Inner sanctum

This master suite provides a refined, masculine place of sanctuary
Story by: Charles Moxham
View of bathroom with brown wall and floor bathroom, door, floor, flooring, interior design, room, gray
View of bathroom with brown wall and floor tiles and dark framed mirrors on wall.

Set away from public spaces, often taking a floor of its own, a master suite offers an oasis, removed from the noise and bustle of daily life.

This master bedroom and bathroom with connecting hallway were designed by the owner, with interior decor by Sharon Kiss. The master suite is part of an expansive, contemporary residence. Living spaces on the floor below feature soaring interiors, with open-plan rooms running one to the next, but this suite has been given a more intimate feel, says the owner.

"For example, you turn a corner at the top of the stair to access the bedroom screening the master suite from immediate view," he says. "These private rooms also have clean lines, but with a greater emphasis on texture, and the introduction of warm beige tones."


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View of contemporary bathroom vanities and framed mirrors on the wall.

In the bathroom, the custom-designed vanity showcases the unusual sculptural glass basins. An emphasis on natural finishes includes a vanity extension in wood veneer, and tiles on the floor and on walls in the shower area that look like crocodile skin. Coarse pebble tiles are used on the floor of the shower itself.

Sharon Kiss says the owner works irregular hours, so it was important that he could sleep undisturbed no matter what the time of day.

"While the windows are unadorned on the main level, I introduced drapes in the bedroom to screen out the midday sun. The bed itself is recessed into an alcove that features leather paneling. This masculine inclusion adds to the textural emphasis and also helps muffle sounds from the outside world."

View of bathroom with brown wall and floor bathroom, door, floor, flooring, interior design, room, gray
View of bathroom with brown wall and floor tiles and dark framed mirrors on wall.

Exotic fabrics, chosen within a warm, muted colorway, add a pampering touch to the suite. The broad use of natural surfaces complements the forest outlooks enjoyed by the bathroom, connecting hall and master bedroom.

Mar 30, 2012

Credit list

masculine place of sanctuary Interior designer
Sharon Kiss ASID, Ambiance Interiors (Mendocino, CA)
Wall treatments
Benjamin Moore
Faucets
Water Decor from The Bath & Beyond
Flooring
Floor and shower walls in Crocodile Tobacco, shower floor in Riviera Pebble, from Specialty Tile
Windows
Black steel
Bedhead
Leather wall tiles by EcoDomo
Flowers
Michael Evans Florist
Builder
Joe Noah
Basins
Custom square crystal basins from The Bath & Beyond
Shower fittings
Vola
Accessories
Teak shower bench from Sutherland
Bed
A Rudin, upholstered in Ultrasuede by Robert Allen
Bedroom lighting
Bedside lamps from Kravet Furniture
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