Chinoiserie wallpaper and gilt mirrors may not be what you'd expect to find in a bathroom for two girls, ages 7 and 11. But why not? "That wallpaper is so pretty, and the mint-green background makes it fresh and young," says designer Elizabeth Stamos. "This is a room the girls will still love when they're stylish young women. It's timeless, and it looks like it belongs in this beautiful Victorian house in Evanston, Illinois."
The vanity is topped with honed Imperial Danby marble, quarried in Vermont. "It's more dense — and more stain-resistant — than other white marbles, and the price point was also better," Stamos says. "Is it going to stay perfect? Maybe not, but we've sealed it and so far, so good." More white marble surrounds the modern tub. "It's easier to get into than a traditional claw-foot tub, and the girls love the bubbling air jets." All the faucets are in polished nickel, even though the mirrors and sconces would suggest brass. "That would be too matchy," Stamos says. "I like to mix things around. It's more fun. The clean lines of the tub balance out the Rococo curves on the mirrors and make the space feel more layered."
Wallingford Antique Brass and Crystal Chandelier. $400.
Underscore BubbleMassage Bath in White. From $3,298.
Calacatta Gold Hexagon marble tile. By MS International. $22 per sq. ft.
By Thomas O'Brien for Visual Comfort. Bryant Sconce in Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass. $200.
Octagonal Deco Cabinet Knobs in Antique-by-Hand. $13 each.
Arcana 3-Hole Widespread Faucet with Ornate Metal Lever Handles in Polished Chrome. From $498.
Florence Beveled Mirror. $495.
Brunschwig & Fils' Kanchou wallpaper sets off simple oval Caxton sinks by Kohler. Cisal Classic faucets by Rohl. Bryant sconces from Circa Lighting. Acanthus Scroll mirrors from Horchow (no longer available). Honed hexagonal marble tile on the floor is a practical choice because it's slip-resistant.