It’s 9am and Jay Nuhring is studying a Lake Harriet bedroom. He had a quick consultation days earlier about the client’s wish for something less like “college housing” in their master bedroom. Since Nuhring, who owns ReSee Design + Gallery, used to stage homes about to hit the real estate market on an hour’s notice, he doesn’t need much more than a quick scan to get a sense of what needs to stay, go, or be rethought.
“The paradigm in this industry is that you have to start over,” Nuhring says. “I want people to rethink a piece before they throw it away.”
Aside from his frantic TV show–like pace (most rooms are done within one day depending if paint or wallpaper is involved), Nuhring sets himself apart by “shopping the house” and only adding new pieces where necessary. “We’re not laboring over that perfect piece to complete a suite of furnishings,” he says, adding that taking out the back and forth on every item saves his clients time and money. “It’s more about the intention rather than the object. I’m not about finding the perfect chair, lamp, or case good. To me it’s more important just to have a chair in the right place.”
For these homeowners, he kept the calming blue paint and focused on the views of Lake Harriet. In revisioning the room, Nuhring reconfigured the bureaus, showcased favorite books and silver from their grandparents, rehung original oil paintings that were in the living room, created an office beyond the French doors, and added small touches including comfortable seating and binoculars.
- “A light fixture that’s permanently attached to the architecture should give a nod to the period of the home. Otherwise it’ll look like it’s been invited to the wrong party. That’s not necessary with a table lamp or accent light where you can play with modern and break the rules,” notes Jay Nuhring.
- Swapping a ceiling fan for a vintage 1910 brass pendant from John Reinhardt at Antiques Bel Air created a dialogue with the antique bureaus.
- A new coverlet and throw pillows dress up the current bedding and frame.
- An extra layer of polish is all in the details, including a new white cowhide ottoman and blue Chinese porcelain vase from HISTORIC studio.
- Nuhring moved the bed further from the doorway to accentuate the feeling of grandeur when you walk in the room. “You don’t want the largest piece of furniture to accost you.”
It’s 2 p.m. and the homeowners and their kids and relatives walked in squealing with delight, quite like your common makeover special. “I think bedrooms, especially master bedrooms, are outrageously neglected,” Nuhring says. “Before, this felt flat, with no depth or personality, and this family is full of personality. Now with the right pieces and tools they can really live in it.”
- Homeowner Loran Meccia keeps her jewelry in cream and sugar servers from her grandparents’ silver set. Nuhring moved them front and center of the new/old bureau.
- Above the repositioned bureau Nuhring hung two landscape oil paintings that came from above the piano in the living room because they “look better on a blue wall.”