How many artists does it take to change a bathroom? According to Cindy Belmont, ASID of Directions in Design, the more the merrier, the better the ideas, and the stronger the collaboration. The design of an “artful” compact hall bath started with a spiral glass faucet, created by Third Degree’s co-founder Jim McKelvey. He then created a vessel bowl sink and lever to enhance the faucet. To incorporate more glass into the design, Belmont tapped Mike Moran, Third Degree, to design and create 30 hand blown glass floral pieces for the ceiling. Next? Cue the light with lighting designer Ken McKelvie to strategically unlock the beauty of the glass – from ceiling to faucet and vessel bowl.
And walls? Belmont selected Red Keel of Artful Red, to create and install a glass mosaic reminiscent of an Art Nouveau garden. Keel also created a tree in the corner with piano wire decorated with glass flower bulbs by Moran and Third Degree artists. These glass bulbs were lit by St. Louis Antique Lighting. Kirkwood Glass craftsmen cut and installed a free form mirror to complement the Art Nouveau feel. The finishing touch was a sky mural by Stuart Morse, artist and muralist, and his team, which helped tie together the ceiling and garden walls.
“This talented, spirited, and fun loving team were often found packed together in this tiny room, fueling each other with creative and sometimes outrageous ideas,” Belmont remarked. “Their collaboration raised the bar for design possibilities in a compact space.”