Snooping Around Some Bedrooms and Bathrooms

  Everyone remembers the movie "Father of the Bride," where Steve Martin (the dad) excuses himself to use the bathroom during lunch at the groom's parents' Beverly Hills mansion. ("The second door on the left? No, the SEVENTH..") The hilarious scene that follows shows Steve poking around in other rooms to get a better idea about these new in-laws-to-be.  While most of us have probably not meddled through a host's private checkbook log (as Steve Martin does), we are all guilty of doing a bit of snooping around a hostess's home after excusing ourselves to "use the powder room." What does their bedroom really look like? What kind of wallpaper did they put in their bathroom? It's not that we're being nosy, we just want to know a bit more about the homeowner--and what better way to get an idea than by looking at their bedroom or bathroom!  Talented designer, Leigh Taylor Bornitz of Leigh Taylor Interiors, agrees that a person's bedroom and bathroom is often a good representation of their taste and personality.  To put her words to the test, she's letting us "properly" snoop around a few of her clients' beautiful, yet more private rooms and judge for ourselves. BACKGROUND: It was a sign of her future when as a little girl Leigh Taylor Bornitz would cut apart her mother’s decorating magazines and design her own collaged rooms. After majoring in interior design at the University of Texas and a two year stint working for a high end design firm in New York, this Fort Worth native returned home and opened up her own practice, Leigh Taylor Interiors, over ten years ago. With clients throughout Texas, New York and New Mexico, Leigh’s broad range of design expertise encompasses traditional to contemporary.

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Bedrooms and Bathrooms

The comedian Jack Paar once said “People you ask into your bedroom have to be more interesting than those you ask into your living room”. I couldn’t agree more! Peaking into people’s private spaces really gives you a glimpse into their lives. Sneaking a look into one’s bedroom or bathroom is the ultimate reveal of his or her personality.

Photo credit: Trey Freeze

Some rooms call out for a big focal point, and in this master suite I commissioned a custom four poster bed painted with a floral and chinoiserie design. There is no need to be afraid of throwing in more than one or two patterns, as is evidenced in the bold floral pillows and the smaller green geometric pillows at the head of the bed.

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Photo credit: Trey Freeze

The subtle pink damask wallpaper in this little girl’s vanity area actually makes the space appear larger than it really is. I had the vanity cabinet made with a furniture foot detail to add interest. I rarely do sheet mirror in bathrooms because hanging an individual mirror is much more interesting.

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Photo credit: Trey Freeze

My clients wanted to showcase the nineteenth century Victorian furniture that has been passed down for generations in their family. Because this is in their daughter’s room, we went with a traditional floral printed linen and a cheerful bound wool broadloom carpet. I love to add a border to broadloom carpets in order to make them look more like a true area rug.

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Photo credit: Jenny Pace

 This room goes to show that you don’t have to be scared of dark colors in a master bathroom. The heavily veined rust colored marble that I chose for the vanity top provides a pop against the navy walls. A trick I use often is to apply paneling on super smooth sheetrock , and then have everything painted in an enamel finish. Voila…..the look of painted wood paneling.

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Photo credit: Trey Freeze 

The Tiffany blue walls are a nice foil to the various colors I used in this bedroom. Pulling in an unexpected color such as the emerald green in the antique vestment pillow and the acid green of the plates on the wall is much more interesting than being “matchy matchy”.

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Photo credit: Photo taken further back by Jenny Pace, Photo of vanity close up by Trey Freeze

My client and I were together in New Orleans, and when we looked down at the floor while eating at Galatoire’s it donned on us that doing black and white small tiles in her guest bathroom would be the way to go. You can’t go wrong with this tried and true choice. Doing a bright patterned wallpaper really sets off the tile.

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Photo credit: Ralph Lauer

This room screams personality, and my client’s daughter has plenty of it! I decided to go with wallpaper on only the focal wall since it is such a busy pattern. This is a great way to get a lot of bang for your buck. Custom monogrammed pillow shams help tie it all together.

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Photo credit: Ralph Lauer

 I know that all white monochromatic baths are “de rigueur” these days, but where’s the fun in that? My client chose very heavily veined marble, and to jazz up all the white surfaces we did a retro metallic floral patterned paper in the commode room, and silk café curtains with a Greek key tape trim. The result is very Hollywood Regency.

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Photo credit: Leigh Bornitz

The blend of styles in this master bedroom is what makes it interesting. My client had the antique needlepoint rug folded up in her garage catching dust, and I had it repurposed as an upholstered headboard. Combining it with the contemporary acrylic bench, Venetian mirror and painted side tables makes for an unexpected mix.

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So as you can see, be it big or small, loud or demure, the more private the room--the more reflective it can be of its owner.  I hope you've enjoyed your snooping!

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Leigh Taylor Bornitz

Leigh Taylor Interiors

817.737.3851

leigh@leightaylorinteriors.com

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