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A remodeled master suite is perhaps the best way to give yourself a lift in the morning – a beautiful bedroom and bathroom can make the spirits soar.

This suite was completely transformed by interior designer Shelly Handman, who says the woman owner did not want a hard-edged contemporary look, and was not particularly interested in antiques.

"It needed to be a very soft environment that would be easy to live in," Handman says. "The house sits within a beautiful wooded lot beside a picturesque lake. The suite needed to be serene, to echo this quiet, peaceful setting."

To this end, the walls in the bedroom, and some walls in the bathroom, feature textural grasscloth in a soft seafoam green that picks up the color of the veining in the Calacatta Gold marble that lines the bathroom.

The other bedroom furnishings reinforce the warm neutral tones, with darker wood accents and silver leaf trim on the night stands. A TV cabinet has a mirrored trompe l'oeil effect on the doors, and a television that can be raised automatically and swiveled so it can be viewed from the bed or a sofa on the opposite wall.


In the bathroom Calacatta Gold marble slabs feature on the tub deck, vanity tops and waterfall sides, while the walls around the bathing areas are tiled. The vanities feature high-gloss Macassar ebony wood.

"This was chosen for its French Deco look," says Handman. "It enhances the elegant feel, but is not foreboding. In fact the entire bathroom feels light and airy, thanks in part to the natural light from the skylight."

To disguise the small scale of a high window, Handman specified large white shutters that give the impression of a much larger window.

Credit List

Tub filler, faucets and shower fittingsKohler Memoirs from The Kohler Store
BasinKohler Ladena
Grab barsKohler Purist
Cabinet companyRoncin Custom Design
TubJason Soaking Tub from Studio 41
Vanity cabinetryMacassar ebony
Vanity countertop, wall and floor tilesCalacatta Gold from Stone Impressions
SconcesVisual Comfort Calliope from Tower Lighting
Towel bar, robe hookNewport Brass East Linear from Studio 41
Vanity and desk chairsLowenstein Blue in Valtekz Tumbled Steer vinyl from Thomas Interior System, Inc
ShuttersShutter Hut
Bed linenMuse
Beside table lampsAdam Aaronson Lola from Holly Hunt
HeadboardCustom design by Handman in Donghia Glace fabric, fabricated by Estudio Furnishings
Bathroom designerShelly Handman, Handman Associates (Chicago, IL)
BuilderK&R Architectural Concepts

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