Enchanting Chamber

Emily J. Followill
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This remodeled bath was part of a two-story addition to a Tudor-style home in Buckhead, where architects Julia Stainback and James Hess transformed a once dated, narrow bath into a private new master suite with scale and architectural detailing to match that of the existing home.

The homeowners, who are avid world travelers, embarked on the project armed with an abundance of influences and inspirations. The lady of the house, who keeps a notebook of her favorite things, required a relaxing soaking tub, a private water closet, handsome cabinetry and even a few modern conveniences. For the room’s masterful finishing details, they called upon interior designer Liz Williams.

“We decided to use this ‘silver dusk’ marble on the floors, and laying it in a chevron pattern really gave it an edge,” notes Williams. But its contemporary effect is tempered by rustic ceiling beams and ornately carved antique doors. The latter, sourced at Architectural Accents and stained to coordinate with the beachy grays of the room, provide an eye-catching pathway to the master bedroom.

Commanding full attention, a high-tech BainUltra tub presides within an imposing bay window, taking full advantage of the breathtaking view to the rear of the property.



Soft, feminine details—a Williams signature—complete the room elegantly. A classic upholstered bench serves as a chic counterpoint to the iron ceiling pendant, hand-forged table from Bradley Hughes and wrought iron sconces above the vanity, while flanged linen window treatments give the room a tailored final touch.

The cabinetry boasts a custom finish by artist Judy Neukrug, and has a striated look that mimics the effect of wood grain, adding warmth and texture to the overall design. Large swaths of sleek onyx on the countertops and shower seat increase the glamour quotient, while rectangular above-counter sinks add modern flair and balance.

The steel toe kick on the cabinetry may impart a chic contemporary effect, but it’s also functional with wet floors, protecting the fine cabinetry from potential water damage and making cleanup a breeze. The cool metal also picks up the tones in the faucetry and cabinetry hardware.

Combined with rustic ceiling beams in the vaulted ceiling, elegantly carved antique doors echo the Tudor influences throughout the home and its exterior.

About our Judges

INTERIOR DESIGN Liz Williams, Liz Williams Interiors, 345 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Suite 320, Atlanta 30305. (404) 816-9868; lizwilliamsinteriors.com ARCHITECTURE Julia Stainback and James Hess, Stainback Hess Studio, LLC, 48 Park Ln. NE, Atlanta 30309. (404) 874-9817; shsarch.com BUILDER Brian Matura, The Loring Group, Atlanta, bamatu@aol.com FLOOR TILE Helsinki “Silver Dusk” through Walker Zanger SHOWER AND BACKSPLASH TILE Vintage pearl luster 1x1” tiles through Walker Zanger COUNTERTOPS AND SHOWER SEAT Custom fabricated from onyx through Walker Zanger CEILING PENDANT Jackson lantern by Avrett lighting through Grizzel & Mann SCONCES “Ziyi” two-light sconces through Circa Lighting SIDE TABLE “Ernie” table by Bradley Hughes TUB BainUltra “Sanos” through Renaissance Tile & Bath SINKS Duravit through Renaissance Tile & Bath FAUCETS Newport Brass through Renaissance Tile & Bath SALVAGED DOORS Architectural Accents CUSTOM FINISHING Judy Neukrug, FinishedPainting.com WINDOW TREATMENT FABRIC Rogers & Goffigon Caryopsis linen in “Elijah” WINDOW HARDWARE Houles polished nickel through Brunschwig & Fils 

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