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Bedroom sets
Master baths help couples carve out private spaces at home


From the outside, this second-floor master bathroom addition is undetectable ó exactly the intentions of the Whitefish Bay homeowners and their design team of Builtworks Inc. and Innovative Design Services. The bathroom was built over an existing sun room; the new roof line, copper gutters, windows and other architectural features are in keeping with the homeís Tudor style. Sherry Shinken of Innovative Design Services employed that same philosophy to the interior design. "I wanted it to look like it had been there forever," Shinken says. From the oak trim to the English-inspired Anaglypta embossed wallpaper to the harlequin patterned heated tile floor and the 100-year-old mirror at the dressing table, Shinken achieved the old school feel the homeowners desired. She broke with tradition in opening up the ceiling, but was able to add more light into the room by doing so. "I think we built a lot of character into this space without sacrificing the feel that the owners were going for," Shinken says.

Homeowner Bea Benidt wanted a space that was elegant yet practical to live in, says designer Melissa Steigerwald of Design Resource Center, Elm Grove. "The dark cherry bedroom furniture in combination with a soft feminine palette set the mood for the room. The delicate creams and pinks were used to complement the artwork above the bed. "We wanted to add a soft look to the bed, but the client didnít want the typical canopy treatment. To accomplish this look, we used a sheer fabric with Swarovski crystal accents and decorative tie-back tassels around the bed posts."


The French doors leading into the master bath add an interesting element to the space. The dark cherry wood continues from the bedroom into this room, creating a unified look. Plenty of mirrors in the room create the illusion of a larger space. The redesign, including the neutral vessels, complete the look. m