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A designer’s own bedroom gets a Bohemian makeover

Textiles and global accents take this Pioneer Valley master bedroom from bland to Bohemian.

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Intrigued by a friend’s condo in a solar village in the Pioneer Valley, designer Shannon Tate and her husband did more than just ask questions — they moved from Brooklyn to Central Massachusetts. That was seven years ago. The couple made some cosmetic changes to their home’s builder-grade, cookie-cutter finishes, but it wasn’t until the kitchen sprang a leak two years ago that Tate turned her full attention to redesigning the space. Most recently, she made over the master bedroom, which, like the rest of the home, reflects her inclination for a modern Bohemian vibe. “I’m drawn to clean lines and eclectic global accents,” Tate says. “I love textiles, so I’m constantly layering them in.”

1 Tate built the wood bed frame as well as the headboard, which she upholstered in tan linen and finished with brass nailheads.


2 A lumbar pillow made from African Kuba cloth picked up at the Brimfield Antique Show stretches across a pair of pillows made from Hmong textiles sourced on Etsy. Moroccan throws and a sheepskin add more color and texture.

3 The floral still life by Belgian artist Clemence Biron came from an antiques shop in Brattleboro, Vermont. “I had just returned from Paris,” Tate says. “It felt very Parisian, and I loved the gold frame.”

4 A mirror in a carved wood frame to the right of the bed balances a window on the left. “Artwork would have competed with the still life,” says Tate. “The mirror adds light.”

5 A reclaimed-wood shelf displays a collage piece of an African princess by artist Linda C. Clune, who is Tate’s aunt, and several plants. “No home is complete without plants,” says Tate. “They bring life to a space.”

6 After testing many shades of paint for the walls, Tate settled on Benjamin Moore Elmira White, which has tan undertones. “At first it reads as an unattractive brown, but once the room is coated, it’s a warm white,” Tate says.


7 A Beni Ourain rug helps create a fresh, relaxing feel. “I tried a dark Turkish rug, but the room seemed too serious,” Tate says. “I prefer a lighter effect.”

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