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Peaceful retreat Ample natural light and a restrained color palette give this master suite a restful ambiance These pages: This master bathroom forms part of a master suite by architect David Martin, working with designers from Barbara Scavullo Design and the owners. A vertical glass privacy panel shields bathers from the connecting corridor, while the translucent glass allows light to filter though both ways. The shower stall to the right features a limestone blade wall set between glass panels. A beige countertop and green subway tiles contribute to the subtle color palette. 22 In substantial houses, the master suite can be seen as the kingdom within a kingdom, taking up a large percentage of the floorplan. In this personal realm, there are often two design imperatives – privacy and a feeling of serenity. This master suite was designed by architect David Martin, in collaboration with interior designer Barbara Scavullo and the owners. The home is a contemporary farmhouse style, with gabled roofs, wood ceilings, and double ridge beams framing long skylights. However, in the bedroom, where light control is paramount, there are no skylights – they are only in the connecting corridor and bathroom, says Martin. “Instead, other approaches were taken to optimize a light, airy feel. For example, the ceilings are a light-toned plaster, not wood, and there are small windows above the soffit. “Access to the bathroom and bedroom is by a central corridor. This opens directly to the bathroom and while there is no door, a benchmounted glass privacy screen in the center of the room shields the tub but still allows light to filter both ways. This screen, together with the oval bathtub and freestanding wall that holds the shower controls, gives the bathroom a vertical, highly sculptural appeal.” A fixed mitered corner window further optimizes solar penetration, and outlooks, without the obstruction of hardware. Below this and almost out of sight, two operable windows provide cross ventilation. These are translucent to shield views from the ground level outside. Privacy from within the home is achieved by sets of pocket doors, one at the entry to the bedroom, and another closing off the entire master suite at the beginning of the circulation corridor. With the cool limestone floor, wall tiles and glass privacy wall offset by the warmth of the wood cabinetry, the bathroom achieves an easy material balance. Both rooms feature a muted palette, with an emphasis on soft, natural tones. search | save | share at