From earth to sky

Richly veined marble and translucent glass bring the drama of opposites to this warm and spacious master suite
Photography by: John Umberger From earth to sky Richly veined marble and translucent glass bring the drama
A view of this bathroom featuring a pearwood bathroom, glass, interior design, plumbing fixture, room, window, gray
A view of this bathroom featuring a pearwood cantilevered vanity, dual recessed basins, frosted glass shower enclosure, marble tiles,recessed bathtub

Natural colors and materials are not the only way of bringing the outdoors into your home. Sometimes, introducing features that reflect the scale and grandeur of the natural world can create a home that is both restful and invigorating.

That was the approach taken by designer Susan Fredman for this master suite, as part of a whole house remodeling. As well as a natural aesthetic, the homeowners wanted plenty of vanity space, a large tub and closet and a snoring room.

"This is an unusual request, but practical, as it allows the partner of the snorer to sleep in another room when they are disturbed," she says.

To develop a unified look for the suite, Fredman started by creating two large focal points for the bedroom the custom-made steel headboard and footboard. Both pieces are substantial, to suggest the heaviness of stone, and oxidized to create a blend of verdigris, heather and copper tones.


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LEgend plan for the master bedroom & Bathroom

"The colors are vibrant and earthy, but still soothing and restful we were sensitive to bringing the outdoors into the home," says Fredman.

In the bathroom, Orochi serpentine marble clads the whirlpool tub deck, and the walls and floor of the shower.

"Stone is naturally beautiful, dramatic and resilient," she says. "Details such as the mosaic tile border and smaller tiles for the shower floor introduce a different rhythm I believe good design works in the detail."

The rich patterns and tones of the stone are balanced by the clean, understated design of the large cantilevered pearwood vanity, says Fredman.

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LEgend plan for the master bedroom & Bathroom

Vinyl wallpaper, selected for its resilience, matches the deep color of the eggshell-finish walls in the bedroom.

A translucent sliding glass door between the tub and vanity areas ensures that spaces are private, but stay light.

"I wanted to balance the earthy, rich colors and materials with elements that are open and spacious," says Fredman.

Dec 03, 2007

Credit list

Interior designer
Susan Fredman, ASID, NKBA, Susan Fredman & Associates (Chicago, IL)
Vanity
Pearwood, by Woodmode
Shower fixture
Hansgrohe
Tile flooring
Woodmode
Tub
Kohler
Basin
Kohler
Flooring
Bamboo
Toilet
Toto
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