We love a beautifully executed ensuite master bedroom, and when it comes to creating a gorgeously modern yet feminine design, San Francisco-based designer Melanie Coddington of Coddington Design
has this style perfected. Let’s take a tour of this inspiring bedroom, and learn her tips for creating a relaxing bedroom sanctuary at your own home. Did you design the headboard?
“I designed the headboard especially for the room. I wanted a bed that had a strong presence without taking up a lot of precious space. It is inspired by 1940s style – one of my favorite eras.” What are your tips for layering bedding and creating a rich look that still feels cohesive?
“I like to use layers and textures to create a luxe look. On this bed I paired a silky cream coverlet with a custom reversible textural blanket. The pillows add a fun pop of pattern and color.” What do you think is important when styling a bed? What makes it pop?
“I like a bed to look comfortable and inviting, for that reason you generally won’t find wooden tassels, glass beads or anything that looks like it would be uncomfortable to rest your head on in my work.” How did you choose the bedside table accents and books?
“I love to stack fashion and art books and place interesting objects on top. The antler is a subtle nod to the wine country location. Although fresh flowers on a nightstand are gorgeous, I opted for a lower maintenance air plant in a simple glass bowl. They look great and last forever.” The color blocked legs on the bedside table are fantastic. Tell us about your decision to color block these. Could readers try this at home?
“I would love to take credit for this, but the desk is actually vintage! Readers could certainly try this at home. Cream and black is classic combo but they could experiment with other colors–dove grey with citron yellow socks would be stunning. Gold or silver would be chic as well.” The wall treatment in the bathroom is incredible. Is it fabric? How did you choose the window treatments in this room?
“Thanks! It’s a wallpaper created to look faded. The colors played off the stone and wood beautifully. The bathroom shade is a ‘relaxed roman’ style in the red and blue colors of the wallpaper and the adjoining bedroom. It’s a classic style that has a little more femininity than a flat shade, but the tailored trim keeps is fresh and gives it a touch of prep.” What do you look for in terms of fixtures when choosing bathroom hardware?
This bathroom is petite, so I put the focus on the mirror and sconces. You wouldn’t necessarily think of hanging a gold decorative mirror in the bathroom but I think it instantly dresses up what could easily become a utilitarian space. Wall-mount faucets are also great in small spaces. Where did you source the unicorn statues? How do you integrate quirky pieces like this into an overall design?
“I found the unicorns at one of my favorite vintage shops in San Francisco, Monument
. They were called ‘magical unicorns’ on the web listing. I simply couldn’t resist! The day my assistant sent me a calendar request ‘magical unicorn delivery’ I almost fell out of my chair laughing. Every room can benefit from a highly personal, quirky or funny element. You don’t want to put so many quirky items in a room that it becomes a joke, but if you find something a little ‘off’ that you love, feature it prominently and don’t apologize.” The seating area in the bedroom is so chic. What are some ways that one can introduce a seating area to even a small bedroom space?
“I designed this mohair sofa without arms so that it opens up into the space and feels larger. Readers could place a pair of vintage chairs (which are generally smaller) with a stack of books between them, add a throw and floor lamp and voila, a little nook becomes special. Even one small vanity chair or dining chair tucked into a corner can finish off a bedroom beautifully.” “We love the indoor-outdoor access to this room. What do you think is important about adding an element of nature to a room?
I grew up in Northern California among redwoods and pristine beaches, so I think natural elements are very important. We don’t all have the luxury of waking up to vineyard views but everyone can benefit from bringing nature in. I look for animal, sea or forest themes in my accessories. In this bedroom I have literal references like the bird print on the bed and more subtle references like the limestone topped coffee table and succulents scattered throughout.” [portfolio_slideshow size=large exclude="759"]