One of the reasons I just had zero time to blog over the last year was I was pretty darn busy working. We’ve grown out team at MHD which has been amazing as it enables me to focus on my strengths and it has really upped our game in terms of calibre of millwork we are endeavouring to achieve. We work with some amazing millwrights and have for some time now but when you have people dedicated to babysitting, stressing over, pouring over every last minute detail of how it will all come together, the results are definitely above and beyond. Anna and Margaret on our team put in so many hours worrying about balance, proportion, scale and of course detail. While we may re-use a material, a detail etc we try and achieve a different look with each project. This is a conscious choice. I know many designers think that having a “THING” that they are known for is some sort of badge of honour. I myself get bored of working the same one trick pony and like the challenge of stepping well outside of the box.
This past year we went way way back in time to work with one of my very first client’s - like PRE-ASA client when I had just left teaching. We definitely had a Mary Tyler Moore - LOOK AT ME NOW retrospective. It’s flattering to see that she still loves the work I did for her almost 20 years ago but we agree it’s time for a face lift. However, before we do that, we had one project that we never tackled and that was the Master Bathroom. The Befores well…
We had mould we had mildew we had mysterious taps that did and didn’t work. We also had a lack of storage issues and a general feeling that the space was not utilized properly. Our client wanted her MASTER BATH to be spectacular and I think after waiting with more patience than I would have - we have achieved it.
I don’t know if you recall when I realized that despite my loathing of almost all orange things, I tend to accessorize a lot and wear a lot of coral. It’s a conundrum that is very, very Meredith. I’ve also realized that almost all of our clients are obsessed with purple. If I had to make a colour my signature colour, I think PURPLE it is. There are so many degrees, nuances etc of purple. Mauve, Aubergine, Iris, Smoked Heather, Oyster, I could go on for some time here. Almost every project if not every project has some degree of purple in it. #Seincliffe was the first bathroom we were requested to design around the colour Purple - her favourite.
Et Voila - A VERY Purple Master…
It’s more than just the walls, we used Lilac Marble mosaics on the floor, in the shower and on the countertops. I love to use Lilac Marble because it can read to many as just a grey but it has so much more dimension than just grey you can easily see how it goes purple. It’s not Barney Purple which of course is verboten but it has a sophisticated palette twist that you just don’t see coming until it’s there. We used a smoked wood laminate which is already finished in a high gloss and then we had our metal artisans add the polished nickel to the drawers and we recessed campaign style hardware to achieve the full Art Deco Campaign style chest we were after as a vanity. I prefer drawers in a bathroom vanity as it allows you to organize and better structure your wares.
P E R F E C T I O N - I think this is my favourite vanity to date and we have amassed some killer vanities but this one is just special. First client worthy.
We used a mix of tiles in the shower and it took some convincing to get our client to #TeamMarble but realistically we had a budget and marble is cheaper than the faux stuff.
I love that she had shampoo that fit our palette and I didn’t need to style that in myself… Lavender in a shower is killer idea much like eucalyptus. A great way to infuse some delicious into the shower!
I consciously chose RED and AUBERGINE to accent our bathroom so that it was the ANTI-Styling moment of Bathroom design. See earlier comment about boxes and stepping well outside of them. I love how analogous colours just sing together.
When we opened up the walls we had a bit of a disco dance floor and while it didn’t make sense from a balance perspective to extend the vanity into the bath area we needed an opportunity for additional storage or places to put things. This table does that AND doubles as a place to put the glass of wine when soaking in the tub. Deadly functional baby.
Details make the design. Water Jet Marble register grates and vents in the shower are that little bit of - “You SO GET IT” when a client sees that you’ve gone that extra half step.
We didn’t want to start the slippery slope of changing all of the interior doors which are not my faves but we did decide to upgrade the door hardware in the master bath and hopefully will follow suit in the rest of the house. If you touch it every day, it’s worth a splurge or great style addition. I say this on repeat because it really matters and it reminds your clients that thoughtful details like this are why they hired you (again) in the first place.