La Jolla, CA — Mention the words “Grand Central Station” and most people imagine the legendary commuter rail terminal station in New York City.
However, for one La Jolla, CA family, the phrase could have referred to their master bedroom which, until a recent renovation, served as a pass-through to their son’s bedroom and small bathroom.
“Every time the son went to his room, he came through his parents’ private space,” says Doreen Owens, CKD, CBD, CID, allied member ASID, DSO Designs in San Diego, CA.
After moving the teenager to a new room, Owens was commissioned to turn the dead-end spaces into a master ensuite bathroom for the parents, complete with an 8'x10' master closet featuring a California Closets organization system. The end result showcases the room’s view of the La Jolla Bay and Pacific Ocean while providing a penthouse feel with contemporary styling.
Preserving the view
“The focal point of the room is the view, which we wanted to preserve. That’s one reason why we don’t have any window treatments,” Owens notes of the large window that replaced an eight-foot sliding door and sits above the Kohler Underscore whirlpool tub. “Because of the home’s location, the family has privacy, so window treatments aren’t really necessary. The homeowner can relax in the tub and enjoy the view of the ocean.”
A second focal point is the stately floor-to-ceiling Carrera marble wall – crafted with 18"x18" tiles – that encompasses the shower walls and extends to the window. “This wall is like a piece of art for the wife,” she says. “She loves the movement in the marble.”
Carrera marble is repeated on the tub deck, vanity top and shower bench.
Dark Eleganza Groove Nero porcelain tile – 12"x24" tiles on the bathroom floor and mosaics in the shower – provides contrast to the light-colored marble and gray hued walls. Faint gray streaking throughout the tile displays perceived texture.
Mid Continent Cabinetry cherry cabinets with an espresso stain – accented with Top Knobs Nouveau III Polished Chrome hardware – provide additional dark highlights. The slab-style door of the Rohe collection adds to the contemporary theme, notes Owens. Storage concerns were addressed with a bank of drawers and a pull-out hamper in the long vanity. A built-in armoire increases storage capacity.
Twin Kohler Kathryn undermount sinks are highlighted with Moen 90 Degree Series faucets. The tub also features the 90 Degree Collection while Grohe Allure and Kohler fixtures, including a rainhead showerhead and four body sprays, are used in the custom shower enclosure.
While the Moen faucets helped keep the budget in control, which was an important criterion for the family, one “budget buster” they opted for was a TOTO Neorest 600 toilet, which is tucked away in its own enclosed space. “He had two major criteria for the master bathroom,” Owens says. “One was a separate area for the toilet, another was the Neorest 600.”
Details that enhance the space include two Uttermost Ikona 40"-high rectangular mirrors with stair-stepped bevels and Candice Olson chrome wall sconces. A Possini Black Thread Crystal Halogen ceiling light provides added light and ambiance in the room. “The ceiling light is gorgeous and casts a glow that makes the walls look like they have texture,” she says. “It creates a really neat effect.”