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Eastern Exposure

Let a showhouse design for a bold master bedroom inspire your own zen-worthy retreat


An elemental mix of metal and wood, an icy color palette, and strong-boned furnishings define this Asian-look bedroom. Interior designer Gail Prauss created it for an Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society and ASID showhouse, choosing a striking faux-bamboo bed as a focal point. Blue-green Venetian plaster on the walls makes a dramatic backdrop for a Tibetan rug, an English Regency–style ottoman upholstered in pale silk, and woven bamboo shades. The exaggerated shapes of the lampshades echo the horizontal elements of the design-just right for a room in which getting horizontal is what it’s all about.

Photograph: James Yochum


  • Interior design Gail Prauss Interior Design, 421 N. Marion St., Oak Park; www.praussinteriors.com
  • Bed Hand-carved queen-size four-poster bed with rusty iron leaf finials, $12,150, and Waterloo bench with ram’s-foot and French nail-head detail, $2,065, at William Switzer Associates, 1850 Merchandise Mart
  • Lamps Fine Art Lamps, $625 each through Gail Prauss
  • Rug Tibetan hand-knotted wool and Chinese silk rug, $12,670, at Atelier Lapchi, 6-160 Merchandise Mart
  • Wall color Similar to Benjamin Moore 3459
  • Shades Hunter Douglas woven bamboo shades, $682 per window, at Jayson Home & Garden
  • Sheets Linen bedding, $2,900, at Frette, 41 E. Oak St.

Making It Yours
Start with anchor pieces that have a similar feel and form. A few possibilities . . .

Ebony finish Stafford bed, $1,199, at Crate & Barrel, 646 N. Michigan Ave. and select locations; www.crateandbarrel.com. Solid rosewood Ming-style bench with gold silk seat, $599, at China Furniture & Arts, 35 S. Cass Ave., Westmont.
Natural steel Architecture bed, $899, and espresso lacquer finished Shinto bench, $499, at Room & Board, 55 E. Ohio St.
Oly Studios dark brown carved Willa bed with cane headboard, $4,170, and faux zebra Oliver ottoman, $1,995, at Jayson Home & Garden, 1885 N. Clybourn Ave.



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