Room We Love: A Rustic Bathroom in Cotswold

Room We Love: A Rustic Bathroom in Cotswold

Crystal Nagel designs a bright room for a mountain-inspired Cotswold home
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Crystal Nagel, owner of Crystal Nagel Design, works with the team at Halley Douglas Homes to oversee the design and construction of their high-end spec homes. When they designed a modern siding-and-stone house in Cotswold last year, Nagel had a young family in mind. She made sure it had an open floor plan with a home office, spacious mudroom, plenty of storage, and a primary bathroom that matched the home’s mountain-lodge aesthetic. “We give each house its own personality,” Nagel says. “We called this one the ‘mountain modern’ and used lots of natural wood and stone materials in every room.” 


Nagel wanted the 5,000-square-foot home to have a primary en suite with some “wow factor.” The bathroom, which connects to a spacious closet, has a freestanding tub, an enclosed toilet, and a hickory vanity with his-and-hers sinks. “That vanity was a commitment, but it gives a richness to the space,” she says. “It’s the focal point of the bathroom, and it matches the cedar beams
in the family room and the white-oak stair railing.”

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For the vanity, Nagel opted for a white quartz countertop, because it’s easier to maintain than granite or marble, and black matte hardware from Jeffrey Alexander. She painted the space in Sherwin-Williams’ Snowbound and installed cylinder wall sconces from Generation Lighting on either side of the mirrors. For the floor, she chose Nero Marquina marble. “The black marble tile is different from the typical gray that you see in a lot of spec homes,” Nagel says. “The hexagon tiles add some visual interest, and the white veining is just really pretty.”


Nagel was spot on with her intended homebuyer: Not long after she finished in early 2021, a young couple with a toddler purchased it. They wanted a move-in-ready house with some personality, and they loved the modern lodge style. “Spec houses can get a bad rap because people think builders put the cheapest fixtures in to sell it,” Nagel says, “but this one has nice finishes that make it look clean and modern.”   

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