DESIGNER: Jeremiah Lee and Susie Edie, Rock Solid Renovations
There are no rules in design, but there is one thing interior designer Susie Edie always does in every room before a makeover is complete. She adds a little black. Edie started incorporating the shade three decades ago when she started her career, and now, as interior designer of Rock Solid Renovations, it’s how she unexpectedly elevates the look of all her spaces, including this guest bathroom in the home of one of her Springfield clients. But the lampshades on the sconces aren’t the only reason this project is a color sensation. Check out the ceiling.
“Most clients are conservative in their selections, but this particular client wanted an eclectic look,” Edie says. “It needed to look a certain way, but it didn’t have to be completely practical.”
With that restriction lifted, Edie and Rock Solid Renovations lead designer Jeremiah Lee noted the homeowner’s non-negotiables—shiplap siding, hex tile, honed white marble and a large soaking tub—and got to work. The room’s original layout met the client’s needs, with the exception of an obtrusive pony wall between the tub and toilet, so it was demolished to allow for the large soaking tub. Next, a custom-built, furniture-like vanity was installed using honed marble to provide a matte finish on the countertops. On the room’s only exterior wall, shiplap siding adds visual interest, drawing the eye from the entry all the way across to the window.
After those three main improvements were complete, all that remained was to lay the hex tile, insert some linens storage and accessorize. Using bits of gold, an antique mirror, a duck-head towel holder and mismatched hardware, Edie successfully combined glamour and whimsy with old and new.
As for the wallpaper on the ceiling? It’s just the unexpected pop of color that was needed to mesh all aspects of this texture-filled wonderland and leave the homeowner’s friends and family with an unforgettable trip to the loo.—J.A.
Editor's Note: This space is the Design Awards 2018 winner for Best Use of Color in a Single Room.