Powder Room, Los Altos, CA
Photographed for Harrell Remodeling

2012 NKBA Award Small Bathrooms

Powder Room, Los Altos, CA
Photographed for Harrell Remodeling

2012 NKBA Award Small Bathrooms

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This powder room was, photographically, a technical nightmare.  

As with most powders, there was no extra room; the only part of the space you don’t see here is the commode. The design called for a one-point image and we had to remove the door to make room to capture enough of the cabinetry to communicate the design.  

The position of the mirror was what dictated the level of the camera -- any higher and it was visible in the mirror.  

Due to the size of the space and the need to show so much of the cabinet and floor, there was no way I could light it. The only way to capture the space and the essence of the design was through the use of the HDR technique, a digital variation of the multiple exposure technique I’m so fond of.  

We spent three hours on this one shot working to get everything just right. We tried many variations of styling elements and strategically positioned them in different locations. Photographing small spaces takes a lot of hard work and concentration. The end result of our efforts, the application of talent and skill of two experienced artists, is this excellent representation of the space, the materials and the design concept. As you can see, the hours of hard work were well worth it.  

The space also won a 2012 NKBA Northern California Award for small bathrooms, of which we are both very proud.