Jamie Drake contributes elements of his New American Glamour style to create a glistening powder room that conveys a sense of drama and urbane sophistication in Cabochon — a word that means a gem or bead cut in convex form and highly polished, but not faceted.
The inviting powder room exudes glamour, taking its cue from the exotic details and sensual drape of the KOHLER Moxie™ wall-mount cast iron lavatory that is observed when first entering the space. Featured in Kohler's daring Vapour™ Orange color, the sculptural Moxie lavatory — with its shimmering curtain of etched stainless steel tiles and inset glass beads — sets the design tone for all motifs and elements in the space and is perfectly paired with a KOHLER Purist wall-mount lavatory faucet in a warm Vibrant® French Gold finish.
"Like the bubbles in a crystal flute of fine champagne, Cabochon carries a delightful motif of floating circles," Drake says. "This motif is primarily driven by the custom wall coverings which are abalone shells, hand set in lacquer panels along the upper walls of the powder room, creating a wonderful sense of movement."
The motif extends to the marble floor, a custom Ann Sacks® Minos Mosaic pattern based on one of Drake's own rug designs. The complexity of the lower wall texture in juxtaposition with the sleek radiance of the upper wall's abalone shells creates a dramatic statement. Also, the ceiling is accented by yellow and black crown molding creating a striking contrast to the abalone shells. Directly above the lavatory is a frameless Robern® mirrored cabinet that offers hidden storage and even includes electrical components inside for convenient recharging of electronic, grooming devices. Framing each side of the mirrored cabinet are two elegant sconces with custom butter-yellow, silk shades.
A surprising design element is a cylindrical storage container that was designed by Drake to attractively hold hand towels for guests. A Swag chair from the designer's own collection sits adjacent to the left of the tower and is upholstered in bold black, orange, grey and taupe stripes. At the opposite end of the powder room entrance is the award-winning KOHLER Purist® Hatbox toilet in a bold Thunder™ Grey color cleverly tucked behind a custom screen constructed of black lacquered wood with metal mesh inserts. The screen not only provides some privacy, but also divides the long, narrow space to create a sense of veiled spaciousness.
About the designer
|One of the interior design industry's leading experts on color, Jamie Drake creates delightful environments and décor as suitable for a particular place, as for the people occupying it. Equally comfortable in traditional and contemporary styles, he has a gift for making modern interiors inviting and enlivening traditional spaces with a fresh mix of contemporary elements. Based in New York, Drake participates in several of the country's most prestigious show houses and his work has been widely published in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, The New York Times and House & Garden. He has appeared on Bloomberg TV, CNN's Style with Elsa Klensch and HGTV. He was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 2003.|
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