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Esther Boivin’s renovation of a bathroom included a wet area with two showers and a tub framed by blue onyx and glass tile.


Setting The Stage

By Nora Burba Trulsson

Photos by Michael Duerinckx


Esther Boivin uses dramatic touches to transform a dark, chopped-up bathroom into an applauseworthy setting.

In the process of renovating a North Scottsdale home, interior designer Esther Boivin also updated the master bathroom, which was compartmentalized and lacked light. Boivin suggested a sleek look, teaming with La Casa Builders for the renovation. She underscored an existing corner window with a floating vanity, pairing grayed oak cabinetry with marble and crackled glass countertops. Adding a new frosted glass door and sliders gave the bathroom more light—an element Boivin enhanced with the herringbone-patterned floor, a mix of honed and polished marble tiles that pick up reflected light to create a subtle pattern. 

A customized Swarovski chandelier and under-cabinet LED lighting adds sparkle to the floating vanity, topped with both crackled glass and marble. The flooring pattern reflects the lighting.

By night, the bathroom sparkles with LED lighting and a customized chandelier. The room’s piéce de résitance is a stagelike setting for the deep soaking tub and dual showers. A blue onyx wall and glass tile flooring provide a backdrop for the contemporary tub, while white marble walls and flooring frame the blue surfaces. Boivin also designed a floating soffit above the space for the lighting, plus the in-ceiling tub filler and one of the showerheads. Boivin’s efforts won her a 2018 Design Excellence Award from the Arizona North Chapter ASID.

Rohl’s (rohlhome.‌com) Scossa square rain showerhead was installed with a handshower to one side of the tub.