When empty nesters in Edwardsville sought to create a grand abode for themselves and for visiting family, they enlisted the expertise of St. Louis-based firm Jessie D. Miller Interior Design.
The clients embraced a contemporary rustic design with European flair, which Jessie D. Miller (the firm’s namesake) translated throughout the entire home. For this en suite guest bathroom – one of five – she envisioned a fresh take on a masculine, European clubhouse.
“For homes with two or more guest rooms, I love to alternate a vibe of masculine and feminine between them – a fun break to the typical unisex designs in the majority of a home,” Miller explains.
A black riveted bathtub sits atop wide plank hardwood flooring, accented with antique rugs and elegant décor. Miller says these layers and textiles add “design interest and a cozy layer to a typically utilitarian room.”
“One of the first decisions was to run the exquisite hardwood flooring throughout all of the bathrooms, versus transitioning to stone or tile,” she explains. “My intent with the wood flooring was to infuse a casual comfort and patina – something that is often missed in today’s massive, McMansion-esque custom builds.”
Meanwhile, calacatta gold marble tiles on the walls and regal custom drapery panels maintain a luxurious ambiance.
“I absolutely love the drama of the floor-to-ceiling drapery panels with Greek key trim in this bathroom,” Miller says. “My seamstress, Jeanette Longfellow, really outdid herself on this project.”
While the drapery panels allow privacy, the window offers natural light and a secluded forest view.
“Throughout the stressful construction process, I would sometimes go to the space for a few minutes of ‘think’ time,” Miller reflects. “I would see quiet deer sneak by the window. I felt like they were friends keeping me company.”
Overall, the custom home build of about 15,000 square feet required six months of planning, two years of construction and another six months of designing and orchestrating the final touches.
For Miller, this space provided a moment of peace in the middle of it all.
Jessie D. Miller Interior Design, jessiedmiller.com