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A spa-like sense of ease—visual, atmospheric, functional—pervades this "place away from everything." Natural light infuses the space while cantilevered vanity cabinets and built-ins hide the clutter of daily life. Spa Style A study in balance It's a precise art—achieving that delicate balance at the perfect center of yin and yang. "The suggestion of order—that's the trick of good design," says Associated Housewright's Matt Speer, who designed the architectural space of this renovated bath. "The art part of any redesign," he says, "[is] coming in with the appropriate freshness to an old space." The spa part, he and interior designer Elizabeth Kemp agree, is where the two contrast—the trick and the art, the yin and the yang—exist in absolute harmony. It's those edges where opposite shapes, colors and materials meet that render this bath such a contemplative space. It's at once organic and ordered, stark yet flowing, sculptural yet grand in scale. "When you cut a circle with a grid, one emphasizes the other," he says. 18 BRAVA Magazine August 2013 Concrete—masculine and monolithic, steely yet natural— was a homeowner's must for the custom counters. The material creates a fluid arc in the custom tub surround and counters as well as engineered angularity, punctuated with sloping sinks. Photos by Zane Williams live at home

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