Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography
“I love everything in my home, because almost everything has a story behind it,” Tamara says about the small touches that define her bedroom. When asked about the inspiration for the range of styles and approaches she displays in her home, she simply replies, “It just comes to me. It’s the hardest when I feel I have no inspiration to be creative but most of the time everything inspires me!”
This California home's design doesn’t stop on the first floor. Upstairs, Brenna, one of Tamara Beltran's three daughters, has a room every bit as cool as the rest of this interior. High energy patterns keep this room’s classic black and white color palette looking lively, alongside a few bright pops of color. Just like downstairs, this bedroom is full of cool little details, like the stenciled headboard and monogram wall art.
Tamara’s bedroom is a far cry from the high-energy of the living area. Away from the bright colors and energetic patterns, this is a space designed for relaxation. The dark gray walls set an intimate mood, overlaid by black and white accents that continue the calm feeling. Warm pops of pink from the bedding provide contrast. The art in this space is simple and focused, a tribute to the designer, her husband, and the home that they share.
Not the nursery we grew up with, Pattern Play is a result of the client’s love of graphic patterns and color. This long room lacked architectural features. What seemed like a negative became the perfect playground for the offbeat mix of patterns, texture and color. By turning the room upside down (stripes on ceiling), designer Karen Wolf created a focal point, leading to the giant window showcasing the star of the room -Dwell Studios “Brushed Dot” fabric with peacock and yellow polka dots. The main challenge in the space was a balancing act on how to make all these patterns and colors work.
Tricks of the Trade:
1. Create a focal point in the room.
2. Pop your accent color at least three times around the room. Note the mustard yellow.
3. Ground your space with neutrals to provide a place for the eye to rest. (Crème shag and gray Jim Thompson textured wallpaper).
4. Use black, white or gray. There is always a place for these classic colors. Ferm Living Half Moon Wallpaper.
5. Change up scale of patterns. Medium sized wallpaper print, large stripes and small bedding prints.
6. Mix up the patterns: Circles, Stripes, Brushstrokes, Chevron, Ditsy, Solid and Abstract.
7. Throw in an unexpected color – Red art.
8. Play with sheen and lustre, high to low.
9. Have fun and let yourself go. Design is a layering process and sometimes you need to delayer, start over and layer again. Mistakes happen and that is OK.
The platform bed with built-in nightstands are kept low to create a contemporary style but also so they don't compete withe beautiful views of San Diego through the floor-to-ceiling windows. For a touch of retro, a vintage advertisement is hung above the bed, while a shag area rug adds warm texture underfoot.
Two full-size beds with black and white linens and faux fur throws flank a midcentury modern dresser that serves as a nightstand. Ruffled pink curtains frame the windows to give the room an extra feminine touch.
An upholstered bench at end of bed with a cozy throw blanket for chilly nights offers a spot to remove shoes. The bed includes light blue sheets, a wool-filled white cotton down comforter and a 100-percent cotton reversible black and white duvet cover set in a classic buffalo check that offers extra warmth and comfort.
A little girl will feel all grown up in this gorgeous bedroom featuring graphic wallpaper. Orange-red nightstands add a punch of color next to the decorative black headboard. Floral pillow cases and a monogramed throw pillow layer color and pattern for a playful twist.
The homeowners wanted a stylish, gender neutral nursery that would feel welcoming and soft, so designers created a monochromatic space that is sophisticated and comfortable for both parents and baby. Soft bedding fills the crib, and a plush rug covers the floor. To make the space personal, designers added the child's name in letters covered in wool above the crib.
The inviting queen trim-lined bed with a fully enclosed wood base and extra tall upholstered headboard has clean, modern lines. On the ceiling above the bed sits a 52-inch, oil-rubbed bronze ceiling fan that cools the space down on warm nights.