“It’s all in the details… Making your home into your own personal retreat (for everyday)…”

by Erin Paige Pitts

First, I want to apologize for not blogging in quite a while.  I have been with raising three young children and running my own design firm, that there just hasn’t been time.  I have missed writing my blog and am going to try  to get it back up to speed.  Thanks for your kind follow.

I am a firm believer that “you should live where you really want to be”.  What exactly do I mean by that, you might ask?  Too many of us live where we NEED to live, not where we WANT to live.  We may need to live to be close to work or to school or to family ….  If you fall into this category and aren’t able to live where your dreams take you, why not make your home feel like your own personal retreat?

I am going to make the assumption that if you are reading Coastal Style, you either live near the coast or are vacationing here.  If so, I am guessing you love the relaxing feel of the coast? The sea breezes, the beautiful colors and textures of the sand and surf?  All of these are elements you can incorporate in the design of your home (primary or second home) to give it that relaxing coastal vibe.

As an Interior Designer that specializes in “elegant coastal homes”, there are several elements I incorporate in my designs that create the luxurious and restful (aka “retreat feel). For one to relax, the mind has to relax. Too many opposing elements, make a space busy, not restful.  Here are a few ways …
1) tonal or monochromatic color schemes- this doesn’t mean NO color- just fewer colors used deliberately.
2) luxurious finishes and fabrics- “use tactile and textured elements”
3) consistent use of theme- pick something and stick to it!
4) edit- fewer larger elements create more impact without appearing “busy”

I am sharing with you photos of a few bathroom spaces I’ve designed that embody the “retreat” feel.  A room in which this approach is extremely effective is the Master Bedroom and bath.  Think of a hotel room or spa you’ve visited or seen in a magazine.  What elements about that room appealed to you?  That can be the basis of your master bedroom or bathrooms design. 

This particular master bedroom is a great example of a soothing grayed green and sandy beige color scheme.  The room uses two principle colors married with texture (in the fabric and area rug) and subtle pattern (on pillows, bedding and artwork) to create a restful feel.  The simplicity of the draperies, in a flowing off white linen allow you mind to relax.  The addition of the shell trim to the draperies leading edge gives it just a touch of natural luxury.  Dress your bed with fine high count linens to sink into after a long hot day.  There are no jarring colors or details here, all the elements reinstate the feel of a luxurious retreat.  The addition of a bedside bouquet and some wonderfully scented candles add the crowning touch.

Master Bath rooms can be designed to feel like a spa bath.  Perhaps you have noticed that High-end spas tend to use one principal type and variety of stone throughout and be very soothing?  It is the simplicity of their design that creates that spa like feel. Here I used white Jura  Limestone in this bathroom on the floors and countertops (as well as the bathtub surround and shower, not pictured) to give a consistent natural element to the space.  The details such as polished nickel lighting and hardware are a glamorous partner to the more natural finish of the stone.  The white custom cabinetry with the open area under the sinks and large hyacinth baskets give the space a very relaxing non-cluttered feel.

A large soaking tub is also a necessary luxury in a spa bath.  There are tub selections for every type of bather.  You can choose from soakage tubs, air massage tubs and of course, jetted tubs. All three varieties available as freestanding or built-in versions.

Outfitting the shower to elevate bathing to a new level should also be a part of making your bathroom into a retreat. A luxurious shower fitted with a comfortable shower seat, rain head, shower body jets and other features should be part of the plan.  This shower was carved out of an otherwise unusable space- a dormer window.  We tiled the entire shower, ceiling, dormer and all.  The window gives this otherwise dark area much needed light.  The consistent use of this dreamy blue-green tile makes you feel as if you are swimming in the Caribbean!  Who doesn’t love that! This bathroom is a good example that efficient use of space and good design you can make any size shower become luxurious and retreat like.

Here is another view …

It is always important to do your research and know what you want before embarking on a renovation project.  A well developed design concept and floor plan will facilitate a great finished project.  If you seek professional help designing your home to feel like a retreat for everyday or any other project, please feel free to contact me at Erin@erinpaigepittsinteriors.com. Www.erinpaigepitts.com