Bedrooms that evoke a relaxing and rejuvenating ambiance
Story by Ann E. Butenas
This award-winning bedroom makes for a perfect escape at the end of a long day.
Nestled on the 12th floor of the fashionable San Francisco Tower near downtown Kansas City is an oasis of charm, luxury, style and comfort. One resident at this enviable Crown Center address has taken her 900 square foot living space and transformed it into an environment that delights all of the senses.
With the expertise of interior design expert, Melody Davidson, UDCP, Allied ASID, and NARI member, the homeowner was able to create an eye-catching yet comfortable space to call her own, for which Davidson was awarded a Gold Star REMY (Remodeling of the Year) Award in 2014.
“The footprint of the space was perfect,” she noted. “We transformed the overall condo using the primary color accents of red, yellow, and blue in the living areas, with yellow alone in the bedroom.”
For many, the bedroom is the one sacred place in which to escape at the end of a long day. This high-rise bedroom is the perfect answer to that end.
The bamboo flooring, which replaced the outdated and worn carpet, quickly catches the eye, which then directs your gaze to the eye-catching carved wooden headboard on the queen-sized bed that boasts a soft charcoal grey wash. The unique round pedestal table/nightstand with a single drawer offers a sophisticated touch while the soft gray walls provide a warm feel to the room.
With plenty of space to hang a sizeable wardrobe, the room is home to a wall of California-style closets, which are accessible by two sets of bi-fold doors, that open accordion-style.
The large window, accented by custom-made, off-white riffle fold drapes, allows the outside to become part of the décor.
“These drapes are held up by decorative rods that have a charcoal wash similar to that in the headboard,” noted Davidson.
Beneath the window is a built in cabinet with appreciable storage space. A stretch canvas painting on the opposite wall provides a perfect balance to the windows.
A Parson’s chair with accent pillow, an area rug, a black hamper and a Cheval standing mirror complete the look, adding a contemporary flair to the simple yet elegant appeal of the room.
Interior Designer/Contractor: Interiors By Melody | Flooring: ProSource | Electrician: Power Up Electric | Paint: Sherwin Williams | Painter: Rusty’s Dandy Painting
Even just a few changes can completely change the look of a bedroom.
If you believe your bedroom should be your sanctuary, then this charming master suite should not only catch your eye, but also capture your heart.
It had been over seven years since this master suite in an established Cedar Creek home had been updated. The homeowner, a single professional working mother, wanted to freshen up its look while simultaneously drawing on her visits to numerous luxurious hotel suites with which she became acquainted during her business travels.
“She wanted that same relaxing and rejuvenating feel in her master suite that she experienced at those hotels when she traveled,” noted Becky Mosby, Allied ASID (American Society of Interior Designers).
While this project did not involve a complete overhaul, it breathed new life into its existing ambiance by adding the calming soft aqua and teal blue paint paired with new curtains and a host of unique and attractive accessories that not only add to the charm of the room but also provide the perfect balance of comfy and conversational.
The homeowner maintained the existing four-poster bed and accompanying nightstand, but added new light fixtures and changed the drapery and bedding.
“This is a perfect blend of traditional and contemporary styles,” noted Mosby, who has 30 years of professional interior design experience and works in The Design Gallery at Nebraska Furniture Mart.
The white bookshelves that flank the fireplace are home to a wide range of knick-knacks that delight the eyes and add balance to the room. These added touches, along with the bedside lamps and artwork, all came from Nebraska Furniture Mart.
“We also incorporated a new chest of drawers and a mirror,” said Mosby.
The blue walls are perfectly accented with touches of coral throughout the room that add a certain pop and flow to the space without overwhelming the senses.
“I really like the color scheme,” Mosby emphasized. “We first started the project with a bathroom remodel, which set the tone for the bedroom, as the bathroom utilizes the same colors.”
The westward facing windows provide for maximum sunlight as needed, but because the homeowner often works nights and sleeps days, Mosby added a blackout lining to the drapes to block out the light when slumber must trump the sun!
With just a few simple color changes and accessories, an outdated bedroom can quickly transform into the most relaxing space in the home!
Interior Design: Becky Mosby, Allied ASID | Remodeling: Heartland Kitchen and Bath | Light fixtures: Wilson Lighting | Faux painting: Brenda McPeek | Wallcovering and general painting: Dan McVey | Furniture, accessories, draperies and bedding: Nebraska Furniture Mart: The Design Gallery | Paint: Benjamin Moore | Wallcovering: F. Schumacher Co.
Less is certainly more when it comes to the Leawood master suite.
How do you maintain the charm and character of a classic three-bedroom 1960’s ranch and bring it forward to 2015? Team up with John Moffitt Jr, a local homebuilder in Leawood for over 30 years, and his brokerage firm’s top salesman Joe Woods, and consider it done. These two professionals have made it their mission to maintain, preserve, and prolong the architectural integrity of homes in the Kansas City area, while retro-fitting them for today’s lifestyles.
In order to transform this particular home, their firm MOJO and crew of skilled craftsmen essentially took three existing bedrooms and converted them into this elegant master suite. The result has turned this classic Leawood ranch home, into a stylish story and a half residence.
To maximize the overall appearance and size of the room, the old windows were replaced by larger ones that now adorn the south wall, flanking the headboard of the bed. The original bedroom was small with just two windows and a single vanity bathroom. In addition to adding those two larger windows, three tall windows were incorporated on the east wall, creating a panoramic view of the treed back yard.
One element of the room that seems to encourage the most enthusiasm is the carpeting. The warm grey, low weave carpet is beautifully accented by a soft engraved pattern, thus creating an even flow and symmetry throughout the room. This carpet adds just the right amount of color and texture to the overall monochromatic scheme.
For ambient lighting, four recessed cans were added, one in each corner. Because of the room’s eight-foot ceiling, Moffitt opted not to install a typical ceiling fan, but rather a simple, yet sophisticated, light fixture in the middle of the ceiling. For air flow, MOJO kept the whole house attic fan.
Best described as soft contemporary paired with a traditional vibe, this master suite certainly gives a nod to the “less is more” movement with updated clean and simplistic lines, while complementing the overall classic style of the home.
Contractor: MOJO Built | Architect: Wendlandt & Stallbaumer | Interior Designer: Refined Interior Staging Solutions | Bed: One Kings Lane | Mirrored nightstands: Pottery Barn | Linens: Bed Bath & Beyond