This week we had the privilege of installing a client’s master bedroom and guest room in a modern style home. I’ve been wanting to design a modern home, bringing in traditional and unexpected elements, so this was a treat for me!
The client was struggling with the space, mostly because of the quilt and the chandelier which was given to them as a gift. They love both but didn’t know how to incorporate them into the space since the items have more of a traditional style. This couple has more of a modern style which goes with their newly remodeled home. As soon as I saw the space, I knew that I could make it feel more modern just by the placement of the items and by incorporating some modern pieces to the room.
The homeowners left for the day and we got busy transforming their bedrooms. The client had the bed already and it was the only thing in the room. I suggested we move the quilt to another wall, so the headboard wall wasn’t so heavy. That’s what we did and now the room looks much more spacious. We added wire baskets above the bed to make it feel more open. The oval shape softened the space so much, don’t you think?
The client did not want any draperies and I agreed that drapes would fuss up the space. We didn’t want matching side tables because of the space on his side by the bathroom door. There Wasn’t much room for walk through space. This master bedroom now has a clean, minimal look but still feels inviting.
We opted for a modern floor lamp and a round table and now it is functional and has a stylish masculine flair for his side of the bed.
The crystal chandelier is special to the couple and still works in the space even though its traditional. It softens the modern flair and adds a collected, timeless aesthetic which is what I’m all about.
The velvet embossed Euro shams I selected look so great with the headboard as well as the quilt. Because the quilt has so much pink in it, I wanted to make sure we kept the rest of the room more masculine.
The embroidered throw pillow adds an international flair which the client loved.
Adding the gray and yellow throw also tied the colors together.
I suggested a green side table for her side of the bed because it really works well with the quilt colors. We brought in the rustic antique bench from another room and added some throw pillows. The bench will be used for suitcases since the client travels a lot. The white ceramic and wood lamp is a nice contrast with the table. Yes, we think of all those details (these are the things that keep me up at night 😊).
The wall that you see when lying in bed had to be fantastic because this is what they see every night while sitting in bed. I knew that an abstract painting would do the trick.
I love the mid-century modern dresser that we chose. It isn’t too big for the space and coordinates with their bed. The custom artwork by Grapevine, TX artist Mary Howe is incredible. I gave her the colors of the quilt and she created a masterpiece for us. The pops of yellow make me feel happy! I wanted to make sure I didn’t over decorate the dresser. The key to modern design is minimalism, no clutter. I think we achieved that without making it feel to cold and impersonal.
I found the accessories by shopping around in their home. All these items have a story to them and the client has been waiting to use these pieces for quite some time now. It was fun to see her reaction during the reveal.
We moved this chair in from another room. Added a gray fuzzy pillow and a natural wood side table. We also brought the large plant in from another room to add height to that corner.
The client had the queen bed and night stands already.
We added new lamps to the nightstand because the others were too short for the scale of the bed. The client painted the painting above the bed, isn’t he talented? We added a custom wood frame to it and it looks perfect between the windows. The colors in the painting were my inspiration for the bedding and the other selections in the room.
I loved the black metal lamps with the quirky, squatty shade. The pillow shams were made from of a piece of fabric the client had and loved. I love to repurpose!
Fun pillows, and a colorful throw from India and this room is complete.
Lucky guests don’t you think!
I received an email from the client the next day. This is what she said!
“We are getting to know the spaces, but we both agree they have the warm/modern feel, which we were seeking. I also predict they will work through the ages—meaning, I don’t think in 5 years they will seem dated or old—the style is timeless. I’m also experiencing how dynamic the decor is—I can move accessories around and interchange them easily without compromising the integrity of the space. That is difficult thing to achieve —some designs can feel static and still. [Applause!] Also, thank you for not "over-dressing" the space, it is perfectly appointed.”
So happy they love it! Now we start with phase II which is their living room, dining room and game room.
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