Our Guest Retreat, "The GROVER SUITE", Revealed
We’ve probably all heard about positive chi as it relates to how rooms feel? Well, chi louise! This space has it maxed. Even without anything in it, all the feels are off the chart. Bring in a whole lot of comfortable furnishings and it has become everybody’s favorite.
Hello Faithful Farmers!
I'm so excited to share one of our two guest suites upstairs - "The Grover Suite". A spacious bedroom, a charming dressing room, and an oh so handsome bathroom. Oh, and while I’m at it, I must ask, can an old Colonial home have a modern mirrored sputnik chandelier? You’ll have to be the judge!
Our Plans for these spaces were to:
Remove the wall paper.
Retain the original charm by keeping the existing footprint.
Replace all the floors.
New heating and air conditioning.
Refurbish all the original windows.
Keep all the original moldings - base, crown, window and door trim.
All new electrical and plumbing.
Completely gut bathroom enlarging the shower and raise the ceiling.
My design direction for this whole suite was to lean masculine, carry my black theme from the rest of the house in, and to bring in some umph! I'm calling this space "Eclectic Bohemian with a Modern Twist".
When I first saw this space and how it was connected to a dressing room, I fell in love. It just said old charm to me. I didn't even think about taking down the wall between the two to make one big modern bathroom. I kept the wall where it was, and even put the plumbing fixtures in the same locations. The two big must-haves for this bathroom were to make the shower larger, and to raise the ceiling. The new ceiling height would be dramatic, but how was I going to bring the umph?
Let's start with the shower. Way too tiny. My husband had to duck to get in it.
The ceiling height in the bathroom was around 8 feet, but the shower was even lower, around 7 feet. Why did they do that if the structure was there for higher ceilings?
I don't know, but I kind of over compensated. The new shower height is10 feet.
Ta da! The height is pretty dramatic, and the chandelier? Some umph! I love the texture the small scale herringbone tile brings in. I added picture frame molding around the perimeter of the bathroom about 12" from the ceiling to bring in some architectural detail, and to be able to visually bring the height down because it's a relatively small footprint and it was more in scale. It also provided a great line to change the wall color.
I kept the tub in the same location as well.
But not just any tub would do.
I'm even offering wine with that second umph.
And some bath salt and chocolate to make any guest feel truly pampered.
Up next, the vanity. Some people may have chosen to axe the tub to allow space for double vanities, which would have been a great decision, however, I was just fine with only one vanity.
I love designing masculine spaces, and nothing says manly more than beautiful wood and stone. I added a few flowers in case the manly "man bar" guy has a lady friend.