Bathroom closeup: Annandale bathroom by Annie Bowen Design
We take a closer look at the finer design details behind Annie Bowen Design’s Annandale bathroom and delve into how she created a functional family bathroom that also doubles as a laundry space.
Sydney-based Annie Bowen Design is a studio that believes each home or building should be considered for its individual merits, along with the needs of those who use it. Founder and designer Annie Bowen has a natural design aesthetic that tends to lean towards clean lines, and she believes that a home should have soul, a personality, and feel welcoming for those who live there.
And it’s with that philosophy in mind that Phoenix chats to Bowen about the design of the bathroom at Annandale House.
Phoenix Tapware: Can you talk us through the design intent for the Annandale bathroom and what you wanted to achieve?
Annie Bowen: This small semi in Annandale has only one bathroom and no laundry. So, we needed to create a functional family bathroom that also doubles as a laundry able to handle a family of four.
Initially, there was a laundry cupboard adjacent to the bathroom with a separate small vanity allowing hardly any storage. We removed the laundry cupboard and opened this area up to the bathroom, combining a vanity with lots of storage and a washing machine.
What brief did the client present you with and did this change much over the course of the project?
To maximise storage and create a bright family bathroom for the whole family.
Talk us through the design process for the project – what inspired you, how did you go about creating the design?
We start every project with a concept and colour palette, from there the selections come easily. The client liked clean lines and light colours. We needed to stick with porcelain tiles for the floor and most of the walls to ensure the bathroom was hard wearing and easy to clean. We splurged on the wow factor of a beautiful marble mosaic for the vanity splash back and shower niche which had a lot of impact without a huge expense.
Did you encounter any challenges? If so, how did you overcome these?
Working through the storage solutions took a little bit of back and forth. We worked closely with the joiner on this job to get as much storage into the vanity wall as possible, ensuring it was practical but also looked good.
Why did you choose Phoenix products for the project?
We wanted a simple, clean aesthetic. Quality needed to be good, with a good warranty, but we also needed to ensure the products we chose were well priced and budget was not huge on this project.
How did they add to the overall look and feel of the bathroom?
The black accents are the perfect little bit of strength to a very soft colour palette. I always think black tapware acts like mascara for a bathroom.
At what point did you look to include Phoenix’s products? Did they help to inform the design?
I picked them from the beginning as I knew the clean aesthetic and reasonable price point would hit the mark.
Designer: Annie Bowen Design
Products: Vivid Slimline Wall Basin Mixer Set Curved in Matte Black, Vivid Slimline Shower/Wall Mixer