Designer Rhiannon Hageman had an idea of who would be using the principal bathroom in the new home she and her builder husband, Travis Hageman, were creating in Oakville, Ontario, even though it was a spec project. She envisioned an empty-nester like her own mother at the dressing room mirror, dabbing on perfume and affixing earrings — getting ready for a night out.
But Rhiannon and Travis went beyond surface details with old-school, gracious touches they felt were missing in many newly built homes. “We wanted to build a home that felt timeless and approachable, that was different from what everyone was building in our area, which was modern farmhouses with lots of grays and neutrals,” says Rhiannon.
She was inspired by the gracious Cape Cod styles of Boston architect Patrick Ahearn, bringing in pieces like the walnut vanity that has the look of a treasured heirloom antique. Pale blue floral wallpaper adds a wash of color in the dressing room, situated between the principal bedroom and bath. Graceful panel molding adds interest to the warm white bathroom walls and makes the space feel formal and elegant. This is balanced out by simple light fixtures and clean-lined marble floors.
Elements such as the antiqued mirror panels and botanical wallpaper in the dressing room provide plenty of pretty, but the couple added practical touches that any homeowner would covet, including a contemporary stand-alone tub and a shower lined in subway tile and outfitted with a generous rain showerhead. “This house isn’t massive or ostentatious, but every detail has been thought out. We wanted a house that would look timeless for generations,” says Rhiannon.
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Author: Wendy Jacob
House & Home Kitchens + Baths 2021
Rhiannon Hageman; Architecture by John Willmott Architects