Design Inspired by Nature
The goal of this master suite remodel was to provide a beautiful, functional, thoroughly comfortable space. The clients expressed a desire for a luxurious yet simple environment—one that would not feel over-decorated. By using quality materials that speak for themselves, designer Lori Wiles was able to create a zen-like space that exceeded their expectations.
The remodel was a transformation of the unused storage area in the bottom level of the clients’ home. Wiles’ creative problem solving didn’t just hide basement remodel problems that included low ductwork and inconveniently located pipes. Instead, these quirks inspired some of the most interesting parts of the remodel, such as the angular wood-paneled headboard wall with built-in nightstands.
With a stone, fire, water, and wood theme, the materials used in this master suite relate strongly to nature. Water flows to the tub from the impactful stone wall in the bathroom, and an opposing stone wall in the bedroom creates a dramatic backdrop for a seating area. Both walls contain candle-filled niches. (Future plans include a fireplace installation on the bedroom wall.) Cherry wood is employed throughout, creating warmth and continuity.
Different types of stone are incorporated to further achieve the natural look and feeling of the bathroom. Accent pebble flooring in the shower and around the freestanding tub complements the large rectangular tile flooring, which has a smoother texture and more continuous movement. Eldorado Stone was chosen for the different textures and dimensions of the black, rugged, stacked stone (which is almost cliff-like as it reaches up the two opposing walls) give the room a very organic feel and create a wonderful relief from the flat surfaces.
Straw shades and linen panels on the windows and rice paper in the glass of the four eight-foot tall sliding doors with disappearing tracks add to the textural interest in the suite.
This luxurious yet organic suite is also extremely functional. The large bathroom includes two separate vanities, abundant storage, and even a coffee station. It has a large, freestanding tub and a walk-in shower. Attached to the bathroom is a huge closet with convenient shelving solutions; a full-length mirror opens up into a jewelry storage niche, a charging station is nestles in with accessories, and a large ottoman provides ample room for packing suitcases.
This stellar transformation succeeds in large part because of its commitment to its natural theme, which drives the choice of materials as well as the marriage of beauty and function.
Eldorado Stone Profile Featured: Black River Stacked Stone installed with a Dry-Stack grout technique
Designer: Lori Wiles Design
Phone: (319) 310-6214
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Photography: Lori Wiles Design
Mason: Iowa Stone Supply
Phone: (319) 533-4299
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