I gladly accepted the challenge. The only true obstacle was actually fitting the project into my schedule and finding all of the elements that would bring the room together. We met in the new year to discuss ideas, and in mid-January I presented some sample fabrics, carpet, and a mood board reflecting the direction I had in mind. My client was thrilled, so the design challenge was officially on! Jenny and I began combing magazines for ideas. I found a perfect palette in an Australian magazine. We began to look for beds online and discovered that the more formal pieces we desired might be out of our price range. I came across a wonderful piece from a nearby dealer and we were off and running.
Back to the bed: This exceptional bed is originally from Egypt and has the most commandingly beautiful presence. My goal was to show off its intricate and heirloom beauty, but it first needed some reworking. We made new siderails and attached the frame with four door hinges that affix together with pins. A wooden platform was made using two pieces of wood and I had them padded and upholstered to create a platform for the mattresses. The headboard was meant to be seen, and due to the depth of today's box-springs it was important to keep the mattresses low enough to reveal the beautiful gilded frame. I also had the upholsterer create a custom dust ruffle of laundered paint cloth. It was crafted in two pieces for easy laundering.
The bed is dressed with a beautiful floral duvet cover from Pine Cone Hill with matching shams and finished with sumptuous down pillows sleeved with hand-blocked linen fabrics crafted In India for John Robshaw. Featured on the orginal mood board, they were a favorite element of the homeowner.
It took several months to obtain everything. Furniture, lamps, mirrors, etc. were all culled from vintage shopping forays. Many of the furniture pieces are coated with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Country Grey. This paint is amazing as it has the most wonderful, flat, chalky finish and there is no need to prime the furnishings to apply it.
The homeowner provided me with this pink patterned lamp shade as inspiration. I also had a reproduction mercury glass lamp which I made a bit more special with a ginger jar pedestal.
The bed canopy was fashioned from an old Syrocco wall shelf. We inverted it and had a wooden piece made to hang the silk from. It cost less than $25 for the shelf and it works beautifully, mounted to the wall. It really frames the head board and adds that "princess" touch we wanted. A canopy is such a simple touch you can add above any bed with amazing effect. I purposely kept my color ways more about subtle detail than showy stand-out effects.
The bed has such a simple and quietly regal feel. It can be dressed up with color and made sophisticated with neutral shades. I am sure it will become a prized family piece. The end of the bed has additional amazing detail, and wraps the mattress (which was custom made) with an elegant border.
Pillows set the scene for comfort and luxury. Mother and daughter will spend time together reading books and sharing stories. Down pillows, and ones filled with lavender, ensure comfort and sleep.
The lamp light is warm and dances nicely on the gilded accents.
Bedside tables are generous for placing books and water glass.
The bedside table, painted in chalk paint, has the most amazing and detailed cutwork border -- perfect for a lamp and a few treasures. The lamp itself is contemporary, but personalized with a floral touch.
The large plate glass wall mirror has a real decorative Versailles effect. The glass is mottled and distressed, which brings an aged elegance to the space.
We used a Sissix® machine to make pink flowers to adorn the lampshade.
We wanted all of the last-layer items to have pretty pink details. Those layers can be easily changed out to instantly transform the room.
A petite secretary desk is a perfect fit for the room. We refreshed it with chalk paint and outfitted the windows with views of castle grounds. The panels can be changed out and the desk is perfect for a laptop or Ipad.
A crest from a gold mirror was applied to the top of the desk using epoxy glue and it adds instant gilded style:
It took us nearly five months to pull the room together. We used several professionals to attend to painting the room, hanging the curtains, and fabricating the special treatments. My wife, my assistant, and I painted all of the furniture pieces and moved them into place. We used mostly easy-to-find items including paint cloth and curtain hardware from Target, and ready-made bedding from Pinecone Hill. My favorite part is how the room has real personality and a "collected" feel. It is original and customized and can be easily updated with fresh pillows and accent colors. Our littlest client loves her new space and I believe it really achieves the "princess" vibe that we were hoping for. I know her Mom has spent several nights with her already, and if your daughter's room can be a quick getaway, then what more can you ask for?
Please comment with your questions.. I am happy to help in any way I can!!