Story by Colleen Hawkes
Photography by Andrew Ashton
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This suite was designed expressly for the woman of the house – it features a freestanding egg-shaped tub and basin, and a walk-in robe to die for
There's no need to compromise when you opt for separate his-and-hers ensuite bathrooms. In fact, you can completely indulge yourself and let your imagination run wild.
This master suite in an extra-large house in Toorak, Melbourne is the "hers" part of the equation. Designed by Royston Wilson, the suite matches the grandeur of the house, but provides an eclectic mix of styles.
"The house has a very grand French Chateau style of architecture," Wilson says. "And this is repeated in the bedroom with its replica bed, bedside tables and chandelier. There are also Neo Classical influences, as well as contemporary and Asian design references. The suite is essentially all about luxury, starting with the large dressing room, or walk-in robe."
Wilson says he was partly inspired by a popular television advertisement that shows a group of women exclaiming at an especially beautiful walk-in robe. This robe is similarly reminiscent of a luxury New York department store. Shoes and handbags are arranged in glass cabinets with Neoclassical painted wood mouldings, and jewellery sits on black velvet cushions within a glass countertop. Painted mouldings edging the glass on the countertop hide the drawer mechanisms, ensuring the jewellery takes centre stage.
A red Venetian glass chandelier above the counter provides a visual link with the red and black bathroom beyond. The wow factor is further enhanced by the direct alignment through the opening of a top-mounted white ceramic basin and large mirror.
"The organic egg shape of the basin and freestanding tub are not only eye catching, but also give the bathroom a feminine feel and help to impart a sense of relaxation," says Wilson.
Equally dramatic are the red and black Bisazza mosaic tiles that line the rear wall of the bathroom.
"This is a very distinctive, classical pattern," says the designer. "It provides a strong backdrop to counter the softer lines of the tub and basin, and the tapware, which features intertwining metal ropes. We added a complementary mirror from Thomas Pheasant. It is similar to the mosaic tile pattern without being identical. The large drum-style pendant light was also chosen for maximum visual impact."
The red accent gives the suite a slightly Asian feel; a look that is reinforced by the design of the mirror. The cantilevered vanity adds a contemporary touch.
White walls and white-painted shutters help to offset the dark, more dramatic elements and keep the look fresh and feminine.
"We brought the red accent back into the bedroom, with the bed linen," says Wilson. "So while it is a feminine suite, it is also a vibrant and unconventional space."
First published date: 19 June 2013
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|Designer||Royston Wilson, Royston Wilson Design (Armadale, Vic)|
|Builder||Hocking Build & Construct|
|Bathroom wall tiles||Bisazza mosaic|
|Vanity cabinet||Two-pack lacquer in Resene Barbecue|
|Vanity top||Solitaire White from SNB Stone|
|Handles||Pitella from Bellevue Imports|
|Bathroom flooring||Erneste Tiles|
|Basin and bathtub||Aveo by Villeroy & Boch|
|Tapware and shower fittings||Newform Morpho|
|Lighting||Custom; and Mirabella|