Home: Bathing Beauty

First the kitchen crept out into the backyard, with super-stylized appliances and full-on living areas showing up on the patio. Now the trappings of traditional living rooms--lamps and elaborate furniture--are suddenly migrating to the bathroom. "Bathrooms are becoming more and more of a retreat," says Barbara Sallick, co-founder and senior vice president of design at Waterworks. "As that phenomenon evolves, people want better quality, more beauty and more comfort in their bathroom." So instead of the standard toilet and sink, newly styled bathrooms are elaborate extensions of the bedroom, furnished with pieces like Williams-Sonoma Home's Victoria Collection dresser, left, which can...

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