Twice a year, interior design blog Calling it Home invites 20 designers from across the country to take part in the One Room Challenge to transform a space in just six weeks. This past fall, Jessie Miller of Jessie D. Miller Design participated in the challenge, transforming the master bedroom of a Sappington home. A shared appreciation for the drama of black walls brought the homeowner and Miller together for this master suite design. “We both gravitate toward the dark and moody,” Miller explains.
The master bedroom in the home was somewhat of a challenge for the designer because the ceilings are unusually tall – 12 feet – for a room that doesn’t have many windows. “It felt top-heavy, so my goal was to make it cozy and cocoon-like,” Miller says. She added “a ton” of molding along the top of the walls to take the ceiling down a bit and installed panel molding and oversized chandeliers to bring the space together. Miller’s client, a businesswoman with an appreciation for art, travel and fashion, was open to all of the designer’s ideas.
Many pieces in the space, including the bed, were shipped in from New York. Miller worked with two photographers to decorate the space, Los Angeles-based Stephanie Vovas and New York-based Nicole Cohen. St. Louis artist Ted Collier was commissioned to create the room’s focal art piece, Shadows, which is nestled in between bookcases. The minimalist brass bed came from Vielle + Frances in New York, and the carpentry and custom mill work was done by St. Louis-based Architectural Elements.