For her prewar Gramercy Park (NYC) studio apartment, designer Elizabeth Bauer started the project like any other — with fabric and wallpaper. She defined the living room with a Designers Guild velvet fabric on the sofa and the bedroom are with blue and white Zebrine wallpaper. Bauer cleverly used a room divider with clear panels to reinforce the separation without blocking natural light.
An elaborate tufted headboard is as dramatic as the zebra pattern wall covering. Originally designed by Rose Cumming, the classic wallpaper pattern was reintroduced several years ago by Dessin Fournir. Bauer created a soft explosion with layers of luxurious French bed linens in pinks and blues. Other classic patterns in the sleeping area are the blue embroidery on white cotton duvet and pillows, traditional monograms and the Greek key featured on the Roman shades [top].
Using a Lucite coffee table provides horizontal surfaces without visually crowding the space. An assortment of decorative pillows accentuates the multi-color velvet striped sofa fabric. Look closely at the chosen artwork, accessories and accent pieces. Bauer’s design style of pairing high priced items with chic finds creates a truly one-of-a-kind atmosphere of pattern, fabric and color.
Clockwise from top, left:
Designers Guild – Morskaya Collection, Cordellina Ocean
D. Porthault – Bouquet Eclate
Dessin Fournir Collections – Rose Cumming, Zebrine
D. Porthault – Coeurs, Blue
For similar headboards, see Baroque Beds.
(Sources: Lonny, Elizabeth Bauer Design)
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