Date: August 26, 2019 | Story: Cate Willis | Photography: Rett Peek | Styling: Lauren Cerrato |
Vintage-inspired details shine in this Little Rock cottage’s master bath
An admiration for marble was the starting point for designer Kathryn LeMaster when she began renovating the master bath of Cindi and Dr. Randy Maddox’s 1930s cottage. “Cindi and I both love all the marble in the Hot Springs bathhouses,” the designer notes of their inspiration. After two home remodel phases over the span of a couple of years, this space, which was in need of both style and functional updates, was the final renovation. While desiring to have an authentic “spa” feel, Kathryn wanted to honor the era of the cottage through her design by “taking material cues from other areas of the home to create a holistic feel.” Likewise, Cindi wished to incorporate elements of Hollywood Regency, “that fabulously glitzy era from the ’20s to the ’50s,” she says.
“Marble everything was, of course, a goal from the beginning,” Kathryn says. “I was thrilled that Randy and Cindi embraced marble’s uniqueness as a ‘living material’ that can require a touch more TLC than more stain-resistant materials.” After researching several types of marble, Kathryn decided on Asian Statuary tiles. The whiter base allowed the room to have a bright and airy feel, contributing to the spa-like style.
With the help of architect Ellen Yeary, the final product makes the most of the available space and updates the style, all while keeping function at the forefront. A his-and-her closet were incorporated into the design, as well as a makeup vanity for Cindi. “I was especially excited to make the vanity fabulous for Cindi as I consider her one of my style icons,” Kathryn says. “We wanted it to have a bit of Hollywood glam.” That glam is evident in the crystal sconces on either side of the mirror. “They look like over-scaled earrings,” the designer says. Cindi, inspired by her grandparents’ master bath from visits growing up, notes her Nana’s vanity as an element she always wished to mimic in her own home. “My love for all things beautiful came from Nana,” she says. The sink faucet pays tribute to the cottage’s era through its simple, utilitarian design. “They had such a perfect sophisticated elegance—not over the top, just timeless,” Kathryn says.
“We wanted it to have a bit of Hollywood glam.”
—Kathryn LeMaster, designer
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