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Masterpiece in Marble
“It is very different to design your own bath,” says Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer Bev Adams, owner of Denver-based Interior Intuitions. “When I became the client, I had to narrow down my selections and focus on the things I really wanted to have.” At the top of her list? More space. Adams sacrificed a third bedroom in her Centennial home to make way for the timeless, elegant en suite bathroom she envisioned after years of navigating a tiny space.
She swathed her new master bath in classic marble—slabs of Venatino marble on the countertops, shower surround and walls; 18-inch statuary marble tiles on the floor; and an inlay of Thassos marble mosaics in the double shower. Custom cabinets from her own Intuitions line incorporate traditional details and subtly repeat the marble colorations in the finish, a pewter glaze over white painted wood. Dark blue walls (painted in Storm by Sherwin Williams) further pick up the tone of the marble veining and contrast with the light colors and punch of bright pink in Jonathan Franc’s Peony Chair from Phoebe Marsh, covered in Cassaro’s Cinzia fabric in Candy.
Natural light spills into the 11-by-12-foot room and bounces off sparkling glass, chrome and crystal elements that repeat throughout the space. “Lighting is really important,” says Adams, who layered recessed ceiling fixtures with shimmering Schonbek crystal sconces and added mirrors to the upper cabinet doors. “The two walls of mirrors make the room look much bigger than it is,” she says.
Pampering amenities include a bidet, customized storage, heated flooring, Hansgrohe thermostatic shower valves and Grohe Freehander double shower heads that pull down as a body spray.
“The beauty of this room is the materials,” Adams says. “That’s what makes people want to spend time in a bathroom. This bathroom is peaceful, calm and relaxing—and everything I wanted.”
Cool it down. Use white and cool colors for a spa-like bathroom retreat. Warm colors stimulate; cool colors are calm and relaxing.
Warm it up. Programmable heating under stone and tile floors keeps feet toasty and can also be used under the shower floor. Consider an electric warming drawer or bar for towels.
Repeat shapes (such as the rounded countertop edges, crown molding, cabinet hardware and faucets) and materials for a cohesive design.
All in One
The master suite of this sprawling 1950s ranch-style house in Cherry Hills featured a large bedroom but small closet and bathroom. Interior designer Christi Pepper and her assistant, Sarah Johnson, turned that equation around in a recent remodel, claiming 345 square feet of the bedroom for a multi-functional master bathroom. “We built the closets right into the bath,” Pepper says. “It is a very effective use of space that doesn’t end up feeling like a closet.”
This configuration frees up space in the center of the room for a show-stopping double vanity island. “It’s a very non-traditional idea not to hang a mirror over a vanity, but it absolutely works,” Pepper says. “There are so many mirrors in the room that the homeowners felt they didn’t need one here.” To house make-up, jewelry and hair styling supplies, she custom-designed a stunning mirrored dressing table.
The bath suite is a study in contrasts—light and dark, traditional and modern—inspired by two striking pieces: an ultra modern sculptural bathtub from MTI and an antique mahogany wardrobe. To give the signature tub the prominence it deserves, Pepper placed it on a curved wooden platform set into a bay with a stone backdrop. The commanding antique wardrobe anchors the opposite end of the room, and informed the choice of mahogany-stained maple for the vanity and accents.
Limestone tiles provide seamless cover underfoot, from the heated floor to the walls of the double steam shower, and an inset of carved concrete tiles—designed by artist Andy Fleishman for Ann Sacks—surrounds and accents the vanity. Copper faucets and a chandelier by Troy Lighting add warmth and polish. A circular sculpture from Ashley Campbell plays off the shapes of the geometric tub and curved platform.
“The client really wanted the bath to be a significant part of the master suite,” Pepper says. “This design is all about relaxation and accommodating how the homeowners use the space.”
Create the illusion of an area rug with contrasting tile or stone. It helps break up and soften the space.
Incorporate an antique into the bathroom to strike an interesting mix of old and new.
Use marine varnish to protect wood elements in a wet area, such as the bath platform here.
Degree of Separation
Rather than design an open communal master bathroom, architect/interior design team Bryan and Lynda Gunn took a “separate, but equal” approach when building their own home in Denver. “Our
intention was to have a fair amount of separation in the master bath, but still be connected,” Bryan Gunn says. The resulting his-and-hers bath provides a distinct vanity and water closet for each spouse, while a shared walk-through shower unites the two spaces. The 353-square-foot master bath suite includes separate walk-in closets as well.
The double shower features two long walls lined with porcelain tile by Crossville. Green glass tile stripes play off the one-inch glass mosaic shower floor. Cifial showerheads and body jets are featured on either side of a shared hand-held shower. A semi-circular cantilevered bench provides seating.
Seven-foot vanities in an espresso-finish maple provide plenty of bathroom storage and individual space for grooming. “In every couple there is a messy one and a tidy one,” Lynda Gunn says. This design avoids any such conflicts. Full plate mirrors behind the vanities reflect light from the George Kovacs chandeliers. “The sheets of hanging glass look almost like Japanese lanterns,” Lynda Gunn says. “A little Asian influence is very appealing.”
She used a larger version of the chandelier above the sleek double bathtub (located on her side of the bathroom), where horizontal and vertical slabs of marble were painstakingly matched to form the tub deck. “The depth of the apron gives it substance,” Bryan Gunn says. “It reads as one thick slab of stone.”
The couple has since designed three similar bath layouts for clients at Studio Gunn Architecture, where the couple works together. “It really doesn’t take up any more floor space than a traditional five-piece bath,” Bryan Gunn says. Adds his wife, “It works well with our lifestyle. We highly recommend it.”
Look for lighting lines that feature coordinated fixtures in different sizes for a consistent look throughout the bath.
If space allows, opt for two separate water closets in the master bath—an unexpected luxury.
Consider a solid tub deck for a clean look and easy maintenance.
MASTERPIECE IN MARBLE
INTERIOR DESIGNER Bev Adams, Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer, Interior Intuitions, Denver, (303) 355-2772, interiorintuitions.com CABINETRY Custom, from Intuitions line, Interior Intuitions, Denver, interiorintuitions.com MOSAIC IN SHOWER Thassos Marble, thassosmarble.com WALL PAINT “Storm” by Sherwin Williams, sherwinwilliams.com CHAIR Peony Chair by Jonathan Franc, Phoebe Marsh, Denver Design District, phoebemarsh.com; upholstered in Cinzia fabric in Candy by Cassaro, cassarofabrics.com CRYSTAL SCONCES Schonbek, schonbek.com SHOWER VALVES Thermostatic shower valves by Hansgrohe, hansgrohe-usa.com SHOWER HEADS Freehander double shower heads by Grohe, grohe.com
ALL IN ONE
INTERIOR DESIGN Christi Pepper and Sarah Johnson, Christi Pepper Design, Denver, (720) 982-4068, firstname.lastname@example.org, cpepperdesign.com ARCHITECTURE Bill Baer, Baer Hickman Architects, Denver, (303) 863-9484, baerandhickmanarchitects.com CONSTRUCTION AND MILLWORK Michael DeVere, Rosewater Construction, Denver, (303) 733-8380, rosewaterconstruction.com VANITY Custom mirrored jewelry vanity by Christi Pepper Design, cpepperdesign.com; manufactured by Rosewater Construction, rosewaterconstruction.com TUB Petra Tub by MTI, available through Dahl, Denver, (303) 722-0808, dahldenver.com TUB FILLER & FIXTURES Copper Atlantis Tub Filler and Guilford Lavatory Fixtures by Altmans, available through Dahl, Denver, (303) 722-0808, dahldenver.com SINKS Kohler, available through Ferguson Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery, Aurora, (303) 739-8000, ferguson.com VANITY CHAIR Custom design by Christi Pepper Design, cpepperdesign.com; upholstered in Calico Home Fabric, calicocorners.com OTTOMAN Custom design with storage by Christi Pepper Design, Denver, (720) 982-4068, cpepperdesign.com; upholstered in owner’s leather and vinyl by Pindler & Pindler, pindler.com WARDROBES & ISLAND Custom design by Christi Pepper Design, cpepperdesign.com; manufactured by Rosewater Construction, rosewaterconstruction.com PENDANT LIGHT Sausalito Drum Pendant by Troy Lighting, troy-lighting.com SCONCES Edge Slim Bath Bar Sconces by Forecast Lighting, forecastltg.com WINDOW TREATMENTS Custom design by Christi Pepper Design, cpepperdesign.com; manufactured by Karen Rau TILE Carved Concrete Tile ‘Variations’ by Andy Fleishman for Ann Sacks, Denver Design District, (303) 282-9300, annsacks.com LIMESTONE Silk Georgette Limestone, available through Capco Tile & Stone, Denver, (303) 759-1919, capcotile.com BORDER Chile Copper and limestone border at mirror and shower, available through Daltile, Denver, (303) 722- 2800, daltile.com QUARTZ White Quartz Stone by Norstone, available through Rio Grande, Denver, (303) 825-2211, riograndeco.com PAINT Benjamin Moore, available through Guiry’s, Denver, (303) 758-824, guirys.com
DEGREE OF SEPARATION
INTERIOR DESIGN Lynda Gunn, Studio Gunn Architecture, LLC, Denver, (303) 388-5044, studiogunn.com ARCHITECTURE Bryan Gunn, Studio Gunn Architecture, LLC, Denver, (303) 388-5044, studiogunn.com CONSTRUCTION CONSULTANT Ed Young, Green Leaf Development, LLC, Denver, (303) 378-4058 CARPENTRY Chase Lustig, Lustig Carpentry Inc., (720) 298-6875 MARBLE COUNTERTOP & TUB SURROUND Daino Reale marble, available through Daltile, Denver, (303) 722-2800, daltile.com CABINETS BKC Kitchen and Bath, Denver, bkckitchenandbath.com PORCELAIN TILE & GLASS TILE Crossville, available through Design Materials, Denver Design District, designmaterials.com TRAVERTINE MOSAIC FLOOR TILE, BACKSPLASH & LINERS Design Materials, Denver Design District, designmaterials.com PLUMBING FIXTURES Toilets and sinks by Toto, totousa.com; Bathtub with air and chromatherapy by Aquatic, aquaticbath.com SINK & TUB FAUCETS Cifial, Denver Hardware, Denver, denhw.com TOWEL BARS Available through Denver Hardware, Denver, denhw.com SHOWER FAUCETS Delta, deltafaucet.com FRAMELESS GLASS SURROUND (SHOWER & MIRRORS) Mile High Glass Inc., Denver, (303) 455-9552 LIGHTING FIXTURES George Kovacs, Lamps Plus, Denver, lampsplus.com
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