The location is prime, the size of the house is perfect. But the contemporary styling and long and narrow size of the bedroom (24 by 13 feet) didn't suit the English and French country tastes of owners Mr. and Mrs. Roger Bennett. Also, there seemed to be no place to put the most important piece of furniture in a bedroom: the bed. The only long, doorless wall was broken up by two extremely unattractive contemporary casement windows, with awkwardly high sills that disrupted any hope for easy furniture placement.
Mrs. Bennett had already fallen in love with a soft fabric print reminiscent of the Monet waterlilies. She asked Roland Park interior designer Rebecca Von Eiff to design the bed-room with this fabric in mind, and possibly come up with a solution for the bed.
Mrs. Von Eiff shortened the room and created storage by custom-designing a storage wall on one side. The window-wall was sheathed in the floral drapery material, with very full sheers covering the windows. They allow natural light to enter the room while camouflaging the harshness of the architecture. And by unifying the look of the wall, they also create an attractive backdrop for the bed.
Family antiques and English country reproduction furniture blend with the easy styling of the room, making it a comfortable retreat for the Bennetts.