California dreaming is what this elegantly calm and eclectic bedroom is all about. The primary pieces of furniture are from the Los Angeles studio of internationally acclaimed interior designer Barbara Barry. They represent the spirit and originality of her newest Barbara Barry Realized collection for Henredon, available locally exclusively through Robb & Stucky.
An artist as well as an interior designer and furniture designer, Barry is known for graciously proportioned furniture and accessories that harmonize with other pieces from her various lines or with the client's existing favorite pieces. This serene bedroom has balance without strict symmetry, making it fresh and innovative.
The tranquil, almost monochromatic color scheme sets a refined, understated tone for a bedroom organized as a sophisticated retreat. But there is no place for boredom here; layers of textural interest keep the eye moving from one interesting object to the next. Instead of a traditional dresser or bureau, storage needs can be dispatched with built-ins in the dressing room/walk-in closet. The high-style Asian chest functions as a piece of art as well as a display area for art pottery. All of the accessories convey the sense that the homeowners are well traveled and confident about placing unusual artifacts within their private environment.
The Barbara Barry Realized bed is bleached walnut with a soft patina that shows subtle gray undertones. Luxury linens are layered for a simple, unfussy and modern look using a soothing, barely-there color scheme.
Side armchair is Barbara Barry Realized done in a modern riff of a classical shape. The wood is bleached walnut and coordinates with the bed. The fabric upholstery has a slight nubbly quality.
Oval mirror by Jamie Young is ultra-sophisticated in its traditional simplicity. The frame is mother-of-pearl mosaic and adds quiet sheen to that part of the room. Note that it's hung low on the wall and is meant to reflect objects across the room.
Fresh plants show a direct connection with the outside, which reinforces a Florida-California style. Designers say to go large with foliage, treating each container as a piece of floor sculpture. These tropical specimens bring a bit of Southwest Florida into the bedroom.
Walls are painted with Tulle, a new iridescent shade of green from Benjamin Moore's Color Pulse 2006 collection. That metallic element is picked up again in the nightstand drawers, pulls on the entertainment cabinet and silvery mosaic bed tray.
Entertainment chest-on-chest is from Pride Sasser. It's actually two separate pieces of raffia-wrapped wood. The design attitude is modern Asian. Coordinating armoire is available through Robb & Stucky.
Coco-bark exotic floor vase with its primitive design and highly textural surface adds a casual tropical element that takes the edge off the polished and sophisticated quality of the furniture and art. A bit of whimsy is always a good idea.