Feminine, Not Girlie
I'm in the middle of an upholstery project (when the fabric finally arrives I'll share more) and I've been pouring over those bedroom tear sheets again, observing the balance of "soft" furnishings with harder, leggy pieces. Among rooms that appeal, one common denominator I've noticed is a decidedly feminine -- yet absolutely not girlie -- quality. Below are bedrooms you've seen many times before. To me these are all graceful but never cloying.
Bedroom of domino's Creative Director, Sara Ruffin Costello.
Three bedrooms above designed by Ruthie Sommers.
Design above, Michael Smith.
Above, a dressing room by Schuyler Samperton. Below, a bedroom by Miles Redd, as seen in Elle Decor, November 2006, photograph by Simon Upton.
Interior design above by Southerner Barrie Benson, as seen at Domino online, photo by Justin Bernhaut.
An island escape by Nicholas Haslam, as seen in The Bedroom, published by Abbeville Publishing Group, 1995.
Top image of Aerin Lauder in her New York bedroom is from Bright Young Things, published by Assouline 2000. Photography copyright Jonathan Becker.