Elegance Restrained

A master bed and bath redesign in this Springville townhouse required the daunting mission of combining daring and demureness

With its neutral gray walls, sparkling glass mosaic tile and subtle pops of pink, the essence of Alexandra Fernandez’ latest design project is best defined as demure glamour.

“There’s a contemporary feel here, but the rooms are also very traditional,” Fernandez noted, describing a master bed/ bath suite that was recently transformed in her client’s New Springville townhome. “She wanted something classic, but she also wanted a uniqueness there. I think the resulting space is an eclectic mix of those two.”

Fernandez, owner of ALX Interiors, has been in the interior design business

for more than 25 years. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, she started working for a SoHo-based architecture and design firm before partnering with another Staten Island designer in 1991 to form DNA Design Group.

Some of her credits include Mansion Avenue’s The Marina Café and The Pavilion Grand medical building on Richmond Avenue. She also designed the model homes at The Tides in Charleston.

Her intent for this residence was to modernize and represent her client’s maturity and growth. Since the owner last redecorated almost 20 years ago, the entire bath was first gutted and then refreshed.

“Everything was changed completely,” Fernandez said. “The location, the plumbing…everything.”

The designer chose white porcelain tile with a grey vein throughout, accented by two different glass mosaics—one on the shower floor, the other on the bathroom walls. A Silestone quartz top and backsplash was fitted to some custom cabinetry and topped with frosted glass vessel sinks, and a bench was added to the shower for comfort and function.

“The owner wanted timeless glamour, so I worked in a neutral palette and then gave it that glamorous twist by adding pink window treatments and makeup pouf,” Fernandez said.

To keep a thread of consistency throughout the suite, she carried those same grey neutrals through to the bedroom.

“We didn’t add any additional pink to the bedroom because we didn’t want to bring down the level of elegance,” Fernandez explained. “We painted the molding the same shade as the walls so they could serve as an architectural backdrop. Even though it’s technically a no-no, we placed the bed right up against the window, too, so that it could be the focal point of the room.” A mirrored lingerie chest and dresser were then added, as was an animal print carpet and crystal light fixture.

“The result is simple yet ornate at once,” Fernandez concluded.