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KITCHEN & BATH IQ

Luxe Living

produced by Marina Vataj

T 631.537.7277 BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY WWW.BLAZEMAKOID-ARCHITECTURE.COM

RICH YET DELICATE DETAILS CREATE BEAUTY AND BALANCE

Q&A with Carole Crittenden Reed, founder of Carole Reed Design in New York, carolereeddesign.com.

Q

Why did you choose this sink? What is it made of?

The sink is custom-made by Urban Archaeology; the legs and finish were also custom ordered, as was the onyx top. I’ve learned over the years to head out to the marble supplier and choose the stone myself. Marble, like gemstones, has beauty and flaws; choosing it is a very personal decision that should not be left up to the contractor. Describe the reason for using bronze hardware. Why not nickel or stainless steel?

PHOTOGRAPH BY ERIC STRIFFLER

Why go for such an elaborate, decorative mirror, rather than a more practical one?

As this is only a powder room, it gives us the ability to have a bit of fun with the fixtures. The mirror from Made Goods is all luminescent shell pieces that work really well with the floor and wallpaper, as well as the yellow and bronze palette. We also gilded an antique rattan settee just outside the shower to add a more personal touch.

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Elegant Elements | Designer Carole Reed upped the swank factor in this powder room by installing a custom-made Urban Archaeology sink with an onyx top. The shell mirror acts as a focal point and complements the pattern in the floor.

How would you describe the overall aesthetic of this bathroom? What was the look you were going for?

Understated luxury! The home is classically beautiful, so we used only the best materials. We selected slabs of onyx pieces to surround the bathroom, which makes you feel like you’re in Versailles. I wanted the custom-designed floor to have four different onyx stones in order to make it look like artwork. After years of designing meditation rooms and VIP lounges, I really had to watch the decadence factor. I believe we reached a beautiful balance between excess and control.

MODERN LIFE. MODERN ARCHITECTURE.

This is the only room in the house that does not have polished nickel hardware. I felt that the age and beauty of the brass complemented the warmth of the stone. This breaks my usual rule of having the hardware finishes all be the same in a single project, but in this case, the bronze was too beautiful to pass up. The texture of the Phillip Jeffries damask grass cloth is just one way we added warmth to this bathroom; the sconces from Suffolk Lighting also enhance the design.

7/30/10 3:58 PM

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