There’s a lot of work and planning to achieve a luxurious bathroom in a limited space. The key is, making sure every detail visually interesting. Plus, designing cabinetry and choosing fixtures in the appropriate scale is vital, and I always try to design a smaller space so sight lines aren’t blocked. For this ensuite, we opened up segragated water closet and added a frosted glass panel for a bit of privacy. The shower has as much glass as possible to maximize the natural light. And, not wanting to interrupt the beautiful marble slabs in the shower with shelving, we added a half wall with a storage niche. To make it seamless looking, we also cladded the wall and niche entirely with marble. Luxurious! I won’t show you the whole room now since it isn’t completely finished. I still have to layer it with art, accessories and fluffy towels. In the meantime, here are a few close ups with some of the details that make this ensuite special. We had a tiled, flush shower drain installed. It looks perfect with the zero threshold shower floor. Marble niche and slab marble wallsCustom bevelled mirror.Custom vanity with polished nickel hardware.Beautiful tub filler, and I love the marble wall – very hotel chic.And of course a soaker tub to die for!
I had the honour being a part of a panel of experts for Interior Design Master Class yesterday in Toronto. It was a jammed-packed day of design business advice and money making tips for designers and decorators who are newer in the business. It ran from 8am-5pm with short breaks in between, so you can just imagine the information the attendees went home with. My friend Meredith Heron was the keynote speaker and I was part of a panel along with Meredith and Jonathan Legate, a friend and designer based in Halifax. Wendy Hicken from Juice Marketing Group and the founder of Interior Design Master Class had amazing marketing tips to share, along with other experts and gorgeous product line representatives. There was so much to offer!
Here’s an Instagram picture from one of the attendees. It made my day to hear she thought it was the best design discussion ever! Success.
Foyers, large upstairs landings, niches and tucked away corners are areas in a home that I call “in-between spaces.” Often people don’t know how to decorate these areas because the function of them isn’t clearly defined. I actually love designing these areas for clients because they gain a bonus living space.
Below is a home I’m decorating and my job is to give the public areas a wow factor for when they entertain, and give the more intimate areas a finished, family friendly feel. I thought I would feature a few of these in-between areas.
(Trying to do too many things at once, I dropped my iPhone and unfortunately my photos are blurry).
Upper landing area and large blank wall
Here’s the inspiration…
I love how this antique, French settee is contrasted with the contemporary Franz Kline art. I’ll suggest a similar arrangement in the foyer; especially since the opposite wall has room for a beautiful cabinet where daily mail and keys can be dropped.
Credit: Designer unknown
Window niches can be a cosy reading nook for the kids, or a place to perch when spying on your neighbours. I love the repetition of these window seats in the inspiration photo and in my client’s home. I want to maximize this space by adding upholstered cushions in each niche, flanked by art for added interest. The best thing for my clients is they have three kids, so they each get to claim their own seat!
Anne Decker Architects
I love this image too.Stylist Denis Bjerregaard
An expansive upper landing can be used for an intimate family area. Here’s where they can gather in their pyjamas before going to bed or heading out for the day. I love the idea of two chaise lounges or a tête-à-tête lounge in the seating area, with an area rug to define the space from the hallway. I would even layer an upholstered screen behind the grouping instead of art on the wall.Designer Hanna Wessman
A creative, family gallery on the adjacent wall would add a personal touch; but nothing overly contrived, so more pictures can be added over the years.
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