Lofty Design for a Bachelor Pad_bath detail Author: Mary Jo Bowling
The design of this loft–like condo began as a small advisory project but quickly grew into a full-scale remodel that included renovating the kitchen and baths, moving walls, lowering ceilings and outfitting the space with all new furnishings. When the client, a software engineer with more than one start-up on his resume, contacted interior designer
Jennifer Gustafson about helping him with placement of furniture he already owned in his new-to-him loft, she hesitated. “Normally, I don’t take on such small projects,” she says. “But the client is a really charming guy, and I liked working with him.” As the project progressed, it was a decision she didn’t regret. Lofty Design for a Bachelor Pad_bath detail
The master bath is accented with a handpainted silk wallcovering from a local company, Jacobsen & Balla.
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The new bathroom is anything but boring, with gray wood-like tile and a floating vanity.
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In the words of the designer, the bathroom was "nothing special" before the remodel.
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Gustafson wanted to make the most of the tall brick walls in the bedroom. She used them as the backdrop for a vintage tribal rug she hung as a headboard. "I love how the textures look together," she says.
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The mirror in the entry seemingly has many facets, but it's a trick of the eye. "I worked with Paige Glass to design it," says Gustafson. "When the costs for faceting began to climb, they came up with the idea of adding sandblasted layers to fool the eye."
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A large wall sculpture from Catelanni & Smith shines above the sofa. "I knew we would need something to anchor the wall behind the sofa. A large piece of art seemed sort of obvious, so I kept my eyes out for something more sculptural," Gustafson says. "I saw the piece on display in Supernatural's showroom and knew we had to use it somewhere." The handpainted copper hoop has LED lights behind it, making it almost moon-like with a soft glow.
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The living room features a large, comfortable sectional. "This is about a guy, sitting around and watching TV," says Gustfson. Originally, the designer had specified two chairs for the space, but things took an interesting turn when she discovered the rustic, wooden statement bench from Riva 1920. "It's like a modern interpretation of a Victorian Romeo and Juliette settee, but this one is really comfortable!" she says.
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The dining room, located beside the kitchen (which is delineated by a lowered ceiling), was a small space with a tall ceiling. "It was uncomfortable to be there," says the designer. She brought things into scale by lowering the ceiling in this space as well. A commissioned artwork by SF painter Scott Idleman partially encircles the space and picks up the colors in the custom, watery-patterned rug from Delinear.
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