J. Reiko Design + Co. Infuses Primary Bath with Mediterranean-Inspired ‘Quiet Luxury’

“The most important thing about a home is that it should have a story to tell, and that story should be about the people who live there.” This anonymous quote became a mantra of sorts for a recent remodeling project envisioned by designer Jenny Murphy and her Fort Collins, Co.-based firm, J. Reiko Design + Co.

The home – a Mediterranean-inspired mountain estate Eagle Lake Estates of Fort Collins, Colorado boasting expansive lake views set against the majestic backdrop of Longs Peak – was a summer home for her clients. The story goes something like this: a “quiet luxury”-embracing couple wanted to indulge in the ultimate in tranquility with a spa-inspired bathroom for their seasonal retreat. Their peaceful vacation getaway fantasy found a passionate champion in Murphy, whose personal affinity for “Japandi” minimalism and tranquility drives her firm’s focus on creating “well-considered spaces that cater to the souls of their clients and their homes,” as she says.

With Murphy at the helm, the team got to work on a primary bath design that embodied the modern-yet-rustic Mediterranean aesthetic that flowed throughout the home. “Our clients wanted a bath equipped with nearly every shower amenity imaginable and a luxurious freestanding tub with unbeatable views,” says Murphy. “Our client is an avid bath-taker. “Knowing a freestanding tub would be an essential part of the design, they had to remove a large dated drop-in tub and deck. “We needed the space to feel lighter, more sculptural, more modern,” she says.

Murphy and her client visited Hughes Supply in Fort Collins to test out tubs. The client quickly spotted her dream tub: the sleekly sloped Marquis tub by Hydro Systems. “The second that she sat in the Marquis tub, she loved it,” remembers Murphy. “Comfort is king! She said that it contoured her body perfectly, and it was the exact size she wanted.” The silky smooth matte finish was “the icing on the cake,” the designer continues. Meanwhile, “I loved how it looked – simple, sleek, understated elegance – enough to be modern, but timeless.”

When it came time to choose a tub, Murphy’s design team prioritized finding the perfect spot for the newly chosen bathtub. Prioritizing natural light and connection to nature, Murphy’s design team positioned the new bathtub beneath a large arched picture window, where the client could soak under the bask of the sun’s rays and enjoy views to the outside. Set against a backdrop of stunning limestone flooring and Calacatta marble walls, the tub became a subtle yet impactful statement piece in the bathroom. Ever attentive to detail, Murphy’s team ensured the overflow drain was positioned on the side least visible upon entering the room. “It’s a small detail,” Murphy acknowledged, “but I think it makes a difference.”

The bathroom renovation serves as a testament to that philosophy, a single chapter in the ever-evolving narrative of this mountain escape and the people who live in it.

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Builder: @renovative.resource
Photography: @sierraannphotography