A clean, inviting approach with elements of nostalgia never goes out of style. In the bathroom shown above, classic charm is supplied by vertical wood paneling ― reminiscent of that found in an old farmhouse shower ― and a black wood vanity with white ceramic knobs. With help from her woodworker brother-in-law, designer Stephanie Zeigler transformed a black antique chest with multiple drawers into a vanity, adding Shaker-style legs and a low storage shelf (painted and distressed to match the original finish). Zeigler chose rough-hewn wood for the walls so its texture would show up through the paint. For a timeless yet contemporary feel, incorporate antique furnishings or fixtures with polished accessories in soothing tones.
DESIGN: Stephanie B. Zeigler, Mill Valley, CA (415/389-8030)