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It can be easy to take life too seriously, and that even applies to the way we design and decorate our homes.

The owners of this contemporary house, which was designed by Dencity architect Steffan Svenson, wanted to inject a little fun into their master suite. As one of the owners, Shelly Justice, puts it, "We wanted something unexpected – something that would stand out and would have the wow factor. We weren't afraid of bright materials and putting these together in interesting ways."

With its elevated leafy outlook, the bedroom forms a private sanctuary, complete with fireplace and small sitting area. Here, warm neutral tones, rawhide and leather armchairs and a dark wood floor convey a sense of country. But the look is eclectic, thanks to a glittering chandelier and a dramatic Chinese red glasscloth fabric on the headboard.

"Color is also a significant element in the walk-in closet," says Justice. "All the drawers and doors were custom manufactured from purple color-backed glass.

"A white faux fur carpet in the closet adds another touch of fun."


Further sparkle is provided by another chandelier in the bathroom, and also by the choice of Roche Blanc chiseled limestone with specks that catch the light when it shines on the fireplace surround.

In keeping with a growing trend, the bedroom can be opened right up to the bathroom, with a large Corten steel door. This exposes the Neorest soaking tub, making it an integral part of the suite.

"The tub is fully electronic, and has push-button controls and chromatherapy settings, providing the most relaxing soak," says Justice. "And it is positioned so we can not only converse with each other in the bedroom but also enjoy the view while bathing."

The pièce de résistance, however, is the mirrored cabinetry in the bathroom. The mirrored panels on the vanity were subjected to a special treatment, involving stripping down the back of the mirrors. After being washed, the mirrors were then coated in a metal patina solution applied gradually to the raw reflective surface of the mirror. This ate away at the surface, and was rinsed to neutralize the reaction. Paint was then reapplied to the back of the mirror, in this case a dark brown and gold leaf that was visible through the spots created by the patina solution.

"The mix of dark and light paints that were applied randomly, and the creative talents of the artist have transformed the vanity," says Justice. "And it is topped off by shark and stingray skin drawer pulls – again a real point of difference."

First published date: 19 June 2013

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Architect Staffan Svenson, Dencity LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Interior designer Shelly Justice, CMT Agency
Structural engineer PEC Structural
Builder Cablik Enterprises
Wallcovering behind bed Phillip Jeffries Chinese Red grasscloth
Bedroom flooring Zimbabwe wood from DuChateau Floors; white faux fur carpet in master closet
Vanity cabinets Custom glass cabinets with Robern vanity make-up station
Vanity tops White onyx
Faucets Toto
Bathtub Toto Neorest soaking tub
Steam room Mr Steam
Shower fittings Axor Starck
Lighting C Lighting; chandelier
Floor tiles Crema Marfil
Accessories Vintage and eclectic pieces collected by the owner