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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 12:09 pm, Thu Nov 15, 2012.

To sleep, perchance to dream…not a problem in these two well-designed boudoirs! Holly Blumeyer, owner of Holly Blumeyer Interior Design Group, and her husband, Jeff Demerath, are in the process of remodeling a charming home in the Warson Woods area. They purchased the home in 2009; and after major renovation, moved into their new digs last year. “When the real estate agent asked me how many more homes we were going to have to look at, I said None! This is it!” Blumeyer grins.

The guest room is the perfect combination of masculine and feminine. The red and white Manuel Canovas fabric on the curtains, chair and custom bedding is the feminine ying to the masculine mahogany wood yang on the casegood pieces. A Stroheim & Romann toile adds a little whimsy on the toss pillows. K’ang-hsi period vases made into lamps add the complementary blue and white to the room. Additional blue and white accents pull it all together. There is a sense of history and family in this space, as many of the pieces belonged to Blumeyer’s great-grandparents and great aunt. “When I married, my mother sent the slipper chair with me so I have had it all my life,” she says. Also lovers of art, the couple found the pieces that hang above the bed at the Saint Louis Art Fair. Mixing the old with the new is one of the talents Blumeyer does best.

The master bedroom is part of Blumeyer’s original vision for the home. This seamless addition added just the right amount of room to balance the floor plan. By borrowing from some of the original space, and adding the new, what evolved were a bedroom, generous master bath and two separate walk-in closets.

A blue and white tweed Stark wool carpet is underfoot and lays the foundation for the striped Thibaut wall-covering that surrounds the space. The bedding and windows are created from a soft blue, cream and light gold pattern that is easy on the eye. On the day of our photo shoot, the couple’s cat, Mao, maintained his position on top of the bed, clearly used to visitors and being photographed! Instead of a foot board, Blumeyer uses a great aunt’s Italian table with a stone top set in the fashion of pietra dura, in which hard, semi-precious stones are set in a plainer stone to create a pattern: Butterflies swirl around this tabletop. A pair of Chelsea House bedside table lamps found at Brody’s illuminates the masculine and feminine treatment of bedside furniture—an antique chest for him and a luscious skirted table for her. The writing desk, which is an American antique, was purchased at Ivey-Selkirk years ago when American pieces were just becoming in vogue.

“Bruce was so upset that I got it at such a low price,” Blumeyer shares. To which, I respond, “It’s a bargain to a burglar!” remembering one of Mr. Selkirk’s famous lines when items were not bringing the price he had hoped for.

This space is serene and sophisticated, the perfect place to start and end each day!

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