Simply Stunning – Luxurious Master Bathroom Design

This summer I had the pleasure of meeting Debbie Grewal, a very talented San Francisco Peninsula-based interior designer. She recently completed this luxurious master bath in a Woodside, California home (pictured above). Before designing residential homes, Grewal worked for 17 years on the commercial side of interior design. Some of her many projects included corporate offices, private banks, senior living facilities and a dining yacht. During this time she occasionally designed for high-end residential clients and realized her passion for personal design and detail. In more recent years she has shifted to all types of residential design including new construction and specification/consulting on custom homes.

Grewal created a serene spa-like bath that started with the fireplace – a “must” for the homeowner who envisioned a tranquil retreat. The stately, dark mahogany stained fireplace is surrounded in gorgeous Walker Zanger Tuscany tiles in Driftwood. The trellis patterned fireplace screen by Restoration Hardware is the perfect finishing touch. The fireplace focal point is wonderfully flanked by the shower and sunken tub.

Bathroom design has become a favorite of Grewal. She loves tile and stone, and I know why after seeing this bathroom. The tub is surrounded by a gorgeous slab of Calacatta Gold marble from Da Vinci Marble and nicely positioned under double hung windows that provide lots of natural light and beautiful views of the garden. The satin nickel hardware is by the Rohl Country Bath Collection and pulls out the lovely gray in the marble.


Here’s a close-up of two glass vases filled with beautiful bath soaps and sponges – love how they vary in height and are finished off with silky dark brown ropes and tassels.

The handsome double sink vanity by Xylem in espresso finish houses Kohler Devonshire white undercounter sinks and is topped with Calacatta Gold marble. Again the plumbing fixtures are by Rohl Country Bath Collection in satin nickel. I love the stunning mirror Grewal selected from Aaron Brothers.

OK, isn’t this simply the most beautiful shower you’ve seen? Look closely at the wall; Grewal has Calacatta Manhattan 12″x18″ marble tiles for the lower half and 6″x9″ cut tiles in the upper half. The wall border and showerbox inset are in Dark Travertine, Opus Anticato mosaic tiles by Walker Zanger.

Here is a view of the amazing shower floor. The inset is tile in Calacatta long offset brick and beautifully trimmed in Dark Travertine.

The simple frameless double shower doors and panels are in a heavy Starphire glass and adorned with satin nickel hardware by Portals. Look, a second showerhead; This one is a rainhead – divine!

Grewal is quite the color expert too. She always tells her clients that paint is their most inexpensive source of decorating. For the walls she selected Northhampton Putty (HC-89) by Benjamin Moore; for the ceiling Latte by Restoration Hardware, and for the trim, doors and wainscoting, Mayonnaise (OC-85) also by Benjamin Moore. The bathroom’s two lovely chandeliers are by Restoration Hardware.

The woodwork throughout the bath is exceptional. The gorgeous reclaimed pine wood flooring was hand scraped. And the wainscoting was masterfully installed by Bay Area Molding. Look how it wraps around near the glass shower doors – the attention to detail is beautiful and doesn’t go unnoticed.

The Kohler Memoirs toilet is tucked away for privacy – love this! Grewal definitely has a knack of blending design elements such as color, texture, lighting, finishes and scale of furnishings. Even the smallest accessory isn’t ignored – don’t you just love the taupe and chocolate monogram towels she had made by Restoration Hardware?

Grewal best describes her design style as transitional, eclectic and casual elegance. She strives for well balanced rooms with impact and definitely succeeds with this stunning master bath – wouldn’t you agree?

Debbie Grewal Designs ~ 650-342-8299 ~ grewaldebbie@hotmail.com

“The best accolade is knowing the interiors perfectly reflect the style and attitude of the people who live there.” ~ Debbie Grewal Designs



*images from Debbie Grewal Designs

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9 Responses to Simply Stunning – Luxurious Master Bathroom Design

  1. Linh June 8, 2010 at 4:29 am #

    The shower area is beautiful.

    With the windows in the shower area, what about the privacy? Even with one-way glass, it's only OK for day and not night time though.

    With the smart privacy glass which uses electrical current to turn on/off the glass frosted, then it'll be an issue to use in wet shower. Is it a special glass that they used in this bathroom? what is it?

  2. Laura Trevey September 3, 2009 at 12:26 am #

    what a great idea! the vases filled with beautiful soaps! i love it ~~

  3. Charlie September 2, 2009 at 1:38 pm #

    It has an old world elegance and comfort that is just wonderfully appealing. The tub and shower are fabulous!

  4. Charlie September 2, 2009 at 1:36 pm #

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  5. Lauren September 2, 2009 at 12:40 pm #

    the shower is incredible!!!! WOW

  6. DesignTies September 2, 2009 at 2:05 am #

    Wowsers!! What a gorgeous bathroom!! The chandeliers and TV and fireplace are SO decadent!! And that rainhead in the shower…. wish I had one of those!!

    Kelly @ DesignTies

  7. Averill September 1, 2009 at 11:22 pm #

    I love the layout and size of this master bath, but honestly the colors and fittings are a bit too traditional (and maybe a bit too brown) for my taste. That said, you really couldn't ask for anything more in a bathroom…it checks ALL the boxes.

  8. Struggler September 1, 2009 at 10:23 pm #

    This is really beautiful – how lovely to be able to soak in the tub and enjoy the fireplace.
    I know enough about Woodside to guess that all this didn't come cheap, but never mind, smaller details like the tassels on the soap containers, and monogrammed towels, are attainable by all of us!

  9. Ghazalie September 1, 2009 at 5:14 pm #

    absolutely stunning. what a great way to start each and every morning … and end each and every evening!