Antiques Inspire Master Bedroom

Designer Cecilie Starin transforms an outdated study into a chic master bedroom complete with a canopy bed, a Chinese Coromandel screen, and exceptional high quality art and antiques.
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Designer Cecilie Starin transforms an outdated study covered in wood paneling into a luxurious master bedroom. She decorated the space with an eclectic blend of antiques including a 12-panel antique Chinese Coromandel screen and an antique European campaign chair. She was able to save and repurpose the Koa wood paneling, so it wasn't simply discarded. The bedroom is now a spacious retreat to escape to at the end of a day.

What were the main items on the homeowner's wish list?

The owner has a spacious early 20th century home without an appropriate master bedroom. There was a large upstairs study with great views that the owner wanted to convert into a bedroom. The room adjacent to this study could be used to create a master bath and dressing room.

Eclectic Glam Bedroom

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Screen Star

The Chinese Coromandel screen behind the canopied bed is one of the stars of the room. The play of white against black further makes the bed the focal point of the room.

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The Right Storage Space

Designer Cecilie Starin had a small closet in the bedroom transformed into a built-in bookcase. It’s the perfect spot for display and storing some books by the writing table.

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A Luxe Color Palette

The mix of art and antiques, in a palette of golds, blacks, beige, and white, help give this master bedroom a luxurious style.

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A Bedroom's Writing Table

A closet was transformed into a bookcase and provides a backdrop to the writing table.

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An Eclectic Glam Bedroom

The gilded sun mirror and white linens pop against the blacks in the floor screen and furniture.

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Hidden Away

What you don't see behind the bed is the old chimney flue and asymmetrically placed window. The Chinese screen, behind the canopy bed, hides them from view, since this was the one wall where the bed would work.

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Bedroom Fireplace

The new fireplace has an 18th century French style. It creates a cozy nook by the writing table and chairs.

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Before the Remodel

The big windows in the study were one of the best parts of the space — everything else had to be updated for the remodel.

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Blast from the Past

The Koa wood paneling in the study made the space feel small, dark, and dated. Designer Cecilie Starin did find creative ways to repurpose the wood paneling.

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What were design issues you wanted to address?

How to transform a dark wood paneled study into a luxurious and spacious master bedroom. Previous designers were not able to offer a solution for how to deal with the oppressive wood paneling so I created a win-win situation for the homeowner; the design solution of carefully removing the paneling and using it in other ways.

What was your biggest obstacle in this space?

I was able to convince the owner to allow my colleague, who is a talented wood cabinet maker with a deep appreciation of fine wood, to painstakingly remove the valuable Koa wood paneling. Each piece was numbered and cataloged so it could be re-used in the mountain home. This resulted in a “green” re-purposing of valuable wood that could be enjoyed in another location.

The time and expense of re-purposing the wood had to be considered but my design vision was to remove this paneling along with the pot belly stove. Additionally, a chimney flue and an asymmetrically placed window had to be hidden so the bed could be placed on this wall. I blacked-out the window and placed a large 12-panel antique Chinese Coromandel screen nearby.

What did you learn from this remodel?

This project taught me the importance of suspending all assumptions going into a project and not settling for the first and often most obvious solution. As an outsider I had the opportunity to look at the challenges of the room in a new and creative way. The other lesson here is the importance in re-purposing beautiful, old materials.

What are the "hidden gems" that made a big difference?

Using symmetry and creating interest through the use of dark against light and texture bring excitement to the room. The room is furnished with exceptional high quality art and antiques. A spectacular antique Chinese Coromandel screen is a key focal point behind the canopied bed. A fireplace, with an 18th century French city-style mantle, is placed opposite the bed where there had been a built-in Koa wood paneled bar. An antique European campaign chair sits near the fireplace. A small closet to the right of the fireplace became an inset bookcase with space for a writing table.

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