Kitchen & Bath: Baths
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Baths 1 & 2: Sophistication in the Country
Two baths in a Metamora home flow with style
By JUDITH HARRIS SOLOMON // Photographs By Beth Singer
The mission for Jane Synnestvedt, of Jane Synnestvedt Interiors in Birmingham, was to combine the contemporary lines the lady of the house favored with the more traditional taste of the man of the house. “Some rooms are a mix of both styles; some are not. In the end, the lady of the house feels comfortable with the traditional elements and the gentleman feels comfortable with the contemporary ones,” Synnestvedt says.
Originally constructed as a log cabin in 1917, this totally renovated home sits pretty on one of the highest points in Metamora. (When the home was described in an article that appeared in American Home magazine in 1943, the writer coined Metamora “The Michigan Berkshires.”)
“In the master bathroom, both the window configuration and the lighting were a challenge,” Synnestvedt says. “It was important to make sure the client had enough light while still maintaining the master suite’s subtle and soft elegance, so we used Hudson Valley hanging fixtures that have frosted glass globes and also added low-level LED floor lighting and walkway lighting that is motion-sensitive,” Synnestvedt says. In the guest bath, the tile’s pattern offered a challenge. “The homeowner wanted to incorporate all the colors of the sea into this bathroom. She fell in love with the samples we showed her and was determined to use them all,” the designer says. “I was concerned about the bathroom appearing too busy with pattern, but by keeping the cabinetry, accessories and other elements simple, I think it worked.”
A MASTER BATH AWASH IN BEAUTY
WASH AND WEAR
The conveniently located washer and dryer are cleverly hidden behind two sets of stained walnut doors.
Drawer knobs and door pulls were custom-made by Colonial Bronze. All are made of solid brass, which was then plated in chrome, and all feature a diamond knurled pattern that was created on a special machine.
A honed limestone uber shower includes a rain showerhead, body sprayer, regular and hand-held showerheads, and a built-in seat. Best of all, the controls for each component have been placed at the entry so you don’t get wet while turning them on.
MAKING A SPLASH IN THE GUEST BATH
The owners requested “sea colors” for the guest bath, so designer Jane Synnestvedt utilized four Ann Sacks tile designs — some milky, some iridescent, some clear, and all in shades of blue.
Because the lady of the house loves what Synnestvedt calls “sparkles,” all of the bathroom’s Almo Creations hardware (knobs and towel racks) are made of Swarovski crystals. The hand-forged iron chandelier that hangs from the ceiling has shiny rock crystal drops.
Using a rag and brush, and Modern Masters artist paints, faux finish painter Laurie Manny, of Royal Oak, used three different layers of paint on the ceiling. The iridescent layer was inspired by the iridescent tiles used for the backsplash.