For some, a easy bathtub with a shower head is fine. For others, a bit of panache is in order to feel genuinely satisfied with a daily shower — a modern day European design, probably, or an ancient Ofuro tub with an attachment or two for comfort’s sake. Today, even though, we’re focusing on the increasingly popular open shower concept, but with a boldly Southwestern and sculptural twist. Displayed in a residence not too long ago for listed sale by Sotheby’s realty division, this beautiful expanse (and expense!) of a bathroom stands in the Rancho Alegre in Santa Fe, New Mexico — a place accurately referenced by means of the sourcing of the space’s components and the visual cues it provides off via its decor. Beneath exposed log (not just wood, but complete, uncut log) ceilings, the shower — in fact, a pair of them — shares the room with a Roman tub for a slightly much more private bathing experience. Also featuring a grand candelabra and a cascading water wall commissioned by 1 of the late homeowner’s favored artists, the cavernous space carries a simultaneous blend of warmth and coolness. Lest you be concerned about catching a draft whilst standing underneath the shower’s flow, fear not: the bathroom also hosts a fully functional wood-burning fireplace. Not a bad way to wash away the day, really.
Photo credits: Sotheby’s (Photographer: Robert Reck)
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