NKBA 2004 Design competition: Category 8: master suite/bathrooms

Elegance and function were the watchwords for this award-winning master suite bath/dressing room. "The homeowners wanted the space to be comfortable and elegant," explains Charles Cook of Glencoe, IL-based Wickets Fine Cabinetry, who designed this space.

In addition, the space not only had to serve as a master bath, but as an upscale dressing room, notes Cook.

To meet the owners' lofty design goals, Cook began by borrowing space from the adjacent closet, eliminating the tub and relocating the toilet in order to allow for a larger shower and a longer wall for the vanities, which were separated into his and hers with matching Kohler sinks. Each vanity was topped with Calcutta Gold "A" Marble Terrazzo.

"Deep pilasters and pediment surrounding the framed beveled mirrors further define the separation of the vanities," notes Cook.

In the new shower, Cook installed a Phylrich hand-held shower hose and Phylrich body sprays. A Bartlett shower glass enclosure and door and Samuel Heath shower baskets complete the shower.

Hand-painted cabinetry by Glenview Cabinets adds a finishing touch of charm to this bath.

Turning his attention to the dressing area, Cook says that "The owners of this project desired a room which was reminiscent of a dressing room found in a fine clothing store."

To achieve this look, he broke the dressing room into three components. "A bachelor's chest holding other clothing serves as the focal point of the room, while a series of wardrobe units placed along the walls allowed for hanging clothes," explains Cook. "And, the center island provides a surface for everything from keys to cuff links."

Cook also incorporated the request from the gentleman of the house into the dressing room design: a tie rack that holds up to 400 ties.