The Griffith Park Master Bedroom Reveal
Welcome to the Griffith Park Master Bedroom reveal. This room is a great example of how to go bold in a bedroom, but still have it be sophisticated and even calm. It has this huge moment with the wallpaper, but the rest of the room is quiet and balanced. I was skeptical about the one-bold-wall thing (and told the client that) but after it was all said and done, that room is pretty wonderful.
When we first met, they had just moved in and it looked like this:
It is big, has great light, great floors and nice architectural detailing, it just needed…well…everything else.
After many iterations of design plans we settled on the below. A bold charcoal and cream patterned paper (from Farrow and Ball), contrasted well with warmer tones in leather and wood. We added hits of this 70’s Italian theme (as per Dan’s request), with soft neutral oatmeal curtains. The wallpaper is the star, with supporting roles of nightstands and bed and a super simple but beautiful rug to keep it feeling calm and feeling big.
Things came in slowly and the whole process took about a year to finish. All the process shots were dark and ugly so we left them out, because I just want you to see how pretty these after shots are:
I love how it turned out so much. I was nervous about the wallpaper – especially doing such a bold paper only on one wall. I really tried to convince them to do the whole room but they were right that it would have been just too much. If they had chosen a more subtle lighter pattern we could have done it, but this high contrast large scale pattern was best only on the feature wall.
The bed is flanked with two large scale leather nightstands from Made Goods with brass feet (yes, I have the single version in our master). I love how much warmth they bring in and they age so beautifully. I rarely put my massive glass of ice water on a coaster and the water spots don’t bother me at all.
The lamps from Rejuvenation, brought in a nice squareness against the fluidity of the wallpaper pattern, plus they are really simple and quiet, with enough detail (that brass stripe) to give it some interest.
We chose to do romans on these windows and drapery on the other wall, but both in a oatmeal that matched the wallpaper.
We worked with Decorview on the curtains in this room and per usual they did an amazing job of helping us decide on the fabric, the type of treatment and then they measure, fabricate and install. One stop shop, folks and beautifully done.
The bed is from Restoration Hardware and is in the most beautiful slate blue velvet.
On the other side of the room we have a pair of custom club chairs with brass base that help create a seating area and of course just look amazing. Ginny and Mel went through a LOT of iterations of those to get the proportions perfect, when of course now there are a few chairs on the market (but not with our exact measurements). They were originally going to go at the foot of the bed, but everyone liked them better on the wall, with the bench at the foot of the bed instead.
They already had the two Milo Baughman dressers, but we had the brass kick-plate installed to help them pop a bit. By the way little things like that, don’t seem like a big deal, but the time that it takes really adds up. You have to find the vendor, get a sample, get the sample approved and then install. It’s like a four part process, and it’s that sort of minutia that you hire a designer for. I have literally like 15 things like that around my house that I feel like even I can’t seem to get done ….
They borrowed my pretty blanket ladder for this shot and paired it with the lamp from Noir (another vendor here in LA that we love) as that textile art from Meike Legler as well as the ink drawing piece by Jackie Leishman.
Dan found the bench at a vintage store in LA and we had it recovered in Sullivan Black by Schumacher. I love all these tones of light wood, leather and wicker (even the mirror) really warming everything up and softening the seriousness of the wallpaper.
The EHD team did a fantastic job on this, if I do say so myself and the photos turned out so beautiful. If you are into anything in this room, here you go:
1. Stripe Throw Blanket | 2. Round Pillow | 3. Bed | 4. Rattan Bench (similar) | 5. Wallpaper | 6. Table Lamp (similar) | 7. Nightstand | 8. Carafe & Glass | 9. Rug | 10. Rattan Mirror | 11. Black Chair (similar) | 12. Chandelier | 13. Oatmeal Quilt | 14. Bedding Set | 15. Wicker Tray (similar) | 16. Ceramic Vase (similar) | 17. Black Bud Vase (similar) | 18. White Tray (similar) | 19. Ceramic Bud Vase | 20. Burl Wood Dresser (similar) | 21. Black Metal Ladder | 22. Blue Throw Blanket | 23. Cream Woven Throw Blanket (similar) | 24. Drapery (custom) | 25. Bench Fabric | 26. Blue Chair Fabric | 27. Burl Wood Tall Dresser (similar) | 28. Abstract Art | 29. ‘Small Yosemite 3’ Art Piece | 30. Table Lamp | 31. Ceramic Box | 32. White Tall Ceramic Vase (similar) | 33. Blue Ceramic Pottery | 34. Edwin Henry Landseer Art (similar) | 35. Accent Chair (similar) | 36. Round Side Table (similar)
*Photos by Tessa Neustadt for EHD