Tranquility base - indulgent spacious master suite by Dunlop Design

Indulgent spacious master suite by Dunlop Design
Story by: Justin Foote
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The shift to open-plan living may be conducive to a more free-flowing lifestyle, but it has put paid to any notion of personal space. Perhaps that is why we are seeing an increase in master suites that offer a feeling of sanctuary.

For the owners of this suite, the desire for a soothing, totally private haven was the impetus for an extensive remodeling project, says designer Jennie Dunlop FDINZ, principal of Dunlop Design.

"The clients approached me with a view to creating a luscious master suite that would also address a number of deficiencies in the existing design layout.

"Foremost was the proviso that there be a large bath to luxuriate in, as well as a dressing room as access to the existing wardrobe was constrained somewhat by the sloping roof of the attic."


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View of contemporary bedroom with ensuite featuring blue feature wall.

Dunlop stripped back the space, knocking down walls to turn two bedrooms and a bathroom into a single master suite. The shower and toilet are in their original positions, as is the master bedroom although the designer borrowed 20in from the room to allow for a more generous bathroom and dressing area.

"My main priority for the design was to create expansive, functional spaces, with an overall atmosphere of comfort and relaxation," says Dunlop.

"As the house is close to the sea, I chose a palette that combined marine tones with the warmer hues found in other rooms of the home, with touches of red as accents."

Glass mosaics in shades of blue and green form a custom feature wall, built to the exact measurements so that none of the tiles had to be cut to fit.

View of contemporary bedroom with ensuite featuring blue ceiling, daylighting, home, interior design, room, wall, gray
View of contemporary bedroom with ensuite featuring blue feature wall.

"The wall was the most time-consuming element of the project, in terms of achieving the exact proportions, as well as the final arrangement of the tiles. However, the seamless result makes the painstaking effort worthwhile."

Another of the designer's successes was in repurposing an existing void in the wall cavity to include a cantilevered cabinet. This meant separate vanities replaced the existing and cramped double vanity.

"It took a little finessing to bring all the elements together, but in the end we achieved the clients' wish for a veritable spa temple," says Dunlop.

Sep 20, 2011

Credit list

Builder
Serene Projects
Bath
Kaldewei
Vanity top
Diamondstone in Solar White from Granite Workshop
Shower fittings
Methven
Faucets
Grohe
Wall tiles
Glass mosaics designed by Dunlop Design; European Ceramics
Blinds and drapes
Drappeggio Perte
Cushions and pillows
Assorted Designers Guild from Icon Textiles
Paints
Vanity
Designed by
Basin
Villeroy & Boch
Shower enclosure
Euroglass
Toilet
Laufen wall hung
Flooring
Carpet by Cavalier Bremworth, tiles from European Ceramics
Lighting
ECC
Chair
Katie T by Montreux Furniture
Mirrors
Trendy Mirrors
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