This master bedroom features global inspiration, as seen in the Moroccan wedding blanket and French African Cameroon headdress above the white poster bed. The room pairs a neutral color palette with textures that conjure pearl, platinum and golden hues.
White walls and high ceilings accented by arched entryways set the stage for a multi-layered design moment. The seating is the star in this space with two side chairs upholstered with handira - traditional Moroccan wedding blankets. Behind them a beaded Yoruba Chair showcases a colorful pattern. On the sofa, an Indian Kantha quilt covers the seat cushions accented by Indian block-print pillows. Add to that an ornately carved wooden coffee table, a beautifully decorated fireplace mantle and loads of art and accessories, and you have a perfectly designed desert oasis.
The master bedroom is the boldest of the bedroom suites. Like the rest of the home, it has been designed reflect Ariene’s eclectic tastes while inviting guests on a unique visual journey. “I love that our home reflects our love of culture and family,” she says. “I’ve used art, masks, objects and coffee table books to tell the story of who we are and what’s important to us.”
“I think my flat feels very warm,” Chris reflects on his home and its design. “At least that’s the feedback I often get. You come and in you instantly feel ‘at home’. I come in and feel instantly wrapped in arms of comfort and tucked away from the commotion below. It gives me reassurance that every book and nook is something I’ve chosen, and though everything has it’s place, it doesn’t feel stiff or set. There’s lots to discover and it has a global spirit.”
Giant paintings, one-of-a-kind furnishings, a classic color palette and oversized statues. With so much to enjoy, it would be hard for anyone to pick the one thing they love the most about this home. For Gladys, though, the answer is clear: “I love that every piece and object in my home has a story to share,” she says. “Bringing all these finds together not only creates a unique design, but it helps tell a new story — my story.”