“When you walk in, you really feel like you’re somewhere else,” Meyer says. “It’s exactly the experience they wanted.”
5. TASTE OF THE TAJ MAHAL
When Cathy McCarty and her husband, Shomir Ghosh, decided to renovate the master bathroom in the Brookline condo they share with their two young children, they wanted something that didn’t look like it came straight from a catalog, but not something so far out that it could impede resale. “My husband’s from Bombay,” says McCarty, “so we thought a nod from there could be nice.” To make that happen, they turned to Boston-area interior designer Brenda Be.
Be ran with the idea, probably more devotedly than the couple expected, the designer admits. Still, the effect is subtle. The patterned sink from Kohler’s Artist Editions series has a definite Indian vibe, but the medicine cabinet, with an intricate latch cast in India, has clean Federal-style lines. The glass mosaic wall tile, an of-the-moment look, is flecked with gold, reminiscent of the metallic threads often woven through saris. The 12-by-12 stone slabs lining the shower hint at the expanse of white marble of the Taj Mahal.
“People wouldn’t necessarily make these associations,” says Be. “I think of them as our little secrets.”
Marni Katz blogs about design at StyleCarrot.com. Send comments to email@example.com.