A tired master suite is rearranged and reinvented – providing a flowing retreat including bedroom, ensuite, walk-in robes and reading nook

Designed by Birdblack Design

From the designer:

This family home, surrounded by native Australian bushland, has been stylised in the American Plantation aesthetic. 

We were engaged to redesign the entire master suite. 

This comprises the master bedroom, an ensuite, walk-in robes and a reading nook.

Our homeowners are a married couple with adult children. 

They wanted the master suite to be a retreat, a haven, a separate space to the rest of the home for them to relax in. 

The master bedroom was to be inviting, the master ensuite a luxurious day-spa, the WIR functional and spacious and finally the reading nook was to be a space just for them. 

Prior to our creative touch, the master suite was fragmented and dysfunctional. 

By removing all the internal walls, as well as discovering an unused cavity in the garage behind, we created an open-plan space with functionality and purpose.

The ensuite was relocated and doubled in size while the bedroom was tucked away on the back wall, giving privacy. 

As a result, the walk-in robe became accessible and now provides great flow for the owners. 

Customised banquette seating was incorporated in the reading nook, which also doubles as a dressing room thanks to the nearby luxurious walk-in robe. 

The latter is fully fitted out with pull-down robe lifts and shoe drawers, using every inch of space available. 

In the ensuite, we created two zones: the dry zone including the vanity and dressing space, a place to do hair and makeup; and then the wet-zone with double shower and freestanding bath.

To emphasise the American Plantation style while also considering sustainable selections, we specified wall-to-wall textured sisal carpet. 

The materiality and joinery flowed between the spaces well, in particular between the robes and the ensuite – plenty of walnut timbers, rattan, and gorgeous Norwegian Rose marble is featured. 

Wallpapers add more pattern.

Walk through this project.

Credit list

Vanity benchtop
Round integrated undermount, in concrete
Shower stall
Clear Starphire glass with frameless glass door, polished chrome hinges
Caroma Forma Invisi Suite, Over Height, Back To Wall; pan Soft Close, Quick Release Seat, in White (4 Star)
Floor tiles
Jumble, in colour Avorio, Naturale finish, mitred edges
Kyoto LED pendant, polished chrome finish
Underfloor heating
Ensuite, including within shower spaces
Vanity and dresser
Solid American Walnut, horizontal grain, clear oil finish
Milli Pure Progressive Wall Basin Mixer Tap System (3 Star rating)
Shower fittings
Milli Pure Single Rail Shower in Chrome (3 Star); Milli Pure Shower Head, in chrome (3 Star)
Milli Glance toilet roll holder, in Chrome; Mizu Drift toilet brush & holder, in Chrome; Milli Glance towel rail, in chrome
Bath wall and ledge tiles
Fiovi Rosa, mitred edges
Linear 2 Slot Vent
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended

Designed by: Birdblack Design

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Adrian Lammers

01 Oct, 2023

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