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In Fine Style

Remarkable Re-Do

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Posted: Thursday, November 11, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 11:11 pm, Tue Aug 9, 2011.

The expression ‘wow factor’ may suffer from overuse, but it pretty much describes the newly completed lower level of a Wentzville home.

    Pamela Calvert of Savvy Surroundings worked on the project and says the homeowners have grown accustomed to that reaction. “The first thing everyone notices, of course, is the bar,” the designer says. “It’s a work of art!” Crafted from crushed red glass and illuminated from within, the expansive bar is topped with Marron Cahiba granite in a suede finish, and surrounded by stainless steel barstools upholstered in a color Calvert calls “taupe-y chocolate.”     Designed for a young family with four children, the multi-purpose lower level is party-ready, with multiple flat-screens, a billiard table and a short walk to the pool. After swim season, a fireplace beckons guests to a gathering area outfitted with oversized upholstered seating, also in shades of chocolate brown.

    Thoughtful attention to detail makes the billiard area inviting, with a beverage shelf conveniently built next to the cue rack. “Players need a place to set their drinks when it’s their turn to shoot!” Calvert notes. If the game gets too exhausting, adjacent seating also has built-in beverage holders at each end.

    Across the room, a wall of windows is dressed in Roman shades, custom made in rich blues and greens. A glass wall divides the bar area from the workout room, and another door opens to a playroom for younger members of the family. “Each area of interest has its own charm,” the designer explains, “but it all flows together.”

    Subtle repetition of materials and shapes contributes to the flow. “When we began this project, it was all just a big, blank space,” Calvert says. “So we wrapped almost every wall in brick, including the support columns. It added much-needed warmth and texture, and  the brick coordinates beautifully with the wood tones of the floating floors.” Glass-doored wall cabinets behind the bar were hung without the back panel, an inspired touch that shows off an uninterrupted expanse of brick just beneath the tin ceiling. A spherical theme is present throughout, expressed in the drum light fixtures above the billiard table, the nearby triptych of mirrors, and several oversized clocks.

    The builder-issue bathroom also got a complete makeover, with enlarged space and glossy white subway tile. Chocolate brown makes an appearance here, too, in accent stripes and a floor-to-ceiling mosaic behind the mirror. “There are even chocolate ceramic  ‘bubbles’ on the floor,” Calvert notes. A custom-made vanity, topped with a vessel sink, is washed in light from twin sconces.

    It all adds up to a perfect place to get together, and down the hallway is daughter Carly’s room, just right for a teen hideaway. “It’s great for a teenager,” Calvert beams. “It’s private and personal, with plenty of room for friends.” The pink and brown color scheme, pulled from the tufted comforter, is punctuated with blue to “make it all pop.” Calvert used car striping tape on the walls to achieve a sharp clean line. “It works great and it’s so easy to do!” Must-have electronics and accessories are accessible but hidden, stored on shelving built into the back of a revolving full-length mirror.

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