Beginning with the blueprint…

One of my dearest and most treasured friends called me to say she was building her last house. She was getting rid of everything but the master bedroom suite and wanted my help with her new custom-built home. She and I spent hour after hour pouring over the plans, making changes based on her and her husband’s “retired” lifestyle. They have lots of grandkids and wanted big open spaces with plenty of room for the whole extended family to get together. So we took out a wall here and added one there, and they now have, as she likes to say, “the best place they have ever lived.”

Both of them enjoy a simplistic look with a touch of traditional elements. They love a monochromatic color palette with a little accent of color.

In the main space, we used soft taupes, grays and cream in the fabrics and window treatments, and darker wood pieces as well as a chocolate leather chair and ottoman to anchor the room. The fabric selected for the toss pillows on the sofa plays off of the beautiful leaded glass doors and rug and gives a feeling of continuity throughout the space.



The dining room was designed for a big round table and because we had opened up the rooms, I chose one that was less formal and reflected not only the style of the house, but their more relaxed lifestyle.



Their master bedroom is the quiet, elegant haven she wanted with taupe and cream fabrics and an accent of black.



They are delighted with the finished project and the house has become their new home.


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