Suite success

An empty-nest couple turn to indulgence with a redesign of their bedroom suite
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A view of the bathroom, tiled floor and walls, white tub and sinks, chrome faucetry, glass shower, wooden cabinetry, stone vanity.

The children have left home finally and the chance to downsize presents an opportunity to really indulge yourself. One option is to create a new master bedroom suite that is both functional and pampering.

The first place to start is the master bathroom. This is where you can really explore your taste for luxury. Day-to-day life is increasingly frenetic, so it makes sense to assuage the daily stresses in an environment designed purely with you in mind, says Beth Kopin, principal of Kopin Interiors.

"A master bedroom suite should be a calm, tranquil environment where a couple can retreat in privacy. It needs to be a space that is theirs alone to enjoy."


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A view of the wooden cabinetry.

For the owners of the suite featured on these pages the priority was for a restful decor with a contemporary feel.

"I made a number of recommendations to the clients emphasizing a bold, mono-chromatic color scheme that was enhanced by the use of texture," says Kopin.

The owners' one stipulation was for the inclusion of Jerusalem bone tile, which Kopin has accented with crazy pavers and custom pieces in a chocolate brown finish.

A view of the bathroom, tiled floor and bathroom, countertop, estate, home, interior design, real estate, room, window, brown
A view of the bathroom, tiled floor and walls, white tub and sinks, chrome faucetry, glass shower, wooden cabinetry, stone vanity.

"I love to create drama with my designs, which is one of the reasons why I produce my own pieces. The vanity in this suite is designed to look like it is hanging from below the slab top. Lighting beneath the vanity reinforces this, while the custom backlit mirrors also add dramatic flair," says Kopin.

Another theatrical touch is the ceiling-mounted bath filler, which is designed to simulate a stream of running water.

"The bath filler was one of those elements of the design that evolved as the process unfolded, and yet, I believe, it is one of the stand out features of the suite," says Kopin.

Dec 04, 2006

Credit list

Main contractor
Vanity
BEA Industries
Faucets and shower fittings
Purist cross handle in nickle
Bath filler
Laminar ceiling mount by Kohler
Underfloor heating
Nuheat
Tub
Meridian undermount
Basin
Barbara Barry in Linen from Kallista
Shower stall
Purist by Kohler
Tile
Jerusalem bone, honey onyx tumbled crazy pavers from Granite & Marble Resources
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