Bedrooms

Duvet: The Whole Truth

Just watched the trailer for the new Keanu Reeves/Renee Zellweger film, The Whole Truth.  Even the presence of a dead body could not distract me from the Peacock Citrine Duvet from Dwell Studios.  I have had my eye on this duvet for quite sometime, and it is always stunning, even in Renee's basic bedroom. 

If the bright yellow scares you (pussy), the print comes in a more neutral pallet:

The Queen of Beds

 The Queen of Versailles - A "new money" master bedroom.

The Queen of Versailles - A "new money" master bedroom.

I highly recommend the documentary, The Queen of Versailles.  It is about a rags to riches family who made a killing in the timeshare business, and then lost it all when the market crashed in 2008.  

The matriarch has predictably horrendous taste, but she does have a thing for curved upholstered bed-frames, which are a weakness of mine.

 The Queen of Versailles - The punk-rock niece must feel like she is selling out in that princess bed.

The Queen of Versailles - The punk-rock niece must feel like she is selling out in that princess bed.

Cozy in Bed

 The Affair - A bedroom that looks mighty knackered.

The Affair - A bedroom that looks mighty knackered.

A show I love, and a bed I love, unite!  

I have had my eye on the Supra Bed from CB2 for quite a while.  I have always loved its low profile, elegant caning, and cozy curves.  I was so happy to see it used in the love nest on The Affair.  

 The Affair - A beautiful bed holding a nude man.

The Affair - A beautiful bed holding a nude man.

 CB2 - You can have this bed for $1100-$1300 (nude man not included)

CB2 - You can have this bed for $1100-$1300 (nude man not included)

Come to bed, Madame Secretary

 Madame Secretary: Season 1, Episode 1 - The Boudoir

Madame Secretary: Season 1, Episode 1 - The Boudoir

Last night I watched the first episode of Madame Secretary, and I think it is off to a strong start.  It's House of Cards meets Scandal, but with just enough Homeland that I might learn something.  

But plot points aside, the best moment was when we got a glimpse of this over-sized upholstered headboard.  The style of this piece would typically not draw me in, but the scale makes it all better.  

 Stanley Furniture " Palais Upholstered Bed "

Stanley Furniture "Palais Upholstered Bed"

UPDATE (Sept 12, 2015):  

This short post has turned out to be one of the most popular posts on the site because people really respond to this bed when they watch the show, so I have done some googling, and located the bed (or at least a version so similar that it will do).

Antique Modern Furniture

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I stumbled upon this incredible bed made by Hive Mind Design in Brooklyn.

It got me thinking about this mash-up trend in contemporary furniture design where classically antique elements are fused with clean modern lines and materials.

  Dessouschic Tables By Noé Duchaufour Lawrance

Dessouschic Tables By Noé Duchaufour Lawrance

The most ubiquitous examples of this is the Louis Ghost Chair and the Bourgie Table Lamp.  Both are clean and modern, but have obvious classical elements.  

And you see them everywhere!  I am particularly bitter about this because I have been wanting a ghost chair for ages and I missed the "cool" window.

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Chinoiserie Chic wrote an article about the Manhattan home of fashion designer Elizabeth McKay.  

Her daughter's room jumped out at me because there is a green herringbone pattern (which I like) applied to the walls, windows, bed, shelves.....and who knows what else.  It's hard to get a sense of the room overall. 

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Matching fabric and wallpaper has always felt very Baroque to me, like these bedrooms from Versailles:

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or 60's/70's: 

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I am totally ready to see more matchy-matchy in this decade.  Bring it on. 

Calling it: Brushstrokes

 Ross Cassidy

Ross Cassidy

One of the stand out rooms in the second season of Million Dollar Decorators (a.k.a. best show ever made for planet earth), was the bedroom and sitting room for Amber Valetta.  The room was designed by Ross Cassidy, the right hand man at JAM.  

It's way too pink for my taste but the brushstroke ceiling is fabulous.  It makes the room.  I just wish I could have found a better picture of it.  

 Amber Valetta's bedroom designed by JAM

Amber Valetta's bedroom designed by JAM

I didn't know this was a trend until I saw a post on Chinoiserie Chic which featured burshstroke walls. 

I adore this Kelly Wearstler room.  But maybe I'm biased because I think I could live the rest of my life in only Kelly Wearstler rooms and be happy.    

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But wait, there's more:

 Bunny Williams lamp

Bunny Williams lamp

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 Julian Schanbel's Gramercy Park Hotel

Julian Schanbel's Gramercy Park Hotel

In theory, you could turn this concept into a DIY project, but if you have lots of disposable cash, you could have your very own brushstrokes walls curtsy of Amanda Nisbet.   

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The Worst Room

I normally show you things that are lovely, but not today!  Today I would like to direct your attention to a blog called The Worst Room.   This blog gives me singular pleasure because it indulges one of my great loves: snickering at the living conditions in New York City.

Here's a taste: 

 McKibben Lofts. Bushwick, Brooklyn. $800.00 - ad describes room as “Terrarium”

McKibben Lofts. Bushwick, Brooklyn. $800.00 - ad describes room as “Terrarium”

 Park Slope, Brooklyn. $1100.00 - “Must be OK with low ceilings.”

Park Slope, Brooklyn. $1100.00 - “Must be OK with low ceilings.”

 East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. $1249.00 (Do you really need to see inside the rooms?)

East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. $1249.00 (Do you really need to see inside the rooms?)

 Upper West Side, Manhattan. $649.00 - “One bed in shared room with 3 other girls. There are bunk beds.” - “The space is small, but the rent is only $649 per month”

Upper West Side, Manhattan. $649.00 - “One bed in shared room with 3 other girls. There are bunk beds.” - “The space is small, but the rent is only $649 per month”

Who is this Gatsby?​

I feel like I have have been holding my breath for The Great Gatsby to open, and it is still weeks away.  

 Production Designer:  Catherine Martin

Production Designer: Catherine Martin

I have a particular affinity for deco, so this bedroom renders me speechless.  Who has shirts that are so starched and folded and perfect?! Who is this Gatsby?

All that aside, what got me thinking was how this film is meant to be the embodiment of the Jazz Age.  It is going to be lavishly unrealistic, set to to a hip-hop sound track.  We are meant to feel the same way about the decadence as old time-y people did, but the film is going to have to rev everything up to compensate for our modern sensibilities.   

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 Is that a zebra in the pool?!  What is happening?!!!!

Is that a zebra in the pool?!  What is happening?!!!!

Coincidentally, I just watched the 3rd season of Downton Abbey (aka Come For The Accents, Stay For The Lamps) which takes place during the same time period.  Downton seems to strive for realism.  In this season there is a young cousin who sneaks off to go to a London Jazz Club (SCANDAL!). 

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Look at this party compared to a Gatsby party.  It is very drab and low rent.  However, when this scene pops up in Downton, after being drowned in extreme propriety, it is the bawdiest party in town.  

I guess what I am getting at is that all Gatsby had to do was have the Dowager Countess say some choice remarks early on, and they could have cut out half the glam.  Anything would seem like a Bacchanalia after that.