A master bedroom is not just a place to catch some zzz’s. It can be a refuge—a place for retreat and rejuvenation. We asked three St. Louis designers about transforming spaces into places of respite.


From gold and green, a master bedroom was transformed with the use of cream, off-white and silver-toned gray to lighten and brighten against the dark wood, says Jane Gantz. “The homeowner also likes crystal, so I added a chandelier with black and clear crystal and a silver medallion on top.”

Gantz points out that the table situated next to a chaise lounge is the Poodle Table by Barbara Berry. “It has a black granite top and base with silver circles underneath—it adds interest to the room, as well as the plantation shutters, which provide a nice architectural feel.” The textured carpeting has a slight geometric design with a loop and a shear, she explains. And the fabrics on the headboard and the footboards of the bed are linen, which provide additional texture. “The homeowner is at a stage in her life when she can really have what she wants,” Gantz says. “And all of her children are grown, so she doesn’t have a lot of little children jumping on the bed. Comfort was important to her.”


A new build in Huntleigh Woods was architecturally finished when Edwin Pepper came on board to fashion the home’s interiors, providing a clean slate for the designer. “None of the cabinetry, tile and lighting fixtures were installed yet,” Pepper points out. “We spent 3 1/2 years developing this house, with my furnishing about 12,000 square feet of space. It was quite an interesting thing!”

Since the clients wanted a traditional style throughout the home, the master bedroom followed that plan with a Louis Philippe style, Pepper notes. “It’s very traditional but very refined—the entire house is like this,” he says. “My background, which is design and architecture, helped a lot with this project, because I did make architectural modifications in the space. The original ceiling, which has a cathedral shape, had some beam detail. I worked with the architect to re-characterize it to fit the mood of the furnishings we had selected. We added a beautiful mantle and wood detail to the stone fireplace.”

Pepper adds that they chose colors and fabrics that were very subtle, using greens and soft beiges and creams with slight touches of blue-green. “We spent a lot of time gathering pieces for this bedroom. I would call this room simple elegance.”


A master bedroom that was added in the 1980s to a midcentury contemporary home was described by Kris Keller as a “cavernous space. It really had no particular purpose to it,” she says. “It was a large, almost-square room with an amazing bank of windows that offered exceptional views.”

Keller describes the creation of a domed ceiling and a thick floating wall with a circular opening that is lined with stainless steel. The bed floats from that wall, facing out toward the back of the home with the viewpoint of the room: the windows. “We are an architectural interior design firm, so the very first thing I look at in any space is the existing architecture and what can be added to make it flow better,” Keller explains. “We like to add architectural elements to not only personalize an environment and add character, but to also instantly update a space.”

The bedroom also features a sitting area in front of the window with over-sized chairs, and at the end of the bed, Keller points out a piece of case furniture that her firm designed to accommodate the client’s numerous books, as well as the room’s serene color scheme. “The walls are a soft shade of mink, with the accent floating wall and carpet a deep shade of chocolate brown. We also used lime green and white, so the room is very punchy and fun. There are many strong contrasts, but it’s still very tranquil at the same time.”