By Louise Home, Head of Design
Mr & Mrs Cowden are a retired couple living in the beautiful Ashdown Forest with beautiful views. They had a dated en-suite off their master bedroom and we decided to knock through into the adjoining spare bedroom to create a walk through dressing room and large, luxury en-suite bathroom.
Their brief was modern but classic that wouldn't date. Feminine but not too “girly” with a bit of glam and soft, neutral colours. They both wanted a large walk in luxurious shower and Mrs Cowden in particular wanted a freestanding large bath for relaxing.
Firstly, there was a bathroom next door which meant that we could run the soil pipe into the area where the existing door into the bedroom was located. This was in a recess which seemed a natural place to locate a stud wall and wall hung WC and frame. The house had bespoke oak doors and frames throughout so we removed the existing door and frame to reuse for a sliding door between the existing en-suite to keep continuity.
The basin/vanity was bespoke which I designed and had made along with the large run of wardrobes and dressing/storage area. I wanted to create a lot of light and reflect the greenery of the forest through the window by having a wall of mirrored doors. We chose a Farrow & Ball colour and had a satin painted finish with a natural oak interior. Again, the natural wood was to retain a continuity with the existing oak features of the rooms and we had interior lighting fitted inside. We used a softly coloured natural limestone to tile the large walk in shower area and half height bath stud wall to create a shelf area for the bath and house the valve & bath filler and separate the bath & shower area. I used a coloured glass feature in the back of the bath area recess and a ribbed version of the stone in the shower recess shelf and led feature lights in both. The brassware was sleek and contemporary by Hansgrohe and the large “Rainfall” shower had multi functions and an led light feature which added to the “layers” of lighting in these rooms.
We finished these rooms with soft furnishing which included an upholstered seat for the dressing area stool and in order to follow the feel of the new rooms into the master bedroom, decided to re- upholster two existing old chairs in matching silver velvet fabric which gave them a whole new lease of life and matching silk silver coloured rugs in the dressing and bedroom.
Finally, we had a local shutter company to fit bespoke shutters to the bathroom, dressing room and also the master bedroom which helps to provide a “moody boudoir” feel and ties the wood finishes throughout the rooms together.