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Contemporary open-plan master suite with Asian accents


When a love of all things Asian draws you to the East, and you enjoy the luxury of high-end resorts, it's understandable that you might like to evoke that aesthetic in your own home.

The clients on this project by Christopher Grubb, principal of Arch-Interiors, were looking for an expansive master suite with several nods to Eastern design and culture.

The bedroom has the same footprint as before, but the new bathroom gains space from a disused deck, that became a walk-in wardrobe. The original bathroom had included a corridor, two wardrobes and a vanity area, says Grubb.

"Once the two rooms were completely stripped back, we created an open-plan master bathroom and bedroom, separated visually by a stand of bamboo canes set in a bed of pebbles. Geometrically patterned shoji-style screen doors can also be drawn between the spaces when privacy is required."

The screen doors are repeated at the entry to the suite and Grubb took their serene lines as inspiration for the Asian-look dresser and cabinets that bring a natural warmth to the rooms. Wood also features on the hexagonal ceilings and the bedroom floor.


"However, this suite is not Asian-themed. It is more a contemporary design that includes artefacts and accents drawn from throughout the East to give it depth and nuance.

"Some elements are decidedly modern. The stone tiles on the bathroom walls create the impression of a single large slab of stone with chisel marks runnings though it.

"To help soften the bathing space, I installed a curved tub surround. The mosaic shower tile, which glistens even when dry, is repeated on two columns at the other end of the tub. These flank a full-height waterfall wall feature."

An inset rug in the bedroom and a pebble tile edging around the limestone floor slabs in the bathroom help play down the size of the spaces. The hexagonal ceiling formwork and fans perform a similar role in both rooms.

Spa-style luxuries include state-of-the-art Kohler amenities such as a steam shower, complete with sound system, and a tub with chromatherapy lighting.

First published date: 16 February 2015

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Credit List

Interior designer Christopher Grubb, principal, Arch-Interiors Design Group (West Hills, CA)
Builder Precision Home Works
Tub Kohler
Vanity Maple, Espresso stain
Basin Amber glass by Vitraform, from Specialty Hardware & Plumbing
Taps Altmans Nuva wall mount in oil-rubbed bronze from Specialty Hardware and Plumbing
Shower stall and fittings Kohler
Flooring Beaumaniere Light limestone from Walker Zanger; Bali for Ann Sacks stacked pebble tile in White Timor
Walls Natural weave Jonathan Stripe wallcovering by LBI Boyd in Greystone; Oyster Lustre Vintage Glass tile from Walker Zanger
Bathroom flooring Rocks and Stacked Pebble tile by Ann Sacks
Lighting Sconces by Unilight