When it comes to rest and relaxation, there’s no denying Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton knows a thing or two about designing spaces that are aimed to soothe. Founder and CEO of Chillhouse—the laid-back cafe/day spa in New York City’s Lower East Side—Cyndi has made it her mission to create a calming, zenful setting for those looking to escape the harried pace of the Big Apple. With the highly celebrated "destination for modern self-care" being her brainchild, it’s no wonder that the contemporary, tranquil vibes can also be found in Cyndi’s apartment she shares with her husband in the city’s West Village.
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"I love our home because we are so comfortable here, and I am always making tweaks to make it better and better," says Cyndi. "Our home is my escape; it’s truly become my sanctuary."
One of her favorite spaces in their bright, airy one-bedroom abode is the bathroom. Despite its small size, the design and cultural influencer explains how she’s been able to cultivate it into her personal oasis by prioritizing organization and storage. "It’s important to learn what works aesthetically for you when it comes to organization," Cyndi adds.
"My beauty products are a big part of my lifestyle. So, I decided to put them on display! They aren’t hidden at all. My vanity is like my own department store; it’s a part of me," she states when describing her home.
When visualizing her dream bathroom, Cyndi looks to Build.com for inspiration. By combing through the company’s online collection of home improvement products, she not only finds a vast array of options for the essentials but also quality statement pieces to elevate her vision of creating an at-home spa retreat.
Unsurprisingly, Cyndi also states that a large portion of the space would be heavily inspired by the cool, collected vibes of Chillhouse. With a calming color palette of soft peaches, crisp whites, and various shades of green, Cyndi explains that she would also incorporate a good bit of brass into the bathroom along with simple surfaces.
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Another important factor would be lighting. Along with incorporating large windows into the space to allow plenty of natural light to pour in during the day, Cyndi explains she would also install warm, dimmable lighting into her dream bath since this is the area where she conducts her nightly skin routine. "To help create an at-home spa atmosphere, I'd love to have adjustable lighting, especially at the mirror and sink," she adds.
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There would be one more item on her wishlist: a spacious soaking tub. "For me, a bubble bath is one of the best ways to close out my day with mindfulness." Ideally, she’d opt for one with lots of surrounding shelving.
"So many L.A. homes showcase simple tubs but no products—what’s that about? I’d want a ledge around my bathtub for all my wellness accessories, such as bath salts, soaps. etc. In my dream space, I would have a really nice organizational unit by the tub, and utilize it as a masking station."