Monday, August 1, 2011

Canopy Dreams

I must have been royalty in a past life. I absolutely swoon at any bed with something swagged, hung or swathed with fabric overhead, leading me to believe I spent a good deal of time luxuriating in draped canopy beds dripping with rich silks and gauzy cottons. Perhaps I was an Indian Princess or maybe one of the Hapsburgs of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Present day has me eying these beautiful canopy beds with much admiration. Easily dressed up or down, and in a wide range of styles, they are the perfect bedroom addition to make anybody feel royal.
Love the delicacy of this beauty from Oly Studio. It's so light and airy, yet has a glamorous finish and would look fab with super crisp, white linen panels hung all around. I can see this in a room painted turquoise blue.

I'm super intrigued with this bed from Ironies. Love the brushed silver finish. Actually love this whole room, but don't think I could live in there very long without wanting some color somewhere. I think the bed makes such a strong statement, I would keep the canopy really simple. One single piece of super sheer white gauze draped up, over the top and down the other side at the headboard. Super easy and call it a day!


I have long wanted this bed from Ikea. Someday I will have it! I chose this one simply because it's priced in my comfort zone and (sorta) realistically attainable. Also, it's solid wood and I can paint it! And you know I would, too! I can also see turning this into an art project....gluing little mosaic mirrors all over it to match my disco ball, or painting ever-trendy chevron stripes on the posts. Hey, Nate Berkus didn't call me the "Glamazon" for nothin'!

Of course who doesn't love Anthropologie's Italian Campaign Bed? I adore the bare skeleton of this and would probably leave it un-adorned. I have seen this bed outfitted with yards and yards of fabric with ruffles and frills galore and it looks very romantic and pretty that way, but definitely not me. I think the shape of the canopy speaks for itself and should be left bare.

Rounding out the selection leads us to this substantial wood platform bed from MASHstudios. I.Love.This.Bed! I really like low-slung furniture and this is a gorgeous example of form and function. You could dress this bed just about any old way and it would always look good!

These days, you don't have to be royalty to enjoy a canopy bed, but isn't it fun to imagine yourself in a faraway land, on a beautiful bed draped with rich fabrics and drifting off to sleep under canopy dreams.....

Sleep tight,


Pamela Bates/Bates Mercantile Co. said...

funny, but i like the last bed best and it's not what i would expect myself to like the best. it looks perfect for lounging on sunday and reading the paper

Stacy Curran said...

I like the last bed the most, too, like the previous commenter, and I never would ave thought I would!

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