Tanglewood empty nesters were ready for a new location and a new style

Caroline and Doug Bailey turned an extra bedroom in their home into a patio room that looks out to their backyard and its inviting pool. Certainly a wow moment in this lovely home in Tanglewood, it’s filled with things that remind them of one of their favorite places to visit: the Beverly Hills Hotel. Framed Slim Aarons photographs hang on bold green-and-white-striped wallpaper, a pair of Jonathan Adler Chippendale-style faux bamboo chairs have blush cushions, and a tuxedo-style sofa holds more pillows, including a pair made of the legendary Dorothy Draper Brazilliance pattern, repeated in the wallpaper in the en suite bathroom. “My husband and I love the Beverly Hills Hotel. We stay there when we go to LA,” said Caroline. “When we bought this house, we said, ‘Let’s do a whole room like that.’” The Houston native smiles as she looks around the room decorated by Cindy Witmer and Laura Benes of Cindy Witmer Designs, admiring a glass-and-acrylic coffee table that adds a bit of midcentury whimsy. There’s also a quirky faux fiddle-leaf fig tree that’s been painted white. It initially sat in the home’s foyer, then later seemed a better fit for this room’s throwback vibe. The empty ne...

Autism conference room makeover at University of Iowa includes interactive artwork

IOWA CITY — The conference room inside the child and adolescent psychiatry unit at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital used to be quite sterile, with off-white walls and a lack of pizzazz. Dr. Peter Daniolos, a psychiatrist and training director at the clinic, said he thought the interior room — which physicians, patients and their families utilize heavily each day — needed an overhaul. “I think our spaces impact us in so many ways … We’re in here every day and all day and if the room is not really beautiful what does that say about the service we offer and how does that impact the way we feel about our work?” he asked. Daniolos thought the room really needed a window, but they couldn’t just bore a hole into the wall. “Yet art can create a window-like space,” Daniolos said. “So we began to have a conversation: How can we create something that can bring color and light, and how can we also bring in some of the amazing children and families in our community that we are working with, kids with developmental disabilities and autism?” The result is a transformed space, with bright, colorful walls, modern green and yellow furniture and a large, interactive art piece titl...