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Dina Bandman’s Garden-Inspired Bedroom for Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas

The San Francisco Designer Creates a Gracious Mini Retreat with de Gournay

photography Stephen Karlisch

Guest Bedroom Overview

Dina Bandman Interiors created a “Garden of Erdem” for this gracious guest bedroom, conceived as a classic, elegant mini-retreat for overnight visitors. It showcases a fresh-traditional style that is both uplifting and collected, with nothing staid or stuffy about it. The inspiration for the room began with an exquisite hand-painted wallpaper designed in collaboration with de Gournay and fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu. Its design depicts a chinoiserie pattern with a scene of nature in full bloom on a vibrant imperial-yellow ground. A timeless blue-and-white canopy bed is turned sideways in the room to feel more like a daybed and to allow ample space for a seating area that invites guests to relax and unwind.  The wallpaper’s hand-painted ivy pattern was custom-designed by de Gournay to climb from floor to ceiling, with deep-green leaves on a neutral ground. The vanity’s trellis detail further echoes the room’s verdant garden theme. I am incredibly honored to have worked with so many wonderful partners in this room, including de Gournay, CEH, M&M Upholstery, Mark Nelson Inc., Da Vinci Marble, Coleen & Company, and Sam Graham from 2g Habitats. — Dina Bandman Interiors 


Dina Bandman talks about collaborating with de Gournay and where she sourced many of her furnishings:

Design highlights

Collaborating with de Gournay on a new wallpaper design is always a highlight. Being able to conceptualize a new design and bring it to life from infancy to installation is so rewarding. With de Gournay’s exquisite attention to detail, the finished work is always better than what I envisioned.

Where did you shop in Dallas to pick up great items?

We stopped into Nick Brock’s beautiful antique shop the morning of our photo shoot and found many gorgeous accessories that really made our room sing. He is so supportive of Kips Bay’s charitable cause and loaned us so many beautiful items for our room. I was overcome by his generosity.

Best restaurants while in Dallas

We discovered Mi Cocina and had a delicious queso blanco and steak fajitas. We also grabbed a terrific lunch to go from Eatzi’s Market & Bakery — the best salads and cookies I’ve had in a while.

A favorite piece in your room

After searching high and low for the perfect bookcase for the bedroom, we opted for a custom piece to get exactly what we were looking for. My wonderful design associates Emily and Nicole took the lead from start to finish. The finished design marks a special space in the room, and we found amazing pieces in Dallas to accessorize within.

I also love the chest we found on 1stdibs. I fell in love with the design, but the finish wasn’t quite right, and we worked with Dallas-based CEH, who refinished it to perfection. I love it so much that I’m planning to take it back to my  home in San Francisco!

In the bathroom, we designed a custom vanity with lattice detailing in collaboration with The CEH. I love that they are a husband-and-wife team who are so passionate and dedicated to their work. Everything is handmade, and the quality is excellent. They are  perfectionists.

Favorite sources

M&M Upholstery does amazing custom upholstery work. No feat is too much of a challenge, and the upholstery work in our room was no small task. There were so many moving parts with quick turnarounds, and M&M made it all happen beautifully, even when some fabrics did not arrive until the day before our install. The owner, Sarah, was once a school teacher and is so supportive of Kips Bay’s charitable work.

The Lamp Shoppe creates one-of-a-kind custom lighting and created three custom lamp shades for us — they are absolutely adorable.

Decorative painter Nicole Zules created a perfect pattern match to our Forbes & Lomax cover plates in the bedroom and bathroom.

We worked closely with the CEH on the design of our bathroom vanity, desk, and refinishing of a chest, and always love working with them. We’ve worked together on several other projects (including the San Francisco Decorator Showcase), and while they are based in Dallas, we have never actually met in person — I can’t wait to meet them on opening night.

We also really enjoy working with Coleen & Company on custom lighting fixtures. This is our third show house designing lighting together, whether it’s customizing one of her existing designs or working with her to create one of our own  designs. She’s a true professional and always willing to entertain our sometimes crazy ideas.

Biggest challenge

Working remotely from San Francisco was a challenge. We couldn’t have done it without our talented general contractor, Sam from 2G Habitats, who was our “boots on the ground” to make sure everything ran smoothly.

The high ceilings in the bathroom were definitely a challenge to work around. The bathroom is one room where high ceilings are not always a design advantage. Our solution was to drop the ceiling over the shower to make it feel cozier.

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