For the past three weeks we have been talking about what design decisions we have made on the apartment we are working on in Munich, Germany. It’s under construction now. I can’t wait to see it finished! Although small, it will pack a big punch.

Today, let’s cover the master bedroom. See the color palette of materials I selected?

Munich apartment materials selection


See the bedroom on this floor plan in upper right corner.Munich apartment plan Wilson Kelsey Design

For a small apartment, the bedroom is a nice size. Plenty of room for a king size bed, and a few storage bureaus, and a chair and a half for curling up and reading. Look at this great bed we found. The client loves it.bed selected for Munich apartment

I love the tone it sets for the room – romantic, but clean and simple. I think it will look fabulous centered upon a lush white wool carpet, which sits upon the dark oak floors.

The white carpet has a cut and loop construction giving it a linear pattern. Just so nice and subtle. It sits on dark brown oak flooring.

wool carpet for master bedroom Munich


Drapery will be important in this room, as they will be needed for black out and privacy functions. The client loves nature, trees and plants, so we are using soft greens in the bedroom, along with white, to create that peaceful feeling for her. The drapery has a light linen feel, with a natural linen background, white stripes in a herringbone pattern, and two shades of green stripes. (see above)

The bed will have pure white Frette linens with white duvet cover. Splash will be added with shams and toss pillows in this patterned fabric.

accent pillow fabric for bedroom Munich

I love the cream and yellow-gold, which has the patterned outlined in green. That simple little outline adds so much depth and sophistication to this fabric. It is also soft and tactile.

The oversized reading chair will be upholstered in this soft green textured fabric. I love its diagonal lines forming 1 1/2″ squares. It also has a soft hand.   reading chair fabric for Munich apartment bedroom

The paint color for this room is a very soft, sage green. It has to be very subtle so it keeps the room restful, but interesting. This Benjamin Moore “Doily” is just right.   Bedroom paint color

This will be a room that I would love to stay in! If I walked into a hotel room and found the above scheme, I would say to myself, “Oh, am I lucky to be here!” Now let’s check out flights to Munich, right away! Are you with me?

Sally Wilson, ASID Boston award winning designer




For the past several weeks we have discovered what some of John’s and my solutions are for a new apartment in Munich, Germany. Today we’ll cover what we’re doing with the entry-foyer. This is a tiny, city-dwelling, and the foyer is very small, with traffic patterns in 3 directions! In addition, there are two floor to ceiling windows, which offer great light, but little wall space. How can we make our clients and their guests feel welcomed when they come through the door?

Floor Plan Munich apartment

First of all, there are the practical necessities. You need somewhere to put down your bag, to put down your keys, to store your coat, and to remove your shoes and change into “indoor shoes/slippers”. This is a common European habit/way-of-life. (I notice that our American city dwellers are also becoming more like this.) So you need someplace to sit, someplace to store, someplace to set down.

Then there are the artistic necessities. How do you put forth the subliminal message “Come in. Rest, Relax, Be happy. This is going to be a wonderful experience for you.”? We do that by paying attention to possible focal points, welcoming colors, and sensuous textures. And we don’t ask the space to work too hard, so that all the beauty is pushed out of it.

For this foyer we are actually establishing the beautiful focal point in the next room – which you see through full length glass doors, just beyond the little entry. (We covered that in last week’s blog about Munich, click here to see.) We are keeping furnishings to an absolute minimum, so as not to feel crowded. And we are keeping materials simple, but lush and sensual.

materials selected for foyer Munich

The two full length windows (which open up like French doors to let breezes in) we are covering with a simple, partly sheer white drapery fabric. Small natural iron drapery rods and French pleats. The floors, like the floors throughout the apartment, are a dark brown stained oak. Our colors will be dark brown and white. Crisp, clean, simple.

Furnishings: we’ll keep it to just one chair and one custom designed bench-cum-storage cubes, cum display area for plants or flowers. But I love the way the chair is sculptural – sloped side rails and no arms, for that no – fuss look. It’s the fabrics that just turn this into a little jewel!

foyer sitting chair

The sculptural chair is in a velvet, cut into 3/4″ squares so that it almost looks quilted. We’ve kept the furnishings simple, but we upped the ante with wonderful fabrics.

With the drapery in filmy white, I wanted the custom bench to be in a white leather. Very durable, but easy care. Whether grocery packages or shoes get set down on it, it can take a beating. This is our first rough sketch of what that custom piece may look like.

Wilson kelsey design custom ottoman

I just can’t wait to get this apartment built so that we can see how wonderful everyone’s reaction will be! We’ll let you know.

Sally Wilson ASID

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Last month I introduced you to this apartment John and I are working on in Munich, Germany! It is overlooking the city’s fabulous big park, the Englischer Garten. If you want to revisit that post click here.Apartment in Munich by Wilson Kelsey Design


Just look at these materials chosen for their study/home office!

Apartment in Munich, materials, by Wilson Kelsey Design


This is a tiny room, where they plan to work, watch TV (no TV in the living room! – That’s for reading.) and put up the occasional guest for sleeping. It’s a lot to ask of a small room. But with built in’s along one wall for storage and the TV, and a modern workstation style desk to hide clutter, and a long daybed with lots of bolsters and pillows, this room can work hard.

Munich floor plan

In addition, this is a room you see through glass doors as soon as you enter the apartment. After much discussion about how we could make a focal point in the foyer, we came upon the solution of having a wonderful artful rug in the study, which you will see upon entering the foyer. It will provide the artwork. You will see this fab rug with huge flowers in silk fibers floating across the wool. It feels like a breeze is softly blowing them.

Nature inspired wool rug

To add to the drama of looking into this room, I’m having the rear wall painted a warm cinnamon color – Benjamin Moore “Cattail”, with a similar color plush velvet on the daybed. Warm, soft, sensual, inviting! The cinnamon picks up on the colors in the rug. The other 3 walls will be in “Warm Sand”.

Paint Color CinnamonAccent Pillow FabricAccent Pillow Fabric

Large bolsters and toss pillows in chartreuse green and copper will add fizz to the room, and invite lounging. They will sit upon the inviting daybed, upholstered in a lush mohair velvet in a cinnamon color.

Mohair Velvet

The office chair will be a true task chair, standing up to long hours of working in front of a computer. Cinnamon colored leather will make this chair inviting and easy care.    Task Chair


Similar to the drapery in the living area of the apartment, the office will have simple pleated drapery panels on small iron rods. The fabric is a textured white with a large repeating design of diamonds woven in. (See it in the composite photo above.) It’s purpose is to provide light screening during the day, as those windows look out over the busy street below.  It, too, will be elegant without drawing too much attention to itself. Unlined, it will be light and breezy.

We envision this space as a hard worker, inviting the homeowners to relax and watch movies together at night, or for one to work quietly during the day, as the busy trollies pass by below.

Next week let’s take a look at their interesting foyer, and the custom piece we have planned for that entry! If you want to revisit our original post on Munich click here.

Sally Wilson ASID


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