When developing the layout for the master suite in this spec-built luxury show house in Lake Oswego, Ore., interior designer Tina Barclay went to the kitchen for inspiration — literally. She made the focus of this master bath a striking center island, with back-to-back vanities, which not only gave the space a distinctive look, but also enhanced the functionality of the room.
When developing the layout for the master suite in this spec-built luxury show house in Lake Oswego, Ore., interior designer Tina Barclay went to the kitchen for inspiration — literally. She made the focus of this master bath a striking center island, with back-to-back vanities, which not only gave the space a distinctive look, but also enhanced the functionality of the room. The result is the creation of a personal haven for the homeowners.
"By placing the sinks in the island, rather than in the cabinetry around the perimeter of the room," says Barclay, "we were able to make use of the open area in the center of the space and add some special amenities that we would not have been able to include otherwise." With the extra perimeter space available, Barclay was able to incorporate a dramatic formal sit-down vanity, a bank of towel warming drawers and a coffee bar into the room, taking it beyond the level of a typical bathroom in function.
The compartmentalized bath also includes a remote-controlled, free-standing jetted tub, an oversized frameless glass step-in shower and a laundry center in the adjoining walk-in closet.
The style of the bathroom complements the overall architecture of the shingle-style home, says Barclay, "but with a touch of European flair to give it a more luxurious look. While my designs are all about texture, I still think that less is more so I am very careful about overdoing it in terms of fixtures and finishes. For this room I wanted to create a relaxing space. One that was soft, quiet and subdued."
Finishes in the master bath include limestone flooring, sage green walls, oil rubbed bronze fixtures and imported lighting.
"We really wanted to make the master suite in this home a very special space," says Barclay, "so that it would be a true retreat from the rest of the house." With its second-floor location, the suite remains completely isolated from a secondary guest suite, which is on the home's main level.
The shingle-style home, designed by residential designer, Eric Schnell, of Portland-based Alan Mascord Design Associates, was showcased at the 2002 Northwest Natural Street of Dreams. The project was the hit of the show, says Barclay, due in part to the innovative use of space and amenities that people found inside.
Barclay, who also specializes in creating architectural lighting plans, was brought on board the project during its initial design stage by builders Darrell and Tony Wallace. "I really like to be involved right from the beginning and find that most architects and builders are receptive to my suggestions for making a room more livable." For about 40 percent of her projects this is the case, particularly when the house is being constructed as a spec project or show house.
"The rest of the time I come in later on in the project and work directly with a client to create a space that fits their needs." Builders, she says, welcome her input "because it often results in getting the job done more quickly."
The home, finished in July 2002, was sold upon completion.