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Tranquility envelops this New Mexico bath
By Sallie Moffat
June 25, 2010

That New Mexico is the sixth most sparsely inhabited U.S. state might come as no surprise to visitors of the 2010 HGTV Dream Home. Located in the San Pedro Overlook between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, the home is situated on a sprawling 31/2-acre lot that is surrounded by arid high desert and affords phenomenal 360-degree views.

No stranger to HGTV Dream Homes—having designed them for the past 14 years—Linda Woodrum, of TS Hudson Interiors in Hilton Head, SC, looked to this undeveloped land for inspiration. What she found was a sense of tranquility so prevalent, it became the impetus for the home’s design.

With large windows at every turn, the serenity of the barren landscape permeates the 3,900-sq.-ft., contemporary Southwestern-style house, and the master bath is no exception. Here, outside comes in, informing not only the feeling of the space, but the color palette, too. “It’s really about what’s in the distant views—the mountains and the immense sky,” said Woodrum. “So I wanted to keep the bathroom clean and spare, like what was outside, because it’s just a continuum of what’s outside.”

In addition to soft shades of beige, the 168-sq.-ft. bath features various hues of sage green—found in the 1-in. x 2-in. mosaic tiles on the tub surround and in the shower, on the walls and in the vanity cabinetry—as well as turquoise, which was used for the door and window frames throughout the house and relates to the home’s location on the Turquoise Trail. Providing warmth are the countertop—with a mitered edge so it appears to be a 3-in. slab—and wooden 3-in.-plank flooring that is also “a common denominator” throughout the home.
Because Woodrum didn’t have a particular client to please, she reveled in her freedom “to do the very best with the given space.” “It’s a wonderful kind of pure design...the fantasy part of it is delightful,” she said. But in Woodrum’s case, fantasy does not mean frivolity. In order to ensure that the master suite became one continuous space—”It felt like they belonged together,” Woodrum said—she chose sliding glass barn doors to join the master bedroom and bath. Located over the tub, the doors, when closed, provide an intimate yet spacious, light and airy room, but when open, create one immense room. “I love things that are whimsical, fun and unexpected,” said Woodrum. “Not something silly, but an added dimension that offers functionality and puts a smile on your face.”

Further enhancing the feeling of spaciousness, Woodrum installed glass doors for the walk-in closet, which adjoins the master suite (behind the vanity wall), and the shower. And to provide added openness—as well as natural light to an otherwise dark space—she also incorporated a window cutout in one of the water closet’s walls. Combined with the array of large windows and the bath’s doorless double-door opening off of a broad hallway, the suite feels much larger than it is. Befitting its tranquility, the bath is outfitted with various creature comforts, including a deep soaking tub; a shower with body sprays, a bench, a rain showerhead and steam; and, perhaps most luxurious, a warming drawer in the vanity for towels.

“I think all of us have been in bathrooms that feel claustrophobic,” said Woodrum. “But here, there is absolutely a sense that the bath is part of the outside.” With its spectacular views, tranquil sensibility and spa-like appeal, it truly is a bathroom that dreams are made of. SOURCES 
Designer: Linda Woodrum—TS Hudson Interiors, Hilton Head, SC Architect: Amy Coburn—Amy K. Coburn Planning & Design, Albuquerque, NM Manufacturers: Sinks: Decolav; Faucets: Delta; Shower and tub fittings: Delta; Tub: Americh; Toilet: Duravit; Cabinetry: Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.; Countertop and tile: Silestone by Cosentino; Towel warmer: Sub-Zero/Wolf; Flooring: Lumber Liquidators; Lighting (pendant and sconces): Ethan Allen; Hardware: Top Knobs Photography: © Eric Perry and Miro Dvorscak
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