This master bedroom is a refuge from the rest of the house, and we chose to push the limits of our farmhouse decor here. In this very personal space, our basic color scheme becomes warmer. A mix of exotic accents, including a faux zebra rug, leopard-print pillows and crocodile-look leather ottomans, reveal the big-city influence in this area of our modern, suburban farmhouse.
BREAKING THE RULES
.Unexpected fabrics and accessories wake up a room the way a new spice changes a favorite recipe.
UNEXPECTED COMPATIBILITY Too much of one theme can get static. Sometimes the easiest way to energize a room is to break from it and mix in a few surprises. In the master bedroom, we complemented brown walls with orange accents, then blended country details (including primitive horse and cow prints, a crazy quilt on the bed, antique brown pharmacy bottles and a black horse weather vane) with more exotic influences. Tied together by color, the mixed result works surprisingly well. An upholstered king-size bed and chaise lounge give the room stylish comfort, while bookcases displaying contemporary art, antiques and bits of nature make a personal statement.
BATHING BEAUTY Tall, stained wood doors with bronze Schlage hardware lead into the master bathroom. We used a limited color scheme composed of rich wood stains on doors, cabinets and floors against stark white paneling, sinks and tile, to create a visually relaxing, Zen-like space.
PAMPERING FUNCTION A whirlpool tub is ready for rejuvenating soaks, while a walk-in, two-person shower equipped with two rain showerheads, a hand-held spray, body jets and two benches offers a practical place for daily pampering. A tall cabinet has room for a coffeemaker and a small refrigerator, to help get the day started. Use unexpected accessories, such as lanterns, a wood wheel and a pitchfork, to liven up a space.
Upstairs, children have the floor to themselves. Downstairs, a guest bedroom welcomes friends and family.
COUNTRY GIRL STYLE A vintage star quilt inspired this bedroom's color scheme. It also influenced the custom quilted star design on the door. Any design can be carved in an interior door with this unique option from Jeld-Wen Doors.
BABY BEAUTYA baby is sure to nap peacefully in this soothing aqua-and-pink nursery. A charming Laura Ashley stitched comforter looks great on the wall, rather than in the crib. Contemporary Netto Collection nursery furniture, including a crib (with decorative storage boxes), a chest and a polar bear rocker, makes this space playfully fresh.
GUEST SERVICES In the spacious guest bedroom with its own bath, two queen-size beds with Serta pillow top mattresses offer plenty of comfort. A handy desk sits between the two beds. Earthy accessories hint at a slightly more rustic country-modern aesthetic.
AGELESS DETAIL The staircase feels as if it's in a much older home because of its custom divided-light window, paneled wainscot and uniquely carved spindles. Use a contrasting paint color to highlight areas in a room, such as our window alcove.