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How four New Orleans designers turned their clients’ dream bedrooms into reality 

click to enlarge Unlike a typical cornice, the canopies above the beds extend about a foot from the wall. - Bedspread, bed skirt and pillows from Pottery Barn Kids. - Custom matelasse headboards through Abode. - White dressers, pink lamps with pompom shades, chandelier, pompom blankets from The Baby's Room. - Jacobs mixed a large pattern and a small pattern for the canopy and drapes. - PHOTO BY GREG MILES
  • Photo by Greg Miles
  • Unlike a typical cornice, the canopies above the beds extend about a foot from the wall.

    Bedspread, bed skirt and pillows from Pottery Barn Kids.

    Custom matelasse headboards through Abode.

    White dressers, pink lamps with pompom shades, chandelier, pompom blankets from The Baby's Room.

    Jacobs mixed a large pattern and a small pattern for the canopy and drapes.

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.

click to enlarge A pink drapery similar to those in the bedroom was designed by Jacobs and fabricated by Draperies by Leila for the girls' bathroom. - Three sinks with mirrors provide room for all. - PHOTO BY GREG MILES
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  • A pink drapery similar to those in the bedroom was designed by Jacobs and fabricated by Draperies by Leila for the girls' bathroom.

    Three sinks with mirrors provide room for all.

  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.



click to enlarge Red and gray crewelwork pillows. - Alabaster lamps and architectural prints work well with the room’s sartorial influence. - Custom bed and side chests from Jade.  - Fabrics include leather, a gray stripe, heavy charcoal gray cotton and herringbone linen. - PHOTO BY GREG MILES
  • Photo by Greg Miles
  • Red and gray crewelwork pillows.

    Alabaster lamps and architectural prints work well with the room’s sartorial influence.

    Custom bed and side chests from Jade.

    Fabrics include leather, a gray stripe, heavy charcoal gray cotton and herringbone linen.

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.



click to enlarge Black lampshades repeat the color of a velum cabinet. The brass lamps are a warm counterpoint to the cool grays. - Furnishings and lighting (except headboard) from Eclectic Home.  - Gray pillows link the bedding to details elsewhere in the room, such as the heading on the draperies.  - Instead of a bench, Francis used a pair - of chairs at the foot of the bed.  - A mirror with simple lines is paired with the mirrored chest. - PHOTO BY GREG MILES
  • Photo by Greg Miles
  • Black lampshades repeat the color of a velum cabinet. The brass lamps are a warm counterpoint to the cool grays.

    Furnishings and lighting (except headboard) from Eclectic Home.

    Gray pillows link the bedding to details elsewhere in the room, such as the heading on the draperies.

    Instead of a bench, Francis used a pair of chairs at the foot of the bed.

    A mirror with simple lines is paired with the mirrored chest.

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.



click to enlarge Upholstered bed from Restoration Hardware. - Original crown molding was left as is.  - Vintage stools from a store in Chicago. - PHOTO BY GREG MILES
  • Photo by Greg Miles
  • Upholstered bed from Restoration Hardware.

    Original crown molding was left as is.

    Vintage stools from a store in Chicago.

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.”

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