Date: August 26, 2014 | Story: Jennifer Bonds | Styling: Chip Jones |
A homeowner’s worst nightmare turned into a chic new bath for this Fayetteville shop owner
Old Man Winter brought more than snow and ice to one Fayetteville home: he brought an unplanned renovation. “A pipe behind a wall in the bathroom burst, and flooded the living room and kitchen below,” explains homeowner Erin Bridges. “I immediately called on Chris Goddard—who was doing some work in my boutique at the time—because I knew he could put it all back together.” Bridges, who owns Fayetteville’s Tesori, a bridal and formalwear boutique, as well as a Lilly Pulitzer shop known as The Pink Pig, packed up her family and moved out for four months while work on the house was completed. “I trusted Chris completely,” she says. “He did me the courtesy of showing me his plans in advance, but I knew I would love whatever he came up with.”
Familiar with Bridges’ “classic, but with a twist” personal style, Goddard was inspired by interpretations of classic motifs to create a chic, sleek space that is a study in transitional style. “I repeated several variations of three shapes—a circle, a twist, and a graphic line—to give the space layers and keep the eye moving,” Goddard explains. His interpretation of the Greek Key motif combined with Asian fretwork appears on the custom cabinetry and vanity mirrors, while the room’s Schumacher wallpaper features overlapping circles in soft shades of gray, white, and beige; the sconce and chandelier incorporate the twist shape.
The heavily grained Brazilian Carrara marble on the vanity sets the space’s palette of soft gray and white, which is punched up by the charcoal gray cabinetry. Bridges made only one request for color throughout the house: yellow, her favorite hue. Goddard used a sunny shade of the color in small but high-impact doses throughout the room.
“You can dress a room the same way you might dress yourself: in layers of colors, patterns, and finishes,” says Goddard, who used eighteen different patterns in this bath, by his count. “Tonal variations and appropriate scale and proportion keep it from looking too busy.”
Functionally, not much about the bath has changed. The orientation of the shower was swapped and a freestanding soaking tub replaced a seldom-used garden tub. However, the room’s style factor increased exponentially. “Before, everything was awful turquoise and lime green and I couldn’t turn on the shower without getting soaked,” Bridges recalls. “Now, it looks on par with the rest of the house: clean, colorful, and classic, but with a modern twist.”
Contractor Michael King, King Kustoms, Cave Springs, (479) 225-2082
Interior and bath design Chris Goddard, Goddard Design Group, Fayetteville, (479) 521-2592, goddarddesigngroup.com
Accessories, fabrics, hardware, lighting, mirrors, and wallpaper Goddard Design Group, Fayetteville, (479) 521-2592, goddarddesigngroup.com
Cabinets MH Woodworks Inc., Seligman, Missouri, (417) 662-3329, mh-customwoodworks.com
Electrical Jeremy Word, Word’s Electric Inc., Springdale, (479) 530-1269
Fixtures Ferguson Enterprise, Springdale, (479) 927-2793, ferguson.com
Tile Encore Flooring and Building Products, Springdale, (479) 361-8900, encoregroupusa.com
Window coverings Goddard Design Group, Fayetteville, (479) 521-2592, goddarddesigngroup.com; Stitches of Joy, Fayetteville, (479) 595-4581