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Industrial chic

Photos by Doug Edmunds and Tricia Shay

February 2014

Mary Ann Matter of Elm Grove combines industrial chic with antiques in her master suite. She worked with Theresa Vaughan of Forte Interior Design to help execute her vision. The high wingback upholstered bed by Lee Industries is trendy but gives off an old-fashioned feel.

Vaughan designed the custom bedding and the silk custom drapes with rosettes.Matter created an interesting look by grouping antique cameras in a collage aboveher bed.

The case goods were all custom designed and fabricated through Scathain Collective. "Painstaking details went into this custom furniture," says Vaughan. "I asked for the mirrors on the drawers because I wanted that glam element," she adds referring to the secretary.

Vaughan describes the space as "one part glam mixed with two parts vintage and a dash of serenity."

Steve Shearer of Interior Elements found the window above the Kohler tub at an antiques store in Chicago.





Oversized pulls, a brown Difiniti Shattered Quartz countertop and faux finish on the walls in Ralph Lauren Evening Slipper, complete the clean and chic look. The towels were custom made at Past Basket for all the bathrooms in the home. John McWilliam of Scathain Collective made each steel length for the mirror frame by hand. "I wanted a round, unique mirror," says designer Theresa Vaughan.

Treading Lightly

He desired a modern, sleek European aesthetic; she a rustic appeal for their newly transformed master suite by Lynn Tarrence of the egg design group. The glass-enclosed shower with multiple showerheads shows off the stone tile and the 1-by-6 agate glass accent tile installed vertically to create a soothing waterfall effect. A towel warmer and in-floor heat add to the luxuriousness of the space. A frosted glass barn door allows light in while combining the modern aesthetic with rustic detail.

The Grafton master bath remodel by the egg design group features neutral colors.

Iron Art

It’s apparent when you walk into the master suite of Joan Russo and Larry Foat that their bed isn’t one that you’ll see anywhere else.

The intricate steel sculpture woven into and around the custom bed was designed and created by Larry’s son, Ryan Foat of Oxbow Studio.

"I wanted something unique and symmetrical that filled the space," Russo says. "When we built the house we designed the bedroom around the bed." The couple also wanted the bed to be compatible with their existing furniture.

Foat used ebony leather on the headboard to complement the iron sculpture, creating an organic feel to the piece.

The couple worked with Cheri Ware of Ware Design to complete the look. Ware continued the vine-like design of the iron in the custom-made bedding and pillows by Kravet Couture Collection.

"I took the inspiration from the colors of the bed, which had already been made," Ware says.


Custom maple cabinets stained and glazed in taupe toffee along with the Empredore brown marble countertops with matching Empredore and glass mosaic backsplash work well with the 24-inch square ceramic tile. The organic atmosphere continues with the frameless custom shower wall and ceramic stone interior in the shower stall.

High-tech Zen

Sleek marble walls create a modern aesthetic in this third-floor master bathroom renovation in Waukesha by Quality Remodeling Specialists. The frameless glass shower and glass block window give the bathroom a visual openness as do skylights in the angled roof. The cast-iron soaking tub further encourages relaxation. A custom-built teak decking was built over the shower floor per the homeowners’ request.

QRS’ Jake Ruiz says the previously cramped bathroom was gutted and an adjacent storage area incorporated into the new layout. Numerous custom features were included in the renovation, such as heated floors, ceiling speakers, and specialized lighting that includes LED light niches and custom perimeter frosted glass LED lighting. Custom blinds tie into the six preprogrammed lighting scenes and also open and close at set times each day. m




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