When wedding planner Kristina Meltzer of 100 Layer Cake fame realized that the master bedroom of her midcentury coastal home had been overlooked during her yearlong renovation project, she decided to hand over the décor reins to friend and designer Sarah Sherman Samuel. “I managed the entire [renovation] project myself and, to be honest, I am kind of burned out on the house stuff,” says Meltzer. “I knew I could trust Sarah’s eye. I’m always amazed at how she can create such beautiful yet effortless spaces.” To bring her pal’s taste for midcentury design and warmed-up minimalism to life, Sherman Samuel sourced pieces from three Macy’s collections: Martha Stewart Collection, Hotel Collection, and Home Design Studio. Take a look at the transformation below.
MYDOMAINE: So, how did you two meet?
SARAH SHERMAN SAMUEL: I met Kristina through Amanda [Dawbarn], her business partner at 100 Layer Cake. They had featured my 30th birthday party on their blog, and I ended up meeting Amanda at a party shortly after the feature, where we found out we were next-door neighbors! We struck up a friendship after that and realized we had a few mutual friends in common (the L.A. blog world can be very small).
MD: What were your aesthetic goals for the bedroom?
SSS: I wanted to keep the space open and bright, but layer in pieces to add texture and visual interest. I used glass containers and white vases to keep things light while giving her those objects of utility, like the glass decanter we used as a water pitcher and the jewelry boxes to hold Kristina’s baubles. In the end, I wanted it to reflect her modern rustic aesthetic and feel finished.
KRISTINA MELTZER: I love that the final design doesn’t feel completely dissimilar to what we were attempting to pull together ourselves. She kept pieces that were important to us but then elevated our style to a more grown-up, polished space. It truly feels like an adult sanctuary away from the chaos of the rest of our house.
Allowing your indoor greenery to act as a third shade is a great way to add interest to a room. Inspired by the plant life already in Meltzer's space, Samuel streamlined it further by adding mini versions throughout the room. “Plants clean the air and make the room feel finished; even a bud vase of greenery can complete a vignette or a tray for breakfast in bed,” says Samuel.
According to Samuel, pillow placement is king when it comes to presentation. “If you want to keep the bed looking clean but still polished, use four standard pillows (or king size, if you have a king-size bed). Slip the bottom two into standard pillowcases that match the sheets, and use a sham on the top two in a contrasting color or a bold pattern. Top it off with one decorative pillow front and center.”
Using too many decorative objects can suffocate a room and even make it appear smaller, so reconfiguring your storage solutions is important. Samuel recommends “to keep things bright and open, [and style] with pieces that are visually light like the glass containers, white vases, and tonal bedding.”
Gold has an incredible way of accenting a room without overpowering it. It acts almost like a neutral, and it can work to pull the story together. “It’s like jewelry for your room. Sprinkle metallic elements around the room to make the space feel balanced, cohesive, and finished. In Kristina’s room, I used the gold-rimmed jewelry boxes from Macy’s Home Design Studio and gold-dipped decanter on the nightstands, giving them each just a hint of bling,” Samuel said.
Think of your quilt as a third piece to the bed that attracts your eye to the center of the room. Samuel suggests: “Add definition to the foot of a bed by layering on a folded quilt. I used a two-toned quilt from the Martha Stewart Collection that has contrasting colors on each side, so you can easily change the look by just flipping it to the reverse side.”
What did you think of the results? Would you take any of her tips into account for your own bedroom?