|Soft textures from cashmere throws, window sheers and silk accents help balance the rustic headboard with the fireplace surrounds. The chandelier adds grandeur and plays well off of the room's subdued coloe palette.
After photos by Dustin Peck Photography
Rick Bainbridge Jr. could see the potential in this four-square-style home when he bought it in 2005. A bad 1950s remodel and a duplex conversion had robbed the home, which was built in 1913, of its original charm.
"Overall, the house had good bones. It just needed work, mostly because it wasn't laid out well," the company CEO says.
Bainbridge made the focus of the Charlotte, N.C., home the master suite and was adamant through each plan revision the area remain a crown jewel. "We focused on the master suite because, while it was the most expensive area to redo, I felt it would be recouped," Bainbridge says.
Many master suites in the region tend to fall on the first floor, but he wasn't confident a first-floor location would give the suite the impact it needed. The team decided to position the suite directly off the staircase landing on the second floor.
"Creating the landing off of the staircase with the arched opening and the risers going up made it look really good," Bainbridge says.
The new master bedroom has touches that speak to both fashion and function, including a masonry fireplace and a washer and dryer in the new 10- by 10-foot walk-in closet.
The designer of the bathroom, Audrey L. Gammon, ASID, of Gammon Residential Design, says she organized the room to create symmetry and harmony. To make the space warm and soothing, she used bronze accents on the honed and filled limestone floor; dark mahogany furniture; and nickel plumbing fixtures.
"The furniture pieces become cabinetry and are reminiscent of a modernized European bathroom," she says. "All of the elements aided in creating a level of finish that made a new spa space with old-world accents."
Prior to starting the project, Bainbridge convinced the president and conductor of the local symphony to use the home as the showcase in the Symphony Guild ASID Designer House, a fundraiser used by symphonies nationwide.
The resulting 1,000 square feet suite was such a draw that it sold very shortly after the fundraiser.
"I think the products had a lot to do with how successful this project was," Bainbridge says. "Though they're new, they still characterize the spirit of the home and help the interior of the addition blend with the existing home."