Five local designers describe the details of their favorite rooms
(page 5 of 5)
Top Notch Fine Furnishingsand Interior Design
A log house in the Wood River Valley owned by a client who loves Western décor and wanted the feel of an Idaho mountain lodge was the inspiration for a bedroom that features rich natural fabrics, hefty but sophisticated furniture and touches of special details.
“Although this is a Western room, it is really pretty, more like a sophisticated Western lodge,” said designer Anneta Glavin. A variety of textures and materials, including suede leather fabrics, wrought iron, rich wood and even a touch of crystal, were used to create a rustic and refined hideaway.
The starting point of the room was designing the bed, which is custom made from alder wood and features a large headboard with delicate hand carved leaves. “It’s a large and heavy piece, but it’s also very pretty and textural,” says Glavin. “It doesn’t feel like some guy went out and cut some logs and put a bed together.”
Glavin says the owners like to read in bed, so she had two large alder night stands created to hold a pair of tall handcrafted wrought iron lamps. The light fixtures are topped with laced leather shades and feather tiebacks. Metal stud insets and a slightly sanded surface give the nightstands a worn mountain lodge look.
Throughout the room, small touches create continuity and details of interest. For example, the bedding, throw pillows and draperies are all fringed in a unique twisted deer hide. Atop the draperies are buttons made from antlers, a detail which is repeated on the soft leather Euro shams.
Faux wall paint creates a soft suede-like look and picks up the natural feel of the room. “Faux paint is so much more interesting. It softens it, adds interest and makes the wall become something special,” says Glavin.
To add a bit of romance, crystal prisms were incorporated in the design of the heavy iron chandelier that hangs from the rustic wood-planked ceiling. “The crystals glow in the light and add another unexpected soft element to a western environment,” Glavin explains.
they love in a room,and then when it’s all done thinking,
‘Wow this didn’t come together at all.’” —Anneta Glavin
Glavin recommends finding furniture that is big and textural, “Everything in this room had to have a bit of weight to it, especially to balance that heavy wood ceiling.” She cautions that it is easy to go overboard when creating a room theme. “I think one of the mistakes people make is putting everything they love in a room, and then when it’s all done thinking, ‘Wow this didn’t come together at all.’ The elements in this room all relate to each other,” she notes.
“We pulled from the natural elements that exist in our area—deer hide, antlers, the twiggy motif on the headboard,” she says. “The home is in a natural setting and the owners love bringing the great outdoors in and surrounding themselves with it. They wanted this to be a special room. It’s definitely Western but it’s prettier.”
Established in 1975, Topnotch Furniture and Interior Design provides a unique collection of home furnishings, featuring handcrafted items from the Northwest and around the world. They specialize in helping clients create custom designed furniture, which is then built to specification.
Room: courtesy Top Notch / Anneta Gavin: Kevin Syms