MyDomaine Editors Share Their Ultimate Dream Rooms
Remember salivating over Barbie Dreamhouse commercials and reaching what was surely peak ecstasy levels when you were finally gifted with your very own three-story pink mansion with its very own operational elevator? As the envy of town (or your playmates), you spent hours picking and rearranging the plastic furniture, or even creating mini bouquets for the tiny vases, dreaming up the perfect life for this plastic doll.
Then you graduated to dreaming up the perfect life for yourself: ripping out pages in magazines, collaging together your soul mate with your perfect dress for your ideal wedding. Our dreams then were simpler than they are now—but perhaps just as unattainable.
Now, we still think about our Dreamhouse, but it’s splashed with cat scratches on the leather sofa and crayon wax that refuses to leave the walls. So, in a bout of nostalgia and some wishful thinking, we asked the MyDomaine editors to play house and collage their ultimate dream rooms where money was no object. In our opinion, the best place to start when decorating a room is dreaming up your wildest, no-holds-barred fantasy before coming back down to the reality of budgets and dimensions. So ahead, see the ultimate Dreamhouse of our grown-up fantasies. Ready to play house?
“I’m a sucker for bright, industrial loft spaces. So my dream space would be an open bedroom with quirky details like exposed brick, wood floors, and exposed beams. I’m also a minimalist when it comes to décor, so I would keep the color palette limited to blacks, whites, grays, and browns in order to highlight the natural textures and features of the space. And add edgy art/ textures to give the space a pop.”
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“Nobody does neutrals like Kelly Wearstler, which I especially love being that she is so well known for her use of bold color. This mix of rare vintage, contemporary art, and unexpected materiality in her Beverly Hills living room blows me away. Her use of symmetry and hierarchy is so adept. I would clone this room. Darren Brown is also one of my favorite designers. His interiors are so steeped in drama. It’s like wandering through a three-dimensional sculpture. All of my home splurges involve art acquisitions and sculptural antiques. You’ll never regret investing in art.”
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“Far from Barbie’s dream house but still pulling from her signature bubblegum-pink hues, my dream space is a bedroom large enough to include a comfortable sitting area. The space should have the elegance of a Parisian interior, the breeziness of a summer beach house, and the grittiness of a Manhattan loft. It should be plush and comfortable and filled with some of the most gorgeous and iconic pieces that I’ve ever seen (from afar).
“My dream bedroom has an ornate marble fireplace to light up on cold rainy days, a dripping Murano glass chandelier, and tons of sunlight. The bed is oversize, and the bedding is relaxed (because life is too short to iron sheets). The art is bold and quirky. I drew inspiration from a guestroom at Paris’s iconic Les Bains Hotel. Of course, I would have to include pieces from all my favorite furniture brands: a Lambert & Fils floor lamp (from my hometown of Montréal!), a Soufflé bed by Kelly Wearstler, a brass credenza by Egg Collective, and sconces by Apparatus Studio.”
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“I just moved to New York City and am obsessed with apartments that have stunning bathtub views. There’s something so luxurious and romantic about relaxing in a tub that overlooks the twinkling city skyline. My style is minimal and monochrome, so I love the idea of a modern marble bathroom with brass or gold hardware. My dream home would have a modern stand-alone bathtub and floor-to-ceiling industrial window. I’d style it with an architectural mirror, wire pendant light, a statement piece from Kelly Wearstler (it’s art!), and Dinosaur Designs brass vase—the Australian label has stunning organic-shaped accents.”
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“I have very minimal taste when it comes to interiors, and the palette is subdued, mostly black, white, gray, and maybe a hint of tan leather, metallic, and color—only via abstract art, a distressed green cowhide, or sculpture. Despite their masculine aesthetic, my favorite interiors always have a feminine energy, a softness, and lightness to them thanks to layers of textiles, lighting (including a ton of natural light) and sheepskins for that rock ’n’ roll vibe. I can’t go past a large-scale leaner mirror either, preferably a Parisian gilded version with a historic feel. It adds depth and romance to any space, not to mention a total princess vibe.”
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“While my style sensibilities tend to lean toward the feminine, when it comes to furniture, I’ve finally graduated from shabby chic to comfortable minimalism. With a shabby rug and throw to make this dreamy leather daybed a perfect spot for cat naps, and some modern touches provided by Kelly Wearstler’s cubist chandelier and a glass floor lamp, this is the dream room of my wildest unisex imaginations. And, since we’re playing pretend, I added a gigantic cactus candelabra tree because in a dream house, you can’t kill the plants.”