Moroccan Magic

Maplewood, NJ

The Backstory

This 1920s colonial in Maplewood, N.J., is home to empty nesters who have always traveled the world. He is a retired woodworker and decorative finishes expert who wanted to put his stamp on the project.

The Design Brief

Transform a tiny bathroom into a relaxing and indulgent sanctuary.

The Inspiration

Marrakesh Express. Morocco held a special place in the hearts of this couple, and our challenge was to adapt this distinctive style to the home’s original architecture. The existing bathroom was very small, but with our encouragement they agreed to reallocate the entire home office space next door. This allowed us to fulfill their vision of a true master bath, complete with a hammered copper soaking tub and spacious shower. A palette of blues and grays often helps soften bold patterns, and we mixed in vintage-inspired materials like the 4×4 ceramic tiles. The final touch: he finished the walls using tadelakt, the traditional Moroccan plaster technique.