Most major renovation projects seem to include a redo or addition of a Master Bedroom. When a new Master is added, what becomes of the old one?
The massive renovation of this 1929 Tudor-Revival home saw the addition of a new master suite, leaving the home’s original Master Bedroom ready for a new purpose and a new look. The second floor of this Mountain Brook, Alabama home originally had very low 8′ ceilings. By opening part of the attic space above into the room, the space went from a narrow and dark room to a light filled retreat for guests. We added decorative boxed beams to bring detail to the ceiling and to frame the antique crystal and iron chandelier.
We complemented the homeowner’s linen upholstered headboard and chair, which came from their previous home, with an antique bergere beside the fireplace, upholstered in a soothing grey-green silk. The wall of bookcases was not original to the space, but we knew that it was crucial to adding another layer of detail to the room…and to making an otherwise big, blank wall make sense. Of course once we had a wall full of shelves in place we had to fill them up–and the home already had a Library elsewhere–so we decided to have hundreds of books we scored at second-hand stores wrapped in white paper to add a graphic element to the room that fits perfectly with the monochromatic scheme of the space. To play up the fireplace we had slabs of lagos azul limestone cut with mitered corners and installed around the firebox. Above the mantle we layered an antique Louis Phillipe mirror in front of a panel of mirrored glass — we always like the look of a mirror over another.
At the bedside, an antique footed bowl holds pale apricot roses which perfectly compliment the tones of the room.
We’d been wanting to try out the white wrapped book look for a while before we designed this space. Paige and Doug had a brainstorm one day standing in the unfinished space and knew that this was the perfect place to try it out. We love how it turned out, its graphic impact is one of our favorite things about the room. What’s yours?–don’t forget to comment, one per day on our blog this week enters you in our give away!
[photos by Colleen Duffley]