Great Escape

When this Liberty Park couple embarked on a home renovation, they realized the time was right to add square footage as well—especially with three kids in the house. With the help of builder Clark Parker of Embassy Homes, Burgin and Chris Vernon designed an elegant master retreat that seamlessly blends with the original house yet offers an escape from the hectic pace of daily life. “This is my escape from the world, ” Burgin says.

A coffered ceiling allows for oversized windows and sweeping views of the neighborhood lake. A Restoration Hardware headboard resembling salvaged doors creates a focal point in the bedroom. In lieu of table lamps, a pair of shades flank the headboard. The adjoining bath offers luxurious touches, including dual vanities, a dressing table, fireplace, and wall-mounted television over the soaking tub. Designer tile treatments on floor and walls add a customized sophistication to the space.


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1. Oversized Shower – The Kohler “Vinatge” Soaking Tub is not the only place to relax. The spacious shower offers bench seating, dual Brizo showerheads in Brillance Brushed Nickel from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, and Lighting Gallery, and polished marble tile walls.

2. Fireplace – While a fireplace is often the norm in newer master suites, a fireplace in the bath is pure luxury. This Heat & Glo fireplace warms the room with a click of the remote and adds a mesmerizing glow for relaxation.

3. Custom Tile – Working with Robert F. Henry Tile Co., the Vernons opted for a clean, classic look with lots of custom designs. On the floor, custom-made Talya marble tile mimics a floor runner. A mix of three tiles forms a pretty band of detail around the perimeter of the room.

4. Good Form – Architectural archways are designed to frame the two anchors of the room—the shower and the tub–creating a sense of balance. Similarly, matching his-and-her vanities in a dark finish add symmetry.

5. Stunning View – The suite’s second floor location meant no need for window coverings. A picture window over the soaking tub allows for open views of the neighborhood lake without compromising privacy.

6. New Meets Old – Burgin’s affinity for antique doors is evident in the bedroom and throughout the house. The double door that opens into the master bedroom displays a weather-worn patina with original hardware and textured glass for privacy. The new Restoration Hardware headboard nods to Burgin’s old-door obsession.


Architect: Chuck Frusterio • 205.533.9993 Builder: Clark Parker of Embassy Homes  205.981.3363 Interior design: Bee Little of Set To Sell LLC  205.504.1862 Bath flooring and wall tile: Robert F. Henry Tile Company Inc.  205.592.8615 Plumbing fixtures: Ferguson Vanities: Restoration Hardware Countertops: Arabescato Carrara marble from Triton Bathroom fireplace: COSMO gas insert from Alabama Fireplace and Construction Specialties • 256.885.3588 Headboard: Restoration Hardware; Bedroom rug: Issis & Sons

Photography by Jean Allsopp

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