Urban Home | Why the Room Works

This serene master bedroom retreat was created by Christi Barbour of Barbour Spangle Design and has all the elements to make it warm and cozy: simplicity, warm color tones and lots of natural light. We spoke with Christi to learn more about this inspiration behind this getaway.

“My clients are both busy, working professionals by day and involved parents when they get home at night. Their life, like so many of ours, is a hectic blur, and they were looking for a soothing getaway to start and end their day,” says Christi. The homeowner was inspired by soft colors and lots of texture on a recent trip. After reviewing the photos and learning more about their lifestyle, this became the springboard for the design.

Beauty and simplicity were the hallmark of their vacation to St. Barth, so Christi and her team incorporated that into the design. The once oversized guest bedroom with a small bath, low ceilings and small windows got a complete overhaul. “We raised the ceiling and integrated the wood detail to make the room look larger,” says Christi. Aiming to increase the amount of natural light, the team installed large French casement windows to bring in an abundance of light.

“We selected a color palette to reflect hues of the islands, such as carpet the color of sand and Caribbean blue nightstands,” explains Christi. A collection of original artwork by a native St. Barth artist is featured on one wall and a large beach photograph by Soicher Marin anchors the room. The result is a breezy relaxed retreat – a true reflection of their personal style. Making the room a reflection of their client’s personal tastes and a lifestyle is a true image of why the room works.

by Tammy Wanchisn

– Urban Home October / November 2014