Scenic Setting

An open-concept master bath/closet takes luxury to another level // Photography by James Haefner
This space is “wide open and timeless,” says interior designer Lona Larson-Battishill, of Schaerer Architextural Interiors.

Natural light was a priority for the owners of a contemporary home on a wooded lot, who enjoy unobstructed views from the comfort of a new deluxe master bathroom/closet overlooking their Bloomfield Hills property. Above the jetted tub that connects to the shower, an expansive window with motorized blinds and mitered glass panels integrates the space with nature. “It’s almost like taking a shower outdoors,” says their architect, Lou DesRosiers, president of DesRosiers Architects in Bloomfield Hills.

Natural light also comes from a unique, client-driven feature that reveals a glass door off the master closet, perfect for when the couple needs to let their pets out at night. “These dogs have no idea how lucky they are,” DesRosiers says.

A pocket door separates the master suite from the master bath/closet space, where indirect lighting, mahogany features, and heated floors create a cozy atmosphere. “The clients enjoy the freedom and the openness of the space,” DesRosiers says. “It feels like they’re on vacation every day.”

Interior designer Lona Larson-Battishill, of Schaerer Architextural Interiors in Bloomfield Hills, worked on the fixtures and finishes for the space she describes as “wide open and timeless.” Greige walls (a blend of beige and gray) lend warmth, while porcelain tile floors create a seamless transition throughout. “We didn’t want anything to stop your eye,” she says.

Custom walk-through closet features include a convenient island, shoe displays, built-in hampers, and lots of natural light. “It’s all-inclusive,” Larson-Battishill says.

The clients enjoy the freedom and the openness of the space. it feels like they’re on vacation every day.

— Lou DesRosiers

In the master bath, semi-mounted sinks, pendant lights, and a mosaic tile backsplash accentuate the marble counter, which features waterfall sides. Brushed nickel hardware and a wide mirror with a custom frame are among the other prominent details.

“This was one of my favorite projects,” says Larson-Battishill, who also worked with builder Sean Gardella and Millennium Cabinetry. “They really use every inch of this house.”

Functionality and form were important to the homeowners. “We like a more contemporary design and we wanted a neutral space to coordinate with the rest of the house,” the wife explains. Practical aspects include a raised counter that incorporates a vanity, and deep cabinets and drawers with electrical outlets.

The homeowners appreciate the door they requested for their dogs, which leads to a small patio where they can check the weather before getting dressed. Other impressive details include a tub deck that extends to the shower, where it becomes a bench. “It’s really seamless,” the wife says.

The well-appointed space has become a destination. “We love it; it’s big, open, airy, and functional. It’s a really comfortable room,” she adds. “Other than the kitchen, the master bedroom and bath are where we spend the most time.”

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