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Right space for pampering

By Candice Olson
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    Brandon Barre - MCT
    A large cast iron soaker tub was installed in one corner, along with a second single vanity just for her.
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    Vincenzo Pistritto - MCT
    Before the renovation: We had a lot of space to work with, but it wasn’t very well planned. The bedroom was huge, but the bathroom had a choppy layout - including a closet, vanity and separate room with tub, shower and toilet.

Bernie is a long-time member of my crew – a meticulous master painter who has come through for me on more projects than I can count. When he and his wife, Christy, decided it was time to renovate their master bedroom’s ensuite bath, I was delighted to help out. Along with a stunning new bathroom, I also gave them a bedroom makeover that hit all the high notes: a custom headboard; a fresh coat of paint for the dresser; an elegant new ceiling light fixture; and, of course, new bedding.

We had a lot of space to work with, but it wasn’t well planned. The bedroom was huge, but the bathroom had a choppy layout – including a closet, vanity and separate room with tub, shower and toilet. It was so dysfunctional, in fact, that it was hardly ever used. The shower stall actually made a handy linen closet, once some shelving was added!

My plan called for some big changes. By relocating the closet into the bedroom, we were able to accommodate a large glass-enclosed shower stall, a repositioned toilet and a single vanity (for Bernie). Across the room, we installed a large cast iron soaker tub, which was high on Christy’s wish list, another single vanity just for her, and a corner storage cabinet.

Throughout this bathroom, we added in luxurious little touches to bring out that spa feeling. Heated floors and towel racks, plush new bathrobes, monogrammed Turkish towels, French soaps and linen sprays complete Christy and Bernie’s new retreat.

A beaded curtain, reminiscent of a waterfall, hangs along the far wall – just one more little extra in a bathroom that packs a big punch of style.

Moving into the bedroom, we built a bank of closets with lots of storage underneath. Mirrored cabinet doors reflect light and add to an airy, spacious feeling. We painted an existing dresser with pewter paint and added new crystal hardware for a touch of sparkle. The king bed got the royal treatment with a custom fabric headboard, with brushed nickel nailhead trim. New bedding in restful neutral tones is complemented by pewter and cream throw cushions, and a pair of floor-length mirrors reflects the room’s beauty and classic elegance.

We brightened up the space with recessed lighting and a stunning semi-flush mounted chandelier, with matching sconces on each side of the bed. A pair of ivory chairs matches ready-made drapes, to complete the transformation from big and basic to relaxing and restful.

Every inch of this master bedroom and ensuite bath has been planned out to maximize the existing space. By taking away half of the double door that led into the bathroom, we’ve gained not just a spacious bedroom, but an impressive bath as well.

Candice Olson is host of HGTV’s “Candice Tells All.”

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