Home Decor Ideas: An Art Deco Railroad-Inspired Bathroom

Designer Cecilia Casagrande commissioned a tiling company to recreate a floor section from an old photo of Seattle’s Union Station for this bathroom makeover.SEAN LITCHFIELD

When a photo of a mosaic floor with Art Deco accents captured her client’s heart, Cecilia Casagrande thought they’d found the inspiration for the Brookline owner’s third-floor tub. Then the designer learned that the tiny slice of floor pictured was a corner of Union Station in Seattle and that the client’s grandfather was a bandleader, and that was a done deal. Casagrande commissioned a tiling company to recreate the floor, then built the rest of the project around it. Finally, she urged her client to dig up old photos for a personal touch.

1 Heritage Tile in Wisconsin recreated the mosaic floor pattern, which includes squares and hexagons, from the photo Casagrande and his client found on Pinterest.

2 The black wall-hung vanity unit from Strasser Woodenworks does not obscure the floor. Casagrande sourced the octagonal bakelite knobs from an online vintage retailer.

3 Casagrande sourced leftover green marble from Olympia Marble & Granite in Needham to use for the custom ogee countertop and backsplash. The unlacquered brass plumbing fixtures will patina over time, adding age to the historically themed space.

4 A curbless shower allows the mosaic to flow through the space uninterrupted. The shower wall tiles – dark green porcelain with a wavy texture from Discover Tile – are also based on the inspiration image.

5 The owner’s grandfather took the black and white photo of the train where she says he worked either as a conductor or a lineman.

6 Rejuvenation sconces resemble vintage floor lamps while the curves of the Pottery Barn black metal mirror evoke Art Deco sensibility. Casagrande covered the back wall (reflected in the mirror) with Cole & Son wallpaper by Piero Fornasetti which depicts keys hidden in greenery.


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