Our bedroom for the 2020 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens, designed for a teenage girl, plays with the dichotomy of what it means to be feminine today. Drawing inspiration from an androgynous fashion editorial photograph that depicts the interplay between feminine and masculine sensibilities, we balance soft, luxuriant fabrics with militant tassel adornments from an officer’s epaulet. Quiet, blush suede juxtaposes the slender, yet powerful snake carved into the arms of our wood lounge chairs. The etageres are bold and geometric, a delicate spider’s web of metal that imparts the extraordinary and often unexpected strength of a female. The ceiling is a fanciful and swirling custom plaster mural that hovers above an organized composition of ivory and black stripes, evoking unyielding military precision.