Oh man, this post is a long, LONG time coming. But here she is in all her glory - the suburban MASTER suite.
When our clients decided to find a suburban home outside of Chicago for their family of three, they found the perfect house for them, except the master suite was on the first floor and the kids’ bedrooms were on the second. After living this way for over a year with a very small child at home, their need to all be on the same level was confirmed. Luckily they had purchased a home with a massive “bonus room” above their garage in mind for this purpose. This empty room provided a blank slate for them to make their own master suite retreat. Enter Unpatterned.
At the end of a long hallway, the space begged to be more of a hotel-like retreat than your typical suburban bedroom and bathroom. One half of the couple wanted the space to be a calming almost spa-like retreat. The other half really had a need for the use of color. We worked with them to combine a cool neutral base to provide that instant serenity effect with repeated shades of blues, purple and gold to add color in bold strokes. This included a custom painting by Kirsten Handelmann and a custom built barn door to the large master bath, both sourced via Etsy. An electric fireplace, sectional seating for TV-watching, a beverage bar, complete with Keurig and mini fridge, and a spa-like bath provide everything needed to unwind after a long day.
The challenge of a sloping ceiling and window bays were overcome with a custom built-in headboard/bookshelf/nightstand solution. The side cabinets open to hide phone chargers and ear plugs. We added the window seat storage drawers to provide extra linen storage. Ceiling fans and blackout shades create the perfect sleep environment, and dual closets ensure there is no question whose mess is whose.
On that same note, the couple agreed that 2 separate vanities were the way to go for them. Deep gray/blue vanities in a custom color and blue glass tile accents invoke oceanside thoughts and again combine the need for zen, but adding some color. Obviously, the biggest relaxation areas are the soaking air tub centered on the window and the walk-in multi-head shower. I'm semi-considering adding test driving bath tubs into my contracts, but I suppose that could get awkward. The sloping ceiling was maximized again as a place to add extra shelves and linen storage.
This truly was a dream project. It's not often you get to start with such a blank slate, include some custom details, not to mention the tub of all tubs. Seeing this progress from big open space to master suite retreat is what makes the Unpatterned world go round!
Comprehensive Interior Design: Unpatterned
General Contractor: M. Baffia Construction, Inc.
Photography: Mike Kaskel