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Hand-painted diamond motif features in this update by Sweet Peas Design

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A renovation project in a house by a noted architect and designer is an opportunity to reinterpret their motifs in the new design.

When reworking this powder room in an historic home by American architect David Adler (1882-1949), interior designer Susan Brunstrum of Sweet Peas Design says she was inspired by Adler's love of eclecticism.

"Geometric themes play a unifying role in this design. I repeated the diamond pattern Adler used on the hand-planked door on the metallic, multi-level ceiling which hides the many pipes and varying ceiling heights."

The diamond motif can be seen again on the walls, in a silvery scrollwork pattern Brunstrum adapted from a vintage design.

"The walls were too uneven for wallpaper, so we stencilled the pattern onto a shimmery hand-painted background. Finally, 133,000 paint dots were applied individually by syringe!"


Other features of the space include a spine sculpture by Leora Brecher and pop-art portraits of the original architect and his sister, interior designer Frances Elkins.

First published date: 16 February 2015

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Credit List

Interior designer Susan Brunstrum ASID, IFDA, Sweet Peas Design (Libertyville, IL); design team Beth Kweton, Jennifer Tarello, Rebecca Snow,T od Snyder-Grube
Builder North Shore Improvements and Renovations, Inc
Wallcoverings Specialty painting by Nancy Schnell of Fairy Dust Creations
Pedestal sink and toilet Kohler from Ferguson
Taps Charlotte Collection in Cocoa Bronze and Polished Nickel by Brizo from Ferguson
Flooring Design Materials
Lighting Visual Comfort
Accessories Artwork by Kathy Chambers; acrylic sofa table by Scott Yerkey; Christopher Guy ottomans
Stepped metal ceiling Firestone silver metallic from Sheet Metal Supply