Entering the revamped space, the eyes are immediately drawn to the regal bed, upholstered in a deep purple mohair, that stands out against a glittery grass cloth wall flanked by mirrored night stands and illuminated with Murano lighting.
Strong, sophisticated and glamourous characterize the overall mood of the room, but it’s the subtle surprises and clever contrasts that create the drama. Just beyond the plush purple bed, an intricately carved fireplace adds warmth and romance to the room. The addition of silk upholstered arm chairs surrounding a white clover-shaped table creates a cozy sitting space. A petite black vanity bedecked with perfumes and flowers stands out against luxe floral draperies.
Marrying purples, silvers, taupes and grays with underlying lavender tones — a color palette inspired by the painting above the fireplace — Evans relies on contrasting sheens and textures to create layers of shade and value. The designer says this tried and true application adds to the luxury of the space while creating balance.
“All the contrasting textures and elements play against each other for an intriguing mix that feels anything but stuffy or staid,” says the designer whose overall task was to make the home lighter, brighter and party-ready. “She (the homeowner) loves a glamorous feeling but asked that we give the space a fresh approach. She likes girlie things, but wanted her husband to like it, too.”
Balance is achieved through Evans’ thoughtful selections. The largest element in the room, for example, is the deep purple bed sitting atop a silvery silk and wool rug — a look which is far from feminine but softened with a whimsically elegant chandelier above and eye-catching throw pillows by Deborah Main Designs. Selections, while beautiful, remain practical and livable –– for example, the duvet cover’s polyester fabric means the family dogs can rest there, too.
Off of the bedroom, travertine floors and countertops shine in the enviable master bath where the same gray textured wallpaper featured in the bedroom shimmers and unifies the connecting spaces. With separate “His” and “Hers” bathrooms, Evans says there wasn’t a need to create a gender neutral space. Rather, an unapologetically feminine soaking tub sits beneath a decadent chandelier from Jean Marc Fray, serving as the focal point of a bathroom rife with textures and colors that make the space feel like an extension of the bedroom.
“Shining glimmering glass always makes a space seem special,” says Evans. “The art was a piece from the owners’ collection. We decided the perfect place was over the tub.”
Evans’ well-edited use of furnishings and décor — shimmering chandeliers paired with silk upholstered chairs and mirrored furniture that contrasts with plush fabrics — combines to create an alluring, well-edited space that’s sophisticated and interesting without being over-the-top.
“I love the way each element plays off another,” says Evans. “Although the space is glamourous, the overall feel is still very tailored and restrained.”
DESIGNER JEI Design, Inc.
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