With its golden walls and sumptuous detailing, this bathroom is
just one of several in a gracious old country homestead, Parkhill,
near Napier that was upgraded as a luxurious boutique lodge by
entrepreneur American business woman Karen Sandler.
Responsible for several successful upmarket accommodation and
dining venues in Hawkes Bay, Karen is also the owner of a large,
multi-store Hong Kong homewares company, On The Edge, which
gives her access to antique-style furniture, lighting and accessories.
Those distinctive pieces add an opulent signature to the interiors
of Parkhill. And because Karen travels extensively to buy the
collections, she keeps an eye open for complementary pieces to
place in her interiors.
At Parkhill Estate, the challenge was to bring the bedrooms into
the 21st century, adding modern convenience with a touch of
decadence, without intruding beyond the boundaries of the home’s
This particular bathroom was once the end of a very long hallway.
Incorporating it into a bedroom suite was a bit of a squeeze, says
Karen. And while it’s the smallest bathroom in the house, she still
wanted it to feel indulgently spacious.
Helping Karen with the design, Wendy Giltrap of Inhouse Interiors
suggested the glittery bronze tone-on-tone look to expand the room’s
dimensions. Resene Spark, a shimmering metallic paint, was used on
the walls to marry perfectly with the small bronze shower tiles.
The extravagantly wide shower takes up most of the room, but with
its glass walls and door, the space still feels comfortably open.
There are no windows and there’s deliberately not a lot of light in
the room. Subtle lighting creates a soft, inviting ambience, however.
Apart from halogen lights in the ceiling, a stunning gilt and glass
Epitomising the glamour of
yesteryear, this dramatically moody
ensuite is designed to seduce.
Top The decadent gold room cleverly
fits into what was once hallway space.
Above Atmospheric lighting is part