A Bedroom Built For Bert and Ernie

Furniture maker Eric Brand looks to legendary puppeteer Jim Henson for interior design inspiration.

It was the room itself that dictated the inspiration for furniture maker Eric Brand's design at the Titans of Business and the Best Design Show House event at Beverly Hills' historic Greystone Mansion, where designers this fall looked to accomplished clients and iconic entrepreneurs as muses for their interior design. Brand, whose high-end furniture is sold in showrooms across the country, says the space, which is "small-scale, and the brightest and sunniest room," immediately spoke out to him as a child's bedroom.

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With the function of his show house room in mind, Brand selected legendary puppeteer Jim Henson as the "titan" to inspire his design. Brand's own grown children were great admirers of The Muppets when they were young, so Henson seemed a perfect candidate for the role -- especially since Brand's personal memorabilia collection includes two framed photographs of Bert and Ernie. (The photos make an appearance above one of the room's twin beds.)

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The influence of the puppets' red, blue, and yellow striped shirts is clearly evident in the room's color palette, but Brand tells us he also chose the primary colors because they're "easy digestible colors," that are "simple for a child to identify with." Walls are painted in deep blue, a large red area rug brings texture to the floor, and yellow is used as an accent color throughout. HEADER3 While the colors themselves may be simple, there's nothing uninvolved about the space. In fact, nearly everything in the interior, Brand tells us, was made by his studio and in many cases custom-made (save for a set of Pottery Barn bedding and CB2 rope pendant lights). "I wanted to show our strength as a furniture manufacturer in a complete, turnkey package," he says. Brand's furniture line includes seating, tables, casegoods, lighting, beds, mirrors, and accessories. HEADER4 A pair of bespoke beds, which are trimmed with nailheads and feature built-in storage drawers, are the pieces that Brand thinks most "make" the room. "Their playful silhouettes are childlike in spirit," he says, "and the upholstery evokes cozying up and spending the night reading a book -- or whatever children like to do." Meanwhile, we couldn't take our eyes off the blue and yellow trompe-l'œil paneling on one half of the room, which Brand calls "poor man's paneling" and was painted by his own team. "It's as if a child would have done it themselves." If only that were true.

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Isabella Corner Daybed, From $849, Ballard Designs Striped Orange Throw, $45, CB2 Stream Knit Blue Pillow, $40, CB2
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Silhouette Finial Wire Pendant, $1070, Shades of Light PB Classic Stripe Bedding, From $25, Pottery Barn Jaipur Maroc Sabra White Rug, From $170, Rugs HQ
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Mid-Century Dresser, $999, West Elm Live Ivy Triple Ball Topiary, $599, Pottery Barn Graham Glider, $799, West Elm
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Kermit Pillow, $34, The Retro Inc. Chord Pendant Lamp, $80, CB2 Argyle Blue & Wedgewood Pillow, $212, Square Feathers
Photographs: Chris Patey
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