KEITH'S MAIN BEDROOM SUITE
In 2020, our firm's Creative Director, Keith Fortner, sold a larger new-construction home with a pool and right-sized to a condo conveniently-located in the middle of Palm Springs. Undergoing a major renovation during the worst months of the pandemic was not without its challenges.
I sat down with Keith at his chic new home, for happy hour, to discuss all the details of the remarkable transformation of his main bedroom suite.
Read on as I ask Keith to share all the details of his main bedroom transformation.
CK: Wow, this bedroom is so, well, serene and peaceful. Are you perhaps suggesting that your job is stressful and you need a retreat?
KF: No comment.
CK: No comment? You. I don't believe that.
KF: We do know each other well...
Let's just say that things move fast at Christopher Kennedy Inc., and we have quite a few irons in the fire. Which is wonderful, and I know that we are both very grateful for the opportunities we have and wonderful clients we serve.
We also have a lot of stimulus coming at us, visual and otherwise, all day long. So, yes, I really did want my bedroom to be a soothing sanctuary.
CK: Well, you nailed it, while also making it dramatic and chic.
KF: Thank you! It means so much to me that you approve. (eye roll)
Main Bedroom: Before + After
CK: Tell me about the "before."
KF: Two words:
CK: I hated beets as a kid!
KF: Didn't we all?
CK: Makes me wonder about the former owner. Can you imagine them looking at a bunch of paint swatches and deciding, "Yep, that's the one! Let's do ALL the walls!"
KF: Well, it keeps us in business. (they click drinks)
That beet color was, how to say it, not to my taste? (Pun intended.)
But, I actually kept it for 5 months until I couldn't take it anymore. During Quarantine, Todd and I decided the least we could do to pass the time was paint. It took 3 coats of primer and 3 coats of paint. We actually spaced it out over 2 tedious weeks.
CK: Color me impressed. You know I have never painted a wall in my life.
KF: I am well aware. (sips his drink slowly, with side eye)
CK: What size bed is that in the before photo?
KF: I have no idea. Didn't care, because I knew the room was generous despite its poor staging.
The main appeal of this unit, other than the vaulted great room, was the generously sized main bedroom. Not only is it 6 feet wider than all of the other units, but it also had a walk-in closet that the others didn't have. A MUST for me. But, we will get to the closet later.
You know they offered to sell me the furniture....!
CK: (choking on his drink) Get out! You politely declined, obviously...
KF: Or maybe not-so-politely...
CK: You're always polite. Though, both of us...I think we sometimes can't hide the look on our faces.
KF: It's true. And, you are really bad at poker.
CK: Ok, back to the transformation. Wow, is it ever one! This room is so spacious. Crazy to think they only had, what looks like, maybe a full-size bed in here.
KF: Exactly. If a couple slept here, they must have really liked each other.
CK: This is a big room! You managed to get not only a king-sized bed in here, but also a sitting area and a desk area. How did you go about furnishing it?
KF: The design started by combining pieces I had brought from our previous home.
The bed, nightstands and Jeré sculpture had been in my former guest room. The lamps, demilune table and accent chairs had been in my Main Bedroom. And I still had room to add a desk and chair!
CK: Wait, you work when you are at home?!?
KF: No comment.
Above: The artwork is from the Christopher Kennedy Collection for Wendover Art Group, available here.
Above: The bed is by Crate & Barrel, the coverlet and shams are through Christopher Kennedy available here, and the sculpture is by Curtis Jere, available through Christopher Kennedy. The bed scarf, Euro pillows, and lumbar pillow are custom.
As far as color and vibe, I knew I wanted it serene but with a strong personality.