Who lives here: Jim and Christi Summers
Location: Potomac, Maryland
Size: About 400 square feet (37.1 square meters)
BEFORE: The Summers wanted their new generously sized master bedroom, seen here with its heavy moldings, 10½-foot ceiling and out-of-place burlap drapes, to feel cozier and more intimate.
Lumme removed paneling behind the new upholstered charcoal-gray bed to allow room for a new sunburst mirror, and the moldings were painted a warm ivory color to blend in with the walls. “We wanted to take the emphasis off the moldings, because we didn’t want that to be the first thing you see,” she says.
She brought in a cozy, dark taupe-gray color to significantly warm the space. “The room didn’t feel so cavernous [after that], and it brought the scale down,” Christi says. “It also softened the room.”
An extra-large 15-by-22-foot taupe-gray and ivory wool rug with a subtle pattern adds warmth to the dark plank wood floor.
Paint by Benjamin Moore: Ivory White 925 (walls) and Chelsea Gray HC-168 (ceiling); upholstered bed: custom, Lancaster Custom Works; bed upholstery fabric:36208-433, Duralee; bench: The Charles Stewart Co.; bench fabric: Starburst W72774, Thibaut
The geometric pattern on the bed’s bolster pillow repeats on the bench at the end of the bed and the chair used for the secretary desk.
The Summers inherited the floor-length framed mirror from the previous owners of the home, and Lumme turned it into a focal point by adding a console table in front and placing two brass lamps with a touch of gold and ivory shades on top.
Chinoiserie panels on each side of the seating area offer contrast and complete the large, open wall space.
Argentinian console 49440: Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture; console lamps: Colette 6040, Currey & Co.; floor mirror: homeowners’ own; chinoiserie panels: commissioned from artist Richard Schaad; lounge chairs: CR Laine; lounge chair fabric: Cline 15638-15, Duralee; side tables: Chelsea House
The “bachelor chest” nightstands feature textured walnut veneers on the drawers. The brass sunburst mirror provides what Lumme calls an exclamation point for that part of the bedroom.
Duvet and shams: Williams-Sonoma Home; bolster and throw pillow: custom; nightstands: Haven Bachelor’s Chest 346-230,Bernhardt; ottoman:Vanguard Furniture; ottoman fabric: Contentment in Daffodil, Robert Allen Design; gold sunburst mirror: Pottery Barn
The elegant lamps on the nightstands have a slim shape and a gold finish that references the gold on the chandelier and the lounge area side tables.