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Refined sensibility For this brownstone master suite renovation, a study becomes a beautiful, light-filled bathroom and the master bedroom is rebuilt and upgraded These pages: This master suite renovation by Matthew Baird Architects with interior design by JMorris Design included stripping back walls in the bedroom for soundproofing. The upgraded space is finished in an exotic, hand painted wallpaper. Soft furnishings contribute to the refined aesthetic – the bed cushions are finished in Hermes fabrics while the Matteo bed linen is teamed with a furry throw. search | save | share at Classic, character-rich brownstones present enviable places to live, but as with most home styles of earlier time periods, the attention paid to bathrooms was pretty secondary. So when it came time to renovate this traditional New York home, the master bathroom was high on the list of priorities of things to transform completely. Matthew Baird Architects (MBA) with Bradley Kaye as project architect took on this whole house makeover with interior designer Jennifer Morris involved in the choice of finishes and features. The brownstone had good bones and many intact details, including the stair from the first floor to third, fireplaces, mouldings, stained glass windows and lay lights, says Kaye. “The owners had lived with the small, dated existing bathroom for years. So one goal for the renovation was to have an amazing bathroom.” To achieve this, MBA turned an existing study into the new master bath and connected it to the master bedroom via a walk-in closet. The bedroom was gutted and modernised with sound-insulated walls and new lighting and finishes. The room already had beautiful stained glass windows and a fireplace before the makeover and the interior designer worked with