Which Bed Is Right For You?

Do you watch tv in bed?  Or sit up and read?  Maybe you need an upholstered headboard.

Does your bed face a window with a beautiful view?  Maybe a headboard with a mirror.

Do you want your headboard to be a feature wall?  Try something unusual and artistic.

Are you short on space for nightstands?  Perhaps a headboard with attached small nightstands may fit in your space.

These are the first questions I ask my clients when I am designing a bedroom.  Your bed is one of the most important pieces of furniture in your home.  We spend 30% of our lives in bed.  After a good mattress, a solid bed to put it on is critical.  Once you’ve determined the function of your bed and headboard, then you determine the style – and there are so many to choose from.  Here are some of our favorites that just may inspire you to have the form that follows function and to get the perfect bed for a good night’s sleep!

 

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

 

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

 

Christopher Guy

Christopher Guy

 

 

Christopher Guy

Christopher Guy

 

 

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

IKEA

IKEA

 

 

The Bella Cottage

The Bella Cottage

 

 

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

 

Ballard Designs

Ballard Designs

 

 

South Shore via Wayfair

South Shore via Wayfair

 

 

Hooker Furniture

Hooker Furniture

 

 

Hooker Furniture

Hooker Furniture

 

 

Bassett Furniture

Bassett Furniture

 

 

Old Hickory Tannery Horchow

Old Hickory Tannery Horchow

 

 

Haute House via Horchow

Haute House via Horchow

 

 

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

 

So, which bed is right for you?

Color Feature: LAVENDER

I really had to step out of the box for today’s color feature.  Lavender is not in my usual go-to palette, and I honestly don’t know why!  It has such a soft, easy feel and goes great with so many colors – gray, chocolate brown, yellows, coral…

I came across this room designed by Barry Dixon and just loved how easily the lavender sofa softly coordinated with the blue chair, orange shade, and chocolate brown table.  Here are some other purple products that inspire me, and I hope they may give you a little inspiration as well!

Washington Post

Washington Post

 

Perfect for an entry or a laundry room, Benjamin Moore’s “Queen’s Wreath” is a striking change from the usual neutrals.

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

 

Love the purple and gray combination here – especially accented with the black and white.

Tweed Thistle, Graham & Brown

Tweed Thistle, Graham & Brown

 

Lavender and velvet just looks regal.  Again, white just makes the color pop!

Addison Chair, Jonathan Adler

Addison Chair, Jonathan Adler

 

 Velvet Tufted Wingback Bed, Anthropologie

Velvet Tufted Wingback Bed, Anthropologie

 

Octavia Cocktail Ottoman, Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

Octavia Cocktail Ottoman, Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

 

The silver table just seems to take over the focus here, doesn’t it?

Himalayan Purple Area Rug, Safavieh (Available at Wayfair)

Himalayan Purple Area Rug, Safavieh (Available at Wayfair)

 

Sometimes just a pillow or two is all that’s needed to add a little pizazz!

Nordstrom at Home 'Emilia' & 'Woven Plaid' Bedding Collection

Nordstrom at Home ‘Emilia’ & ‘Woven Plaid’ Bedding Collection

 

A Line of Lavender Pillow Cover, Wisteria

A Line of Lavender Pillow Cover, Wisteria

 

Such a pretty color combination!

Kravet

Kravet

 

Another soft color combo – would be striking on a black floor!

SPO Bordered Round Jute Rug, West Elm

SPO Bordered Round Jute Rug, West Elm

 

Sometimes colored glass can make such a dramatic difference on a table.

Orrefors Totem Tranquility Candlestick, Bloomingdale's

Orrefors Totem Tranquility Candlestick, Bloomingdale’s

Vera Wang Wedgwood "Duchesse Encore" Color Champagne Flute, Bloomingdale's

Vera Wang Wedgwood “Duchesse Encore” Color Champagne Flute, Bloomingdale’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that it’s almost Spring, I think I may start “lavendering ” things up a little!  How about you?  Is lavender part of your color palette?

Pick Your Perfect Bed!

Things go in cycles.  Lately I’ve been designing a lot of bedrooms – master bedrooms, guest bedrooms, children’s bedrooms.  The first thing I do when I start a project..any project..is ask lots of questions. In a bedroom, that can get personal.  Do you sit up in bed? How tall are you?  Do you need storage?  Do you need other space (desk, child’s toy area, etc.)

So, why all the questions?  A bookworm may like a comfy, upholstered headboard.  A shorter person may like a lower platform bed.  A taller person may not want a footboard.  Small room?  Limited storage?  Perhaps a bed with storage drawers.  Odd wall or want to make a statement?  A canopy may be the answer.  Here are some different styles to help you find the bed that is perfect for you!

 

Upholstered Headboard

This is a great option if you like to sit up in bed, or just for a feeling of cozy!  Styles vary – tall, short, tufted, nailhead, the choices are unlimited!  An upholstered bed can also be changed with a fabric swap when you are looking to freshen things up!

Just look at how dramatic the fuschia on this headboard is!!!

Bassett Furniture

Bassett Furniture

 

Nailheads, tufting, and wood trim can change the look of any bed!

Churchill Fabric Sleigh Bed With Footboard, Restoration Hardware

Churchill Fabric Sleigh Bed With Footboard, Restoration Hardware

 

Quatrefoil Nailhead Headboard, Wisteria

Quatrefoil Nailhead Headboard, Wisteria

 

Upholstered Headboard, Wisteria

Upholstered Headboard, Wisteria

 

High ceilings?  Go for a tall headboard like this beautiful one from Kravet!

Kravet

Kravet

 

 

Wood, Metal, Natural Fibers

Painted or stained, a wood frame bed can be used in traditional or contemporary settings.  Headboard only, or four poster?  A metal frame can be used in a more contemporary setting, and natural fibers are a great choice for a coastal home.

Claudette Bed, Ballard Designs

Claudette Bed, Ballard Designs

 

Stria Bed, West Elm

Stria Bed, West Elm

 

Cambridge Bed, Serena & Lily

Cambridge Bed, Serena & Lily

 

Harbour Cane Bed, Serena & Lily

Harbour Cane Bed, Serena & Lily

 

 

Storage bed

When choosing a bed with storage drawers, make sure you have enough room to open the drawers fully and that they do not hit any other pieces of furniture such a nightstands.  Helpful hint: Beds that sit directly on the floor without a platform have no toespace and can be challenging when making the bed!!

Brimnes Headboard, IKEA

Brimnes Headboard, IKEA

 

Bowery Storage Bed, Crate & Barrel

Bowery Storage Bed, Crate & Barrel

 

Atwood Bed, Crate & Barrel

Atwood Bed, Crate & Barrel

 

Avery Bed, Serena & Lily

Avery Bed, Serena & Lily

 

 

Platform

Sometimes just a platform and no headboard or footboard is the perfect option.  Great for a guest room or multi-purpose room.  The bed could serve as a daybed during the day with pillows lining the head!

Fillmore Upholstered Platform Bed Frame, Pottery Barn

Fillmore Upholstered Platform Bed Frame, Pottery Barn

 

Concord Platform Bed, Atlantic Furniture (Available at Wayfair)

Concord Platform Bed, Atlantic Furniture (Available at Wayfair)

 

 

Bed with attached nightstands

Like a clean, contemporary look?  Have a nice long wall?  Try floating the nightstands!

Mandal Headboard, IKEA

Mandal Headboard, IKEA

 

Storage Bed + Two Nightstands, West Elm

Storage Bed + Two Nightstands, West Elm

 

Worth Platform Bed, AllModern

Worth Platform Bed, AllModern

 

 

Canopy

Nothing is as dramatic as a bed with a canopy!  No one does them better than Alexis Hampton.  Love this one!

Bella Queen Canopy, Alexa Hampton (Available at Hickory Chair)

Bella Queen Canopy, Alexa Hampton (Available at Hickory Chair)

 

Eloquence Aria Queen Canopy Bed, The Bella Cottage

Eloquence Aria Queen Canopy Bed, The Bella Cottage

 

Farmhouse Canopy Bed, Pottery Barn

Farmhouse Canopy Bed, Pottery Barn

 

 

Upholstered headboard, wood, four poster, storage, platform, canopy – you have soo many choices!  What is your pick?  Send me pictures of your best bed solutions!

Bedroom Basics: What You Need, and Why

This cold New England winter has meant a lot more time at home, and that gives us ALL time to walk around and see what needs some sprucing up.  I’ve gotten lots of calls for help with bedrooms lately.  There are so many beautiful options available in everything from furniture to linens, so I thought it was a good time to share some of my favorites with you.  The most important part of the bedroom and where you spend 8 hours a day (okay, so maybe not always 8 hours!) is laying in bed.  This should be the most important purchase you make.  First and most important, go shopping and buy a good quality, comfortable mattress! After that the rest is easy!!

Bed-  Go For the Cozy!

I have to say, I love an upholstered headboard.  It’s comfy to sit up against, feels warm, and can be reupholstered and changed to fit your changing tastes and decor!  What about a footboard?  Personal preference!  If you’re tall you may not want one.  Also, if you want the feeling of more room around the bed, perhaps not.  A canopy over the headboard is another great option if you want something a little different, but not the traditional 4 poster style.

Eloquence Sophia Two-Tone Gold Headboard, The Bella Cottage

Eloquence Sophia Two-Tone Gold Headboard, The Bella Cottage

 

Templeton Bed, Jonathan Adler

Templeton Bed, Jonathan Adler

 

Sofia Headboard, Pottery Barn

Sofia Headboard, Pottery Barn

 

Lorraine Tufted Upholstered Tall Bed & Headboard, Pottery Barn

Lorraine Tufted Upholstered Tall Bed & Headboard, Pottery Barn

I love a bench at the foot of the bed.  It’s great to sit while dressing, or it’s a great spot to put your coverlet when the bed is turned down!

Sophie's Dressing Bench, Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture

Sophie’s Dressing Bench, Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture

 

French Country Louis XVI Sage Tufted Oak Olive Long Bench, Kathy Kuo Home

French Country Louis XVI Sage Tufted Oak Olive Long Bench, Kathy Kuo Home

 

Bedding

Your bedding should be an investment in yourself.  Go for super soft and luxurious.  You’ll sleep better and it will be worth the money you spent.  I’ve found beautiful Egyptian cotton sheets on sale and at discount stores for almost the same price as the “standard” stuff!  Keep an eye on white sales and stock up!

 

Pratesi Griffe Hotel Collection, Bloomingdale's

Pratesi Griffe Hotel Collection, Bloomingdale’s

 

 

Nightstands- Mismatched… And With Storage!

The days of the matchy-matchy nightstands is (thankfully!) gone.  I love a large nightstand, and my husband prefers a smaller one.  I love to have a drawer to stash things, he prefers more of a table top – the styles, sizes and shapes are endless.  This is where you can add a little fun and personality to your bedroom!

Chez Harrods, Christopher Guy

Chez Harrods, Christopher Guy

Vintage Single Nightstand in Creamy White Finish. The Bella Cottage

Vintage Single Nightstand in Creamy White Finish. The Bella Cottage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delphine Side Table, Jonathan Adler

Delphine Side Table, Jonathan Adler

 

 

Dressers & Chests

Closets have gotten larger and dressers seem to be getting a little smaller.  I love a double dresser with a beautiful mirror above.  A simple painted finish can go with most everything!

Eloquence Bronte Weathered White Dresser, The Bella Cottage

Eloquence Bronte Weathered White Dresser, The Bella Cottage

 

 Louis XV Five Drawer Chest, Wisteria

Louis XV Five Drawer Chest, Wisteria

 

Georg French Country Style Ivory Wash Wood Narrow Dresser Chest, Kathy Kuo Home

Georg French Country Style Ivory Wash Wood Narrow Dresser Chest, Kathy Kuo Home

 

Seating

It’s always to nice to have a little slipper chair or, if you have the room, a luxurious chaise.  Add a small table and a lamp and it becomes a reading nook or a spot to sip your morning coffee!

Augusta, Christopher Guy

Augusta, Christopher Guy

 

Sleek Slipper Chair, Wisteria

Sleek Slipper Chair, Wisteria

 

Bedrooms have come a long way, and they are the perfect place to create your personal haven.  It’s the one space you are designing just for YOU, not for guests, so make it personal, and sleep well!!