A Tranquil Primary Suite
January 24, 2022
A soothing palette and luxe aesthetic bring a sense of peace and quiet to a primary suite and sitting room.
Text by Lisa H. Speidel Photography by Jane Beiles
“My kids know not to come in here without some kind of permission,” jokes homeowner Steph Jordan of her newly redesigned sitting room off the primary suite. “It’s my sanctuary.” What was once a “bright, cheery, almost loud space,” she recalls, has been transformed by designer Julie Nightingale into a soft, soothing nook fit for morning meditation and afternoons curled up with a book.
No stranger to the Rowayton house, Nightingale has overseen multiple renovations, most recently this revamp of the main bedroom, bath, and adjacent sitting room. To give the latter more privacy, up went a wall with a pocket door. The new palette is creamy, the vibe is feminine, and the fabrics—the chairs, ottoman, and daybed are covered in faux sheepskin—are luxe.
For continuity, Nightingale carried the wallpaper (an off-white Phillip Jeffries grasscloth with a metallic thread) and the carpet (a grounding charcoal and ivory wool weave) into the bedroom, which, coupled with the soothing symmetry of the room and interior design, lends the space a quiet sophistication. In the adjacent bathroom, Nightingale says she “kept things monochromatic so nothing felt too heavy and balanced the feminine with the masculine.” To wit: the pretty satin brass fixtures are countered by porcelain tile that reads like concrete. A handsome touch in a decidedly delicate multiroom revamp.
Interior design: Julie Nightingale, Nightingale Design
Builder: Christopher Quinn, Quinndico Custom Home Builders