Things We Love: Classic Canopy Beds

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OKL

 

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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Cathy Austin via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

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

canopy beds
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

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

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Milieu Mag – Mimi O’Connell Design-Photography by @miguelfloresvianna

 

And why should Samantha (my American Girl Doll) have all the fun?

zebra-rug canopy beds
Architectural Digest

 

So, guess what?

monogram on canopy beds
Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

Now I have a canopy bed of my very own!

bedroom canopy beds
Lonny

 

(And now I want a chaise at the end of it too. And an Hermes blanket, obviously. I didn’t need to even say that, did I?)

canopy beds
Summer Thornton Design

 

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! 

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Millieu Magazine

 

I tried it one time just to see if they would, but, no big shock here, I’ve never actually closed them again… 

canopy beds
Phoebe Howard Southeastern Design Show house via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

Canopy beds like these are so incredibly chic and make the ceiling look like it goes on for miles and miles. 

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Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

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.”

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Architecturall Digest

 

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.)

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Architectural Digest

 

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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Eight Tips for Creating a Cozy Guest Bedroom

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APD Architects

 

Now that spring is officially here, we are looking forward to warmer weather, plenty of travel–and, of course, lots of guests!

cozy guest bedroom
One Kings Lane

 

Living at the beach, it seems that when the weather changes, suddenly everyone wants to come visit. And we can’t think of anything better! Check out a few of our favorite tips for creating a lovely room that your guests will never want to leave!

cozy guest bedroom
Cullman & Kravis

 

  1. Invest in cozy bedding. Nothing says “welcome” to your guests like cozy, comfy bedding. 
cozy guest bedroom
Tracery Interiors

 

2. If there’s room, add a chair–or two! It’s so nice for guests to have a spot for relaxing right in the privacy or comfort of their own room. 

cozy guest bedroom
Urban Grace

 

3. Think about their comfort. When it comes to sleep, few things are as important as the mattress! We always suggest sleeping in your own guest room every now and then to see how it would be to be a guest in your home. If the mattress isn’t up to par, it might be time to upgrade. Check this fabulous selection–including the Bedding Mart family bed!

cozy guest bedroom
Urban Grace

 

4. Keep it clutter free. A few well-placed accessories are more than enough when it comes to guest rooms. We don’t want to overwhelm our guests with personal mementos and too many accessories. 

cozy guest bedroom
One Kings Lane

 

5. That said, it’s always nice to provide guests with all the essentials they’ll need! A stack of fresh towels, shower essentials and a water pitcher are all nice touches.

cozy guest bedroom
Meg Braff Interiors

 

6. Include a few favorite reading materials–books, magazines, today’s newspaper–in case guests have a bit of downtime. Bonus points for this fabulous reading nook!

cozy guest bedroom
Susan Gilmore Photography

 

7. If there’s room, there’s nothing we love more than a desk in a guest room. We’re all so connected these days that it’s hard to totally unplug and a desk gives guests a place to sneak in a few minutes of work without any interruptions.

cozy guest bedroom
McGill Design Group

 

8. Footboards are great, but not every bed has one. When faced with a bed with no footboard, we love the look of a bench at the end of the bed. A chaise or a pair of chairs is also a great complement and gives guests a spot to sit and read, watch TV or simply put on their shoes!

 
cozy guest bedroom
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography – Katie Gibson Interiors

 

We don’t know about you, but these gorgeous guest rooms have us ready to do a little entertaining of our own! What’s your favorite way to make your guests feel at home?


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Beautiful Headboards to Update Your Bedroom

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Cullman & Kravis

 

‘Tis the season for shopping and cooking, parties and Christmas pageants. 

Headboards
Muse Interiors

 

It is not necessarily the season for a good night’s sleep, which is unfortunate since now is when we need sleep the very most!

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New England Home Magazine

 

But we have to think that these gorgeous bedrooms, with their stunning headboards, plush linens and soft, noise-reducing carpets, might help. 

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Meg Braff Interiors

 

Of course, a room has to do a lot more to look pretty to help us get a good night’s sleep. 

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New England Homes Magazine

 

Our friends at thesleepjudge.com offer up amazing tips on how to get a good night’s sleep, pick the perfect mattress for everyone in the family and generally become sleep gods and goddesses. They may even help you catch a few extra zzz’s during the busyness of this holiday season.  

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Meg Braff Interiors

 

But, at least if you can’t get a good night’s sleep, you can take a page from these gorgeous rooms, with fabulous headboards, and have something beautiful to look at while suarplums to do lists dance in your head. 

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Miles Redd via Architectural Digest

 

In restful tones and calming colors,

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McGill Design Group

 

Neutrals that can’t help but quiet the mind,

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Phoebe Howard Design

 

And the perfect spot for jotting down those late night thoughts in danger of stealing sleep,

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Tammy Connor Design

 

Each of these rooms is the perfect place to spend one of these magical holiday season nights.

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Les Ensembliers

 

And, one special night very soon, maybe, just maybe, someone very special will lie awake here, with heavy lids and full hearts, waiting for sleigh bells on the roof.

In the meantime, wishing you a restful holiday season full of good cheer–and a great sleep!

 

 

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Finding the Perfect Bench for the End of the Bed

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Robert A M Stern Architects, Steven Gambrel Design via AD

 

So many details go into making a bedroom feel warm, cozy, restful and relaxed. 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

The linens, of course, are critical. 

blue and white bedroom with bench
Cullman & Kravis

 

The curtains are key.

chandelier over bed
Shayelyn Woodbery via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

And, if you’re lucky enough to have a sitting area, making it comfortable and spa-like is a priority.

canopy bed
Phoebe Howard via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Right now, one of the things we’re looking for is a fabulous bench for the end of a bed. Well, at least we thought we wanted a bench… But now that we see this loveseat we might be rethinking things since this one is so charming! Furthermore, Phoebe Howard always gets it right!

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New England Home Magazine

 

The great thing about the end-of-the-bed bench is that so, so many things work really well.

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One Kings Lane

 

A pair is charming and sweet–and perfect for two people to put their shoes on in the morning.

blue and white beach bedroom
One Kings Lane

 

If you’re not the curl-up-in-bed-and-watch-TV type, a little settee is another great spot to watch or read or relax before turning in…

twin bedroom
One Kings Lane

 

While a small bench at the end of a twin bed gives a finished touch, especially when you don’t want to use a footboard, we love trunks for toy storage at the end of twins as well!

pink and white bedroom
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

I have a little French bench in a fun fabric like this at the end of my canopy bed. Don’t these chairs look positively luscious? Pale pink is such a soothing accent color for a bedroom. 

green and white twin bedroom
Serena & Lily

 

It seems like the fun–and really, really hard–thing about picking seating for the end of a bed is that you really can’t go wrong! These little leather director’s stools are so charming. We love, love them for a boy’s bedroom, or a guest bedroom like this one. With all these choices, we were originally thinking of doing an upholstered stool at the end of the guest bedroom bed, but, taking the TV watching into account, now we’re thinking about something a little more comfortable because of all these great rooms.

What would you choose–or did you choose–for the end of your bed?

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