Kitchen & Bath
Seven terrific spaces and the people who live among them
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A Glimpse of Glamour
By Megan Pennefather // Photographs by Jeff Garland
The elegance of a bygone era is alive and well
Backstory: Curtains fall languidly. White Venetian-plaster walls gleam when paired with opulent touches such as gold faucets, his and her sinks, and a clawfoot tub. Then there’s the scene-stealer: a small sink inside the shower. That’s right, a sink in the shower. This Bloomfield Hills master bathroom is so swanky, it almost doesn’t seem like a bathroom at all. Think of it more as a retreat into a decadent world of luxury. “It’s a very glamorous look,” says Pamela Singer, the interior designer who fashioned the space. Singer, who has run Pamela Singer Design in Orchard Lake for the past 20 years, says the homeowners allowed her the freedom to create something truly unique. “They were very open,” she says. “They wanted to have fun. It was a great project.”
Also known as puff curtains, the bathroom’s Austrian-style appointment are most widely
referred to as “theater curtains.” They are gathered horizontally, with vertical strips that bunch the fabric as they’re opened.
Dark cabinets contrast with the almost purely white color scheme. Perspectives Cabinetry in Royal Oak designed the cabinetry — including the mirrored vanity, which contains a small sink.
The homeowners had just returned from Paris, where the husband “loved that he was able to shave in the guestroom’s shower, because there was a sink in it,” Singer says. Explains the homeowner: “I was so excited, I sent Pam (Singer) a picture and she went to work. This was no small task, as this concept is not a standard design feature. I now enjoy it every day.” The mirror over the shower sink is heated so that it won’t steam up. (All sinks and faucets in the bathroom are from Advance Plumbing & Heating in Walled Lake.)
The original bathroom didn’t have a completed shower, so the project was a comprehensive overhaul, Singer says. “When you actually work from the ground up and you see all the elements go together, it’s exciting,” she says.
The whitewashed bathroom’s walls feature Venetian plaster, which makes them look waxed and glossed like ground marble. “It’s breathtaking,” Singer says.