16 Sep 2010

Master Bedroom: Nightstands

I tend to keep loads of books and magazines by my bedside. To keep things neat, I’m inclined to opt for nightstands with drawers. The truth is, I probably won’t even use those drawers and will continue to keep everything in plain view. But you can’t blame me for trying. So here are some picks:

Below: Molteni&C 3030 series nightstand and dresser

Below: I love the walnut used for these pieces by Formstelle.

Below: You can get the best of both worlds with the Clooney nightstand by Meridiani – it’s nice and open, but still has a single drawer

Below: Dado bedside table and drawers by B&B Italia. I like the little black and white unit in the photo below – it’s simple and I really like the contrast between the colours and materials.

Below: Crate and Barrel and Room&Board offer some solid options without breaking the bank. Because, really, it’s just a table by the side of the bed. Right? Linea table from C&B and Copenhagen table from R&B

14 Sep 2010

Master Bedroom: Table Lamps

When it comes to choosing lamps for the bedside, my tastes seem to be a bit all over the map. I’m as equally drawn to the Cherub lamp from Ochre as I am to Arne Jacobsen’s AJ table lamp. Very different looks, but both gorgeous in their own right. I think I’ll wait until the rest of the room shapes up before making any sort of decision.

Below: Ochre Cherub Lamp

Below: Arne Jacobsen Table Lamp

Some other top choices:

Below: Barber & Osgerby Tab Lamp by Flos

Below: Excel Desk Lamp by Roll & Hill

Below: This “Pip” stained ash table lamp is from Habitat in the UK – too bad they don’t deliver here. At 25 pounds, it’s a steal.

Below: Tube Top Table Lamp by Pablo.

11 Sep 2010

Master Bedroom: Beds

I’m kind of into lower profile bed frames these days – but of course we bought ours a few years back and it sits nice and tall. It doesn’t really matter, I suppose. I think a room comes together with a nice bed frame – upholstered or not, you take your pick.

For years I avoided buying a bed frame and had my mattress and box spring stacked on one of those standard metal stands. When we bought our linen upholstered headboard and frame I felt like I’d reached a new stage in life. No joke. No more futons or student digs. My apartment suddenly felt real! If I were to do it all again, I’d choose something like those shown below:

Below: The Molteni High-Wave bed not only looks fabulous, but it’s also functional. The headboard houses a mechanism that pops out so that you can lie down and read comfortably. It’s also available with a fixed headboard if that isn’t your thing. There’s also hidden storage below the mattress.

Below: I’d choose fabric upholstery over leather any day, but I can’t deny that the Poliform bed featured directly below is seriously sexy. I also love the simple, clean design of the bed featured directly below.

Below: I clipped an image of this bed by designer Mark Cunningham from Elle Decor years ago. It’s simple and elegant and the choice of bedding really brings it all together.

Below: Lovely mid-century vibe with the Case Study Alpine Bed. Available at DWR.

Below: Oak Azur frame by Lekker Home.

Below: Atlantico Bed by De La Espada

Below: I’m not sure who makes the bed below (possibly BDDW? Is it the De La Espada bed in black walnut?). Who knows? But thanks to designer Kate Lydon, it looks fabulous.

7 Sep 2010

Master Bedroom: Set the Tone

I’m back from a lovely vacation and my head is (sort of) clear. I was in serious sleep deprivation mode before taking off and seem to have skipped over most of the 2nd floor. Woops. So here it goes.

Let’s (re)start with the master bedroom. For the time being, we’re actually going to stick with furniture that we’ve got – so I really don’t have too many decisions to make for this space. But that won’t stop me from looking.

Below: Photo from The Selby. I love the shape and colour of the bed frame. I think this shot if actually for a Cole Haan ad. Nice shoes as well!


Below: My preferred palette is in play in the rooms below – whites and greys care of photographer Peter Aaron, Elle Decor, and Hotel Skeppsholmen in Stockholm.


Below: I like the idea of adding texture to the walls. Check out some takes on this element care of Aedes Studio, Calvin Klein, and Nicolas Koening.