Bedrooms are some of our most intimate rooms—they are places where we go to rest, relax, reset. They also express style in a different way than the rest of the home, as bedrooms are more personal than outward-facing spaces like living rooms or kitchens.
Every week in our House Calls column, we publish tours that take us inside all kinds of homes with personality, style, and soul. That means we get a peek into bedroom details that might otherwise be off limits to guests—think custom millwork, dazzling lighting, and indulgent textiles.
Below, get the inside scoop on how to achieve the look of some of our favorite House Calls bedrooms. And don’t miss the previous installments of this series highlighting dining room and bathroom ideas.
When Sarah and Jeff Klymson—he, a founding principal of architecture and design practice Collective Office, and she, an architect and interior designer working in the hospitality industry—found a circa-1889 former factory in Chicago’s South Loop, they knew they could turn it into the home of their dreams. The couple’s second-floor residence, above Jeff’s offices, measures 2,600 square feet. Inside, the couple maximized interior ceiling heights, minimized the number of doors in the home, and created storage spaces that weren’t cramped or intrusive. The bedroom showcases custom millwork alongside vintage and modern design choices.
In Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sam Grawe, former global brand director at Herman Miller and Dwell editor-in-chief, turned a “1971 dream palace” into a home fit for a family of four. The combination of vintage Herman Miller pieces and work by Jasper Morrison, the Bouroullec brothers, and more is just right—playful without seeming fussed-over. As opposed to the rest of the home’s bright white, open spaces, the master bedroom turns inward with deep-mocha walls, furnished with pieces from Design Within Reach, Herman Miller, and more.
Noguchi’s Akari lamps, which come in at all price points, are all made from handmade washi paper and bamboo ribbing. But select designs, like the Model 9AD featured here, are adorned with decorative motifs, adding a colorful flair to the simple shade.
The Noguchi Museum / $600
The Noguchi Museum
When Maya Schindler and her husband moved across the country from Los Angeles to Long Island, New York, she had a grand vision for what their new home would be. She wanted a Victorian that she could fill with modern furniture: Kartell meets towers, turrets, and dormers. What the couple ultimately chose was a shingle-sided ranch-style home that rests on stilts to avoid future floods. For the interior, Schindler describes her design approach as one that attempts to balance high and low—and centers on humble materials and forms. Items in the bedroom, from a Marimekko for Target surfboard to a vintage Castiglioni fixture, clearly illustrate this approach.
The Prospect-Lefferts Gardens home of artists Lisa Hunt and Kyle Goen is a study in personal history, art practice, and comfort. Located on the top floor of a two-story stone townhouse, the couple’s light-filled two-bedroom apartment runs the full length of the building. Among its charms are the original prewar floors and wall moldings and the magnolia tree that blooms right outside the couple’s living room. In the bedroom, Hunt’s work hangs above jewel-toned pillows and both complements and pops against the gray walls.
In San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood, architects Robert Edmonds and Vivian Lee of Edmonds + Lee Architects tore down a modest yellow house in “very, very poor shape” and proceeded to build something that’s all their own.
The home they created, an unabashedly modern house with a roof reminiscent of the original gabled house and a loft-like feel inside, proved to be worth the wait for the couple and their two children. “There’s a perception that modern homes are not practical for real people, and we set out to disprove that by showcasing the functionality of the style,” says Lee. As seen in the lead image of this story, the master bedroom and bath meld together, separated only by optional pocket doors.