David Heide

Design Studio

An elegant desk and skirted dressing table are among the beautiful and unusual antiques and reproductions that furnish the peach master sitting room and the the suite beyond. The fireplace is under an elongated octagonal etched-glass mirror and a large but elegant china cabinet displays fans and objet d'art.

ASID Showcase House 2007

As part of a whole-house remodeling effort, we were tasked with creating a new master suite, a process requiring a delicate balancing act of restoring the residence’s original grandeur while updating it for modern life. The suite is comprised of four spaces: a sitting room, a sleeping chamber, a porch, and a bathroom.

The design goal was to create a space that was at once refined, eclectic, and cohesive, using cues from the residence’s original details as a starting point. New art glass throughout the suite echoes a design found elsewhere in the residence.  Custom-designed millwork, including paneling and radiator cabinets, also takes its cues from other areas of the house.

The authentic, historic backdrop provides a regal canvas for the more playful selection of furnishings and accessories. This “assemblage” approach was influenced in part by the work of Parish-Hadley, as evidenced by the surprising combinations of forms and textures. Each individual room displays a delightful diversity of styles and eras, each element helping to build to a cohesive, compelling whole.

The sitting room's comfortable conversation corner offers an opportunity for relaxation. The honey-toned hard wood floors run throughout the suite (except for the bathroom), softened with pretty rugs. Cream or white woodwork is also the norm.
Neutrals and soft colors are used throughout the master suite, but with plenty of variation in texture and pattern, creating spaces that are restful but never boring. The use of both arched and rectangular openings adds architectural interest.
The short hallway is papered in a geometric pictorial print in tans, and is illuminated by a crystal chandelier and sconce, matching many of the others in the suite. Double doors with art glass panes of squares made up of triangles (the pattern used throughout the suite) lead to the bathroom. The doors are white on the hallway side and brown on the bathroom side.
A large mirror hung opposite the bathroom door reflects the sitting room. It's frame is in intricate geometrics, complementing the suite's art glass.
The c-shaped bathroom is spacious and bright, tiled in gray and white marble partway up, and painted yellow above that. It's floored in basket weave tile matching the walls. It features a large, arched art glass window, and an enormous mirror, going down to knee-height.
There is a pedestal sink under an arched medicine cabinet, with silver sconces to either side.
The tub is set in an arched and mirrored niche.
The cozy bedroom is painted a restful, slightly mottled gray-green.
It features another large, arched, art glass window and a large bed made up with sumptuous linens. It has a slightly medieval air with a round, silver, faux candle chandelier, a slightly throne-like chair, and a medieval-influenced art hanging.
An upholstered bench with arm finishes off the room.
A wide door from the bedroom leads onto a porch, walled in windows set in natural wood to match the ceiling. It's furnished in comfortable wicker, and decorated with a gorgeous colored glass screen.

Location

Saint Paul, MN

Builder

Stephenson Construction Inc

Photographers

Karen Melvin

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