Master Bath Remake Inspired by the Outdoors

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These clients are outdoor-loving fitness fanatics, so it was apropos that their master bath would be inspired by nature.  They wanted to pull color inspiration from an original painting by an extended family member of an ocean sunset.  “Autumn Mist” slate was a clear product choice, looking as though it was “painted using the same paintbrush”.  Their bathroom is relatively small, so we knew to use the slate only in “small doses”… as an accent on both the showerhead wall and on the floor tile to keep the room from getting too dark or too busy.

My clients’ other project objectives:  turn a shower that “felt like a closet” into a closet; remove a tub used only to hang laundry to create space for an oversized shower; “get rid of the fur downs”; make the window that would now be in their shower, “shower safe”; and create a more functional cabinet.

What else we did:

  • Limestone-looking quartz countertops were installed, mimicking nature but with “better than nature durability”.
  • Oversize porcelain tile was used on the floor and shower walls reducing grout lines to expand the space.
  • Glass block was installed in the window, providing privacy, but letting in natural light.
  • Custom walnut-stained maple cabinets contribute to the outdoor theme.  Squaring off the corner made room for twelve new drawers, allowing clutter to be cleared from the countertops.
  • Polished nickel hardware, plumbing fixtures and light fixtures reflect both the cool and warm tones found in nature.

The painting that inspired it all hangs over the bed in the adjacent master bedroom.

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Words on Walls


Generally, I’m not a big fan of “words on walls”.  We’ve all seen them:  “LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH”, “I LOVE MY DOG” or I’ve even seen “EAT” in the kitchen, as if we don’t know what we are supposed to do in there.  What should the words say in the bathroom?

I make one exception to my rule.  When the words are written in Chinese, which is such a beautifully written language.  These were hand painted for my client by the artist I work with most frequently.  Translated they are “Faith”, “Hope” and “Love”.  My client exemplifies all of these traits and they are written in the language spoken by his parents.  Art, with a more subtle message.  Well, unless you live in China.

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Study with Your Feet Up

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Who says you need to sit at a desk to work?  Armed with his laptop, my client prefers to sit in a comfortable chair with his feet up.  A sculptural drink table provides the perfect resting spot for his cup of coffee or beverage of choice at the end of the work day.  Family treasures and photographs displayed in the bookcase behind create a personalized and welcoming setting to be productive.

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A Better, Brighter Bath

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My client’s objective was to create a space she would be happy to wake up to at 4:00 am, her workday wakeup time.  Her existing bathroom felt dark, crowded and uninviting.  At the same time she was focused on a fixed budget which meant working with the existing tub, cabinets, floor and shower tile.

What we did:

  • Replaced Dark Emperador marble countertops with light Taj Mahal quartzite which is also conveniently much more durable.  We stayed on budget-track with a beautiful remnant.
  • Replaced dark oil-rubbed bronze plumbing fixtures, hardware and lighting with elegant polished nickel fixtures.
  • Installed oversize rectangular sinks in combination with tall faucet spouts making the sinks more user-friendly.
  • Replaced two dark walnut framed mirrors with one oversize champagne framed mirror which visually enlarged the space.
  • Replaced a dark oil-rubbed bronze framed shower door set with taller semi-frameless sliding doors in polished chrome.
  • Painted cabinets and walls with a subtle neutral.
  • Added the missing pop of color with deep purple accents in original framed art, hand painted soaps, an etched glass sculpture and rich purple towels.
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Formal Dining Re-do

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My client took advantage of a move to freshen the look of her dining room.  While in some rooms in her new home we started completely anew, her dining room furniture was investment furniture she wanted to keep.

What we did:  added an inviting hand-knotted wool rug; re-upholstered her dining chairs; freshened her accessories; and painted her walls.

New home, new look.

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Setting the Tone: An Engaging Entry

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Bold original art hanging above a distressed finish piece sets the tone for this client’s home as soon as you enter the front door.  You know this home will be comfortable, relaxed, yet full of interesting and colorful surprises.  The chair vignette down the entry hall beckons you further.

My clients met with Design Perspective’s commissioned artist in person so we could communicate their preferred color palate, style, energy and size for the original art.   Custom selected fabric for the hallway chair connects the colors selected for the dining room, office and great room, all entered off the oversize hallway, providing a seamless flow from room to room.

An engaging entry entices you to explore what’s next.


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Three Offers Over Asking Price

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This home had sat on the market for six months without a nibble.  The seller decided to pull the listing and invest in some relatively simple updates and stage.

Walls and cabinets were painted throughout.  Wood was installed on the floor in the living spaces and carpet was replaced in the bedrooms.  An on-trend granite remnant, subway tile backsplash and a new pendant light totally transformed the kitchen.

After staging the home with a combination of homeowner possessions and rental furniture, art and accessories, the home was re-listed.  My client had three offers the first weekend.  All over asking price.  Their investment came back in spades.

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