Well, of course this is all about the fireplace. How, with our wind chill on the negative side of zero, could it be otherwise? I like the incidental nature of the hearth; while it's a focal point of the space, its modest design—just carved out of the wall, unadorned by mantel or statement-making artwork—doesn't dominate the bathroom as much as it complements it. mcalpinetankersley.com
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.