Going BIG and Going HOME

Raymond Waites Design Competition, being bold without going “over the top”:

Since when do you have to choose between “Going Big” or “Going Home”?  When I entered my design in the National Raymond Waites Master Bedroom Suite Design Competition, I decided I wanted to GO BIG and GO HOME. With an appropriate balance of color, scale, texture, light, and pattern, you can make a big statement in your home– without going over the top. The best part of this competition was total freedom.  As an Interior Designer, I loved the opportunity to design whatever I could dream — but I knew my design must not only be beautiful and comfortable, but something livable.

The inspiration for my design guided me to a concept for the master bedroom suite, “Humble Baroque” .

“Humble Baroque”, a soft blend of Italian Baroque and vernacular French inspires this master bedroom suite. When simplifying and tailoring the Baroque, something more natural, more humble is revealed.

As the design progressed, I designed the floor plan with all the bells and whistles!  The master bedroom suite floor plan (below) is shown with a minibar, elegant fireplace, French doors opening to the balcony, his and her walk in closets, walk in shower, large Jacuzzi, and custom his and her vanities!

With such a large master bedroom, the space needed more visual interest. Such architectural details include: barrel vaulted ceilings and detailed arched windows.

Oftentimes, furnishings in grand interiors can be too ornate or over-scale, in turn, making it uncomfortable in a home, let alone a soothing master bedroom suite. With such a grand master bedroom floor plan, it was important for me to keep the furniture an appropriate scale, while maintaining the traditional and eclectic style.

By using many different manufacturers’ pieces, I was able to create an eclectic and traditional look. I was mostly inspired by traditional canopy-beds and interesting finishes, as I designed the bed. By incorporating the French technique “eglomise” glass gilding, (a process in which the back side of glass is gilded with gold or metal leaf), the bed has the grand scale of the Baroque with French detailing.

As a nationwide competition, my design was judged against other beautiful and amazing projects. However , when the judges called me and awarded my design as first place, the judges told me that they chose my design for not only the impressive and striking features, but more importantly my delicate balance of functionality, comfortabilitly, and grandeur styling.  Designing this traditional and eclectic mixed master bedroom suite presented me with many challenges, but I had so much fun with it and all the hard work was worth it, as always!


Annie Beuker | Design Consultant at Furnitureland South


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