Design Coach: Bedroom Suite With Global Flair

When guests arrive at Michelle Tingler’s home, they immediately sense the laidback global style that permeates the interior. Bamboo accents recall a chic West Indies vibe, and vintage accents such as mercury glass lamps and flea market chandeliers impart classic romantic charm.


Dressed in antique linens, Michelle’s bed is a perfect example of using what you love. A vintage suzani decorates the bed and lends color and character to the room.

Mixed in are small personal touches that show that this home is truly a place for family. My style is just easy breezy, Michelle says. As a mother of three kids, it’s about making a home for my family merging my needs and their needs with the things that we all love.

Michelle designs her rooms to withstand the rigors of her energetic kids and yet still maintain a grown-up aesthetic.


A vintage chandelier over the soaking tub is beautiful and practical. The stool, dark wood floor and bamboo shelves ground the space, creating a warm and welcoming room.

In the master bedroom and bath, Michelle created an elegant retreat with antique embroidered linens, an antique suzani (an embroidered tribal textile made in Central Asia)embellishing the bed and earthy bamboo punctuating the ethereal white bathroom suite.

Though an all-white color scheme can sometimes come off as cold, these touches of dark wood and interesting textures help to create an inviting space. Choosing durable materials and easy-to-clean surfaces ensure that her retreat can keep its beauty, even with the wear and tear of young children.

With her no-fuss approach to beautiful design, Michelle has created a family friendly home while her children have learned to appreciate and care for treasured objects.


Favorite collections are put on bold display in the bath.


Get This Look

Instead of hiding your fabric treasures away, why not employ them to create something you can see and enjoy every day? Here are a few simple ways to make the most of your fabulous linens.


In the vanity area, clean lines are accented with feminine touches, including the Venetian mirror and white chair.


Use your vintage fabric to make a one-of-a-kind pillow. Visit for free patterns, from pillows to duvets and aprons.


Stitch a vintage hankie onto an existing pillow. This is a great way to perk up a tired accent.


Drape fabric across the end of a bed or on the back of a chair to lend color and texture to a room.


Written by Jickie Torres

Photography by Mark Tanner

Styled by Jacqueline deMontravel



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