A cut-glass bowl basin and vintage Italian gold mirror lend the bathroom glamour and surprise.

A cut-glass bowl basin and vintage Italian gold mirror lend the bathroom glamour and surprise.

A cut-glass bowl basin and vintage Italian gold mirror lend the bathroom glamour and surprise.

A cut-glass bowl basin and vintage Italian gold mirror lend the bathroom glamour and surprise.

Neither Dean nor Di likes modern vanities so they chose an old workbench from Country Trader for their bathroom and added sinks.

Neither Dean nor Di likes modern vanities so they chose an old workbench from Country Trader for their bathroom and added sinks.

Rebecca designed the sink to complement the original decor and it was built by Prestige Joinery; the bathroom fittings are by Perrin & Rowe.

Rebecca designed the sink to complement the original decor and it was built by Prestige Joinery; the bathroom fittings are by Perrin & Rowe.

INTERIOR OF THE YEAR BATHROOM - FINALIST, JULIET COLEMAN: This Cambridge homeowner wanted to create a fun, light and airy bathroom for her three children to use and used her 10-year-old son’s paintings as inspiration for her design, picking out a burnt orange shade from one as an accent colour. Juliet worked on the tiling, grouting, beading and painting herself and chose period-appropriate details, such as white subway tiles and dado beading, to fit in with the wider renovation of her…

INTERIOR OF THE YEAR BATHROOM - FINALIST, JULIET COLEMAN: This Cambridge homeowner wanted to create a fun, light and airy bathroom for her three children to use and used her 10-year-old son’s paintings as inspiration for her design, picking out a burnt orange shade from one as an accent colour. Juliet worked on the tiling, grouting, beading and painting herself and chose period-appropriate details, such as white subway tiles and dado beading, to fit in with the wider renovation of her…

WHAT THE JUDGES THOUGHT: The panel admired the bathroom for its great choice of materials – plywood, copper and a concrete-look tile – that pay homage to the original bach. “The dark fittings are a classy touch.”

WHAT THE JUDGES THOUGHT: The panel admired the bathroom for its great choice of materials – plywood, copper and a concrete-look tile – that pay homage to the original bach. “The dark fittings are a classy touch.”

The guest bathroom’s two-tone paint finish is a modern take on a classical dado; the London Round bath is from Burlington, with an old French kitchen table at left. - See more at: http://nzhouseandgarden.co.nz/strength-to-strength/#sthash.V88pmDNP.dpuf

The guest bathroom’s two-tone paint finish is a modern take on a classical dado; the London Round bath is from Burlington, with an old French kitchen table at left. - See more at: http://nzhouseandgarden.co.nz/strength-to-strength/#sthash.V88pmDNP.dpuf

In keeping with the rest of the house, the bathroom was given the Resene ‘Black White’ treatment; the only piece of furniture is a Componibili modular cabinet by Kartell.

In keeping with the rest of the house, the bathroom was given the Resene ‘Black White’ treatment; the only piece of furniture is a Componibili modular cabinet by Kartell.

A Porter’s Paints paint effect designed to resemble old concrete and a copper free-standing French tub (“the boys love it,” says Michelle) from Great Baths on Auckland’s North Shore lend a French ambience to the family bathroom; the van der Veers had the marble-topped oak vanity from Early Settler whitewashed.

A Porter’s Paints paint effect designed to resemble old concrete and a copper free-standing French tub (“the boys love it,” says Michelle) from Great Baths on Auckland’s North Shore lend a French ambience to the family bathroom; the van der Veers had the marble-topped oak vanity from Early Settler whitewashed.

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