NATURAL BEAUTY

Powder room wins award

We all remember the horror we felt as we viewed local newscaster Larry Himmel watching flames destroy his family's Rancho Bernardo home while he reported on the 2007 Witch Creek wildfire. What we may not remember - or even know - is the kindness that Todd Jackson, proprietor of Jackson Design & Remodeling, showed Himmel when he offered to lend a hand in rebuilding the property. The new home, completed two years later, stands on the same scenic bluff overlooking the San Dieguito Valley as the original home.

"The natural beauty of these surroundings was the setting for the home's small powder room," says Tatiana Machado-Rosas, design department head at Jackson. "The powder room design balances the home's Santa Fe aesthetic with contemporary flair."

A large mirror, inset in a slate hexagon mosaic-tiled accent wall, reflects and emphasizes the room's focal point - a striking rustic sink formed from a boulder.

"A sleek faucet extends from the mirror to the sink, creating an interesting contrast of primitive and modern," says Machado-Rosas. "Materials such as slate mosaics, limestone Napolina flooring and distressed woods were selected to enhance the appealing irregularities inherent in nature. A floating-globe pendant light adds a note of contemporary whimsy."

The powder room won first place in the National Kitchen and Bath Association San Diego Chapter's 2010 Design Competition.

Jackson Design and Remodeling