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AUG 2019

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Specialty Projects Tranquil Retreat PAUL BENTHAM and LAUREN LEVANT (pictured) Lauren Levant Interior, Pittsburgh, PA For those who spend a lot of time on the road, a quiet and peaceful home sanctuary is a must – so when Paul Bentham and Lauren Levant de- signed this master bedroom suite for a couple of frequent travelers, calm and tranquility were the watchwords of the day. The clients also wanted privacy, aging-in-place features, plenty of storage and a sense of light and airiness. At the same time, the square footage could not be increased, which meant Levant and Bentham had to focus on better use of the existing space. The design team began by creating compartmentalized storage spaces and functional areas of privacy while also opening up the floor plan. They rearranged the division of bedroom, dressing and bathroom spaces, mixing open and closed areas to keep the feeling bright and airy. In the bedroom, a zen-inspired platform bed made of rich ebony-toned hardwood with matching bedside storage im- mediately grabs the eye. The headboard is clad in braided leather, Japanese watercolors and natural seashell wallcoverings, creating a dramatic focal point. The space also features Crystal Cabinets built-in storage for clothing and media equipment. The previous bathroom was small and poorly organized, with a little-used jetted tub and tiny shower. Bentham and Levant replaced these with large, barrier-free showering, bathing and water closet spaces separated only by modesty glass. The copper Japanese tub is set into a slate-clad seating platform that flows into the shower. Tall storage nearby conceals linens, an ironing center and a full-length mirror with built in sconces. To increase storage, the designers installed vertical lift-up medicine cabinets, while Silestone Tigris Stone countertops, a Kohler sink and a Jaclo faucet add elements of style. The combination of Japanese bathing, an open floorplan and the dry riverbed planting area recessed into the bathing and showering platform that brings the feeling of nature indoors com- pletes the tranquil, peaceful retreat that the clients desired. Photos: Ettore Mormile, Mormile Creative GOLD 72 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2019

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