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Studio Thomas James’ ‘Wicked’ Powder Bath for Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas

'Dark and Edgy' Was the Design Mantra

photography Stephen Karlisch

Overview of the Powder Bath

The powder bath’s sink location is perfection — located opposite  the entry, allowing us to show off the design elements as you enter the room. Since there are no windows in the space, we decided to keep it dark and edgy with a touch of glamour inspired by the 1930s. Vibrant tones of green honed marble with variations of whites and blacks create a dramatic mosaic by Kelly Wearstler. The black grasscloth layered over a metallic-foiled background is a showstopper. Ralph Lauren hand-forged sconces and ceiling fixture from Taylors by Jane add allure. We called on art consultant Jennifer Klos of Collector House for artworks by Dallas-based artist Keer Tanchak of Gallery 12.26. All of our partner vendors were so generous, and we’re grateful for their support. Thank you to Ann Sacks, Betzinger Designs, Burled Co., Claybrook, Hudson Construction Group, Jennifer Klos, Keer Tanchak, Lee Jofa Brunschwig & Fils, Stone Boutique, Taylors by Jane, and Westside Kitchen & Bath. — Studio Thomas James


Philip Thomas Vanderford and Jason James Jones of Studio Thomas James talk about their inspiration, design secrets, sources, and collaborations:


The inspiration for our room — Wicked, the Broadway hit musical — made for a fun journey throughout the entire project. We drew from the production’s fascinating artistry and creative use of imagery, from the black and green hues to the glamour and magic in the story.



Working alongside Jennifer Klos of Collector House is always a treat. Her uncanny ability to advise on the perfect art allowed us to add the Keer Tanchak works to the hall bath.


Favorite piece in your room

The hand-forged sconces add interest to the room’s dark and edgy mood and give a nod to the chic style of the 1930s.


Design secret

To create a showstopping effect, we layered black grasscloth over a metallic-foiled background.


Biggest challenge creating your space

We took one of the smallest rooms in the house and made it memorable. We decided to take advantage of the room’s sink and vanity — positioned exactly opposite of the entrance to the space. The room arrangement allowed us to show off the design elements as you walk in.


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