Saturday, July 9, 2011

Drapery: more than just mere curtains

If designed right, walking into the room can instantly put one in that state of mind. R also had expressed a similar wish for his bedroom so the intent was to create a peaceful sophisticated retreat for someone who lives a very hectic life!
So when would you call bedroom curtains actually drapery? When they are 12 feet long, silk, masculine, and absolutely gorgeous!

Mr. R's master bedroom was to say the least, a challenge in scale and proportion. The overall room measured around 11' by 12'. With a narrow recessed area of only 1.25' deep next to the window. The ceiling height though was 12'! Add a massive window that was a bit more that 6' long and almost 11' high. It was one of those rooms where all you have in there is your bed, nightstands, and you use your walk in closet as an actual dressing room with all your dresser storage as well.

My philosophy for bedrooms is to create a peaceful retreat. I personally can be a pretty fierce insomniac and love my room to be a quiet sheltered area where there is no harsh light, no TV, and just a few of my favorite personal items.

After many initial sketches- it became clear that to key was going to be height. Height to balance the massive window and height to draw the eye up so that you did notice the small footprint. The niche provided a perfect place for rows of shelves going up 4 levels high. I decided that each level would be hung at varying heights in relation to each other, so as to create interest, and to also mimic the windowpane spacing. It also allows for a wide variety of objects to be displayed, like larger framed art work, books, etc. The shelves also provided an much needed architectural interest to the room and did thus did not require a lot of objects to fill them.

 I combined the 4' and 3' lengths for one level.)

Another key element was the window treatment.

It was necessary to soften the lines of the window, add visual interest through texture and pattern, and also to soften the color of the walls.

Although the blue of the walls is a warmer silver/blue, it could be overpowering on the 12' walls and I needed to counteract the 'drowning in a sea of blue' feeling you got when in the middle of the room.

(Sherwin Williams Grays Harbor SW 6236 is the Master Bedroom)

(Sherwin Williams Prairie Grass SW 7546 for the Dressing Room & Master Bath)

By adding a shimmering sliver/ivory/tan striped silk fabric from Robert Allen, I was able to tone down the intensity of the blue while also tying in the browns found in the Master Bathroom. The fabric is Paparazzi in pewter, and has a slight shimmer and just the slightest hint of blue when you hold it up to the walls. It also added an air of sophistication and masculinity without it feeling too formal.

Since the window already had the double honey-comb blinds with the top-down/bottom up option, using drapery as the main light control was not necessary, and would have been very difficult as they were so tall! The pattern I used was a tabbed pole pocket design so that the panels would hang in a more uniform way undulating in and out and complimenting the geometry of the fabric.

I also did not want them to puddle on the floor, rather just brush the floor. The intent was that they would settle back into shape if brushed aside by the house cleaner or by curious kitties. My client has two of the sweetest cats who are SUPER curious and like to walk/hide behind them, so it was important that I took all of that into consideration when designing them.

Something learned- with 12' silk drapes, give it a day or two to 'settle' as with this much fabric, it stretched a bit. The placement of the vents also caused problems as there were two outgoing vents right by each panel and would 'blow' them out from the wall. Had to re-hem them and also add more weights to the bottom.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Design Inspirations: shaken, not stirred

I typically like to find a design idea for rooms- not themes per say, but rather a feel that I can hold all my ideas up to and determine if they fit.

So how do you design a bedroom for a good-looking, charming, successful young man without it becoming a bachelor pad cliché?

Why, design with the always gallant, always sophisticated, shaken and never stirred, 007. (Yes, I grew up watching the movies with my dad and all I can say is- there is nothing better than a man in a suit!)
Case in point:

(picture thanks to scottmu65-click on picture for link)

It also becomes a great selling point when trying to convince your client that he must spend a chunk of money on CURTAINS! (Read proceeding post to get the curtain reference.) I mean what man doesn't want to be the sexy, suave 007?

So design standards are as such:

1.) Sophisticated but relaxed (think man in suit with tie undone and top button undone.....)

2.) Worldly.

3.) Masculine but not domineering.

4.) Powerful in a quiet way.

5.) Strong and bold in a refreshing way.

So you will have to let me know if I get even close!

Oh and Mr. Craig, I am available to design your room also.

Adventures in Cardboard Heads

Rope 'em Cowboy!!!

So I mentioned in a previous post about the Cardboard Safari head I was so excited to put up for Mr. R? It turned out just like I had hoped!

I love it!

That's right! Right above the door! I love how it looks against the dark paint!

(Of course Mr. R did have a bit of a 'beef' with the rope- got accused of being an OU fan!
Hehehe! I know he secretly likes it though!)