The master bedroom in the Centerport home of Kathy and Tom Nicolette was long overdue for a change.
"We had done it 20 years ago," says Kathy, 54. She and husband, 63, a medical testing consultant, have two adult children and two French bulldogs, Chloé and Pierre.
"Everything was just dated and tired. It had been through numerous pets, toys and our children. It just felt stagnant," Kathy Nicolette says.
She turned to designer Kelly Dall of Kelly Dall Interior Design of Greenlawn to give it a fresh look.
"If your bedroom isn't a place of respite, you'll be tired in there but not in a good way," says Dall, who thought the Nicolettes' bedroom had too much going on.
She says she was determined to create an elegant retreat for these empty nesters.
And while they wanted a nighttime retreat, the Nicolettes says they are very attached to their four-legged family members. So, Dall also had to have pet-friendly furniture and accessories.
For example, although they have white bedding, Kathy Nicolette would prefer not to use bleach, so the bedding lends itself to spot cleaning.
"The headboard is faux leather, so if they get their claws into it, it is not that expensive to replace," Dall adds.
Nicolette says the transformation has taken their bedroom from granny style to chic.
"When I walk in there, it sets a tone," Kathy Nicolette says. "It is romantic, youthful, fresh. I just feel good when I'm in there."
Here's how the collaboration created a bedroom retreat:
Dall chose one with a large pattern to both complement the decor -- and hide any little doggy accidents. "I wouldn't want to live in a house where I couldn't feel comfortable having the dogs in every room with me," Nicolette says. From Stark Carpet, Syosset
This is one of a pair of sofas. The other is in the living room. The two were reupholstered in the same fabric in case the homeowner ever wants to have the two in the same room. Fabric ($900) from Kravet Inc. of Bethpage. Fabrication ($1,100) by the designer's workroom
This includes the comforter and accent pillows, from Bloomingdale's, Walt Whitman Shops, Huntington Station
ACCENT LAMP, existing
Benjamin Moore Winter Gray for the walls and Mayonnaise for the ceiling ($150, three cans total), a low-Volatile Organic Compounds Aura paint; applied by a designer-only source ($650)
CUSTOM REUPHOLSTERED CHAIR, $450
This is an ideal place for Kathy Nicolette to sit and read or just take a break from a hectic day. Fabric ($100) and fabrication ($350), both from Kravet
WINDOW TREATMENTS, $2,200 (for two)
Fabric ($1,200) from Kravet; hardware ($400) from a trade-only source; and fabrication ($600) by designer's workroom
FAUX LEATHER HEADBOARD, $1,500
Fabric ($300) from Duralee Fabrics, Syosset; fabrication $1,200) from the designer's workroom
MIRRORED BEDSIDE TABLES, $3,000 (for two)
Larger than the usual nightstands, their size gives the room a luxurious feel. The mirrored front reflects the pattern of the rug, an added accent as one walks into the room. From Kravet
SMOKED, MIRRORED ARMOIRES, $8,000 (for two)
As additions to the room's walk-in closets, these can double as bookcases, for storage or as showpieces. From Global Views, a designer-only source
These include a crystal pineapple (existing), a table tray ($125, Jonathan Adler collection, purchased at Just 4 the Home, Huntington), Chanel book collection ($250, Just for the Home).
ROUND CHROME and MIRRORED TABLE, $500
From Global Views
FULL-SIZE MIRROR, $90
From HomeGoods, Commack
60-INCH, FLAT-SCREEN TELEVISION, $2,000
From Best Buy, Commack
MIRRORED VANITY, $1,500
From Global Views
HARDWOOD FLOOR, $2,000
Purchased through and installed by Bruce Brennan, Island Cove Construction, Bay Shore
(Includes Dall's $2,500 design fee)