This AMAZING en suite is an extension of an already ethereal space, incorporating bold elements such as purple onyx, a gold bath, gold wall covering on the ceiling as well as the 2.3m light sculpture. The en suite bathroom was part of a much larger project, a modern farmhouse in the heart of Oxfordshire. The shell consisted of a double volume space with cathedral proportions. To the rear there are two large windows overlooking the manicured garden and to the front there is another large window overlooking the carriage drive and dressage arena beyond, where our client, a very keen horse rider, practices dressage every day.
It was important that we enhanced the already fantastic proportions with super luxe finishes and colour, to complement the rest of the house. First off we provided the client with several plan options, settling on a centrally located free standing bath in front of a low wall that separated the shower. We also elected to add (to the builder’s horror) a lower perimeter ceiling. This would allow us to add direct and indirect lighting design (which would not have been easy to achieve in the steep angle of the roof) and give a sense of proportion.
We then went shopping for brass and sanitary ware, setting on a classic style from Waterworks. Then we got down to the exciting part of choosing finishes. At René Dekker Design, we pride ourselves in understanding and developing specialist finishes to maximise the experience. We chose a large scale mosaic design inspired by images the client had in his tear sheet folder. The walls would be finished in a soft off white pearlised paint and the angled ceiling would be hung with a reflective gold wall covering. We sourced (with great difficulty) purple onyx for the vanity top and raised floor and created a bespoke ‘bush hammered’ lacquer finish for the vanity carcass. The jewel in the crown was the specially made fibre optic ‘Flight’ chandelier by Sharon Marston which we hung over the gold bath. The finished room is a symphony of colour, pattern and texture that really makes a splash!