The Master Suite…
Congratulations to Herrick Design Group, for the winning design at this year’s ASID Awards. The bathroom design took First Place. I asked them to share a little of the story behind this Master Suite and Bath design…
“To create a Master Bedroom that reflected the homeowner’s varied “His” and “Hers” tastes, from Traditional to Simple, Organic to Geometric and Plain to Fancy.”
“The space was originally a Library in the late 1880’s with a narrow rectilinear foot print of 20 Ft by 12 Ft. Dominating one long wall is a beautiful, original fireplace with flanking bookcases and small window, adjacent on the narrow end is a bay window and on the opposite long wall there are two doorways. The remaining end wall, with another small window, was the only wall wide enough to place a bed upon. Unfortunately, the doorway on the adjacent wall was very close to the corner, testing our nightstand selection. The challenge was heightened two-fold when the Homeowner said she really, really wanted a King Sized Four Poster Bed.”
“The first step was to close off the small window on the narrow end wall, it was too low for our bed placement. In order to create more visual space, a neutral, tone-on-tone wall covering was selected with a repeating circular pattern that tied directly back to the original fireplace moldings. This movement on the walls creates depth and interest without the flat appearance of a singular paint color and by keeping it light it doesn’t add visual weight. The Four Poster Bed solution came in a selection with classic details, slender proportions, and a deep finish to counter-balance the original bookcase at the other end of the room. The unmatched nightstands in different wood tones also add visual weight for balance, with an exceptionally shallow chest allowing for traffic flow through the doorway. The fabric selections for the majority of the room were kept to natural fabrics in tone on tone color, with the Drapery Fabric at center stage with its lovely Modern Twig motif stamped in a silver metallic on White Linen and adorned with wooden beads, crystals and mother-of-pearl fragment. The client’s personalities were further reinforced by a harmoniously orchestrated collection of colorful pillows, antique rugs, art and accessories that sprung from the original fireplace tile and carry your eye around the room.
“Our goal was to create a Master Bath that was sympathetic to the rest of the 1880 home with its traditional millwork and details, though this bathroom was a completely new bathroom space pieced together from portions of other rooms. Aesthetically, it was important to reflect the Homeowner’s love of the building’s idiosyncratic nature and their desire to retain as much of the original building as possible.”
“The footprint of the bathroom is not overly generous, however, it does house a six foot soaking tub, a separate water closet, a double vanity and a two-person shower complete with His and Hers shower heads, a hand-shower and a ceiling rain-head. Space is not wasted on open floor space, which creates an overall ‘close quarters’ feeling. Early in the design process the wife indicated a desire for a large vanity with additional storage above the counter. We were able to give her this sense of grandeur by creating a paneled mirror surround that also turned the corner and housed a medicine cabinet tucked into the wall beside her sink, topped with prominent crown molding and all finished in the same light green color, it feels impressive without being overbearing.
The Arabascato Marble was selected for its varied appearance, it looks as though it could have been salvaged from a previous life, and for its mellow coloration. The decision to use only one tile product, yet create interest through varied patterns and a paneled wainscot was inspired by the home’s original paneled wainscot in other areas and the desire to showcase a more craftsman approach rather than decorative application – the effect is simple and splendid at the same time. The plumbing and light fixtures, along with the cabinetry hardware, add a layer of traditional sparkle.”