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    What to do when there’s nowhere to put the bed?

    The reinvention of the master suite in a Cambridge condo gives a whole new meaning to “take out window.”

    Sean litchfield
    Sean litchfield

    After nearly 25 years in this Porter Square-area condo, the homeowners wanted to rethink the master bedroom and bath. They hired architect Carter Williams of LDa Architecture & Interiors and Jayme Kennerknecht of Kennerknecht Design Group to transform the space. Wrapped with windows, the bedroom got plenty of light but lacked privacy and a logical place to put the bed. A window was sacrificed to create wall space for the couple’s existing bed, which anchors the room. Starting with the wood tones of the trim and bed, Kennerknecht devised a light, airy scheme of white accented with black. The sisal rug, linen drapery, and wrinkly linens soften the strong furniture. “The homeowners weren’t going for one specific aesthetic,” she says. “We worked with their eclectic interests and tastes, pulling elements from various time periods and styles, but always conforming to their palette.”

    1. The room’s existing fir window casings and baseboards were an integral part of the design. Woven blinds, selected to match the trim, add texture but mostly recede, while iron curtain rods play off the bench.

    2. The couple’s existing landscape painting by artist Tom Monaghan is the focal point. “The moody scene really draws you in,” Kennerknecht says.


    3. The fir trim and the British Colonial-style “Cayman” bed from Ethan Allen — the only piece of furniture that predates the redesign — were Kennerknecht’s starting points.

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    4. Campaign-style dressers, used as night stands, provide storage. Metal table lamps add curves and another touch of black.

    5. Kennerknecht strategically incorporated black industrial-style elements, notably the leather and metal bench from Room & Board, into the bedroom to connect it to the main living area. “The pieces add interest to the otherwise whitewashed space,” she says.

    6. A sleek, curb-free shower, built in space originally allocated to a closet, replaced the traditional tub that sat across from the vanity. Says Williams: “This not only created more square footage, it allowed the gray porcelain floor tile to run throughout the room, adding the illusion of even more space.”

    7. The WAC Lighting sconces echo the shape of the plumbing fixtures. The frameless medicine cabinets are from Robern. “It all forms a cohesive composition,” Williams says.


    8. Michele Kelly of Venegas and Company designed the fir-veneer vanity in a less-than-standard depth to accommodate a window on the other side of the room. Williams sourced extra-narrow sinks from Lacava.

    9. Using every available square inch, the shower bench and open storage niches are cleverly cantilevered over a stairway below.