Dressing Up

BY DESIGN

September 17, 1995|By BETH SMITH

Designing a master suite for a 1950s contemporary in Baltimore City challenged Annapolis architect Jay B. Huyett to come up with a bedroom, bathroom and dressing area that fit aesthetically in a house style he calls a cross between "California, international and Frank Lloyd Wright."

The suite was to be part of a new wing created by Mr. Huyett, of Studio 3 Architects, who says, "We wanted to leave the interior space as open as possible, yet at the same time meet all the functional requirements."

To achieve that sense of interior spaciousness, Mr. Huyett elected not to make the dressing area a room. Instead he separated it from the bedroom by a 6-foot-high, maple-trimmed mahogany wall with open doorways at both ends. The space above the wall was left open to allow morning sunlight to filter into the room through a high rectangular window in the adjoining dressing area.

"I think what I like best about the dressing area is that it is very simple, clean and contemporary," Mr. Huyett says. To provide for ample storage, he designed a trio of chests, which were made from mahogany trimmed in maple. The design echoes that of the wall. He also included a walk-in clothes closet at one end of the space. His clients added a reproduction of a Rennie Mackintosh chair to the space.

The dressing area, as well as the bedroom, opens to a luxury bath, which has a wall of windows overlooking a courtyard enclosed by a brick privacy wall. From the dressing area there is a clear view of the outside garden.

"Wherever you stand in the dressing area, you see spaces that connect not only to the interior but to the exterior of this home," says Mr. Huyett. "And, I really love the high level of craft and detail that's incorporated into the design."

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