Room envy: This Brookhaven bedroom has the wow factor of a fancy hotel

Designer Lindsey Hene creates a travel-inspired guest space
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Photograph by Christina Wedge
Photograph by Christina Wedge

Amanda Watkins and Dan Barracliff travel often, staying in swanky hotels when they can. Their challenge to interior designer Lindsey Hene: Give the guest bedroom of their Brookhaven townhome the wow factor of a destination like Asheville’s Grand Bohemian or a W Hotel. Hene originally thought about suspending a bed from chains but realized that a sturdier approach was to keep the platform bed grounded.

Bargain bling
Hene found the gold chains at Lowe’s. “I thought about using rope, but that didn’t have the sleek feeling we were going for,” she says. Two sets of links provide the right heft. Chain-themed wallpaper extends to the ceiling, adding to the illusion.

Geometry rules
A hexagon-themed light fixture echoes the shape of the mirrors. Hene found the mirrors at an inexpensive hobby store and had them painted black.

Going green
“The homeowners asked what the hot color was, so I told them emerald green was [that year’s] Pantone color of the year,” Hene says. Purple, pink, and orange provide accents.

Concrete—or not?
The industrial-looking side tables are actually wooden boxes painted with a faux finish and mounted on the wall.

Counterpoint
With all of the room’s bright colors and graphics, simple white bedding is best for the coverlet and sheets.

Class notes
A Barcelona-style chair and ottoman add classic modern style, while a pillow covered in toile (on bed) gives a bit of tradition to the edginess.

Tip: Making the bed
The carpenter measured the king-sized mattress and added a few inches all around to size the platform. Hene found a coverlet large enough to tuck neatly underneath and create a streamlined silhouette.

This article originally appeared in our December 2014 issue.

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