Inspired by the kitchen mosaic's spectrum of taupe, pink, green,
and turquoise (see "Public Spaces"), we had developed
several fabric/colour schemes for the client to choose from.
For the master suite, we turned to a palette of turquoise
and deep taupe. Occupying the entire second floor of the townhouse,
this suite is a private respite, demarcated by double entry doors
painted deep turquoise. In the "lobby" outside the
doors is a display gallery in its early stages. Here a school
art project, given pride of place on a plexiglas dais, is elevated
to fine art. Open the doors to the suite, and one is greeted
by a small rotunda -- a transition space made grand with metallic
damask wallpaper, papered ceiling, dark crown moulding, and bevelled
mirror panels. Set within a niche is a mirrored pedestal, formerly
used to support a glass tabletop in their dining room, which
showcases a delicate wood bird sculpture.
The bedroom beyond is chinchilla brown, graciously appointed
with silvery crystal chandelier and sconces, and shimmery silk
and velvet window treatment. The choice of colours here was dictated
by the client's request to reuse the custom-made draperies from
their previous home. But windows and rooms here are so much grander
than in the condo that -- despite our good intentions -- only
the deep taupe living room panels could be adapted. Here in the
master bedroom, they are topped by a simple tailored valance
in muted turquoise. Custom bedding in a melange of patterns in
taupe and turquoise graces an impressive four-poster king bed.
The wallpaper in the rotunda was a fortuitous discovery in the
same palette. Another lucky find was the pair of high double
dressers that flank the bedroom fireplace: not only do they exactly
fit the niches, they are also an ideal complement to the existing
night tables, with perfectly matching wood species and stain.
Adding to the romance in this master retreat is a tiny seating
area in front of the fireplace, with the client's bergere chairs
(given a facelift) and a new tufted ottoman and quirky side table
set upon a subtle Tibetan silk and wool rug.