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Dreamy delight

A cream colored bedroom in Newton exudes tranquility and refinement.

“I think it is important for a bedroom to be a refuge from the outside world,” says Frank Hodge. “A sense of calm and peacefulness envelops you as you enter the space.”

Michael J. Lee

“I think it is important for a bedroom to be a refuge from the outside world,” says Frank Hodge. “A sense of calm and peacefulness envelops you as you enter the space.”

Michael J. Lee

Frank Hodge’s clients wanted their bedroom to serve as a soothing retreat from the rest of their Newton home. To create that tranquil environment, Hodge selected pieces that are refined and comfortable with delicate, luxurious details — including a platform bed with a chenille channel-tufted headboard that he designed. “The homeowners have a penchant for Art Deco style, so I worked in a few pieces that had that sort of flair,” says the Boston-based interior designer. A pair of Lucy Cope crystal lamps that were among the existing furnishings helped set the room’s color palette — cream with just a few touches of pink. “The room has a lot of depth and texture, but it’s done with a light touch,” says Hodge.

1 | An O. Henry House chair and ottoman, upholstered with beige Lee Jofa fabric, provides a pleasant perch for reading.

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2 | Silk curtains by Holland & Sherry frame the windows; an oversize semi-opaque shade ensures privacy.

3 | The walls are sheathed with a metallic Cole & Son paper. “The sheen is very soft,” says Hodge, “but it’s discernible enough to add a sense of depth to the room.”

4 | Hodge sought inspiration from Art Deco furniture designer Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann when he designed the platform bed, topped with a custom coverlet made of woven linen by Braquenie.

5 | The wool and silk Stark carpet blends cream and pink tones. “It feels very luxurious underfoot and looks like rain as it glides slowly down a windowpane,” says Hodge.

6 | A drink table has a top made of ivory shagreen, a material commonly used during the Art Deco period.

7 | An authentic Picasso engraving suits the space perfectly.

8 | The mauve pink crystal lamps are handmade.

9 | Mirrored chests by Ironies serve as night stands. “The chests exude an Art Deco feel,” says Hodge, “and add light and movement to the room.”

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