Saturday, June 19, 2010

Before Photos. The amazing master bedroom and bathroom project

 See the bottom of this post for more "before" photos from my latest project.   

 View the AFTER photos on Flickr
What we did-
 Basically we took both rooms back to the studs.  There ended up being some fairly serious insulation issues, some major plumbing issues and electrical issues that needed to be addressed before we could even begin the project.  
 Once those were corrected, we enlarged the bedroom by taking out those ill-thought open shelves that flanked the entrance to the master bath.  In the bathroom I had the contractor create a new smaller "toilet" room, remove the closet, and get rid of the awkward bulkheads.  A gorgeous new soaker tub was installed instead of the ridiculous corner Jacuzzi, the window was actually made smaller to make room for the spacious new walk in shower with glass tile.  I also designed a new white oak vanity for the space which my cabinet maker executed beautifully .  
Heated tile floors were installed by my favorite company, Kensington Floors.  
 My favorite glass supplier (Crystal glass 9th ave. ask for Cory) installed the shower surround and the mirror over the vanity.  
 The countertop is ceasarstone, the wall sconces are from Jonathan Adler. 
I had a frosted glass door put on the littlest room "the toilet room" so that natural light can get in. 

 My amazing cabinet maker Stuart (no I won't give out his number ) totally exceeded my expectations in building the vanity and tallboy cabinet that I designed.  All in white oak.  The tallboy cabinet replaces the old closet and actually functions much better.  At almost 7 feet tall, it actually succeeds in making the room feel larger than it is.  I even had a locking drawer built inside the upper cupboards for the clients prescriptions.  The pieces are crafted in heirloom quality solid wood. The tallboy could easily be re-purposed in a dining room or entry.  I designed the bottom to be open, light and airy so that it would appear to float effortlessly.    The handles are from Art Of Hardware

 In the bedroom, I ordered a beautiful white oak king size bed from De La Espada and matching nightstands.  The gorgeous Lotte Lamps are from Kit Interior Objects in Calgary. The suspended glossy white dresser is also my custom design.  The cushion fabrics and Drapery fabric are from DWA my favorite to the trade fabric resource in Calgary.  . The drapes run wall to wall, floor to ceiling and the bonus is that they are on a remote control.  the clients can simple press a single button from the comfort of bed and voila- instant black out.  My favorite Drapery consultant Sue, worked out the window coverings for me.  We also did all new Hunter Douglas top down bottom up duettes. 

 My awesome painter Ted (he has done my painting for the last 6 years) did an amazing job painting the space.  All in Benjamin Moore's Oxford white (my go-to color).  
After I had the contractor remove the door and enlarge the doorway, Calgary closets came and outfitted the closet (not shown)  in the most organized fashion! 

 The bamboo floors in the bedroom are from Kensington floors again.  Just beautiful.  If you call, ask for Nicole and tell her I sent you. 

 The gorgeous ceiling lights are a real favorite of mine and I use them over and over.  They are from Forecast lighting.  You can buy them from Barry Ward at Robinsons

 There is one item still to come- a gorgeous Kate chair from Montauk in paprika colored velvet.  It is due to show up just as I am leaving on a little vacation down the grand canyon.  I have styled the room with this awesome hand crafted bench in the meantime. 

 All bedding is new and supplied by me through cuddledown.  The silk duvet is from Luxeport (tell them I sent you!).  The gray wool points blanket is from The Hudsons Bay Company. The red stripe blanket is available at Kit Interior Objects  as is the clock and the gray vase.  

 Everything in the room has been carefully thought out to last for many years.  The artwork is already in the clients collection.  More art may find it's way into the room as the clients decide on placement.  As always, I prefer to create a very minimal backdrop for the beautiful pieces to shine.  For a decorator, I don't do a whole lot of decorating.  The idea behind my work is create functional, honest and real interiors.  I'm all for studied clutter, but it needs to come from the clients own collection.  I do not fill rooms with "accent pieces" or assorted pseudo artworks. ( I think that may have something to do with my Art degree, I was a drawing major)   Every item has to have personal & aesthetic importance.  

 The rooms feel luxurious and comfortable.  I think it feels right for the house, right for the clients and just right for a lifetime. 



Sean McNamara said...

So when are you getting signed to your own HGTV show? Rock it!

Lori Andrews said...

as soon as they start filming in the west! :)

cate said...

Lori, how can I get this bed frame in Calgary?

Lori Andrews said...

Domicile carries the line

Amanda said...

Where did you find that hilarious sock money pic? That is a brilliant addition.

Lori Andrews said...

it was gift from a friend in California