Photos by Caitlin Abrams
Bedroom design by Boutique of SW
The Boutique by SW, owned by Brenda Westphal, features bedroom vignettes showcasing three different looks.
It’s often a familiar refrain in home design—put all of your attention (and budget) into the public rooms because those are the spaces visitors see most often. More recently, visits to hotels have inspired bedroom design to replicate that look and feel at home. Today, interior designers are creating more dimensional bedrooms in the same way they would the rest of the house, with layered looks and full of personality.
That’s where The Boutique by SW enters the local design scene at International Market Square. The showroom by Scherping Westphal, which opened in February, is the first of its kind at IMS to feature high-end bedding collections, furniture, lighting, and accessories together in a one-stop-shop setting. “It’s about showcasing it all in a space so you can see how it all comes together,” says owner Brenda Westphal.
Westphal says the bedding lines, which include Matouk, Pine Cone Hill, and Home Treasures to name a few, were chosen for the varied looks the collections offer. “We specifically chose lines that are deep and don’t overlap with one another,” she says. Furniture by A. Rudin, Patricia Edwards, Thibaut, and Minton-Spidell, and lighting by John Pomp and Vaughan are among the other collections The Boutique carries.
The showroom is designed to spotlight three different looks: a traditional style with a four-poster bed and monogrammed pillowcases, a modern vignette that evokes an urban, loft-like vibe, and a casual coastal setting that would be at home in a cabin Up North. Beyond the linens and beds that are front-and-center in each of the vignettes, nightstands, chairs, throws, lighting, and art (some by local artists) complete the looks.
“There’s such a mix-and-match way of decorating bedrooms now,” says interior designer Mary Hickey. “Beyond the bedding, this is a go-to resource for me for the furniture they have here.”
The boutique taps several of the senses to convey the mood of a restful retreat, with soft candlelight, the smell of fresh eucalyptus, and classical music piped through the speakers. “I live with music on in my home all the time—it just completes the space,” Westphal says. “We wanted to offer an environment here where the end user can imagine themselves living.” 275 Market St., Ste. 287, Mpls., 612-822-2700, scherpingwestphal.com
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Top-of-bed linens are now as mixed and matched as bedroom furniture. Change out looks with new pillow shams, a statement-making accent pillow, or a colorful or textural throw. “Mix up the styles, too. Not everything has to be one look, like all completely traditional,” says interior designer Mary Hickey (pictured on the left with The Boutique manager Annie Phelps). Hickey adds that she’s recently become a fan of linen sheets. “They are so soft!”
Incorporate “found” objects and treasured family pieces, like your grandmother’s quilt, in your bedroom to personalize the space, Brenda Westphal suggests. “It looks more modern to mix something traditional with crisp, new white linens.”
High-thread-count sheets with embroidered scalloped edges look (and feel) luxurious with layered, tone-on-tone coverlets and throws. Westphal adds that monogrammed bedding is another way to personalize your bed with a tailored look.
Upholstered beds almost beg for you to relax and read a book (OK, maybe a few paragraphs) before turning in. “We’re seeing upholstered beds in very simple to grand frames,” Westphal says.