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photo: Jenna Lyons New York home - bathtub in bedrom

Open-concept living isn't new, but it continues to push the boundaries of our, well, boundaries. When the New York home of J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons first ran in Domino magazine and then again in Living Etc, its inky black walls in the principal bedroom ? achieved with chalkboard paint ? drew many ooohs and aaahs. But it was the openness of the bedroom to the bathtub that struck me. Without doors between them, going from soak to slumber involves simply crawling out of one and into the other.

Photo: bedroom by New York Photographer Simon Watson

Then I stumbled on this stunning image by New York photographer Simon Watson for House & Garden, which drops all pretense of a dividing line between sleeping and bathing quarters. I guess the glass doors eliminate any issues with steaming up the room. Damp bed linens? No thanks.

Just as exposing our kitchens once seemed unthinkable, knocking down this wall feels like we’re truly baring all. But I won’t be surprised if the concept catches on. Why not show off today's statement tubs? Rapsel does one inspired by Arne Jacobsen’s iconic Egg Chair and not long ago, an image came across my desk of one clad in Hermès leather. Hiding it behind closed doors would be like buying a Birkin bag and never taking it out of the closet.

For more bathtub ideas, read all about Bathroom Design Planning.

Photo credits:
1. Jenna Lyons’ New York brownstone from
Living Etc, photography by Melanie Acevedo
2. Judy Hudson’s home from House & Garden, photography by
Simon Watson

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