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Mixing that Charmingly Matches

In a room all about personal comfort, tone-on-tone patterns make an intimate space serene

This peaceful retreat didn’t use to be so sweet. Patty Zender’s master bedroom received a complete makeover in terms of ripping up carpet, installing library paneling and adding built-ins. But it’s the furnishings, fabrics and color pairings—some new, some already loved—that define the room where Zender unwinds.

Surrounded by cool, pale walls and dark hardwood floors, this Prairie Village bedroom has been dubbed transitional, but “the feel of the room is soft, airy, classic,” says designer Mindy Day. The room’s focal point and design inspiration is the custom-made upholstered headboard designed by Day, as well as the Schumacher batik-influenced print for the curtains. Brought over from the previous home, “the wingback Chinoiserie fabric and striped bench fabric fell into place behind those,” Day says.

Zender, who also has a fabulous eye for design and art, incorporated the antique Georgian mirror and, maybe more importantly, the teddy bear that rests on the wingback chair.

“I have five grandchildren, and it’s been put to good use when some of the younger ones spend the night,” Zender says. “They know right where to find it.”

But when the grandkids are asleep and she’s ready to turn in for the night, she curls up in her down bedding, flips on the accessible reading lights and caps the night off with a good book.

“My bedroom is a wonderful mix of peaceful energy and layers of comfort,” Zender says. That makes for sweet dreams, indeed.

Why it Works:

1. The focal point in any room must command attention. It’s the first thing you notice in a space, and you’ll talk about it long after you leave. In Zender’s bedroom, the headboard sets the stage for the rest of the room. The French-style curved headboard that Day designed is feminine and delicate, mimicking the lines in the Barbara Barry “Poetical” fabric that it’s upholstered with. 1.

2. Most spaces focus on one or two prominent patterns. This room has four. And when paired with a combination of contemporary and traditional pieces, all in one place, the room has quite a lot to show-and-tell. The Chinoiserie toile pillows with linen trim rest peacefully next to the boldly striped bolster and custom bench at the foot of the bed. The curved lines and floral pattern of the headboard share a similar look and feel as those found in the designer drapes. It seems in this space, the more patterns and styles, the better. “I want to make sure I bring things together that have dimension, texture and some unexpected things to keep it interesting,” Day says.

3. We all know that color can make a powerful statement. And this room, with walls painted Benjamin Moore White Dove and soft gray trim, says it all. “The softness of this space was created by different subtle color shifts,” Day says. “We really ranged from grays to blues to warmer neutrals but kept it all very subtle, which adds some depth. Patty always has music piping in, and you feel like you’re in a little oasis when you’re in her home.” With confidence in her color choices—and a trusting homeowner on board—combining color palettes is one of Day’s favorite things to do in a space.

Get the Look


1. Luxurious Aida bedding by Signoria from Terrasi Living & Scandia Home makes you want to immediately dive in—and rest well.


2. The Dune table lamp, at Rensen House of Lights, features a classic, textured bronze base that complements its fabric shade, providing just the right amount of shimmer and shine.


3. Classic elegance hangs on the wall in the form of a La Barge c-scroll motif mirror with an antiqued gold metal-leaf finish available to-the-trade at KDR Showrooms.


4. Update a classic Chinoiserie motif by upholstering pillows in Schumacher’s Shantung Silhouette print available to-the-trade at Designers Only.


5. This linen flat-weave Soumak rug from Ethan Allen has a subtle lattice pattern that provides a touch of movement underfoot.


6. Add a graphic punch with this upholstered bench from West Elm.