The Tale of “The Raja’s Daughter’s Design for Love with Her Raja Spa”, a Tale of a Sexy Master Bedroom with Ensuite!

Once upon a time, there lived a Raja who had a beautiful daughter named, Annapurna. Her name chosen by her mother, the Raja’s wife, for Devi Bhagavati, the Goddess of Food. Food was the Raja’s wife’s personal obsession, particularly junk food, and namely, tootsie rolls. Thankfully, she didn’t name her daughter Tootsie!

The Raja’s wife, Annapurna’s natural mother, a sinister soul, compulsive tootsie roll eater, addictive television watcher (1940’s & 50’s musicals), and an all round wicked (step) mother, was extremely jealous of the Raja’s loving attentions given to their daughter. And it was told that she cursed young Annapurna when she was two years old. Unbeknownst to the Raja and Annapurna, the Raja’s wife cleverly hid the big curse until “The Ripening Time”, a first success or first love.

The little girl grew into a true beauty inside and out, with multiple creative talents, a sensual nature and a comedic outlook on life. She made everyone laugh with her antics and warmed hearts with her gentle nature.

After many attempts to marry Annapurna off to purposely unsuitable partners, goofballs, control freaks and classic crazies, who would surely guarantee much marital unhappiness, the Raja’s Wife forced her daughter to leave. (One suitor actually came a’ callin’ wearing a big chartreuse lizard cowboy hat, a big cowhide money belt, and not much else).  “There is no room for two women in this palace!” the Raja’s wife cried most melodramatically. She forced Annapurna out and told the Raja he had been grievously disrespected by his daughter. Presenting her “paid witnesses” to him, the Raja was devastated, crushed and then sadly died.

The Raja’s daughter, Annapurna, sorrowfully made her way into the world, and with hard work became a successful sari designer and artist. With her first success, triggered her mother’s curse. This curse brought with it unhappiness, bad luck, strife and struggle. Oh Yuck!

One day, our fair Annapurna met a young man, fell in love and married. What Annapurna didn’t know was, with the curse now in full swing, the young man was really an old loveless miser transformed by evil magic. Annapurna’s marriage was terrible, the more she tried, the worse it got. She tried cooking delectable curry dishes to tantalize her spouse–but that didn’t work. She Pinesol-ed herself into a stupor with all things sparkling, like diamonds and rubies to welcome her husband home. Nope. That didn’t work either. Mr. Clean himself could not have done a better job, or any other cleaning Gods.

Finally she decided to make the third floor of their home a most beautiful Master Bedroom with Ensuite to bring Love back, in the most passionate of ways, and give thanks to her Buddha. Cupid would have been proud!

Annapurna hearing of the Design Fairy Godmother, decided to summon her in desperation. She also knew this magical lady loved to travel!

Working tirelessly, the Design Fairy Godmother hired the best contractor, trades, artisans and artists to create Annapurna’s “Design for Love” featuring the Ensuite “Raja Spa”.

Walls came down between the two rooms opening the space completely. The ceiling was heightened with three skylights from RONA added to bring in the heaven energies. A silly and most dysfunctional walk-in closet for a very short creature was dismantled to make way for a sexy Ensuite that would “spill out” into the Master Bedroom. With angled walls, the space was tricky but she made good use with storage space on one side and new built-in closets on the other side, complete with antique French doors, and mirrors attached. This reflected light added even more sensuality.

The floors were stripped of four layers of old linoleum, white glue, tar and some nasty old newspapers to reveal an extraordinary wide plank subfloor saved through time. Using MIN WAX oil-based floor varnish in high gloss, each plank was lovingly brushed with many coats until it shone like glass and glowed with many different shades of amber tones. Warm & Delicious!

The finest mica stone from India and China slate were used to create the Ensuite. A stonewall with a falling water faucet greeted a molded iron “lotus design” vessel sink with sculpted iron cage, both from KOHLER. Above the sink, a custom design/built black and gold mirror medicine cabinet with Indian-style arches was installed. Two hand-painted black and gold “lotus “ sconces on either side, from LIVING LIGHTING, kissed the cabinet.

A European caste iron soaker tub was completed with a stone skirt and hand-cut mosaic stone pattern. Gold and Black faucets from KOHLER, true works of art, graced the tub with sheer elegance. A wall niche was created to hold the precious perfumes and salts needed to sooth the soul–and the mighty beast–surely fit for the finest Raja–a true Raja Spa.

A toilet from TOTO, and a hand-painted black and gold freestanding paper holder completed the fixtures. The floor, in the blackest of China slate, had gold brass decorative tiles from Spain inserted in a central pattern creating a striking floor design that was so subtle, so lovely.

A Sir BENJAMIN MOORE palette of burnt orange, gold, cream and off white, created a color design of fiery intention. Who could resist that?

A King size bed, mattress from KINGSDOWN, the softest of sheets, and a painting of Buddha by artist JOHN NOBREGA positioned above it, would welcome the lovers.

The Raja’s daughter’s attention to detail with the Design Fairy Godmother was like no other. Annapurna wanted it to be perfect. She wanted Love and Happiness in her marriage.

Ah, but the Design Fairy Godmother knew she deserved better so she added her own deep magic to this new sacred space to conjure help. She truly glimpsed into Annapurna’s heart and her loving intentions.  Besides, Annapurna was a real babe!

And so it was done. Excited and with anticipation, the Raja’s daughter brought her husband up to the new third-floor Master Suite. He held no expression. There was nothing but a grunt, and then he turned and went back to his man cave.

Annapurna wept that night alone in her big bed and prayed for guidance. Suddenly, the painting above her swirled and came alive, Buddha stood in front of her, and her father, the Raja’s spirit, stood next to him. “Fear not child, light your candles and when they burn out at daybreak, we will lift the curse of your mother.”

The Raja’s daughter lit the candles. At daybreak, her husband turned back into an old decrepit miser, looking every bit as ugly on the outside as he was on the inside. She was shocked to see the truth. He went back to live with his extremely old miserly mother, the old coot, a friend of the late Raja’s wife, Annapurna’s mother. They too, wasted away their time watching television and gorging on tootsie rolls.

After divorcing, the Raja’s daughter went back to creating her sari designs and art. Annapurna found laughter again in her work and friends.

One day, as Good Karma would have it (and a little deep magic!), a tall, very handsome, sexy man came into her place of business. When he saw Annapurna, he was drawn to her. He made jokes and they laughed, realizing they had the same quirky, twisted sense of humor, and get this– they both enjoy raw blended kale drinks.

They soon fell in love, and lived together in bliss for a time in her home (before moving to their new palace), enjoying her  ”Design for Love” Master Bedroom and Raja Spa. It is told that they even wrote a few new steamy chapters to the Kama Sutra!

Well, my dear ones- ah hem! When the chemistry’s right—it’s right! And of course, they lived happily ever after.

THE END

© 2013 Andrea Carini

© 2013 Andrea Carini

AFTER Photos by Michael McDonald
INTERIOR DESIGN by Andrea Carini for Your Sacred Space Interiors

A Sexy Master Bedroom With “Raja Spa” Ensuite to Feed the Passion Lotus!

“The Master”
BEFORE:

A third floor with two rooms both with sloped roofs yearned to breathe! One dark small and narrow room with a tiny window shouted “Prison Cell”, while the other was an average size space with a walk in closet fit for Yoda. So dear ones, walls came down, we demo’d to the studs and utilized EVERY BIT OF SPACE WE HAD in this exotic design! Layers of history, including many eras of linoleum, white glue, black tar and newspaper including a scandalous article about Errol Flynn (I do wish we could have saved it!), were removed to reveal an incredible floor! A wide-plank Oak subfloor aged to perfection!

BEFORE: A third floor with two rooms both with sloped roofs yearned to breathe! One dark small and narrow room with a tiny window shouted “Prison Cell”, while the other was an average size space with a walk in closet fit for Yoda. So dear ones, walls came down, we demo’d to the studs and utilized EVERY BIT OF SPACE WE HAD in this exotic design! Layers of history, including many eras of linoleum, white glue, black tar and newspaper including a scandalous article about Errol Flynn (I do wish we could have saved it!), were removed to reveal an incredible floor! A wide-plank Oak subfloor aged to perfection!

AFTER:

A sexy suede comforter with luxurious bedding, an original wide plank amber-toned floor that shines like glass, a custom his & hers closet with mirrored French doors, more custom closets built into the sloped roof, an original oil painting by Canadian artist John Nobrega, and beautiful decorative pieces enhance this sensual space.

AFTER: A sexy suede comforter with luxurious bedding, an original wide plank amber-toned floor that shines like glass, a custom his & hers closet with mirrored French doors, more custom closets built into the sloped roof, an original oil painting by Canadian artist John Nobrega, and beautiful decorative pieces enhance this sensual space.

Simple and elegant décor accompaniments! A spacious deep closet yields tons of space for lots of saris and shoes!

AFTER: Simple and elegant décor accompaniments! A spacious deep closet yields tons of space for lots of saris and shoes!

Three skylights were added-2 in Master-1 in Bath, skillfully painted and detailed with a peacock and burnt orange feathered pull! Two seats for two lovers to commune, relax, read, and hold hands!

AFTER: Three skylights were added-2 in Master-1 in Bath, skillfully painted and detailed with a peacock and burnt orange feathered pull! Two seats for two lovers to commune, relax, read, and hold hands!

A hand- carved obelisk shaped antique gentleman’s bar graces a corner with Buddhist calligraphy. A “secret” library/office claims a tucked away corner.

AFTER: A hand- carved obelisk shaped antique gentleman’s bar graces a corner with Buddhist calligraphy. A “secret” library/office claims a tucked away corner.

A stunning Color Design creates depth, light, and optical illusion. The fiery and sensual color palette set a passionate tone!

AFTER: A stunning Color Design creates depth, light, and optical illusion. The fiery and sensual color palette set a passionate tone!

“The Ensuite”

This dramatic Ensuite with black and gold accents (including the hand-painted paper holder!) beckons any couple to soak in it’s luxurious deep caste iron tub, wrap up in the coziest spa towels and feel the rapture!

AFTER: This dramatic Ensuite with black and gold accents (including the hand-painted paper holder!) beckons any couple to soak in it’s luxurious deep caste iron tub, wrap up in the coziest spa towels and feel the rapture!

A European, caste iron, 24” deep soaker tub is surrounded by a stunning hand-cut mosaic tile design in Indian and Chinese Stone.

AFTER: A European, caste iron, 24” deep soaker tub is surrounded by a stunning hand-cut mosaic tile design in Indian and Chinese Stone.

Black and Gold Kohler Faucets artfully grace this very seductive tub!

AFTER: Black and Gold Kohler Faucets artfully grace this very seductive tub!

AFTER: A falling water faucet, springs from a stone wall, as a caste iron lotus design vessel sink catches the gentle water stream, adding even more romance! An iron Indian doorknocker is playfully used as a hand towel holder. A custom designed, medicine cabinet, is inspired by a found arched detailed mirror and all is painted black and gold!  Two lotus design sconces also hand-painted in black and gold enhance the titillating atmosphere of the space!

AFTER: A falling water faucet, springs from a stone wall, as a caste iron lotus design vessel sink catches the gentle water stream, adding even more romance! An iron Indian doorknocker is playfully used as a hand towel holder. A custom designed, medicine cabinet, is inspired by a found arched detailed mirror and all is painted black and gold! Two lotus design sconces also hand-painted in black and gold enhance the titillating atmosphere of the space!

AFTER:  Every inch of space is utilized even adding a niche in the bath for precious oils and other pampering products! Mmmmmmmmmmm……Imagine the possibilities!

AFTER: Every inch of space is utilized even adding a niche in the bath for precious oils and other pampering products! Mmmmmmmmmmm……Imagine the possibilities!

Let’s not forget the Floor Detail! The Blackest of Black Chinese slate is used for the floor (and bath mosaic detail). Gold brass Spanish tiles embossed with a lotus flower design are mixed with the slate tiles into a loose diamond pattern. A warm and lovely sensation for the tootsies!

AFTER: Let’s not forget the Floor Detail! The Blackest of Black Chinese slate is used for the floor (and bath mosaic detail). Gold brass Spanish tiles embossed with a lotus flower design are mixed with the slate tiles into a loose diamond pattern. A warm and lovely sensation for the tootsies!

Namaste Lovers! A sensual haven and sacred space!

AFTER: Namaste Lovers! A sensual haven and sacred space!

ANDREA’S DESIGN PEARLS OF WISDOM:

  • FIRST THINGS FIRST! The Master Bedroom/Ensuite MUST EMBODY the SPECIFIC WISHES and needs OF THE COUPLE inhabiting the space—-not the designer or contractor! It’s a magical place when both partners should radiate The Happy Face!
  • EMBRACE THE BASIC NEEDS of the space and here they are; ROMANCE, REJUVENATION, REST.
  • Decide on your PERSONAL STYLE TOGETHER, a combination of looks to reflect your PERSONALITIES IN HARMONY. Whether it be a Traditional, Contemporary, Victorian, Eclectic, Industrial Chic, Country Tuscany, Caribbean Beach Haven, Art Deco, Metro Hotel Chic, City Sophisticate, Zen Minimalist, Hollywood Den, any Cultural Influence, or your own creative innovation, like my favorite– Hawaiian Gypsy Fairy Princess Spa!…anything goes!
  • The BED IS THE FOCAL POINT! Not your TV. Your bed should say,” Come in, lie down, relax, get comfortable, bask in this luxury, express your sensual nature, connect with your partner, pamper each other and sleep peacefully!” Spend $$$ on some cozy, comfy, soft sheets that will envelop you in comfort. Spend $$$ on lush pillows and bedding to create your mood and entice you to enjoy!
  • CREATE ANOTHER WORLD. This is your own personal space that is your sacred space, your hidden sanctuary, the “get-away” and escape from work, kids, commitments and the outside world.
  • CREATE THE RIGHT ATMOSPHERE WITH COLOR. Choose a color palette that makes YOU BOTH feel what you want to feel. We’re all different! According to a study in the UK, blues and greens help you get the most sleep and rest, yellows and gold are second, while caramel colors stimulate the most sexual activity (and you thought it was red!!!).
  • HIDE THE TV! In an armoire, chest, dresser behind a picture or mirror….keep it a secret. Get out your own magic wand and make it disappear!
  • CREATE AMBIANCE WITH LIGHTING. Beautiful Bedside lamps, or a few pot- lights positioned above the bed can give you the optimum light for reading those love letters to each other! A dimmer switch (one of the best inventions in my opinion) gives you the ability to control your own lighting moods!  Wall sconces create soft light. A sexy overhead light adds personality.
  • DECLUTTER…I don’t have to explain this one—no work stuff please—shove the laptop in a drawer—OK?!!
  • BEDSIDE STORAGE IS GREAT TO KEEP DOWN CLUTTER. Choose night/side tables for your bed that have drawers or doors to make things disappear, like books, glasses, massage oils and any other necessary items……..ahem! Remember the Magic Wand Theory folks!
  • THINK EVERY INCH FOR STORAGE SPACE. Whether you have the room for His & Hers Closets, or just get creative as in our Fairytale by utilizing space in angled roofs to create storage closets. Use your space wisely and with flair!
  • USE MIRRORS TO CREATE PORTALS OF LIGHT. Use mirrors in “dead corners”, dark walls, above dressers, and even as we did in this story, behind glass doors, to create expanse and the optical illusion of space. A Master Bedroom should never feel claustrophobic (nor should any room!). Your private lair needs to breathe!
  • ART FOR YOUR MOOD! Choose art for your walls, and even above your bed, Choose carefully for your sacred space as the art will serve as inspiration, and affirmation of your own personal message about your space.
  • MUSIC is another detail that helps influence the emotions in a positive way, so have your electrician install a sound system, should you be inclined …….or if not, hide a small radio behind a potted plant!  Remember Bolero?!
  • WINDOW TREATMENTS should complete your look in your spoken style and be functional to give you he privacy you need.
  • THE ENSUITE IS AN EXTENTION OF YOUR MASTER bedroom in feeling, design and mood. Decide on how many pieces you wish in your bath, and its usage for your space.  Create the same ambiance whether it is a closed door or open concept. It’s your fantasy! Fill it with plush towels, and products to tantalize! When choosing a tub, choose a deep soaker for two for a delicious relaxing bath—sink into it and have fun!
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The Tale of “The Princess of Fire”, a Teenage Girl’s Bedroom Design Story

Once upon a time, the Design Fairy Godmother had a dream of a beautiful little French Princess with big crystal blue eyes that glittered with fiery moon sparks, as she danced and danced within a glowing ring of Fire, on top of the glorious world, which transformed into a beating heart, and then magically became a ballroom studio with high arched windows, deep red velvet curtains, cherry floors that looked like glass, an ebony baby grand piano and a big puce colored silk couch with tufting and…..

Now Dear Ones, we are all aware of the Design Fairy Godmother’s creative imagination and her attention to detail can be ( oh yes!) over the top. But lo and behold, truth be told, this very child existed, and grew into the most beautiful, passionate and graceful teenage dancer the world had ever known. They called her The Princess of Fire! And yes! She was French!

The Princess of Fire Cha Cha-ed, Rumba-ed , and Samba-ed every chance she had, including practicing while brushing her teeth! She Waltz-ed, and Tango-ed in the shower of her royal chamber! Her acrobatic Jive dance ignited the King’s court in an uproar, upstaging the overpaid and under talented court Jester, Harry Kerry. As the Princess’s skirt whooshed, her hair flying and eyes darting with fiery passion, the Queen’s knickers were in a knot—in fact, many knots. Blazing through her dance repertoire, the Princess of Fire’s burning steps left scorch marks on the Queens new hardwood floors. Oh My Stars!

This Royal Family called in the Design Fairy Godmother, in a desperate attempt to contain their daughter’s glowing expression and try to save what was left of the castle flooring.

After lengthy discussion with the Princess, the Design Fairy Godmother came up with a plan to create a bedroom space to nurture (while still containing) this teenager’s fiery creativity. It would be a place where the Princess could dance, entertain, create art, do her homework, play music, read from her vast lamb-gut book collection or just rest her weary little head after a long regal day.

First the wall color was chosen, like the inside of a flame, a beautiful indigo blue. In fact, two shades were used to create depth in her space, with ivory white trim to “pop” the color, both by Sir Benjamin Moore. Next, her handy Mom, the Queen, made her beautiful curtains and valance, with a salmon colored damask material, and ivory sheer, found by the Design Fairy Godmother at Designer Fabric Outlet. A French toile bedspread was purchased for her royal bed with custom pillows found in various couture and artistic places.

The Princess herself strung beautiful sparkling beads and hung them in her window to catch the moon sparks. Art from local artists was purchased and hung to inspire the teenage dancer. Gilded mirrors were added, with a large one specifically to aid the Princess in her movement practices. A favorite bookshelf was painted in ivory white, while her much loved salmon leather chair was adorned with a handmade fur blanket and pillow, fashioned by the Queen Mother herself. An antique stool was recovered and skirted with a French floral print. A special place was designated for her guitars (yes she is very musical too!) and fun antique decorative details accented her room highlighting her passionate personality. The Design Fairy Godmother fireproofed this woman-child’s room with a magical chant—which was eco-friendly of course! Voila!

The Princess of Fire embraced her new chambre, her lovely big blue eyes alive with excitement as she engaged the flame of her very being in her new abode, and also— she found it very cool.

Her Royal Parents rejoiced! In time they refinished their floors, leaving one scorch mark shaped like a heart, a sentimental symbol of their talented, passionate daughter!

The Princess of Fire learned to contain her explosive moves and direct them energetically in artistic loving form. Her power and focus found its way into every aspect of her life, as she danced and twirled happily and easily through each “chapter”, trailing sparks wherever she roamed!

FIN (THE END!)

© 2013 Andrea Carini

© 2013 Andrea Carini

AFTER Photos by Claire Louise Foster
INTERIOR DESIGN by Andrea Carini for Your Sacred Space Interiors

A Teenage Girl’s Fiery French Hideaway

There are some things that could not change in this space, rather they needed to be enhanced in a magical way! Most of the wood was “painted out” in a Benjamin Moore Ivory White #CC-130.  This small narrow space was instantly uplifted. The walls were painted in two shades of a beautiful French Indigo Blue. With the two end walls painted in the lighter shade, an optical illusion was created to give the room a wider dimension! Salmon colored damask fabric framed the large window in a dramatic window treatment with padded valance made by the Queen Mom! A French Toile bedspread graced our Princess’s bed with custom and art pillows, made and found.

There are some things that could not change in this space, rather they needed to be enhanced in a magical way! Most of the wood was “painted out” in a Benjamin Moore Ivory White #CC-130. This small narrow space was instantly uplifted. The walls were painted in two shades of a beautiful French Indigo Blue. With the two end walls painted in the lighter shade, an optical illusion was created to give the room a wider dimension! Salmon colored damask fabric framed the large window in a dramatic window treatment with padded valance made by the Queen Mom! A French Toile bedspread graced our Princess’s bed with custom and art pillows, made and found.

The Custom Window Treatment: A salmon colored damask curtain and valance, paired with a ruffled ”floral burnout” sheer curtain. Sweet Elegance!

The Custom Window Treatment: A salmon colored damask curtain and valance, paired with a ruffled ”floral burnout” sheer curtain. Sweet Elegance!

The big leather salmon chair, a fave of our Princess was a must save fixture in her room and so, we matched our curtains to the color, made a fur blanket (by Queen Mom) and pillows to add a comfortable feeling and look. A French Gold Antique mirror added to the wall with candle sconces fed her theatrical nature! A white sconce held her sheet music for practicing her guitar. Two Pottery Barn shelves added to hold many dear objects for our Princess. A pull out guest bed/chair is ready for fun times! An antique stool was recovered in a French floral!

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Chair, table & stool compliment each other.

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A close-up on the antique stool upholstered in French flowers.

A small antique table in ivory and gold with a French flavor, was placed by the Princess’s favorite chair for her reading.

A small antique table in ivory and gold with a French flavor, was placed by the Princess’s favorite chair for her reading.

These bookshelves had to stay but were two different colors. Bring out the paintbrush and here comes the Ivory White!!! The doors had to remain the natural wood. A treasured collection of mirrors and art were composed to create interest and harmony. We created place for everything, and everything in its place.

A collection of antique mirrors and personal art in composition.

Custom & Art pillows, A Gold Mirror reflects the Princess’s precious jewels, and an artful Bonsai is at home in this fiery but delicate space!

Custom and Art pillows, a Gold Mirror reflects the Princess’s precious jewels, and an artful Bonsai is at home in this fiery but delicate space!

ANDREA’S DESIGN PEARLS OF WISDOM:

  • When designing a teenager’s room, consult and get to know your woman-child or man-child, Prince or Princess. The space should reflect their individual personalities, passions and interests, not those of their parents, interior designers or granny-nannys. Ask questions. Find out what they like AND WHO THEY ARE. AND LISTEN.
  • BIGGEST THING TO REMEMBER! NO DECISION ON ANYTHING IS MADE WITHOUT YOUR TEENAGER!
  • These Royal Teens have a lot going on! Their hormones are ranging, body changing, emotions flowing and this is actually a very exciting time in their human development! Their interests and thinking can take you to places you have long forgotten. This is a very creative period and they want to be in charge! They will come up with ideas from places you couldn’t imagine—-so encourage their ideas and co-create them! They must OWN their space!
  • A Gifted Interior Design Professional (or fabulous Design Fairy Godmother) will LISTEN intently, and skillfully blend/harmonize your woman-child’s (or man-child’s) wishes, dreams, interest and personality into their cool space and express it WITH THEM.
  • Teens need to stay organized—and it’s tough. So to make things easier, give them places to put things– other than the floor—a wall unit with drawers, shelves, desk and other brilliant storage ideas!
  • Not only should a teenage bedroom be functional, (plenty of places to help organize them), but must also be a place to escape and hang out with friends.
  • Don’t follow trends. Believe me, they have their own ideas. If you must as a result of their current interest, then represent these trends in decorative items, pictures, art, accessories, and later when they are sick of it, sell it on Kijiji.
  • Great Lighting is important for your teen’s space. Make sure to have soft light, and a lamp for reading. If possible, install dimmers to control the brightness in the room (actually great for all bedrooms). Have an interesting light fixture as a focal point. Remember lighting definitely affects our moods.
  • Now Royal Parents, do keep this in mind. Everything is temporary. A black wall can be repainted, crazy posters can be replaced, everything can be changed and will change as your teen evolves and has new interests. The most important thing is your woman-child or man-child will feel welcomed and inspired by an environment they have put their own imprint on. And that is pure Teen Magic!