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A remodeled master suite is perhaps the best way to give yourself a lift in the morning – a beautiful bedroom and bathroom can make the spirits soar.

This suite was completely transformed by interior designer Shelly Handman, who says the woman owner did not want a hard-edged contemporary look, and was not particularly interested in antiques.

"It needed to be a very soft environment that would be easy to live in," Handman says. "The house sits within a beautiful wooded lot beside a picturesque lake. The suite needed to be serene, to echo this quiet, peaceful setting."

To this end, the walls in the bedroom, and some walls in the bathroom, feature textural grasscloth in a soft seafoam green that picks up the color of the veining in the Calacatta Gold marble that lines the bathroom.

The other bedroom furnishings reinforce the warm neutral tones, with darker wood accents and silver leaf trim on the night stands. A TV cabinet has a mirrored trompe l'oeil effect on the doors, and a television that can be raised automatically and swiveled so it can be viewed from the bed or a sofa on the opposite wall.


In the bathroom Calacatta Gold marble slabs feature on the tub deck, vanity tops and waterfall sides, while the walls around the bathing areas are tiled. The vanities feature high-gloss Macassar ebony wood.

"This was chosen for its French Deco look," says Handman. "It enhances the elegant feel, but is not foreboding. In fact the entire bathroom feels light and airy, thanks in part to the natural light from the skylight."

To disguise the small scale of a high window, Handman specified large white shutters that give the impression of a much larger window.

First published date: 19 June 2013

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Bathroom designer Shelly Handman, Handman Associates (Chicago, IL)
Builder K&R Architectural Concepts
Cabinet company Roncin Custom Design
Tub Jason Soaking Tub from Studio 41
Tub filler, faucets and shower fittings Kohler Memoirs from The Kohler Store
Vanity cabinetry Macassar ebony
Vanity countertop, wall and floor tiles Calacatta Gold from Stone Impressions
Basin Kohler Ladena
Sconces Visual Comfort Calliope from Tower Lighting
Grab bars Kohler Purist
Towel bar, robe hook Newport Brass East Linear from Studio 41
Vanity and desk chairs Lowenstein Blue in Valtekz Tumbled Steer vinyl from Thomas Interior System, Inc
Shutters Shutter Hut
Bed linen Muse
Beside table lamps Adam Aaronson Lola from Holly Hunt
Headboard Custom design by Handman in Donghia Glace fabric, fabricated by Estudio Furnishings