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This master bedroom and master bath are not directly adjoining, but warm tones and an opulent, private ambiance are traits shared by both


Creating a relaxed, cocooned aesthetic for a master bedroom makes perfect sense. Carrying this design sensibility over to the master bathroom is a logical extension.

Dark tones, the use of natural materials and a quiet note of drama are factors that link this master bedroom and master bathroom, created by interior designers Janet Brooks and Angelica Henry.

"The master bathroom is a few steps away from the bedroom but the connection is strong in several ways," says Brooks. "Stained oak cabinetry that wraps around the headboard, for example, is used again on the custom-stained his-and-hers wood vanities. These are found in two ancillary rooms that lead off the bathroom proper. In fact, this wood connects several rooms in the home."

Another material connection is the use of stone in both rooms. The stacked-stone fireplace in the bedroom has a natural affinity with the pebble-embedded shower surround. A mesh-backed pebble floor tile continues the theme.

"Drama was important to both spaces as well," says Henry. "The leather headboard and soffit make a strong, protective statement over the bed and this quality is echoed in the freestanding stone tub in the center of the generous-sized bathroom."


"The shower is set directly behind the tub for visual impact," says Henry. "The pebbles on the tile, tub and wall behind the shower all work together texturally and tonally."

Initially the designers had sought to have a smaller glass shower enclosure, but decided that larger proportions would give the bathroom a more open, relaxed ambiance.

"There are two entrances to the shower area – you can walk in behind the glass from either side," Henry says. "One entry is adjacent to his vanity room, and the other is next to hers. Having separate vanity areas in separate rooms adds to the slightly theatrical nature of this space."

As with the twin vanity areas set to left and right, balance is integral to the space. Rich stone plays off cool glass, and chocolate-stained wood contrasts the light-beige limestone floors.

A pampered feel connects the rooms as well as material commonalities. The bathroom floor is heated and the uneven surface of the pebble inset tile provides a gentle foot massage for bathers as they enter and exit the tub.

First published date: 24 March 2009

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Interior designers Janet Brooks, ASID, Angelica Henry, ASID (Scottsdale, AZ)
Builder Platinum Homes
Tub Stone Forest from Clyde Hardware
Vanity White Tiger Granite by Stockett Tile & Granite
Cabinetry Downsview in vertical-grain oak with chocolate stain
Basin Villeroy sink from Clyde Hardware; oval, surface-mounted basin
Faucets Dornbracht
Shower fittings Grohe Atrio in polished chrome
Flooring Roche Blue Beige limestone tiles; inset pebble tile
Wall tiles Pebble On Edge, mesh-mounted in Java Gray by Island Stone from Facings of America
Toilet Toto Carlyle one-piece
Bidet Toto Piedmont
Bath accessories Waterworks