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Publication Date: 2017-10-10

Behind the Design

Designer to the Rescue: Beth Webb

Atlanta-based designer Beth Webb tells how she quickly transformed a dark and dated master bedroom into a serene oasis.

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In the master bedroom, the club chairs, side table, and rug are by Bungalow Classic, the bed is by Max and Company, the curtains are of an Arabel fabric, with a Rogers and Goffigan trim, and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s China White, with trim in White Dove.

One of the projects featured in designer Beth Webb’s new book, An Eye for Beauty: Rooms that Speak to the Senses (Rizzoli), is the renovation of a lakeside house for a young family. Here she shares a few secrets behind a stunning transformation:

Prior to undergoing a renovation, the lakeside home was dark and dreary.

My first job on this house redo was to please both the husband and wife—he wanted a lake house, and she wanted the feel of a beach house. The immediate challenge was all the dark stained woods throughout the space—and a really tight timeline. The couple bought the house in the late fall and wanted it to be in turn-key condition by early spring. The existing floors throughout sported a dark, lackluster stain, and all the paint colors on the walls were dreary and muddy. We stripped, sanded, and lime-washed the floors. But the dark trim against the pine planking on the peaked ceiling of the master bedroom really chopped the space into bits, and the tile surround of the fireplace only added to the chaos.

Beth Webb's new book explores how to live well and craft a timeless home.

To accent the views of the lake we used a quiet palette of hushed tones to soak up the light coming off the lake. We didn’t have the time to strip all the stained wood on the beams and ceiling, so we went over them instead with a lime paint by Romabio, an Italian product that covers beautifully and has a gorgeous chalky finish. We then chose furnishings and fabrics for softness, comfort, and durability, as the couple has three children and often a house full of company.

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