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Master Bedroom Retreats

Master Bedroom Retreats

Master bedroom retreats are in top demand for interior projects!

Nothing says “I love you” like a soft, personal master bedroom where you can get away. Luxe fabrics, soft or deep tones, comfort throws, seating areas, and a place to settle down for some Netflix movie watching make this room of the house a personal retreat and favored spot!

Consider this hotel style upholstered master bed and lush bedding. I took this photo while at the last High Point Show in the Universal Furniture showroom for inspiration and ease in presentation to a client. The dark ceiling adds rich elegance we long for, and a collection of assorted pillows in prints adds interest and comfort. Side tables sit in front of the continuing upholstered headboard. Love! You’ll have the feeling of being at your favorite Four Seasons location in this room!


Another one of our preferred resources, Bernhardt Furniture, includes this inviting four poster bed with a combination of chic reclaimed wood and brushed metal fittings + upholstered head and footboards. Whether a master or guest room, this bedroom is layered with comfort. Pillows, coverlet and duvet all add the elements of lush relaxation. There’s something about a canopy bed that is very inviting and special. There are an abundance of such right now on the market, and our design team will be happy to show you some personal favorites. With a few guidelines from you, you’ll be well on your way to a romantic retreat.


This master bedroom is a project I designed several years ago in Michigan for a busy executive couple who spend some much-needed down time in this beautiful room when possible. Soft blues and grays, modern prints, and Vanguard Furniture‘s Cleo bed complete this room and make another inviting retreat. Beautiful outdoor vistas of the grounds and private lake create a serene scene.

These favorite Bernhardt horn chairs come into play for reading, a night cap and conversation. This is where the outside view is dreamy! The chairs are upholstered in natural hide and you’d be surprised at their comfort! *Sigh*


A former collection from the Black-eyed Susan Urban Loft was set with this #ohsosusan glamorous brushed brass canopy bed. The dark velvet headboard is complimented by the rich walnut side tables and highboy. Brass finishes are abundant in today’s interiors and they bring warmth and charm to any bedroom. I recently did my guest room in these tones and it is one of my favorite rooms of the house.

With or without the charm of historic Bucks County stone, this grouping is a charmer and very nicely priced! Call my design staff for more details. Don’t miss the Masland wool leopard area rug! Oohlala.


My guest room below; a bit brighter than real life! The next photo gets the mood and tone right. One papered wall, deep rich tones of eggplant velvet and bedding, along with rich wood tones and brushed brass tell the story. This is the only room in the house I used brass in and I embraced it with lighting, hardware, accent mirror and accessories. It’s a cozy room for a weekend getaway for guests. I love it! This collection from Universal Furniture is the same one featured in the photos above. See how a few changes in color, bed selection, and accents can make the same collection have an entirely different feel.


This is a better feel for the rich brown and plums of the room. I adore the hand-knotted Jaipur Living rug that grounds everything. Below, see the ample storage provided by the dresser as well as night stands. Note the brass stretchers at the base and the richness this finish adds to the room. Details make all the difference.


Here is a closeup of the hardware finish:


When possible, a small chair for reading, computing, or putting on your socks (!) is a needed and personal touch for a bedroom. This one, from Bernhardt Furniture, is the perfect size. Barely 29×30, it sits in the corner of the room and brings the deep, rich tones again into play. Handwoven shades were custom selected from Hartman and Forbes for privacy and finishing the windows.

I’m all set for guests, so make your reservations!


To finish the room, my Christmas gift this year from my talented and darling son-in-law, Timm, were these posh barn doors! Mirrored on the outside… rich brushed brass hardware and custom handles to die for.  I had them finished in a sleek,deep Sherwin Williams color, SW7082 Stunning Shade. It’s an #ohsosusan gray and eggplant hued tone that takes you right into the room. #purestyle


One more room shot from my market photos with this lovely Bernhardt bedroom below. The combination of deep walls, upholstered channeled headboard with nailhead trim, and hair on hide chests create a warm and inviting bedroom. Contrasting light carpet completes the look for this stylish custom bedroom.


In the example below, the romantic curved headboard hugs the occupant, and again, deep, dark painted walls bring the elegance and warmth to make this a favorite spot! Penshell accent chests give a beautiful contrast to the drama of this room. Here is a good example of added seating into the master bedroom when space allows. This is the perfect formula for a private retreat within the master bedroom.

I’ll review more lush and luxurious interiors in the next few days, so stay tuned for more of my favorite design inspirations as we approach Valentine’s Day!

The Power of Pink!

The Power of Pink!

Surely the color of February, when our hearts turn to love and Valentines Day, is pink!  Over the next few days, the focus of the design team and staff for the Black-eyed Susan blog posts will be the stylish objects and feelings that bring luxury to living and PURESTYLE. 

Today, I’ve pulled together a variety of photos that inspire me, yes….all pink-themed! In general, they make me happy. Whimsical…stylish…cheerful…all girl…purestyle…ohsosusan…PINK!

i love the way these pink parasols were staged in what looks like the canal in Bucks County, Pa, where my retail store and design studio is located. The magic of the reflective power of the water, combined with the most divine color, you guessed it-pink! What’s not to love? I’m loving the perfect placement and layout of this image and the happiness evoked. 


PINK candied apples. Yes! The perfect valentine card image. It’s just plain colorcrushing color and style.

Pink candied apples speak the language of pure style!

Below, an example of soft pink sets the scene for interior style. Pink tones from pastel petal pink to vibrant hot pink are showing up everywhere on the interior scene! Years ago, my room at the Bucks County Designer House was a high gloss hot pink dining room! It was a memorable and favorite room for many, certainly for me! Ohsosusan- purestyle.

This room boasts mid-century vibes with soft pink, white, gray, medium wood tones and brushed brass. A nice combination with soft, embracing color. PINK…..Ahhhhhh. *sigh*


Pink lisianthus. This well known and often used hearty flower mimics the garden rose. Affordable, long lasting, romantic, airy and easily procured from the local florist. You’ll find blush colored “real-touch” fakes right now at Black-eyed Susan…Oh. My.


Picture yourself strolling down this path, arched in delightful cherry blossoms as lush and delightful as your dreams can create. This is just pure joy! PINK. STYLE. ORGANIC. ROMANIC. LOVE.

I’m not sure where this pink train is heading, but I want to be on it! (I’m thinking it’s heading down the highway to heaven for sure…) 

Review all the images of pink.. breath it in, drink it up. This color of love has the power to steal your heart!

I’m in. How about you?!

Everything Old is New Again!

Everything Old is New Again!

Several months ago, a darling client came to me to do a few updates. It happens, you know! She had an entire office full of traditional office furniture with all the necessary file storage, function and visual display options needed for the home office she and her executive husband share. But it looked dated and average, at best, in the pecan stain finish we found it in.

A fresh coat of paint to the room was the beginning. Sherwin Williams Wordly Gray brought things current and was the perfect backdrop for the Amy Howard Paint (we carry a complete line of colors) we used to reinvent all of the casegood pieces in the room!

You will find both classes on how to reinvent your own pieces, or our service of a professional to come to your home and do it for you through the retail store, Black-eyed Susan. We call this service Black-eyed Susan Painted Style! My trained and skilled staff member, Betsy Both, went on site for this office project and in a matter of days, we had the room restored, reinvented, and ready for my magic touch to place the final details. It’s a complete change!


My client’s husband is a big fan and collector of vintage vinyls. His collection is extensive and this is where I took my inspiration from to begin to put the personality into this room. You’ll see below the beginning of the a small bookcase, painted in a two-tone finish to spotlight generational photos, vintage books and the vinyl record jackets I selected.

I don’t mind telling you, I would love to adopt that hairdo Madonna is sporting!


Below is the finished bookcase. Note the smaller 45’s stacked pancake style on one shelf and one hanging above the two jackets to give just the right scale in height. My client’s husband was thrilled that his prized collection was used! It seemed the perfect way to personalize this office and add a unique theme to the room.


I used large plate hangers for these covers, selecting some favorites by taking color, interest and drama in consideration. (It helped that I’m a big James Taylor fan!) Tiny potted succulents, leather bound books and several personal sculptural pieces completed the work space.

Not shown is the current, stylishly hip and comfortable leather office chair, executive desk and new draperies in a gray and chartreuse ikat pattern. If you watch my Instagram account, I’ll post a photo of these elements soon!


A small lateral file was one of the pieces included in the painting project. I added a stylish and manly oil rubbed bronze lamp, several accessories and a darling baby photo of a now grown son to keep things personal and tender. I had the traditional frame painted in our Amy Howard Paint as well, to bring it into the here and now of the new room.



The re-invention of this home office was strikingly dramatic! It’s amazing what a few days of labor and this Amy Howard Paint can do. Come see for yourself and join us for a class to learn your own techniques for making changes in your own home. Everything old is new again!

Interior Design Trends in 2015: Juliana Ferrazzi on WWDB AM

Interior Design Trends in 2015: Juliana Ferrazzi on WWDB AM

Black-eyed Susan designer Juliana Ferrazzi joined Paul Russo’s Real Estate Today show on WWDB-AM to share interior design trends coming up in 2015. Listeners who tuned in last Sunday got an overview on color trends, mixing metals, and the kinds of projects underway at Black-eyed Susan right now! Listen in starting at 32:30 and again at 43:00 to hear Juliana guide this real estate advisor on what’s catching on this year in home decor.

Color Trends for 2015

Paul Russo: Share some of new trends coming out in 2015.

Juliana Ferrazzi: Let’s start off with color, that’s one thing people ask — whether you’re staying in your home and starting fresh or if you’re selling a home and want to make it appealing to new buyers. Grays and taupes, of course, have been popular, are a nice, calming neutral base, and that’s going to continue. So for anybody that’s been doing that, it’s still on trend and it’s going to be a great way to go.

Pictured: Mixed patterns with gray and taupe neutrals

Pictured: Mixed patterns with gray and taupe neutrals


Another great nice color combination is to go bright. We see some beautiful chartreuse, which is kind of a lemon-lime color, with turquoise. It’s a really nice combination – it’s bright and hip and lively, and really adds a nice dynamic mix. Another way to go, is we’re actually seeing some jewel tones come back, and they’ve been away for a while—meaning emerald and navy, or purple. Instead of those real specific brighter jewel tones, it’s taking those colors and keeping them rich and intense but making them more muddy for a sophisticated look—things like aubergine or maybe merlot.


Pictured: Juliana's take on Pantone's jewel-toned color of the year

Pictured: Juliana’s take on Pantone’s jewel-toned color of the year


Mixing Metals for 2015

Juliana Ferrazzi: Another thing is mixing metals. Anybody who’s been out there shopping and has seen it knows that gold is really on trend in 2014 and you saw it everywhere. In 2015, gold is still going to be on-trend, so if you still have brass chandeliers and you think oh gosh, I need to change it, don’t worry, you can hold onto it. (Unless it’s a really old look—then I would reconsider!) But you can mix matte gold or burnished gold in with it.

Pictured: Juliana's copper inspiration palette

Pictured: Juliana’s copper inspiration palette


In 2015, a big metal is copper. So it will be that beautiful, warm tone. You’ll mix that with different browns. It’s a really unique look, because if you already have that oil-rubbed bronze finish like a lot of people do in their faucets and their kitchen and bath, if they like that look already, they can start bringing in copper that brings sophistication to the earth tones.

Mixing Prints for 2015

Juliana Ferrazzi: Another thing is pattern. I’m a huge fabric girl, I love fabric, I love color. A way to really bring that all together is to mix those graphic, geometric prints and then offset that with floral. And when I say floral, I mean a little bit more abstract, not like your grandmother’s floral. So mix patterns, throw in some animal print. And wool– a really soft wool, almost like menswear. So for all you men out there who think interior design is all fluffy —that menswear with a polished, clean look is really happening too.

Pictured: Mixed patterns with gray floral, ikat, and a menswear houndstooth plaid

Pictured: Mixed patterns with gray floral, ikat, and a menswear houndstooth plaid


Hit Refresh for 2015

Paul Russo: Do you have any other advice or new trends coming up?

Juliana Ferrazzi: Ways to keep on trend, even some little quick things you can do, is changing your lamps and your mirrors, and pillows. You’ll see a lot of that happening right now — changing those old lamps and doing a drum style lampshade, bringing in a few mirrors with metal accents. And wallpaper, wallpaper is big, big, big. The updated patterns available now are hip and fresh — we say go for it.

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