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In a Newton Tudor, a soothing master suite with leafy views

A cream and muted blue color palette and plenty of soft surfaces create a feeling of peace.

Photograph by Ken Kotch

With three walls of windows and a treetop view, a second-floor bedroom of this pre-war Tudor home in Newton had the potential to make a perfect master suite. “It’s like a treehouse, so they loved the idea,” Melissa Hammond of Andover-based Hammond Design says of her clients. Hammond had been working with the homeowners for several years, first on the family and living rooms and then on a redo of their daughter’s bedroom, so she was attuned to their needs. By rethinking the layout of the existing master bedroom and bath and incorporating the adjoining storage space, Hammond expanded the footprint to include a sunny bedroom with a reading nook, a large bathroom, and a separate dressing area. The result is a peaceful retreat for the couple, who were inspired by a London hotel where they had stayed. Says Hammond, “The home still maintains its traditional character while embracing a new and fresh look.”

1. The antique mirror finish of the table lamps contrasts with the softer, brushed-nickel finish of the ceiling fixture. “Every bedroom needs a little sparkle,” Hammond says.

2. Calvin night stands from Room & Board give the homeowners a spot to stash phones and keep laptops out of view.

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3. The upholstered bed from Kravet allows the clients to read comfortably. Hammond says she wanted “as many soft pieces as possible to keep the room from being too echo-y.”

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4. Blackout shades are tucked behind the linen valance. Ikat drapes offer privacy as well as additional sound-softening material.

5. The seating area, with a treetop view, is a perfect place for reading. The chair, upholstered in a textural lattice pattern, is from Thibaut, the demilune table from HomeGoods, and the floor lamp by Ralph Lauren Home.

6. A Turkish rug from Kravet in cream, taupe, and a muted blue was the starting point for the room’s color palette.

7. New heart-pine flooring from Longleaf Lumber matches original heart-pine boards in the dressing area.

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8. The custom laser-cut New Ravenna stone mosaic tile inset incorporates blue-gray accents that coordinate with the colors in the bedroom. “It gives them something beautiful to look at while bathing,” Hammond says.

9. Hammond worked with JB Sash & Door in Chelsea to replace drafty stained glass with a Gothic arch window that suits the home’s Tudor architectural style.

10. Jura beige limestone tile covers the floor, which now has radiant heat, and continues up the back wall.

11. A Victoria + Albert lava stone soaking tub from Monique’s Bath Showroom in Watertown was a splurge. Hammond says, “The homeowners plan to stay here for quite some time, so [they] invested in pieces that would make them really happy.”

photography by ken kotch