His provocative comedy Tartuffe was banned by King Louis XIV in 17th-century France, but 12 printed works of playwright and actor Molière have found a new stage, exquisitely displayed in this romantic and regal master bedroom. The theatrical accent is especially appropriate, because the room is pure drama— from the hand-papered ceiling of Japanese gold foil to the massive four-poster bed, crowned with a half-canopy draped in endless yards of gorgeous silk. Luscious fabrics and gold foil continue into the sitting room, beautifully furnished for a quiet afternoon of reading or reflection.
The centerpiece of the six-room master suite, the bedroom artfully blends luxurious fabrics and finishes with practical, thoughtful details like the child-sized antique chairs on each side of the bed. “I had those reinforced underneath to be strong enough to stand on,” explains the homeowner.
“You can step up on them to get into the bed, and they’re much cuter than the standard bedside stairsteps. Then I had each one covered in fabric pieces I found at a dressmaker’s shop.” On her side, the chair fabric is covered in delicate embroidery; on his, a more ‘masculine’ look prevails. “Of course, I have to tweak everything girly!”
Elevating girly to a whole new level, the homeowner created a dressing room from a small adjoining bedroom. “It was painted teal, with shag carpeting and plaid bunk beds,” she notes. Now as elegant as a ball gown, the dressing room is bathed in light from the amber and amethyst chandelier, reflected in beveled mirrors on seven closet doors. In a windowed corner, a petite vanity and silkcushioned chair are backlit by light filtered through long ‘bee’ curtains, repurposed from a previous home. The chair, upholstered in a lush Monet-like wash of gold, lavender and azure, illustrates the homeowner’s eye for impeccable detail, with two frog-style buttons: one lavender, one azure blue.
The dressing room is accessible from the home’s second floor landing, but also connects to his-andher bathrooms that can be closed off with pocket doors for privacy. Gilded shades of jade and plum continue in both rooms, including the marvelous Buddha discovered at a local resale shop. “When I bought him home, he was totally black, maybe from years of incense or candle smoke? I scrubbed it of, and the colors were amazing!”
The homeowner designed the two rooms in a limited footprint, utilizing the original master bath and incorporating space from a former bedroom closet. With the pocket doors opened, the end-toend rooms create an enfilade between the lady’s and gentleman’s dressing rooms that feels like part of the original 1926 architecture.
Along with a talent for blending old and new, the homeowner has an instinct for accent, confidently mixing fine pieces with bargain discoveries. “I don’t really think about how much it costs. Like the ballerina prints in my dressing room? They were $12 each, and the colors were perfect. You pop them in a good frame, and it just works!”
We don’t know if the mirrored closets hold any platforms from Manolo Blahnik, but at least one shoe is deserving of this gorgeous space. Sitting on a corner shelf in the lady’s dressing room, sparkling in the sunlight, rests a small glass slipper. Somehow, it just seems at home.