Three designers throw light on their process for creating bedrooms awash in a palette of whites, creams, ivories, and more. Snuggle in … it’s hibernation season.
Who: Amy Weinstein, owner of AMW Design Studio, received a degree in interior design from Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and also attended Harrington College of Interior Design in Chicago. After many years as the primary designer at an established Birmingham design firm, she opened her own studio in Birmingham in 2009. “The signature qualities of warmth, comfort, serenity, and artful restraint are always present (in our designs),” Weinstein says. “I combine compatible mixes from a variety of styles to create homes that are tailored, unique, and timeless.”
Info: 248-321-0931, amwdesignstudio.com
“White is both elegant and casual at the same time.”
– Amy Weinstein
“The goal for this space was to integrate classic furnishings with a slightly curvy profile,” interior designer Amy Weinstein says of this room. “We wanted to soften the hard, contemporary architecture and honor the client’s desire to have a serene and timeless bedroom furnished with classic pieces that would be restful, tranquil, and comfortable.”
Benched: The Thomas Pheasant Collection Adam bench, Baker, starting at $2,365, Baker Showroom, Michigan Design Center, Troy.
Choice Chair: Barbara Barry Realized Collection by Henredon Joan armchair, $3,525, Henredon Showroom, Michigan Design Center, Troy, michigandesign.com.
Wood: Reflection nightstand (from same collection as dresser), $6,900, Barbara Barry Realized Collection by Henredon. The bed in the room photo is the Graceful bed, $15,225, also from the Barbara Barry Realized Collection by Henredon. Both available at the Henredon Showroom, Michigan Design Center, Troy, michigandesign.com.
Crystal: Marissa table lamp in clear crystal, $1,200, Ralph Lauren, Somerset Collection, Troy, ralphlaurenhome.com.
Who: Jennifer Taylor, owner of Jennifer Taylor Studio, graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, and Wayne State University in Detroit, where she received a bachelor of fine arts in interior design. The Royal Oak-based designer’s eye for excellence was cultivated in Columbus, where her studies focused on sculpture and fine art. Her education also sharpened her spatial acumen and sense of proportion. Taylor’s keen color skills and ability to combine the materials of her trade in unexpected yet subtle ways is a hallmark of her work.
Info: 248-582-9450, jennifertaylorstudio.com
“Every master suite should be designed as a comfortable retreat from our daily lives.” – Jennifer Taylor
“Every master suite should be designed as a comfortable retreat from our daily lives,” says designer Jennifer Taylor. “This room (above), with its vaulted ceiling and bay window, is big enough to accommodate an inviting seating area which has a lovely view of the wooded property, increasing the sense of privacy. All creature comforts were included — a TV hidden in the armoire, romantic lighting, and fluffy down pillows. Light colors are elegant because of the way they reflect light. They are very flattering — suitable for a master suite.” When using a subtle, high-key palette, Taylor combines a variety of textures, “like the large-scale pattern on the carpet, or a tactile texture, such as the glow of a silk-satin juxtaposed to velvety fabric.”
Sit a Bit: Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman chair can be dark (see room photo), to ground or complement a light space, or light, for a monochromatic palette, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy, michigandesign.com
Feet Up: “Tufted furnishings inject texture,” Taylor says. Pearson ottoman, starting at $1,650, Henredon Showroom, Michigan Design Center, Troy, michigandesign.com
Needs a Trim: “I added trim tape, embroidery, silk tassels, and various other details to the upholstery and bedding, to give one a visual story to read,” Taylor says. Essex Scallop Lilly ottoman trim (similar to trim in room photo), from Lee Jofa, Kravet, Lee Jofa, Brunschwig & Fils Showroom, Michigan Design Center, Troy, michigandesign.com
Write Angles: “This desk, with its embossed leather top, adds an Old World touch,” Taylor says. “It’s a place to write a thank you note by hand, rather than send an email … the perfect spot to gather one’s thoughts.” Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman Milano desk in clear brown cherry finish, Tennant & Associates, Michigan Design Center, Troy, michigandesign.com
Who: Jeffrey King, CEO of the 17-year-old Birmingham-based Jeffrey King Interiors, studied interior design at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and has more than 25 years of industry experience. His firm takes on everything from residential to commercial design projects in Michigan, as well as throughout the United States and abroad. “My style runs the gamut from traditional to contemporary, but, more importantly, our approach is about creating a good interior design that suits the client’s needs,” King says. “Home is a place where you nourish your soul — a haven where you unwind before launching the next day. Great design allows limitless possibilities that will inspire and support a beautiful life.”
Info: 248-646-3353, jeffreykinginteriors.com
“An all-white space … (is) fresh, clean, and calming.”
– Jeffrey King
For The Guest
“This is a client’s guest suite bonus room over a garage,” explains interior designer Jeffrey King of the room above. “It’s a warm and comforting environment for guests to enjoy. I chose an all-white palette and accented it with some Hollywood glam,” he explains, adding that he wanted it to be an all-white space because it makes the area fresh, clean, and calming, with a vintage feel.
Sophisticated Lady: This lady’s desk/vanity in ivory with a painted finish features fluted drawers and nickel sabots — all very sophisticated. The Barbara Barry Realized Collection by Henredon is an expression of a vision of a home that is a backdrop for a well-lived life. $ 5,685, Henredon Showroom, Michigan Design Center, Troy, michigandesign.com
Mirror, mirror: Use mirrors to create a sense of more space. The three mirrors in the room photograph are similar to this Venetian beaded mirror of aged steel, $245-$795, depending on size. Its broad beveled glass is embraced by a mirrored frame accented with metallic-toned cast resin beading. Restoration Hardware, Somerset Collection, Troy, rh.com
Sleep Well: Kravet Northport tall complete bed, available in queen and king, Kravet, Lee Jofa, Brunschwig & Fils Showroom, Michigan Design Center, Troy, michigandesign.com