Adele, Ellie and Caroline St. Hilaire
THE BEDROOM OF 4-YEAR-OLD TRIPLETS Adele, Ellie and Caroline packs a triple punch. Brooke St. Hilaire and designer Erin Jacobs of Abode planned the space with three goals – to include sleeping and play spaces, incorporate fabrics and furnishings that would grow with the girls, and camouflage oddly placed, mismatched windows (they were originally intended for two rooms that became one). Jacobs searched home design website Houzz for images of canopies and drapery that would disguise the windows and become a playful focal point. She helped parents Brooke and Dr. Hugo St. Hilaire select fabrics and worked with Draperies by Leila to create canopies and the shades. Brooke purchased most of the furniture from The Baby's Room, which is owned by her mother.
The girls love piling into one of the beds together, while Brooke loves that there's a place for everything. "By creating symmetrical balance and separate areas for sleep and play, the room is easy to keep tidy," Jacobs says.
A masculine retreat
TINA LAGASSE, RESIDENT DESIGNER AT JADE, transformed a feminine master bedroom into a tailored yet comfortable retreat for a single man. Her client, who uses the condominium as a second home, wanted something that would accommodate guests and incorporate his antiques. Lagasse used a neutral foundation of grays accented with reds, a nod to the client's alma mater, the University of Alabama.
She chose weighty furnishings, such as the burled chests flanking the bed, and employed textures and fabrics: herringbone linen on the headboard, leather on the sofa, a gray menswear stripe on the sofa's pillows and a charcoal gray cotton for the drapery. Because the building originally was used for commercial purposes, the windows are not uniformly placed and sized. Lagasse layered them with natural woven shades and drapery to disguise the variation. "We took the room from feminine to the total opposite," Lagasse says.
Alisha and Michael Johnson
WHEN INTERIOR DESIGNER PENNY FRANCIS was hired to finish Alisha and Michael Johnson's master bedroom, its neutral underpinnings (gray walls, drapery and headboard) were already in place. Francis planned to enliven the space but maintain its serenity by marrying contrasting textures and finishes and adding a few subtle color variations.
"It's a great pairing of her feminine side and his masculine side," Francis says.
Elements include a pair of horn chairs upholstered with animal hide, gray linen pillows and linen end tables with nail head trim. Daintier selections include silk bedding by Ann Gish, a beaded chandelier and several pieces with undulating curves. The mirrored chest with a 1940s-inspired silhouette and the beaded chandelier punctuate the room with Hollywood sophistication.
Katy and Chris Weil
A CHEERFUL FLORAL WALLPAPER and love of designer Kit Kemp’s “traditional English look with a contemporary twist” were the starting points for Katy and Chris Weil’s master bedroom. Katy hired designer Heidi Friedler to do the rest.
“I found the wallpaper and gave it to Heidi and said ‘I want to build off this,’” Katy says. Friedler added classic silk satin drapery (made a little less formal with bamboo shades), a patterned carpet and a mix of traditional and modern furniture styles upholstered with shades of white. Katy’s mother painted the scon-ces and found the vintage 1950s rattan stools in Chicago.
“In the end, I wanted it simple and clean,” Katy says. “It’s luxurious but pared down, and everything is where it should be so it always looks great.”