When I was a little girl, one of my friends had a canopy bed. Sleepovers at her house were always so cozy, and I thought that canopy was amazing. So amazing, in fact, that I asked Santa to bring one for my American Girl Doll.

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It never really occurred to me that I could ask him to bring me one for myself!

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But, now that I’m all grown up, I get how Santa works much, much better.

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And why should Samantha (my American Girl Doll) have all the fun? So, guess what?

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Now I have a canopy bed of my very own!

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I went back and forth and back and forth over the curtain situation. I knew I wanted them, at least some of the time, so that I could feel cozy like those sleepovers of yore. So I decided to go with curtains on the corners like this. And they really close!  I tried it one time just to see if they would, but, no big shock here, I’ve never actually closed them again… 

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But, well, I was raised to be leery of anything germ or dust-catching. (Thanks, Mom.) And while, as a kid, I could look up at that fabric on the ceiling and think it was really cool, now I’d be looking at it thinking, “Hmmm, wonder if it’s time to take the down and have it dry cleaned again.” While I ended up going with a drapery fabric in the end, sheer material also seemed like a drapey and romantic way to adorn a canopy bed. (Plus, if you’re sleeping with the windows open during mosquito season, just downright practical.)


And, even when the curtains are being cleaned (often), the plain canopy bed is elegant and adds so much pizazz to the room. From American Girls to little girls and all the way on up, this is one chic bedroom staple with staying power!

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