Designers Edward Cardimona, Brenda Greving and Dale Eramo wanted to experiment with color, design and texture. They started by replacing Santangelo's nightstands with sleeker pieces they found hidden in the living room. Then the team swapped out her traditional comforter for a crisp, white coverlet and shams. To top off the bed and make it the focal point of the room, they added a bright, floral-patterned duvet, beaded throw pillows and sky blue sheets. Streamlined accent pieces—like clear bedside lamps, cream window treatments and a black leather bench—give the room a more modern feel. For an artistic finish, they camouflaged her antique chandelier by wrapping it with nonflammable gauze and added peel-and-stick wall art for instant flair.
Want to cover your overhead light? The DVF crew recommends replacing regular bulbs with ones that don't emit heat, covering the fixture with a lampshade and winding flameproof fabric around it.
Shop this room: Floral Batik bedding (duvet and sham), $90–$250. Twig Matelasse coverlet and shams in White, $230 for coverlet, $100 per sham. Batik Beaded pillow in Light Teal and Coral, $80 each. Twig Matelasse European shams in Cream Leaf, $110 each. Batik Dot sheets and pillowcases in Bahama Blue, $80–$110.