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Romancing the stone
Natural looks are at home in the bath

By JANET RAASCH

 

When Deb Guerrera purchased this Fox Point home, the master bath had no "bath" at all, she says. A Calcutta marble subway tile lines the shower walls and the tub surround; a solid Calcutta marble slab is used on the tub deck. On floor of the shower are slip-resistant pebble stones, which contrast the sleek marble walls. Special features of the room include a steam shower, a heated floor and a large jacuzzi tub that is positioned to take in the greenery and wildlife outdoors.

 

 


The bed features embroidered coral sheets, a rich chocolate brown throw and eucalyptus-colored down comforter. "They are physically and aesthetically pure comfort," Guerrera says.


In renovating 11 homes, Deb Guerrera has become a visionary of sorts. "I know with near certainty when I walk into a home for the first time my vision of what it needs, deserves and what it will take to bring it to splendor ó always comfortable, always stylish and always unique," Guerrera says.

"My style evolves and is somewhat chameleon in nature, taking on new life with each home depending on its feel and environment," she says. For this 1950s-era house near Lake Michigan in Fox Point, Guerrera worked with Ruvin Bros. Artisans and Trades and Ruvin selections coordinator Marianne Kohlman of Blue Hot Design. Ruvin completed a small addition on the house as well as reconfiguring existing bedrooms and bathrooms in keeping with the homeís original architectural design. "My goal for the bed and bath area was to add space as well as create a quiet comfortable haven; to have it appear near original," Guerrera says.

She invoked a "rustic meets glam, old meets new, masculine meets feminine" style for this project. In the master bedroom and bathroom, she set the tone with a neutral color palette. "The bathroom is a fresh and relaxed combination that exudes comfort," she says. "I donít care much for loud or bright colors. I generally use muted earth tones and soft jewel tone shades."

All but one item in the bedroom was found at estate clearance warehouses, antique shops or flea markets. "Iíll confess, the bed frame was a great find," Guerrera says. "From there, and a few cans of spray paint ≠ó voilŗ, instant old meets new again.

"This home is the 11th home Iíve renovated and then lived in, and the smallest of all my projects," Guerrera says. "I can say with complete certainty, it is my favorite and most comfortable of them all. I simply adore this home."


The owners of this custom-built Cedarburg home wanted to achieve simple details in the master suite while creating a spacious private oasis. The master suite is located in the premiere sun spot on the property, and the couple have private access to a patio and hot tub. This outdoor space was as important as the impact of the interior. A contrasting palette of creamy neutrals and chocolate browns creates a level of sophistication in the bedroom that is infused with personality with a leopard upholstered chaise and tulip-inspired artwork. Traditional elements, such as the arched opening with column details, are offset by a bedroom set with clean lines and geometric-inspired bedding.

 

 


The master bath of this Thierfelder Builders Cedarburg home features a large bathtub surrounded by windows and defined by faux marble painted columns. An adjacent shower with multiple body sprays and a strategically located television add to the sophisticated spa experience. Matte finished black granite with cherry cabinetry, ceramic flooring with a marble effect and a band of mosaic tiles complete this master suite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


When Allen and Jill Katz were planning a remodel for their Mequon homeís master bathroom, creating a bigger shower was a top priority. A spacious steam shower replaced what had been one of the smallest showers in the house. The new shower features dual shower heads with separate controls and a Mr. Steam steam shower. A sandblasted glass shower door is smudge-proof. The house was built in the early 1990s, and the master bath was somewhat outdated. The bathroom renovation, completed by Milwaukee Kitchen and Bath Studio, Mequon, reconfigured the existing space to provide the homeowners with the amenities they wanted. A large spa bath replaced an existing tub and vanity, and a new granite-topped maple vanity features Kohler stainless steel vessel sinks and stainless wall-mounted faucets. Katz chose natural, earthy tones for the roomís finishes to bring warmth to the bathroom.