Designers spend much of their time creating beautiful environments for others. But what happens when they turn their significant talents on themselves, in their own homes, and in their most personal spaces?
Free of client constraints, many designers settle into their true design selves at home. Here, at long last, they are able to create as they wish. Nowhere is this more true than in the bedroom. It is here that the designer first greets the day and here that the vestiges of the day slip away. And to the aesthetically sensitive individual, how this space looks and feels matters...
First row, left to right:
1. Vicente Wolf Located in Manhattan's Garment District, the master bedroom of the designer's loft apartment faces the terrace. A freestanding wall behind the bed is used for storage.
2. Kelly Wearstler With its hand-painted walls and its large-scale vintage furnishings, Wearstler's bedroom has all of the drama we've come to expect from the glamazon of design.
3. Orlando Diaz-Azcuy A light-weight blanket from India tops Diaz-Azcuy's bed, in a bedroom that's free of clutter.
4. Miles Redd Redd believes that "an exposed box spring is like a fly in the soup...unsightly." In his own bedroom, he's covered it with the same striped silk taffeta used for the headboard.
5. Bunny Williams Bunny's bedroom features a 1930's mirrored bed purchased at Sotheby's and a hand-broidered headboard.
Second row, left to right:
6. Roman and Williams Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch (the married duo also known as Roman and Williams) have left their signature all over the moody blue bedroom of their super-skinny NoHo loft.
7. Darryl Carter (left) In the bedroom of the designer's townhouse in D.C., a pair of bordello doors become a headboard. (right) Warm white acts as the perfect backdrop for Carter's curated collection of antiques in the master bedroom of his 19th century Virginia farmhouse.
8. Michael S. Smith At his Bel-Air ranch house, White House designer Smith has surrounded his custom-canopied bed with walls paneled in hemlock.
9. David Collins The designer's inner sanctum is smart, but slightly less grand than the rest of his home. The nightstand nook on the left is particularly enchanting.
10. Mary McDonald Known for creating glamorous spaces, the designer's own bedroom is a study in feminine elegance.
Third row, left to right:
11. Barry Rice and Ted Allen The bedroom of interior designer Barry Rice and his partner, (food guru & Queer Eye alum) Ted Allen, features a collage of magazine pages - waxed and painted by Brazilian artist Ulisses Bahia.
12. Nate Berkus and Brian Atwood A Serge Mouille light fixture takes center stage in the bedroom of the designer's Milan home, which he shares with shoe designer Brian Atwood.
13. Thom Filicia At the designer's lake house, the bed is flanked by two closets and covered with a bohemian, yet masculine bedspread.
14. Rita Konig Nowhere is the term "bedroom" more accurate than in Konig's 6.5'x8' sleeping space, where the bed takes up almost the entire room. Rather than fight its size, the designer embraced it, creating a comforting cocoon where books, coffee and croissants are always welcome. (This room has since been redone. See the update here.)
15. Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan Perfectly suited to Palm Beach, the duo's bedroom features a Paul Evans chrome bed and walls of brilliant yellow.
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