Arizona Daily Star, November 25, 2007
Bedroom puts on the Ritz, at The Residences at Dove Mountain
By Elena Acoba
The Look: Sophisticated elegance
The Place: Master bedroom in a model mock-up
for The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain.
The Designers: Interior designers Andrea Wachs and Lori Carroll, owner of Lori Carroll & Associates, 2596 E. River Road, Suite 100, 886-3443, www.loricarroll.com. The furnishings and accessories were specially ordered or custom-made.
The Concept: This monochromatic scheme abandons bright accents for an understated, relaxing feel. The simple lines and muted colors allow attention to be drawn to the dramatic architecture in this room, including the fireplace and vaulted ceilings, unseen in this picture.
General Tip: a monochromatic scheme still requires attention. Not all hues in the same color play well together because of underlying tones, Carroll suggests getting paint chips, which stores organize into marching groups, and using them to match the colors of furnishings and accessories.
- A tall plant in a room with a very high ceiling helps define the human scale. In this case, the plant
is the same height as the sliding glass doors.
- Nailheads on these simple chars help them make a stronger statement. "You add a little bit of pizzazz, and they suddenly come to life," Carroll says.
- Colors from the fabrics are pulled together into the Lustre Stone wall paint, The mica-filled application, involving as many as six step, adds shimmer and drama to this side of the room.
- The large ottoman, also detailed with nailheads, does triple duty as a place to rest feet, as
extra seating and as a table.
- Placing the bed on one side of the room provides space for a comfortable seating area, which itself helps fill a large room in which the bed alone would have looked out of proportion.
- The headboard and nighstands march the architectural wood found through-out the house.
- Too many pillows on the bed would have detracted from the headboard and nightstands. The small mix of the flowery pattern, stripe and contrasting solid color adds just enough interest, Carroll says.
- Simplicity in the quilted bedspread adds texture and interest while providing a neutral background from which the patterns and colors of the pillows can pop.
- The muted gold in the jacquard fabric for the benches and pillows introduced a second dominant color without screaming for attention. "It’s much more soothing and easy to live with "compared with bright accents, Carroll says.