12.15.16 Before & After - Sweet Master Bedroom Suite

Eyes on Design | Susan Brunstrum

All Photos Courtesy of Sweet Peas Design

After more than a dozen years of designing interiors, this master bedroom suite, above, in Lake Forest ranks among our most challenging ever. Now we call it “Pitch Perfect” because so many of the design decisions depended on the unusually steep pitch of the ceiling in the bedroom and ensuite bathroom, and the awkward angles that resulted. To complicate matters, the floor plan in the master bath is zig-zaggy and the bedroom ceiling is voluminous, but we think it turned out beautifully! You can see all the photos in our portfolio here: http://sweetpeas-inspired.com/portfolio/pitch-perfect, but I have some before-and-after highlights below.

Before 

FOR THE MASTER BEDROOM

  • Created a tailored, textural look that’s simple, sophisticated and pulled-together
  • Selected a color palette of greys, camels and ivories
  • Flanked the clients’ existing sleigh bed with light-colored, curvy chests for extra storage, and layered a hide rug over the carpeting next to the bed - so cozy for the feet! 

After

  • Added pattern with a subtle, grey and ivory geometric fabric on the bench at the foot of the bed (above), and darker gray geometric fabric for the window treatments, below
  • Positioned an antique ivory chaise in charcoal wool near the window, below, with a leopard print bolster and finished off the cozy corner with a tiny table and trio of floor accessories, below


After

  • Replaced the existing oak TV cabinet (below) with a fluted media console in grey with satin brass trim (after photo)  

Before

After

  • Reupholstered the charming little tufted chair, a family heirloom in sandy colored wool, above
  • Added texture and interest with an unusual sand sculpture on the fluted console, above

FOR THE MASTER BATHROOM 

  • Gutted everything and introduced light, neutral colors
  • Installed clients’ must-have marble on the floors, countertops and shower ceiling 

After

  • Chose inset-panel cabinets in dove grey to replace oak cabinetry
  • Replaced the sit-down vanity with a stand-up version
  • Increased light with a trio of sconces plus can lights and a pair of crystal ceiling fixtures 

Before

After

Enlarged shower and installed dual shower heads plus steam option   

Before

After

Our clients are really happy with the more transitional, “lightweight” look in their master bedroom suite. After it was done the wife emailed us and said: “I just sat in my bedroom for two hours tonight, looking around. I love it.” 

It was our pleasure! 


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About the Author: Susan Brunstrum

Susan Brunstrum is principal and founder of award-winning Sweet Peas Design, which she launched in 2003 as a one-woman firm. Today she heads a full-service studio with a staff of six in downtown Libertyville and an office in Chicago. Susan is known for her versatile LivableLuxe(TM) style, which is relaxed and elegant, comfortable and refined. She considers it the “little black dress of interior design(TM)” – custom tailored for each client, perfect for any occasion. If you have questions or want to schedule an initial consultation please contact the studio at 847-816-1296. Or contact Susan at Susan@SweetPeas-Inspired.com.