A bedroom, a bathroom, and a walk-in closet - Eric Ledoux assumed that the master suite in his new Bellevue, Washington, home would be laid out in the traditional way. Then architect Lane Williams posed a simple yet mind-blowing question: "Have you considered not having walls?" Williams's idea was a closet island that would be a multifunctional divider, separating the sleeping area from dressing and bathing zones without closing off one area from another.
Interior designer Amy Baker made sure the unit would be flexible and efficient. She included 13 feet of hanging space, double rods, adjustable shelving, and cubbies for books.
DESIGN: Lane Williams Architect, Seattle (206/284-8355); Amy Baker Interior Design (206/283-1969)
Planning a closet
To improve your master closet, designer Amy Baker suggests taking stock of what you own and customizing your space for different types of clothing.
The divider incorporates extra hanging space close to the changing area and bathroom. Bird's-eye maple makes the cabinetry resemble furniture.
Low-voltage lighting built into the soffit running around the edge of the room prevents dark corners.
Flip-down night tables are built into the head-board below the reading lamps.
Beside the bed are drawers for books and magazines.
The satin-finished chrome legs almost disappear, making the divider seem to float.
A programmable touch screen - lying flat above the bookshelf - controls the lights, audio, video, and electric window shades.
Subtle space divider
The charcoal-colored wool carpet of the bedroom meets the tile floor of the bathroom.