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JUL 2014

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July 2014 ForResidentialPros.com | 33 same sophistication and cohesive ar- chitectural vocabulary as the rest of the home, all while providing a more open and organized plan with better lighting and storage. Knutson started with the entrance to the bath, widening it and adding 30" French doors accented with frost- ed glass. "When they enter the bath, it feels like they're walking into a special place," he says. The designer enriched the aesthet- ics by including 4"x12" Manhattan Calcutta marble foor tiles in a honed fnish, laid in a herringbone pattern. He accented it with an inlaid marble tile 'rug' that is bordered with New Ravenna Verdi Alpi mosaics." It really makes an impact," he says. "It's rich and graphic." Knutson then upped the ante by adding silver leaf – crafted by a lo- cal artisan – to the tray ceiling. "The fooring and the ceiling make the de- sign stand out," he says. Additional enhancements to the ceiling include a Schonbek crystal chandelier that "throws a bit of light around the room" while adding a level of sophistication and refnement. It also provides an important layer of light that complements the Restora- tion Hardware sconces that frame the custom mirrors. "We introduced a layered light- ing scheme that allows for optimal and fexible light levels throughout the day," he explains. A light palette and ref lective surfaces – includ- ing the lacquered, custom white cabinetry from Aanes Furniture Company and Titanium granite van- ity top – add to the bright, fresh feel of the space. A tiled niche above the BainUltra Naos freestanding air tub, which is highlighted with a Brizo open channel faucet, ofers a place to display fowers or artwork. ENHANCED FUNCTIONALITY Functionally, Knutson reconfgured the space, organizing it to make it more useful. In that efort, he treated the bathing, vanity and toilet areas as individual, formal compositions, "using symmetry and a repetitive rectangular motif (the tile 'rug', the niche, tray ceiling, shower pan and mirrors) to connect them to one an- other for a more unifed architectural expression," he explains. The repeti- tive use of rectangular recesses not only unifes the bath, but connects it to similar forms found in the master bedroom," he adds. While the toilet couldn't be moved, the designer added surrounding cus- tom furniture-style cabinets that help address the homeowners' storage con- cerns. "She loves all of the storage we created for her," says the designer. "Previously she had to go through the bedroom and into the hall closet to get items such as linens and tissue. Now she has enough space to house toiletries in the bathroom." Knutson also reconfigured the vanity area, actually decreasing its footprint while improving function- ality. The new vanity, which features Kohler sinks and Brizo faucets, is nearly 8.5' long. The previous L-shaped vanity was a mix of 'his' and 'hers,'" he says. "There was no definition. Now, each has clearly defned spaces." The new shower features glass and marble mosaics, glass walls – which help to open up the space – and mul- tiple showerheads that add to the luxurious bathing experience. "The clients just love their new master bath," says Knutson. "She told me that she goes into the space every day and says 'I love my new bath!' At frst it seemed like something sweet that someone would say to another person who helped turn their space into their dream. But it's more than that. She really does love her new bath!" FUNCTIONAL STORAGE • While the toilet couldn't be moved, the designer added surrounding custom furniture-style cabinets from Aanes Furniture Company that help address the homeowners' storage concerns. "She loves all the storage we created for her," says the designer. "Previously she had to go through the bedroom and into the hall closet to get items such as linens and tissue. Now she has enough space to house toiletries in the bathroom." Circle No. 18 on Product Card CALCUTTA MARBLE FLOOR Herringbone pattern makes the design stand out while an inlaid tile 'rug' ofers richness SILVER LEAF CEILING Adds sophistication and provides refection from the crystal chandelier KBD_32-33_PCS.indd 33 6/16/14 1:55 PM

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