STYLE AT HOME—SEPTEMBER 2013

FARMHOUSE CHIC

A SPACIOUS ENSUITE COMBINES THE BEST OF OLD AND NEW, FROM WARM WOODS AND TUMBLED TEXTURES TO FINE FINISHES AND GLITTERING GLASS

A spacious ensuite combines the best of old and new, from warm woods and tumbled textures to fine finishes and glittering glass.

What was the inspiration for this bathroom?
Luxury hotel room meets Belgian farmhouse. “The concept was fairly loose, but I tried to have a few key things be really juicy and tactile and then everything else be very quiet,” says Kelly. “I wanted it to feel unpretentious but also luxurious.”

How can you get this look on a limited budget?
“The key to this look is to have a streamlined approach,” says Kelly. Stick to a white and blonde-wood palette, keep your millwork simple and get a textured floor with movement. “There are some good-quality Italian and Spanish porcelain tiles that can give you a similar look for roughly half the price of natural stone,” she says. And don’t assume a free-standing bathtub is out of your league. “People think free-standing is more expensive, but it’s not,” says Kelly. “There’s stuff on the market that’s relatively accessible and comparable in price to doing a drop-in bath.”

The dramatic architecture of this ensuite, including the peaked roof, called out for a light fixture with volume. “The chandelier really adds to the romance of the space,” says designer Kelly Deck.

For the steam shower, Kelly chose a simple white tile with a smooth texture for a seamless transition from wall to shower.

Leaded-glass dressing room doors play up the old-world reference and let in light while obscuring what’s in the closet.

DESIGN, Kelly Deck Design, kellydeck.com; custom
MILLWORK, Pacific Rim Cabinets; Chari BATHTUB, Mirolin; travertine FLOOR TILES , Julian Tile; Misty Carrera COUNTERTOP , Caesarstone; ceramic SHOWER TILES , Ican Tile Distributors; Retro FAUCET , Riobel; Tricia CHANDELIER,
Quoizel; Ancora SCONCES , Eureka Lighting; BARN DOOR HARDWARE, Bradford Hardware.

Who: Designer Kelly Deck
Headquarters: Vancouver
Best known for: Kelly has been bringing her organic contemporary style to West Coast interiors since launching her design firm in 2005. “Vancouver is a modern city and I do appreciate modernist design, but we’re not purists here at the firm,” she says. design philosophy “I love using sumptuous materials and things that have texture and movement, but with restraint. I believe in a kind of timeless elegance that isn’t ordinary,” says Kelly.

LEFT: A sparkly crystal chandelier, especially when hung right above the bathtub. A rustic sliding barn door with authentic-looking hardware. A shapely free-standing bathtub in the centre of the room.

RIGHT: Travertine tiles – a modern take on the stone floors of old-world Europe. Contrasting white and blondewood finishes.

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