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House Calls: From an ascetic to aesthetic master bedroom


Romy and Steve Jaffe’s room. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Romy and Steve Jaffe love the recent remodel of their master bath, and now their attention has turned to their stark white and sparsely furnished bedroom. The Jaffes want a contemporary, clean look in a gray tone that matches their new bathroom.

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The soltuion. (Julius Goyanko/The Washington Post)

Designer Malena Kaplan helps the D.C. couple create a sophisticated retreat with modern furniture, red accents and a decluttered office space. Kaplan, of One Pretty House Interiors (301-657-9795,, is based in Bethesda.

Start with a warm gray backdrop that complements taupe and beige furniture. Use Benjamin Moore’s Chelsea Gray.

A mix of materials and finishes, including metal and wood, gives the space a contemporary look that isn’t too harsh.

Declutter the office nook with a new desk and bookself (not pictured) for essential items, and a rolling chair for flexible seating.

Carry red into the sleeping area for a cohesive look, but don’t go overboard. Pair red pillows with more neutral bedding.

In a bright room with cathedral ceilings, manage light with new shades and floor-length drapery panels.


Furniture: Cooper wing bed in B721-002 fabric and no trim ($2,325 for king,; Gregory chest ($2,937.50,; Charlotte chair in flint fabric ($1,295,; Martini side table in silver ($149,; Gunnar desk ($699) and Malcolm office chair in white ($259), both from

Accessories: Cellular shades in ivory (price varies by size,; Dupioni silk drapery in platinum gray with blackout lining ($169 per 96-inch panel) and Valerie Metalasse duvet in brownstone ($249 for king), both from; red zebra pop throw pillow ($125,; beaded floor mirror ($699,; San Blas bookcase ($2,747.50,; classic Stockholm office storage box ($8) and magazine file ($8), both in red from


Zak table lamp. (Crate and Barrel)

Ventana single-tier chandelier in nickle and ebony. (Jonathan Adler)

Zak table lamp ($249,

Ventana single-tier chandelier in nickel and ebony ($895,

. . . OR SAVE

Boda table lamp. (Wayfair)

Ava bronze pendant chandelier. (Lamps Plus)

Boda table lamp ($139,

Ava bronze pendant chandelier with Desert Sand shade ($300,

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Margaret Ely is a digital editor for Lifestyle. Previously, she was an intern for the Post’s Metro section.



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