10 July 2007

My Design: Inspiration for a Bedroom

A project I am just starting on is a bedroom suite for a couple who have remodeled their house in stages. Last year they added a new kitchen and family room and this year, it's a luxiuous sleeping and bathing space off in a wing all by itself. The area is huge and we are starting from scratch. The husband is adament about the headboard: no upholstered ones (my current favorite), and no canopies (another favorite). Headboard shopping today is truly boring. There are a few different styles out there and the rest are just variations on a theme. Tacky. Multitudes of ideas were rejected by them, but one headboard did finally fit the bill: reasonable yet rich looking and unique enough, but still beautiful. It's from Baker Knapp and Tubbs. This is it:


Here is what the room looks like today. The beams will be light, the floor is very dark wood. There will be a limestone fireplace mantel and dark wood bookcases flanking the walls on both sides of the hearth. They both really like blue and thought they wanted aqua, but once they saw this one fabric, the entire room took off on a different direction. There will be a sofa facing the fireplace covered in a gorgeous Marine blue velvet. The drapes will be cocoa colored silk. I was just informed today by Monica that I will need 40 yards of drapery silk. And that's after cutting the order down from 3 widths to 2 widths of fabric. A cocoa colored wool damask by Nancy Corzine is the duvet fabric. There will be a rush seated bench at the foot of the bed with a linen blue/cream striped cushion on it. Still up for discussion will be a center table with rattan covered stools underneath. Two area rugs: one natural, one patterned. If it was up to me, I would just run seagrass throughout or a striped blue and cream dhurrie, but my clients don't always listen to me.


Here are the fabrics I will be using. The damask was the inspiration fabric. Do you see the new Jasper fabric on the right? Yes!!!


In my mind, this picture of a room from Michael Smith is exactly how I want it to look. I going to lobby for a chandelier, but I don't think they will agree. Wish me luck!