ISSUE 41  |  West Coast Cool

Steal This Look: The New Indoor-Outdoor Bedroom

October 14, 2015 1:30 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

A wall of glass silently slides open and suddenly you don’t know if you’re outdoors or in. And you don’t care, because either way the California coastal breeze feels so good.

LA-based architect Barbara Bestor created a master bedroom designed to focus your attention toward the space beyond (the house sits on a 160-acre parcel with panoramic views). The quietly modern sleeping quarters and adjacent concrete patio are one seamless room with a low-profile platform bed, full-moon bedside lamps, and a gravel garden. Here’s how to recreate the look:

Above: Photograph by John Ellis via Bestor Architecture.

Above: On a concrete patio with wings, a butterfly chair looks at home. Available in 12 colors including white and with two frame options (stainless steel and black metal), a canvas-covered Butterfly Chair is $350 from Circa50.

Above: A queen-size Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket with a cream colored background and green, red, yellow, and blue stripes is $495 from Woolrich.

For more about the history of this familiar blanket, see Object Lessons: The Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket on Remodelista.

Above: A simple platform bed keeps the focus on the view outdoors. A white Simple Bed Frame in queen size is $349 from West Elm.

Above: A good choice for the bedside throw rug is a Large White Ivory Sheepskin Rug, measuring 5.5 by 6 feet, for $359.95 from Sheepskin Town.

Above: A white Lack Side Table is an Ikea classic at $7.99; a pair of these night tables will set you back $15.98.

Above: Splurge purchase: a pair of Marble and Chrome Lollipop Globe Lights designed (circa 1970) by Robert Sonneman. With a sturdy marble base and a thick rubber shade, a lollipop light will emit a soft golden glow at bedside. We tracked down a few at 1stdibs ($700 for one); Chairish ($850 for one), and Etsy ($895).

Above: Or save the splurge for another day: CB2’s Oracle Table Lamp by designer Ceci Thompson also exudes a ’70s vibe. With a frosted glass globe and a brushed brass iron base, it is $119.

Hardscape Details

Above: Photograph via Corner Supply.

Bordering the concrete patio is a courtyard paved with golden pea gravel, which crunches pleasingly underfoot. For ideas for creating a similar design, see The New Gravel Backyard: 10 Landscape Designs That Inspired Me.

Above: Photograph via Architecture Republic.

A simple board-formed concrete facade acts as a neutral frame for the shadowbox scene of a bedroom with a dramatic, wall-long opening to the outdoors. For more ideas for using concrete, see 10 Genius Garden Hacks with Poured Concrete.

For more of architect Barbara Bestor’s California remodels, see: