Just Breathe

Ahhhh, this Upper Straits lakeside master is all about going with the flow // Photography by Beth Singer
Serenity The designer’s challenge was to create an intimate feel in a very large master bedroom. Goals met!

With a stunning water view to maximize and a large interior space to minimize, Paul Feiten, of Paul Feiten Design in Bloomfield Hills, had a lot to consider when he began designing the master bedroom of a home on Upper Straits Lake in Orchard Lake Village.

“The view of the lake from the master bedroom is spectacular; you’re on top of the lake and it takes your breath away,” Feiten says. “However, when a room is really large it can be unappealing. The challenge is to fill it up and make it more intimate.

“The personality and vision of the client should come through in their home,” he continues. “We envisioned a simple but sexy, swanky, beachy look and mood for the room.”

Feiten began with a wall paint shade called Quiet Moments, by Benjamin Moore, because it reflects the color of the lake, and then paired it with a custom carpet by Stark in a soft blue hue with frosty highlights. “The paint color name says it all,” Feiten says. “It’s the perfect spa color and relates to the calmness of the lake — a soft blue with a little green in it.”

He utilized a chandelier to “bring down the ceiling” and added a four-poster platform bed flanked by large silver chests to beautifully fill the space. “The chests are very special,” Feiten says. “They’re wood with a silver painted finish and drawer front panels done in eglomise, which is real silver leaf applied to the back of glass. It’s durable and exquisite.”

To give the bedroom a beachy feel, Feiten featured crisp white fabrications throughout the room. In a nod to functionality, he used white Sunbrella fabric on the headboard and sitting area furniture, since it’s easy to clean and won’t fade from sunlight entering the room.

The drapery showcases the corner windows, which offer a full view of the lake on both sides, while the cornice board above the drapery conceals roller shades that can be lowered for complete privacy. The sitting area near the window was designed so the homeowners could relax and enjoy the view, and savor an evening nightcap before bed.

“It was a good marriage between the clients and designer. The clients were delightful and receptive; they knew they needed assistance pulling together the look they wanted for their master bedroom, and called in a professional for professional results,” Feiten reflects.

More information: paulfeitendesign.com