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Bedrooms I Love

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It's been raining in New York for the past two days, so naturally I haven't been able to stop thinking about...bedrooms!

Spartan or lavish, subdued or lush with color, your bedroom is a reflection of who you are and how you want to to live when the rest of the world is shut out.

Because all bedrooms share the same furniture story (bed, nightstand, bench or chair for sitting); the opportunity lies in what you do with the key pieces in the room.

These rooms are always inspiring to me. I hope that you too will find ideas to create a truly dreamy space...come rain or shine.

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It's a great idea to attach curtain rods to your ceiling and use store-bought curtains to create an updated canopy.

1 It's a great idea to attach curtain rods to your ceiling and use store-bought curtains to create an updated canopy.

This is the bedroom of our Creative Director, Eric Pike. Its beauty is in its details.

2 This is the bedroom of our Creative Director, Eric Pike. Its beauty is in its details.

Color-blocked linen covers add punch to this simple bedroom.

3 Color-blocked linen covers add punch to this simple bedroom.

I love the subtle color shifts in the pillow cases and with the duvet design. This proves you can update a room with bedding alone.

4 I love the subtle color shifts in the pillow cases and with the duvet design. This proves you can update a room with bedding alone.

This Biedermeier bed is complimented by the matching mirrors and side table.

5 This Biedermeier bed is complimented by the matching mirrors and side table.

This side table is genius in Martha's previous home, Turkey Hill.

6 This side table is genius in Martha's previous home, Turkey Hill.

I love the bedskirt silhouette in this Swedish style bedroom. And who wouldn't love to sleep under a royal crown?

7 I love the bedskirt silhouette in this Swedish style bedroom. And who wouldn't love to sleep under a royal crown?

For me, it's all about the wallpaper in Susan Lyne's guest bedroom.

8 For me, it's all about the wallpaper in Susan Lyne's guest bedroom.

A built-in headboard made of velvet gives this bed a plush look. The side tables are simple and smart looking.

9 A built-in headboard made of velvet gives this bed a plush look. The side tables are simple and smart looking.

I love the use of this futuristic screening in a bedroom.

10 I love the use of this futuristic screening in a bedroom.

Such a simple idea: Attach a low, screen-like headboard to a platform bed. This allows you to either put the bed up against a wall or float it mid room.

11 Such a simple idea: Attach a low, screen-like headboard to a platform bed. This allows you to either put the bed up against a wall or float it mid room.

I love this bed.

12 I love this bed.

The thing I love about Martha's bed is the shaped canopy and bedskirt.

13 The thing I love about Martha's bed is the shaped canopy and bedskirt.

Another unique headboard solution: Using a hinged screen -- I love the frame around it.

14 Another unique headboard solution: Using a hinged screen -- I love the frame around it.

You can create a dramatic canopy with a length of fabric like we did here.

15 You can create a dramatic canopy with a length of fabric like we did here.

We made a daybed out of a twin mattress set by adding wooden furniture legs to the bottom of the box spring.

16 We made a daybed out of a twin mattress set by adding wooden furniture legs to the bottom of the box spring.

Don't be afraid to use a bold color in the bedroom. The soft grays in this room prevent it from being overwhelming.

17 Don't be afraid to use a bold color in the bedroom. The soft grays in this room prevent it from being overwhelming.

This geometric headboard is amazing and really stands out against the gray-washed walls.

18 This geometric headboard is amazing and really stands out against the gray-washed walls.

We updated these twin bed frames by covering the headboards in a soft color that matches the bedding.

19 We updated these twin bed frames by covering the headboards in a soft color that matches the bedding.

As I've mentioned before, pink is always flattering in the bedroom -- as seen here in Martha's Lily Pond Lane home.

20 As I've mentioned before, pink is always flattering in the bedroom -- as seen here in Martha's Lily Pond Lane home.

It's all about the headboard here.

21 It's all about the headboard here.

Another fantastic canopy and bedskirt from one of Martha's homes.

22 Another fantastic canopy and bedskirt from one of Martha's homes.

This touch of red and white is so pretty here.

23 This touch of red and white is so pretty here.

This is the ideal guesthouse bedroom -- awash in pink.

24 This is the ideal guesthouse bedroom -- awash in pink.

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Comments (5)

  • Can you share where the screen-like headboard for the platform bed comes from?

  • Interesting selection of bedrooms, so inspiring!

  • It must be nice to be tall as in Martha and her bed, picture #13. I would need a ladder to get up there but I like the four posts and the canopy and the Lily Pond bed is nice too. I kind of like #14 with the hinged screen. I might try that with a screen I'm not using anywhere else - I have no idea why I bought it except I liked the bamboo slats. All of a sudden I'm getting sleepy! I better scat!

  • Number 1 is my favorite, but number's 2 & 13 aren't far behind. They are all great. I'm so used to sleeping under a ceiling fan year round which rules out the canopy beds I like so well. I also like the idea of a chandelier above the bed, but again - the ceiling fan issue.

    I enjoy your blog.
    Thank you

  • I would like more information on the poster bed in picture # 8. Do you know where it is from?

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