Serenity Now

Pastoral views, a wash of cool marble and a splash of sparkling accents make for a master that’s equal parts calm and cosmopolitan

When your wheels-up clients have experienced the best of everything during their travels to just about everywhere, how do you create an equally enchanting spot for them to land? If you’re interior designer James Wheeler, you bring all the glamour and serenity found in international luxury hotels and spas to a master bathroom retreat. “My design intention was to create a timeless oasis infused with both masculine and feminine elements,” says Wheeler. “The property sits on a pastoral landscape, and I wanted to capture as much of the view as possible to add to that feeling of an oasis.”

But this is no garden-variety bathroom. The homeowners demanded some sparkle, and Wheeler more than delivered. He started with a classic black-and-white palette and added plenty of shimmer and shine via the three-tier, antique-brass-and-acrylic chandelier, a host of antiqued mirror and polished-nickel accents and a showstopper of a stainless steel soaking tub. “The tub changes from a sparkling silver to an almost black matte finish as the light moves through the space,” says Wheeler. “It functions like a mirror, reflecting the custom tile mosaic ‘rug’ that lays just in front of it.” 

No less dramatic is the huge (18-by-7-foot!) shower, awash in dolomite marble on the walls and in the custom herringbone pattern on the floor and ceiling. But this is more than just a pretty space: It’s equipped with two separate showerheads and a total of six high-power jet sprays that can be positioned in any direction, along with two steam generators and heated floors. The perfectly peaceful spot is the embodiment of Wheeler’s philosophy when it comes to creating ageless design. “Marble has been around for centuries and stands the test of time, as the sculpture collections in any museum will attest,” he says. “And when in doubt, always go white.” 

VANITY MIRRORS Myott Studio + Artifacts COUNTERTOPS Dolomite Bianco by Marmi Natural Stone WALLS, FLOORS and SHOWER WALLS Custom Dolomite Bianco herringbone through Waterworks BATHTUB Margaux freestanding oval cast iron bathtub and Roaster Tub Filler with handsprays by Waterworks CANDELABRA and TUB STOOL Formations LIGHTING Circa Lighting

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