Nashville interior designer Lori Paranjape recently completed a project that’s a little more personal than her usual client roster: her own master bath! “The bathroom was recently renovated when we bought the house but it was VERY brown / yellow / beige and the configuration didn’t work well for us,” she recalls. “It’s a bathroom and I wanted it to feel clean & fresh!”
For maximum visual impact, Lori worked with luxe mosaic tile manufacturer New Ravenna. Their mosaics are handmade in their Virginia studio, and can often be completely customized by any client. Lori’s bathroom has a mosaic she designed and dubbed the Paranjape Stripe. The background tiles are uniquely manufactured: they’re cut into slightly irregular square shapes and then tumbled for enough hours that all hard edges and polished surfaces are removed. This tumbled finish allows the polished and hand-chopped Nero Marquina “black” stripe to stand out, resulting in great texture and lots of depth. “New Ravenna was amazing to work with,” Lori shares. “We had a couple of calls and emails about the design I wanted, and then their incredible team hand made the marble mosaic piece by tiny piece. It’s the most gorgeous tile I’ve ever seen… and it’s in my very own bathroom! And Kohler provided every gorgeous fixture you see… the quality is incredible!”
Another exciting design element is the wallpaper, which is from Lori’s line. “I’m thrilled to have two colorways of Addition from The Mrs. Paranjape Paper as the wallcovering in the main bathroom and water closet,” the designer shares. “I enlarged the scale of the plus sign to work with the scale of our space… and then reversed the colors for the smaller water closet. It’s the perfect clean look I needed to polish off this project.”
Lori and her family lived in the home during the entire renovation process, which certainly came with its own challenges. “I help clients through major renovations and I know how tough it can be. We actually renovated both upstairs bathrooms at the same time, so my family of four was sharing a bathroom downstairs for a few months. My surviving-a-reno tip? Don’t drink too much water before bed… it’s a long trip to the downstairs bath,” she concludes with a wink.