Bernie has been a member of my crew for years. He’s a meticulous master painter who has come through for me on more projects than I can count. When he and his wife, Christy, decided it was time to renovate their master bedroom ensuite bath, I was delighted to help out.
Along with a stunning new bathroom, I also decided to give Christy and Bernie the gift of a bedroom makeover that hit all the high notes: a custom headboard; a fresh coat of paint for the dresser; an elegant new ceiling light fixture; and, of course, new bedding.
We had a lot of space to work with, but it wasn’t very well planned. The bedroom was huge, but the bathroom had a very choppy layout — including a closet, vanity and separate room with tub, shower and toilet. It was so dysfunctional, in fact, that it was hardly ever used. Well … hardly ever used for bathing, that is. The shower stall actually made a very handy linen closet, once some shelving was added!
After renovating the rest of the house, it was time for Christy and Bernie to do something just for them. My plan called for some very big changes to this master bedroom and ensuite bathroom. By relocating the closet into the bedroom, we were able to accommodate a large glass-enclosed shower stall, a repositioned toiled and a single vanity (for Bernie). On the other side of the room, we installed a large cast iron soaker tub, which was high on Christy’s wish list, as well as another single vanity just for her, and a corner storage cabinet.
Throughout this bathroom, we added in a lot of luxurious little touches to really bring out that spa feeling. Heated floors and towel racks, plush new bathrobes, monogrammed Turkish towels, French soaps and linen sprays complete Christy and Bernie’s new retreat. A beaded curtain, reminiscent of a waterfall, hangs along the far wall — just one more little extra in a bathroom that packs a big punch of style.
Moving into the bedroom, we built a bank of closets with lots of storage underneath. Mirrored cabinet doors reflect light and contribute to the room’s airy, spacious feeling. We painted Christy and Bernie’s existing dresser with pewter paint and added some new crystal hardware with a touch of sparkle. The king sized bed got the royal treatment with the addition of a custom fabric headboard, complete with brushed nickel nailhead trim. New bedding in restful neutral tones is complemented by pewter and cream throw cushions, and a pair of floor-length mirrors reflects the room’s beauty and classic elegance.
We brightened up Christy and Bernie’s bedroom with recessed lighting and a stunning semi-flush mounted chandelier, with matching sconces on each side of the bed. A pair of ivory chairs matches ready-made drapes, to complete the transformation from big and basic to relaxing and restful.
Every inch of this master bedroom and ensuite bath has been planned out to maximize the existing space. By taking away half of the double door that used to lead into the bathroom, we’ve gained not just a spacious bedroom, but an impressive bath as well. Gone is the choppy layout and in its place is a spacious oasis of luxury and peace. Bernie and Christy may never come out.
But wait … what happens when I need him for the next job?
Interior decorator Candice Olson is host of HGTV’s “Candice Tells All.” For more, visit: www.hgtv.com/candice-tells-all-full-episodes/videos.