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Before and After: Master Suite Makeover

Designer Edyta Czajkowska takes a master suite from ho-hum to "hello, gorgeous!"

Written and produced by Julianne Hilmes Bartlett

Every parent knows how important it is to have a calm place to wind down at the end of the day. When Edyta Czajkowska’s clients—busy parents of two in Chicago—called the designer, their master suite was not providing the tranquil retreat they needed. Lucky for them, Czajkowska, the principal at her namesake firm EDYTA & CO, knows a thing or two about creating chic, fresh spaces. The designer lightened up the palette in the bedroom and bathroom, used clean lines to provide a visual lift, and scattered metallic accents throughout for a dash of glamour. Now, her clients are glad to relax and unwind in their soothing space.

Czajkowska used artwork by Guseul Park to add interest above the headboard. The black lines complement the strong elements in the space. “I’m a firm believer that art shouldn’t take itself too seriously, and that every room needs it!” she says.

BEFORE: “Prior to our design and renovation, the master suite did not reflect my clients’ true personalities and sensibilities,” the designer says. The bedroom had blue walls, lacked decorative elements, and was visually weighed down by heavy furniture.

The blue walls disappeared during the redesign. Now, a textural sisal wallcovering from Thibaut lends subtle sheen. The bedroom’s lighting also got a glam upgrade. Circa Lighting’s “Bistro Chandelier” crowns the master bedroom with midcentury style. Dark bedding was exchanged for a lighter look, and a gracious linen drapery panel was added to the far wall.

Parked by the window, a gray velvet lounge chair with a gold base offers great views outside. Czajkowska’s favorite piece in the bedroom is the reclaimed-wood cabinet, which is substantial and sculptural without being overwhelming. On the console, a metal sculpture by Cole & Grey reiterates the room’s metallic accents.

BEFORE: The bathroom had the same blue walls as the bedroom but had great bones for Czajkowska to work with.

Many of the bathroom’s more permanent elements, like the slate flooring, vanity, and bathtub remained. The vanity and mirror received a fresh coat of white paint to give the room a visual lift. Woven baskets, an upholstered ottoman, and a window treatment in Groundworks’ “Channels” fabric add a punch of pattern to the serene palette.  

Czajkowska is particularly fond of the ottoman, which she upholstered in Mokum Fabric’s “Etoile” in Dusk. “It adds just enough luxe, plush texture to the room,” she says, “giving the other elements and textures the ability to contrast and stand out.” Case in point: the black geometric side table from CFC whose flat edges are a counter to the softly upholstered round ottoman.

Photography: Dustin Halleck