DESIGN VOICES – Spring
Interior Designer Cindy Rinfret Creates Celebrity-worthy Baths for Fashion Designer Tommy Hilfiger’s Greenwich Home
By Elizabeth Ethridge McGann, Exclusive to KLAFFStyle
Photography Courtesy of Jenny Gorman
Luxe Materials and Show-stopping Ideas Respect Historic Property’s Origins
Cindy Rinfret, principal designer at Rinfret, Ltd. in Greenwich, Conn., has designed more houses for fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger than you can count on two hands over their decades-long relationship. With that many projects, there are countless bath designs to pour over and as you would imagine, they’re all pretty fabulous.
The most recent collaboration between the Hilfigers and Rinfret involved her designs for the Hirschhorn Estate (a gracious property that is recognized with historic register plates). The home is located in the lush, rolling hills of backcountry Greenwich and embraces the “country house” aesthetic. Rinfret was inspired by the many unique architectural details that define this turn-of-the-century home. The designer’s creative outlook resulted in extraordinary bath designs, ranging from feathered powder rooms to spacious spas.
The first-floor powder room makes an unforgettable impression with wall coverings made from pheasant feathers, which have the most amazing color palette. As Rinfret says, “Only in nature could you find such a perfect color scheme.” The antique pedestal with custom zinc sink brings an artistic focal point in the small space. Rinfret loved how it reinforced the age and detail of the home. All the paneled woodwork was designed by Rinfret, Ltd. to coordinate with the woodwork through this historic, turn-of-the-century home. The antique stag sconces continue the country house aesthetic.
Another powder room takes ‘country house’ in a different direction. Instead of pheasant feathers, this jewel box space makes a statement with bold red tile and stunning Holland & Sherry window panels. An iconic bunny painting by Hunt Slonem looks perfectly at home here and makes the classic design feel totally current.
In the private living quarters upstairs, the bath design is grander in scale but in a calmer palette. For Mrs. Hilfiger’s spa sanctuary, Rinfret spearheaded a renovation that took care to retain the integrity and uniqueness of the home’s history, while incorporating modern and luxurious amenities that meet the needs of the stylish owners.
Rinfret paid tribute to the original architecture by incorporating antique stone carvings into the design of the suite, placing them above the entrances to the sauna and powder room. For the bath floors, Rinfret designed marble tiles laser cut in a custom design. To lighten the space and give it a feminine feel, she used cerused wood throughout the space and even adjusted the tone of the cedar in the sauna for a more elegant and cohesive look. The spa, with its faux horse hair walls and cerused wood ceiling and floors, feels like an ultra-luxe resort while staying true to the integrity of the home. This master bath suite provides a truly personal oasis for the client.
For the master bath off the bedroom, Rinfret took her inspiration from old Hollywood glamour. Beautifully embroidered Holland & Sherry panels add a feminine allure and privacy to the bath area. Black and white photos of iconic film stars embrace the classic feminine look, while luxe touches, from the crystal chandelier to marble details, infuse the space with style.
In the adjoining dressing room, a metallic Gracie wallcovering provides a gorgeous backdrop to a stunning collection of vintage garments. Again, Holland & Sherry custom embroidery brings an elegant touch to the design, while soft, silk carpeting makes this space feel as gorgeous as it looks.
These private sanctuaries may offer the ultimate in luxury, but the guest baths are also highly pleasing, with bold designs that wow. For example, a guest suite sports a collegiate aesthetic, with classic black and white floors and high gloss walls taking the preppy look to its highest form — fully appropriate in a Hilfiger home.
These showstopper baths, inspired by fashion, history and architecture show just how inspiring bath design can be with creative vision and luxurious materials.
Interior Design by Rinfret, Ltd.
Architecture by Andre Tchelistcheff Architects
Construction by Xhema Custom Builders
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