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Oklahoma City area designers plunge into bathroom decor for Symphony Show House

Ronette Wallace, owner of Off The Wall Interiors by Ronette in Edmond, says she “gravitated” to a small pass-through space between the master bedroom and “his” bathroom in the Symphony Show House. She customized the space with whimsical and rustic knick-knacks, adding a decidedly “industrial” touch. Photo BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN JIM BECKEL - THE OKLAHOMAN

Powder room, relief station, potty, restroom, loo, W.C., toilet — call it what you will, it’s often the last room you visit before going forth for the day and the first room you visit upon returning home.

And though it’s sometimes talked about in whispers, we have to acknowledge just how much time we spend there — and therefore just how deserving the lowly bathroom is of a designer’s touch to make it as pleasant as any other room in the house.

In the 2015 Symphony Show House, presented by the Oklahoma City Orchestra League as a fundraiser for music education, a few of the metro atrea’s top designers chose to make an impact on that most private of spaces, the bathroom.

This year’s show house, “A Treasure in the Trees,” is at 15000 Wilson Road and is open through May 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The home is in gated Northwestern Estates addition, southwest of NW 150 and Western Avenue. No street parking is allowed. Free shuttle service is availanble behind Braum’s, 1129 W Memorial Road, west of Western Avenue.

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Tickets are $15 at the door, with groups of 10 or more admitted for $10 each. Reduced-price tickets are available from retailers including Bob Mills Furniture, 3600 W Reno Ave; Mathis Brothers Furniture, 3434 W Reno Ave; Traditions Fine Furniture & Design, 3337 S Boulevard, Edmond; and Mister Robert Fine Furniture & Design, 109 E Main St., Norman.

Situated just inside the gates of the secluded Northwestern Estates neighborhood, the 42nd annual Symphony Show House is set in a stunning midcentury modern home built in 1965 for W.C. Wilson, founder of Oklahoma City’s W.W. Steel Co.

At 7,400 square feet, with a swimming pool and garden house, the green, hilly 3 1/2-acre estate includes massive oaks and a deep lawn. The Raymond Carter-designed house, with 19 rooms — including five bathrooms and six outdoor spaces — has been reimagined by interior design and landscape artists for the show.

“I asked for a bathroom this year,” said Crystal Carte, owner of Carte’s Interiors, 507 S Coltrane in Edmond.

She said that bathroom remodels run neck-and-neck with kitchen jobs as the primary focus of her business.

Tackling a small bathroom adjacent to Travis Neely’s wowing media room, Carte chose to finish the walls in hand-cut glass tiles in shapes mirroring the metal-work motif found elsewhere in the house.

Carte repainted the room and “added lots of new hardware and knobs” while creating a mosaic in the sink. She textured and painted the walls’ non-tiled portions and made custom sheer drapery panels for the bathroom’s small window.

The room also features custom art pieces painted by Carte’s father, Tony Carte.

It took “a few weeks of dirty work” and “a few more weeks after that” to install her vision for the room, all of it “time very well spent,” Carte said. In addition to renewing friendships with other designers, prep time “is an opportunity for us to work with each other,” she said, by blending one room into the next with color or texture, for example.

“All the designers get along really well,” Carte added.

J. Mark Taylor, owner and principal designer at Traditions Fine Furniture and Design, 3337 S Boulevard in Edmond, took on the “hers” side of the show house’s dual master bathrooms.

There he found “beautiful green marble” original to the house. “I knew I wanted the finished product to enhance that marble,” Taylor said.

Standing in his way was a previous homeowner’s unrestrained use of Tiger-themed wallpaper — a choice made “20 or so years ago” that felt “very dated” to Taylor.

He assigned artist Betsy Hubbard to refinish the walls in a “shimmery, pearlized, champagne” base that both showed off the marble and created a new surface on which to build. Dee Ann O’Neal finished portions of the walls and door frames with an embedded-mica texturing technique.

From there, Taylor chose lamps and accessories “on the feminine side and slightly more formal,” to fit with the house’s overall feel, he said.

The “his” side of the master bedroom suite was the creative purview of Ronette Wallace, owner of Off The Wall Interiors by Ronette, in Edmond.

In Wallace’s fourth show house, she chose the "his" bathroom because “it spoke the most to me and it was so different from the rest of the house,” she said.

Wallace, too, found dated wallpaper in her space, which she removed before painting and texturing the walls with a metallic faux-finish.

She said she especially “gravitated” to a small pass-through space between the bedroom proper and the bathroom, which she customized with whimsical and rustic knick-knacks, adding a decidedly “industrial” touch to the gentleman’s bathroom.

Wallace, who doesn’t maintain an actual showroom for her designs, said this year’s show house gave her the opportunity to “create on the spot” and “follow her vision” for the space, rather than leaving her feeling obliged to showcase merchandise she was otherwise offering for sale.

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“The space was a great platform to set me apart,” Wallace said.

Taylor, of Traditions Fine Furniture and Design, agreed with other designers that the show house is “a win for all involved — the orchestra league, the community, the homeowner, the designers, and the OKC Philharmonic itself.”

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