Before and After Tour
A before-and-after tour of the design plan for the winner of the Master Bedroom Giveaway
Joyful but not too girly. Traditional but with contemporary verve. That's the look that Carol Wagner of Monroe, New York - the winner of our Master Bedroom Sweepstakes - wanted for her home. And that's what she got from designer Benjamin Bradley of Bradley Thiergartner Interiors in New York. "Her existing loft bedroom didn't match Carol's vivacious personality", Benjamin says, "it felt gloomy." But he saw a great potential. "There was a focal wall perfect for a room of small dimensions. There were also cathedral ceilings", Benjamin says. The palette was triggered by artwork that Carol fell hard for from Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, one of the project sponsors. It's modern with lots of color ranging from grey to ocher. So, Benjamin suggested paint from Laura Ashley, in a hue called sterling, for the walls. "Grey is super livable and timeless", he says. "Here it warms up the walls allowing other elements to pop. A Dickson bed from Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams became the room's focal point. Because the room was small, adding softness was key so we selected and an upholstered, tufted headboard", Benjamin notes. The platform-style bed has no bed skirt creating a clean, hip silhouette. He adds that, "Because people often lounge in bed while using electronic devices an upholstered bed provides ultra comfort. That's why it's often chosen for hotel rooms. We are tired and we are wired", he says. In Carol's new room relief comes in the form of a super comfy mattress from Vera Wang by Serta. Classic white linen sheets from Laura Ashley are clean and crisp while adobe and shams in E-cut pattern add pizzazz. The window treatment is also rendered in Laura Ashley fabric. Asymmetrical panels elongate the short windows and soften the space. Benjamin helped Carol select the streamlined Manning chest and a pair of Duncan cube ottomans from Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams - both smart looking and functional. The cubes, covered in solid cotton velvet, provide a perch for Carol to slip her shoes off or to lay out clothes for the next day. The once dark room is now flooded with light thanks to a venting skylight from Velux. Fringed mirrors flanking the bed are from Mirror Mate, giving the illusion of more windows. "Their frames are painted the same grey as the walls making them more as architecture than accessory", Benjamin says. They are modern but not minimalist, the look that Carol loves. Carol can keep her snug retreat sparkling with non-toxic cleaners from Bona. Her new bedroom is not only beautiful but also thoughtfully crafted to express her forthright feminine style.