Master suite design melds man cave with masculine sophistication

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Real Estate,Merlisa Lawrence Corbett

The master suite in Russell Lukas' Potomac home has the trappings of a man cave within a stylish design that suits and soothes the primal and sophisticated man.

"It is unquestionably my favorite place in my home," Lukas said. "It is where I go to relax and reflect."

Interior designer Dana Tydings anchored the space with a king-size Graceful Bed by Barbara Barry for Henredon, giving it the air of a well-traveled gent.

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Dana Tydings Design: tydingsdesign.com
Kravet Fabrics: kravet.com
Architectural Built-ins: 301-947-9385
Restoration Hardware: restorationhardware.com
Benjamin Moore & Co.: benjaminmoore.com
Robern: robern.com

The bed's towering headboard is made of walnut and upholstered in ultrasuede fabric by Kravet Fabrics. A metal chest of drawers, from Restoration Hardware, inspired by mid-20th-century travelers, appears ready to board the QE2.

The bed is positioned across from an elegant Neoclassical walnut wall unit built by Architectural Built-ins of Gaithersburg. Doors on the unit open to reveal a gigantic flat-screen television for watching the game in style.

"What's a man cave without a flat-screen TV?" Tydings said.

The bed is flanked by two doors, each leading to a different master bath: one for him and one for her. These baths are completely separate.

Her bath features a beautiful freestanding bathtub and lovely vanity with cherry cabinets in a soft greenish-gray antique finish.

Two pocket doors, one on each side of the cabinets, lead to a large steam shower with a pair of flip-down teak benches instead of built-in tiled seating, which "gets slimy and is the first thing to leak," according to Tydings.

A stunning large antique mirror encased in an ornate wood-carved frame sits across from the tub. "I wanted a full-length mirror but thought with two clear mirrors it would look like a house of mirrors," she added.

A hall that leads to his bath is filled with an art collection of serigraphs by artist Clay Huffman. These colorful roadside scenes of Americana, including a red Chevy, capture boyish exuberance.

"He had this art all over the house. I gathered it all together so he could enjoy it as a collection," she said.

The highlight of his bath is a Robern uplift medicine cabinet, which when adjusted up reveals a flat-screen television visible from the shower.

As cool and hip as the bath is, the master bed area is warm, comfortable and calm. The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore's tranquil Bennington Grey.

A worn brown leather chaise from Restoration Hardware rests next to the bed. Elegant white woven curtains trimmed in herringbone replicate the fabric and patterns of a tailored suit.

"Everything in these rooms is special to me," Lukas said. "What I like the best is the sense of Zen-like serenity that I get when I'm in the space. It is only place that I feel organized in my otherwise disorganized life."

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