Story by Charles Moxham
Photography by Jerry Kalyniuk
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Hand-painted diamond motif features in this update by Sweet Peas Design
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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|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|
|Accessories||Artwork by Kathy Chambers; acrylic sofa table by Scott Yerkey; Christopher Guy ottomans|
|Stepped metal ceiling||Firestone silver metallic from Sheet Metal Supply|