Posts Tagged ‘Bed’

Head’s up on bedroom style

January 25, 2012

I have a friend who somewhat honestly admits to being fickle when it comes to decor. Having asked her husband to rewallpaper a feature wall in their bedroom for the upteenth time, he suggested (rather resignedly) that he attach a sheet of MDF as a headboard behind the bed and wallpaper that instead – somewhat easier than redoing a whole wall the next time she discovers a new must-have design or pattern.

That got me thinking about how easy it is to be creative with a headboard – there’s so much scope for imagination, from paint effects, upholstered foam, wallpaper and anything your heart desires.

Ideal for open-plan bedrooms, a divider can be decorated however you choose

Why not take the headboard right up to the ceiling as in this Hill House Interiors scheme?

A wood surround with an upholstered interior makes a luxurious backdrop

This modern scheme from Hill House Interiors shows the headboard colours reflected in the blind fabric

You can find more bedroom ideas at Housetohome

Which one is your favourite? We’d love to know of any ideas you’ve come up with.

 

Laurie

Bed is calling…

August 24, 2011

Now I know that bright and bold is bang on trend at the moment, but for me, a bedroom is all about simplicity. For example, this scheme certainly has no frills, but the pretty bedlinen (Escada at Harrods), really ups this room’s va va voom. Teamed with a modern tulip-style table and old-fashioned gilt coatstand, it reminds me of an elegant Parisian apartment.

No clutter apart from a few choice items on the table, no artwork, no rug. Just pale taupe-coloured walls and an evocative bed that calls out to be snuggled up in.

Laurie

You snooze, you lose?

February 23, 2011

I’ll admit to something: this morning, I really, really didn’t want to leave my bed. Who can blame me though – cold, rainy, being crammed on the tube on the way to work – it’s a good job I get to browse through lots of lovely rooms for a sizeable chunk of the day or I would be in a permanently bad mood when I get into the office! When I’m squeezed into a carriage on the Northern line and am pining for my bed, I do tend to browse bedrooms over my coffee when I actually get into the office.

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Dark and mysterious - I love it!

I think if I was lucky enough to have a bedroom like this, I would find it even harder to leave it on days like today. Black or nearly black walls are hard to pull off, especially with dark gloss furniture, but this four poster number pulls it off thanks to the crisp white bedding and lovely textures in the carpet, rug and luxe fur throw. I think you could only really make this work in a room with lots of light, otherwise that anglepoise might result in a hideously large electricity bill, but wouldn’t I love to wake up in this every day….

What do you think – beautiful boudoir or too dark and dreary? Let me know in the comments!

Friday’s Fetish: designer hotel rooms

November 19, 2010

It’s Friday, it’s cold outside, so obviously I’m daydreaming about holidays to foreign lands. I’ve fixed my sights on the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, because (thanks to Design Milk) I’ve just found a place to stay that’s far from the sterile space of a British budget hotel.

LLOVE. No, not a typo, but the name of this amazing exhibition/hotel that you can actually stay in! I’ve always wanted to be a performance artist – ok, not strictly true, but this creative collaboration between Japanese and Dutch designers would be the perfect place to launch my career/ sleep in incredible one-of-a-kind surroundings. And unique is definitely the word… just look at these bedrooms!

Llayers LLOVE hotel by Richard Hutten - Design Milk - roomenvy

Llayers LLOVE hotel by Richard Hutten - Design Milk - roomenvy

Staying in a space with this maxed-out striped effect on the customised wallpaper, floors, and everything in between would be like sleeping inside the lining of a giant Paul Smith suit (I would imagine).

Little Big Room LLOVE Hotel by Hideyuki Nakayama - Design Milk - roomenvy

Little Big Room LLOVE Hotel by Hideyuki Nakayama - Design Milk - roomenvy

Bix box, little box… this bedroom is an exact replica of a dilapidated traditional Japanese-style room, only with really comfy looking beds. Take note of the paper screens that form the walls – a great style idea to steal.

Buried room LLOVE Hotel by Yuko Nagayama - Design Milk - roomenvy

Buried room LLOVE Hotel by Yuko Nagayama - Design Milk - roomenvy

If you love the great outdoors, perhaps this is one for you? Love the coat hangers on the tree branches and the buried bath tub. It’s all a little Midsummer Night’s Dream, the updated version.

In LLOVE by Pieke Bergmans - Design Milk - roomenvy

In LLOVE by Pieke Bergmans - Design Milk - roomenvy

And from one fairytale to another… what’s not to love about this GIANT sculptural bed? Goldilocks has no problems with me saying, this bedroom is juuuusssst right. Ok, where do I book?

If your fetish for all things designer hotel-style hasn’t been satisfied, check out the offerings at Design Milk, and create your own hotel-style abode with tips from Housetohome, too.

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Chinese whispers: Oriental decorating trends

November 18, 2010

This may be an unofficial trend, but I’ve noticed a lot of Chinoiserie and Japonica on the home decorating front recently. Far more elegant than my usual Oriental tastes (such as late-night Chinese takeaways, and laughing at Japanese B-movies) this style always looks, well, beautiful. It’s certainly got timeless appeal (unlike my aforementioned far-eastern passtimes).

roomenvy - Oriental-influenced bedroom

roomenvy - Oriental-influenced bedroom

Jade green soft furnishings, black lacquered Chinese cabinets, a minimalistic four-poster and lashings of white – this bedroom look is crisp, clean and modern.

roomenvy - hand-painted Chinese wallpaper

roomenvy - hand-painted Chinese wallpaper

Inspired by nature, this opulent dressing room with its hand-painted wallpaper makes me want to get all dressed up and head to the opera… to see Madame Butterfly! Dark wood, a gilt-edged mirror and that amazing shade of jade. Homes & Gardens has literally turned me green with envy.

roomenvy - Modern Oriental bedroom

roomenvy - Modern Oriental bedroom

Even when it’s pared-down, the embroidered cherry blossom motif on this Pied a Terre bed linen from House of Fraser endows this bedroom with pure sophistication. Shuttered windows, vibrant silk cushions, fan detailing… I’m all a-flutter!

While I’m recovering from my latest bout of design lust, you can find more decorating trends and inspiration at Housetohome

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Cute girl’s bedroom idea

November 5, 2010

Ooooh la laaa! What a gorgeous girl’s bedroom decorating idea from Ideal Home. I would decorate my own room like this if I was sure that over 80% of my friends WOULDN’T suddenly wonder my a) age and b) nationality.

Here’s how to get the look:

1) Go for a grown up theme. If she’s grown out of princesses, then at least inject some girly glamour with a chic wallpaper that makes a statement.

2) Add more colour with wall stickers. They’re a great way to inject colour without overdoing it, plus they’re removable… in case she changes her mind/brings her boyfriend back from university 7 years later.

3) Go for built in storage behind the bed. This unit is the perfect house for everything from photo frames to books and CDs.

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Give your girl's bedroom some ... je ne sais quoi!

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Bedroom design ideas – the good, the bad, the ugly

October 8, 2010

I come across a lot of weird and wonderful bedroom designs in my job. Some make so jealous that I go home and look at my own bedroom like it’s a cheating love rat. Others horrify to the point where I want to run home and hide under my duvet in case they chase after me!

Today is one such day. A ‘why do I live in England again?’ bedroom a ‘should I call the police?’ bedroom and a ‘feels like it’s constantly watching me’ bedroom.

The good – size-of-a-swimming pool ensuite bath, utter luxury and the fact that it looks out to the tropical ocean aside, this beautiful bedroom is warm, inviting and has bags of five-star style.

bedroom | bedroom-design ideas | Hotel-style | Freshhome

bedroom | bedroom-design ideas | Hotel-style | Freshhome

The bad – my only concern is that those ‘stone accents’ were once this resident/prisoner’s only windows and doors?

bedroom | bedroom design ideas |Freshhome

bedroom | bedroom design ideas |Freshhome

The ugly – I don’t know if it’s the cobweb-like canopy or the wooden skull/CLAW bed frame, but there something very eery about this bedroom design for me. What do you think?

bedroom | bedroom-design-ideas | Canopy-bed | Freshhome

bedroom | bedroom-design-ideas | Canopy-bed | Freshhome

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Cute children’s room decorating idea

August 10, 2010

I think this children’s bedroom is so sweet, and there’s none of the bright bubblegum garishness you see in so many girl’s room decorating schemes these days.

Simple furniture, quirky decorating touches and timeless vintage pieces. If it wasn’t for the single bed and the fact that onlookers would judge my attempts at drawing portraits, I would live there myself.

roomenvy - cute girl's bedroom idea

roomenvy - cute girl's bedroom idea

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Kids’ bedroom ideas for every decorating style

August 6, 2010

Designing a kids’ bedroom so that it looks like someone’s painted it with bubblegum, or so that it looks one gingerbread man away from the set of Shrek the Third might be just what your child is after, but at the end of the day, it’ll be YOU who is frantically scrubbing and re-painting the walls upon the news that their bringing their boyfriend or girlfriend back from university.

Plus, a children’s room can be a beautiful extension of your home. Housetohome has come up with their favourite kids bedroom schemes for modern, country and traditional-style homes. Inspiring!

Modern children’s rooms

roomenvy - striped flooring children's room

roomenvy - striped flooring children's room

Traditional-style children’s rooms

roomenvy - twin kids' bedroom with smart upholstery

roomenvy - twin kids' bedroom with smart upholstery

Country-style children’s rooms

roomenvy - pretty girl's bedroom

roomenvy - pretty girl's bedroom

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Boy’s bedroom ideas

July 8, 2010

I fell in love with the cute boy’s bedroom buys when I went to The White Company press show yesterday (so much so that the PR was probably ASTOUNDED that I didn’t have kids). The cute bedlinen and patchwork throw, rustic apothocary-style storage unit and ‘space’ pegs, are reason enough for me … but only if I could steal the pegs for myself!

These buys won’t be available til Autumn, but in the meantime, check out The Little White Company website for really cute boy’s bedroom furniture and accessories.

roomenvy - boy's bedroom

roomenvy - boy's bedroom

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