Favorite Designs for 2010 – Sally H.

When I first met Sally and her family about three years ago, they were seeking help in changing their 1980’s era home in Montclair into something more to their liking.  Our first project was to remove wallpaper from many of the rooms and incorporate a vast collection of antiques throughout the home.  I was in bliss.  Opportunities to appreciate antiques  makes my work even more a joy. 

I could probably go on forever with each of the projects we’ve completed in their home over the last three years, but I’m trying to stay focused and only talk about my favorites for 2010.   One of my most favorite projects was  Sally and Warren’s master bedroom.

I think you could appreciate the transformation a bit more if you can see where we started.   When I first met them, they had this great built-in bed and trust me,  I had all sorts of ideas for creating a unique master bedroom around this bed.  But, I also found myself arbitrating an ongoing discussion of sorts, between Sally’s romantic side and Warren’s practical side.  

  Eventually the decision was made to remove the platform/canopy bed and bring in an antique queen bed with a beautiful headboard.    The next step was to select a new color for the room.  It wasn’t as easy as choosing colors for the rest of the home, but we fell in love with Benjamin Moore’s Kingsport Gray, which coordinated beautifully with custom bedding from Eastern Accents.    

We customized the Galbraith bedding by creating a reversible down-filled duvet and pillows, enabling Sally and Warren to have options should they want to change the look. 

Other than bedding and a few accessories, adding Prisca mirrors on either side of the bed created great statement pieces.  

The Prisca Mirrors from Uttermost have a unique antique glass effect which worked perfectly in the design and helped add ambient light to the room. 

Finally, if you have worked with me, I have this thing for creating something specific for the client.  In this case, it wasn’t a piece of artwork or arrangement, but a chandelier I created from different chandelier pieces and a ceiling treatment made from a mirror frame (the mirror broke, the frame was cool and I knew one day it would find a new home).

Using a darker shade of the wall color inside the frame and adding a coordinating piece of silk as a cord cover really topped off this crystal chandelier. 

With all the details in place, the room was complete.   Let me know what you think!

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