White marble, dark wood, and unlacquered brass are the sorts of things you might see in a distinguished country house. "They remind me of Newport at the end of the 19th century, which was a very romantic period for architecture," says designer Bryan Joyce. He used the same elements in a new bathroom in his 1750 New Jersey farmhouse to give it a sense of history. But this old-fashioned look comes with every modern convenience. "We have two washstands, so I thought, Why not two showers?"
Constructed out of polished slabs of Calacatta marble, with glass above, the expansive stall has two entrances and two sets of fixtures, with exposed brass piping that is meant to tarnish. "It's a living finish, which allows the room to live as well," Joyce says. "I like classic materials that will age gracefully." And then, "to make it even more awesome," he added large round showerheads to each fixture, which make him feel as if he's standing under a waterfall. "It's one of those simple but completely wonderful luxuries."
In this photo: The Etoile shower system from Waterworks was customized with an eight-inch rain showerhead. Gold flecks in the Calacatta Gold marble on the floor, laid in a herringbone pattern, pick up the glint of the brass.
Two washstands flank the shower stall.
Universal Metal Round Two-Leg base in Brass. Available in more than 10 finishes. Slab top and sink sold separately. From $1,459. .
Inspired by Art Deco reeded-glass fixtures. Allen in Natural Brass, $570. .
2. Tissue Cover and Canister
Crafted by hand in Carrara marble. Tissue Cover, $99; Large Canister, $99. .
3. Calacatta Gold Polished Marble
A marble type marked by subtle gold and brown veining. $115 per sq. ft. .
4. Faucet Set
Bellis Traditional Basin with cross handles. From $795. .
5. Door Pull
Normandy in Flat Black wrought steel, $88. .
6. Bubble Bath
Wish has hints of bergamot, jasmine, and ylang-ylang. $49. .
7. Natural Wool Sponge
Hand-harvested in the Gulf of Mexico. $20. .