Little Black Dress — Dressing Room and Bath
Small spaces in our homes are often treated like afterthoughts. Not so for this dressing room and bath worthy of an up-and-coming fashionista. These were favorites of the spaces we saw at this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase.
We loved how the designers—George Brazil and Cecilia Sagrera of SagreraBrazilDesign—brought light and a soft, fresh color scheme into the space. And we were smitten with the interplay of contemporary graphic pattern and classic elements.
“Our concept was a dressing room and bathroom for a young woman (late 20’s) who maybe just moved back home from grad school prior to getting married and is making a name for herself career-wise, socially, philanthropically,” said George. “The idea of ‘the little black dress’ comes to mind as we wanted spaces that were timeless and classic, that could be dressed up or down.”
“The homeowners asked us to keep the existing wardrobes since they are original to the house. We added inset beveled mirrors, re-plated the hardware and added new blown glass cabinet pulls.”
An element not shown in the photo is a continuation of the wardrobes to the right of the dressing table. The fresh white wood and full-length-mirrored cabinetry lines the entire hall-like entry to the room. Light bounces off the mirrors from the custom, bubbly glass ceiling fixtures (see detail below in bath photo) making inviting what would have been a dark, alley of a space.
The dressing area’s wallpaper–in metallic silver, white and soft blues–was mesmerizing.
“We wanted a nice mix of geometry and organic elements in the space,” said George. “The wallpaper by Harlequin, has a very strong geometric (Spirograph) pattern in a subdued colorway. The upholstery on the stool is an organic pattern with the color changing from a strong blue to a blue/green. The profiles of the dressing table and stool have strong geometric forms.”
The dressing nook was a charming, creative use of a window area. “We mounted the dressing mirror in front of the window for two reasons,” said George. “In front of the window was the only place for the dressing table and the use of an oval mirror still allowed some light to spill around the mirror and bathes the face nicely in daylight.”
And the detail on the tall lamps was brilliant. “The shades were custom made by CM Shades through Sloan Miyasato,” said George. “We sent a sample of the wallpaper and they modified one of the patterns into the cutout and pierced design on the shade.”
The designers continued the classic white-wood cabinetry into the bath, where they also got graphic impact from stone. “In the bathroom we used a traditional marble in a very contemporary way,” said George. “Calcutta Luccioso was book-matched and turned on the 45 degree.”
Here, you can see the custom pendant fixtures used throughout the adjoining spaces. “We found the blown glass pieces as clustered table top accessories,” said George. “They were disassembled and repurposed into these pendants.”
Where do you get dressed each morning? Is it a space you enjoy?