Get inspired by three local room redesigns

We came across three bedrooms designed by locals that might spark some inspiration.
master bedroom with a chair and dresser
Photo by Dwellings/S. Photography

It’s possible you’ve already redesigned or remodeled all the common areas of your house while staying home, so it’s time to turn your attention to the rooms behind closed doors. We came across three bedrooms designed by locals that might spark some inspiration.

Private Getaway
The Master Bedroom

bedroom with bed and large pillar inside room

Photo by Dwellings/S. Photography

This downtown loft underwent a top-to-bottom makeover by Dwellings, an interior design service and home furnishings store serving the Madison area. For their bedroom, clients April and Aric Dichraff worked with Dwellings co-owners Julie Umhoefer and Jennifer Haley, who tag-team on all their design projects. The industrial-style loft in the Pressman Building needed some warming up, Umhoefer says. “With the concrete pillars and neutral walls/flooring, we wanted to add elements of ‘life’ to the space,” she says. They did so with accents of red and green while keeping the clean and contemporary vibe of the bedroom that highlights the architecture. Those colors were then used throughout the entire home. A wall greenery piece added some interest and an organic pop of color, Umhoefer says, adding that a master bedroom should feel like a retreat, which is what they were aiming for in this loft. Browse the Dwellings portfolio at dwellings-furniture.com or stop in at the store, located at 2924 Hardrock Road, Fitchburg.

Host With the Most
The Guest Room
It’s the smallest room in her house, but April Zelenka was able to squeeze in a sizable gallery wall in the guest bedroom. “I love vintage art and I’m married to a man who’s not super crazy about it, so I decided to go kind of crazy in one room,” Zelenka says. The Mount Horeb resident sells affordable vintage-inspired art through her online print shop, Vintage Supply. She launched the business in January 2020. Her guest room features three Vintage Supply prints — which are museum archive images that Zelenka, a former graphic designer and wedding photographer, edits and offers as digital or printed works in her shop — but the rest are original pieces she’s collected over the years.

Guest room covered in vintage prints

Photo by April Zelenka

Zelenka says the room is a bit of an ode to her mother-in-law, who has been Vintage Supply’s cheerleader, loves vintage art and ends up spending the most time in the guest room. Zelenka also went outside her comfort zone with the moody, mossy green wall color (Island Cove by True Value Paint). The rest of her house is basically black and white, she says. “The guest room was my place to say, ‘What room would I want to spend a weekend in?’ ” she says. “I don’t know if I’d ever want to see [the green wall color] on a daily basis, so putting it in the guest room I could experiment and have a pop of color and actually make a room feel finished.” Find Vintage Supply at shopvintagesupply.com or on Instagram at @shopvintagesupply.

For Your Kiddo
The Kid’s Bedroom

kids bedroom with bookshelf

Photo by Beth Skogen

Decorating a kid’s bedroom often presents an opportunity to let your most whimsical, colorful interior design ideas come to life. A kitschy theme or unexpected color palette might not work anywhere else but in a kid’s room. But it should be a design that ages well for its fast-growing inhabitant. Madison-based interior designer Angie Schwab wanted a playful, bright bedroom for her then-6-year-old daughter, August. She opted for crisp white built-ins and a warm, neutral wall shade (Creamy by Sherwin Williams) with pops of color. A floral light fixture adds balance opposite a tall bookshelf, which was a must for both design and function. “The books really engage your eye, and this makes my parenting heart happy because reading before bed is a cherished habit,” Schwab says. Also adding color to the canvas are a patterned rug, pillows, bedding and custom upholstered headboard. The window seat was built for a twin mattress. “I knew sleepovers were in our future and I wanted a comfortable spot for her friend to sleep,” Schwab says. See more of Schwab’s design work on angieschwabinteriors.com.

Andrea Behling is the editor of Madison Magazine.

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