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Divine Design: Rethinking the empty nest

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Posted: Monday, August 31, 2009 9:27 am | Updated: 2:42 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Sasha and Tony’s kids have flown the coop. But rather than move into a smaller home, these active hobbyists and hard-core cyclists decided to renovate and enjoy every inch of their big, empty nest. They have a great three-story home, but had an underutilized attic space. Once upon a time, it was a suite for Tony’s mom - but years later, it still had that “grandma feeling,” complete with floral wallpaper and sterile green walls.

This third-floor space was bright and airy, and they wanted me to turn it into a sumptuous master retreat they could use every day. So I grabbed my crew, trekked up to the attic and prepared to turn Sasha and Tony’s granny suite into a modern and luxurious couple’s getaway.

But before I could do anything, the whole space had to be completely gutted - and I mean completely. After dismantling, I started from scratch - in went the new drywall, insulation and recessed lighting. Next, I divided the third floor into three zones all designed to flow logically and beautifully into one another: a spa-like bathroom, a luxurious bedroom and an extravagant dressing area.

In addition to cycling, Sasha has a passion for making stained glass. Inspired by the watery blues and greens in her glassware, I chose green, wind-swept marble floor tiles and glass mosaic shower tiles to set the tone for the new bathroom. I then put in the most marvelous fixtures and finishes. I installed a frameless shower enclosure - complete with one of Sasha’s windows - and a bench on which Tony can shave his legs (yes, he’s THAT serious about cycling); a big soaker tub with built-in lights beneath a new skylight; and a toilet with LED lighting, an auto-flush feature and a heated seat.

I put in crisp quartz countertops with “his and hers” vessel sinks in textured glass, two mirrors and four beautiful sconces. Then I added the finishing touch: contemporary mirror-mounted faucets and taps for an ultra-clean and contemporary look.

The spa-like serenity flows into the bedroom, which is separated from the bathroom with some dressers, a glass door and a glass window. I made the bedroom more traditional than the bathroom, but the two rooms still relate through colors and finishes. I put up a beautiful crystal chandelier, laid down gorgeous walnut hardwood flooring, and installed a host of custom cabinetry.

Then I installed the focal point of the room: a beautiful king-size bed with a gorgeous soft-blue wingback headboard, creamy linens and lots of plush throw pillows. Making the most of the quirky angles in the room, I designated a “library” seating area with a chair and an ottoman in a light, shimmering fabric by a lushly covered window.

In a room off the bedroom, I created a large dressing area with two closets nestled under the eaves. I then put up some beautiful light sheers over the quirkily shaped window and installed a new flush-mount crystal pendant.

Lastly, I added a series of accents and accessories - including a second stained-glass window of Sasha’s - and the third-floor retreat was complete.

By using dreamy colors, contemporary fixtures and traditional accents, this third-floor attic is now luxurious, modern and the perfect spot in which to be pampered after a long day of cycling. Now that’s divine.

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