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What to do with a bedroom when there’s no place for a bed

Clean lines and carefully considered details bring order to a challenging master bedroom.

(Angel Tucker)

The biggest challenge Angela Hamwey faced in furnishing the master bedroom of this rambling stone 1930s house in Westwood was navigating its odd configuration. “There was no ideal place for the bed,” says the designer behind the Hyannis-based firm Mackenzie & Company. The French doors sit across from a fireplace, and the outside wall has a bump-out between asymmetrically placed windows. The client, a single dad of two teens, didn’t want anything fussy, so Hamwey stuck with clean lines, which worked perfectly given the layout. The four-poster bed by Noir adds a vaguely Shaker-like element. “An upholstered headboard would have blocked the window, and a low headboard would have looked too modern,” Hamwey says. “The tall, minimal posts make a statement without overpowering.”

1 The hand-knotted wool-and-viscose rug by Loloi has a raised geometric pattern that feels soft and relaxing. “There’s not much wall space for art, so it was a good opportunity to incorporate pattern,” Hamwey says.

2 The Jarin nightstand by Made Goods, wrapped in navy faux linen, is masculine without being heavy and doesn’t block the radiator.

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3 The silver table lamp is reflective yet not distracting. “There’s already a lot going on with the bedposts, the bump-out, and the mullions,” Hamwey says. “I wanted tall and simple but not scrawny.”

4 Natural woven Roman shades provide texture near the ceiling, while the blackout lining keeps out early-morning light, which was a must for the client.

5 Linen throw pillows in a rosy global-inspired print by Susan Connor New York offset the darker hues in the room. “These were on my mood board from the beginning,” Hamwey says. “They lighten the mood but don’t read too feminine or froufrou.”

6 A streamlined distressed-leather bench with an airy iron frame in a gunmetal finish rounds out the look. The designer says, “I like a little bit of black in every room.”


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