Photo by Steve Henke
2014 ASID MN Showcase Home Master Bathroom
A vaulted ceiling, arched windows, and beautiful views provided an exceptional starting point for designer Rena Feldman’s work in the master bath.
“The idea was to let the architecture be the focal point and let everything else be the beautiful background,” Feldman says.
The biggest challenge in the space was working out a variety of functional issues, beginning with a poorly ventilated steam shower. Feldman expanded its size, replaced the walls with Cambria and glass, and added a floating bench and storage for shampoos and soaps. Showcase Home visitors particularly enjoyed the Cambria-clad shower walls. Solid surfaces provide a great solution for showers, Feldman says, because they do not require grout lines, and are antimicrobial, making them easy to clean and maintain over time. Additional spatial planning accommodated more conveniently placed towel bars, hooks, and light switches.
To give the bathroom a spa-like atmosphere, Feldman selected a variety of soft whites and grays for the floor, walls, and vanity. A playful pattern drawn from the homeowners’ folder of inspirational swatches graces the toilet room walls and upholstered window seat cushion, lending continuity to the different areas of the space. Feldman’s favorite design element in the master bath is the homeowners’ own vintage chandelier.
“It’s a perfect glamorous touch in a fairly neutral space, and the fact that it followed them to three homes makes it even more special,” she says.