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Opening the bathroom to the bedroom creates an airy, inviting master suite

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Combined bedroom and bathroom in loft space features Calacatta marble wall, distressed French oak floors, exposed brickwork and a freestanding tub

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When demand elevates an under-considered apartment to premium real estate, it's likely the interior will have to improve to match the times. Such was the case for the private spaces in this loft renovation by builder Kris Johnson.

The master bedroom and separate bathroom were inappropriately modest given the unit's increased value, says Johnson.

"To create a sense of space and bring natural light to the bathing area we decided to remove the internal wall and combine the two rooms."

The reworked suite continues the look of the public spaces, with hand-scraped French oak floors and refreshed brickwork – the loft is part of an old building that once was a wool store.

In opening the bathroom to the bedroom, Johnson made a feature of the freestanding bathtub, introducing a Calacatta marble mosaic privacy wall behind it. The wall has touches of grey that pick up on purple tones in the brickwork, the dark accent wall and the large area rug, drawing the space together. In addition, the mosaic wall is edged in wood, providing a visual connection with the distressed flooring and large structural beam.


An understated double vanity faces the bed and benefits from plenty of natural light. The marble wall behind screens the shower from the bedroom area. Two individual blown-glass pendants, one near the window and the other suspended from the bulkhead over the tub, help to draw together the overall space.

First published date: 23 April 2015

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Builder JSC Prestige Homes
Interior designer Cassandra Johnson
Flooring French oak, scraped and stained
Wall covering Dulux
Lighting Decode London
Furniture Poliform, Minotti, Lago from Bianchi Proposte D'arredo Design Store
Window treatments Somfi drapes; Cuchi blinds