by admin on May 8, 2012
I’m so happy to be coming full circle and featuring another stunning showcase design by Heather Hilliard. She has done a fabulous job on her Master Bedroom. In case you want to see her Library from last year’s showcase, it can be seen here. See below for pics of her current showcase as well as a Q&A with Heather focused on her design. I hope this inspires you to come by to view her room and the rest of the home in person. Photos by Michele Willson.
Was anything left intact (surfaces, trim), or did you do a complete overhaul?
The original master bedroom was very formal with heavy curtains and valences; the walls were upholstered in a peachy color silk fabric with a cream trim. The floors were covered in a very thick and heavy white wool carpet. The remains of a very elaborate, trimmed out decorative bed canopy was in place when I first saw the room. The bed’s canopy, attached to the ceiling, concealed a box housing a cumbersome TV projection system. With the flip of a switch, the canopy curtains opened to reveal the projector; a screen lowered over the fireplace. The system was state of the art fifteen years ago. Today, you can buy a projection system that can be hidden behind the wall rather than building a whole unit to house the projector in the ceiling. The guys at Metro Eighteen were helpful in dismantling the existing system. I recommend them for any audio visual work – big or small.
“Before” Image of the space as well as Heather’s concept sketch:
Although the room was very luxurious and well done, I decided to simplify the space. The room’s appealing characteristics included high ceilings, French doors, trim, a fireplace and fantastic light. I stripped away the layers and got it down to the bare bones of the basic envelope. We removed all of the wall upholstery. We had to skim coat the walls to create a smooth surface over the thousands of staple holes left from the upholstery. We removed the carpet and sub floor in hopes of finding pristine wood floors. Instead, we found a plywood sub floor. We installed new 5” wide wood floors throughout the space, including the entry vestibule. We stained the floors dark brown.
What was the idea behind/inspiration for the room, color palette? Any custom pieces worth mentioning?
My concept for the room was inspired by a quote I read by a French designer, “Sometimes the beauty of a space is the empty space.” That idea resonated with me, especially for a bedroom. I edited the room down to the basics and used luxurious materials to create a serene environment with accents of color and a focus on contemporary art.
I decided to paint white on cream 16” wide horizontal stripes on the walls starting at the crown molding. The custom headboard is upholstered in the same color, white on white fabrics to match the paint color. The stripes continue over the face of the headboard. We designed custom bedside tables and a bench with an applique detail, at the foot of the bed. I’m using a Vladimir Kagan sofa, upholstered in a rich deep blue royal dutch sueded leather. The curtains are simple blue wool by Holland & Sherry, with a custom double pleat detail at the leading edge. The white glass table lamps were designed by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte in the 50s. The base and shades are illuminated when the lamps are switched on. The fire screen is a custom design by John Lile, an incredibly talented furniture designer in New York. The screen looks like a piece of jewelry in front of the firebox.
A closeup of the Vestal Firescreen by John Lile:
The art over the fireplace and in the bedroom’s entry vestibule is through Dolby Chadwick Gallery. The resin ceiling pendant light fixture is by Remains and was originally designed by Tony Duquette’s. The rug is custom and made of boiled wool felt and was blanket stitched, by hand, by a vendor in Germany. The rug feels like cashmere on bare feet – it is pure luxury. The bed will be dressed in custom linens by Julia B. The bed blanket, by Alta Pampa, is made of baby alpaca. The mohair throw is hand made in Finland and is available through Susan Chalom, NY. The emphasis is on luxurious high quality materials and art!
Entry vestibule featuring artwork from Dolby Chadwick Gallery and Coquille Pendant by Remains
Tony Duquette incorporated the Coquille shape repeatedly in his designs with his preferred material, cast resin, as his signature look. The Coquille Chandelier is hand molded of Opaline Resin in a painstakingly layered technique, directly cast from the original pattern found in Duquette’s archive.
These new editions of original Duquette fixtures are struck in bronze and hand-cast resin from the authentic molds. Gold-leafed, nickel-plated, or glowing translucent resin are among the finishes available.
My favorite thing about the Coquille pieces is that they’re made from the original molds that Tony used up through the 1970s, and that they look so different in the plain resin and leafed version. One is stunningly translucent, the other a glamorous uplight.
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