Certain bedrooms are best described as home hideaways places where one can take a mini vacation from workaday worries and other vexations. At a certain point, the word "bedroom" seems too weak to describe these rooms. "Boudoir" is a more correct term for these sleeping spaces that are also opulent, playful retreats, where the imagination conjures romance and it becomes real.

Interior designer Greg Le Vanis successfully created such an atmosphere when he transformed two rooms in an older home into one bedroom suite. The romance begins with the illusion of a four-poster bed swathed in yards and yards of exquisite antique lace and silk. The canopy floats from the ceiling, suspended by small cables. Small, pink-shaded lamps are attached to the wall behind the upholstered headboard. When the antique lace hangings are pulled shut, the glow of the lamps creates a private island of lace-dappled light.

A mirrored wall reflects the bed and stretches the architecture. A sitting area features a Queen Anne camelback sofa accented with pillows in the same French reproduction polished cotton chintz that provides the mauve, teal and ivory color scheme for the room. The faux-finish experts from Valley Craftsmen gave texture to the walls using a rag-painting technique, while moldings and pillars were heavily accented with fine gold leaf, antiqued for a soft look.

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