet accessories and Top?Knobs hardware, The Bath Connection in Fanwood; plumbing fixtures, faucet, Andre sink, Jaclo shower fixtures, Kohler tub and Toto toilet, Hardware Designs Inc. in Fairfield; sconces, Hudson Valley Lighting through West Essex Lighting Studio in West Caldwell; custom window treatment, Mary A. Calale in Exeter, New Hampshire; decorative painting, Bopp Art Decorative Painting in Westfield.

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