Monday, February 15, 2010

The Winter Bed



Welcome to the inner sanctum--our bedroom!

Upon entering the bedroom, it is apparent that this is a large room. Too large, in fact.
I tried cozying it up with coffee colored walls and rich fabrics.

The bed dressed for winter, wearing wool plaid, houndstooth, velvet and leopard. I chose both masculine and feminine fabrics for this room, and I designed the Eastern King velvet sleigh bed. I think it is actually bigger than our Prius in the driveway! But this room can take it and it is what was needed to fill the room.

All the linens on the bed as well as the carpeting are Ralph Lauren.
I've had fun mixing and layering the fabrics.
To me, that is what makes a bed inviting.
For spring and summer, the wool blanket and shams will be replaced with matelasse.

If we spend a third of our life in bed, don't you think we should have the highest thread count sheets, the loftiest down duvets and the best mattress we can afford?

Often times, the bedroom is the last room in the house to be decorated.
It should be the first! It is our sanctuary and we should feel pampered when we are there.

This matelasse chaise in the corner is my quiet place to curl up with a throw and read. I love how the windows look out to our redwood tree.

My side of the bed with family photos and books. Lots of books.
Notice Anna Karenina on the table.....I only have 700 pages to go!

This side of the bed never looks like this! It is usually piled with books, newspapers and fishing magazines!

There is a deck outside with another place to read in the summer or have a morning cup of coffee.

The soaking tub is another luxury I can't do without.
The chair was a flea market find that I reupholstered in this brown and cream check.
The faux bamboo cabinet is antique.

This wooden tray with reproduction barbolla mirror and of course a honey pot candle creates a pampered experience in the bath. Just add bubbles.......

Don't forget to pamper yourself with stacks of fluffy towels either!

The shower.

The bed again.
Hmmm, feeling sleepy?


I love linens and enjoy changing the look often in our bedroom. This could be an expensive hobby! However, everything either came from TJ Maxx or Marshalls. Ebay is another source for discounted duvet covers, blankets and sheets. I look for the highest thread count and rarely pay more than $40 for a set of king size sheets. Full retail is not in my vocabulary!

I'm joining The Gypsy's Corner for Three or More Tuesdays because I have three pillow shams on that bed!

I'm also linking up the The Little Red House for Mosaic Monday

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41 comments:

Kathysue said...

Oh so cozy . When I was looking at your first few pictures I thought it looks like Ralph Lauren and then reading down further lo and behold it was. He is the master at mixing patterns love this look and your home is perfect for this. Everything you do is so rich and warm. It will be fun to see how you change it up in the future. I pretty much stick with the same old bedding for years. I am probably a bit boring to most,I am a white bedding girl. Have been for years. It is fun for me to come here and see such warm,rich colors, thankyou for sharing. Kathysue

kim said...

I love your bedroom. When I first clicked on my mouth dropped open. Your bed is gorgeous. I have the same RL plaid blanket and the same shams (both sets). I don't use them now since we changed our bedroom colors. I bought all my RL on ebay, too. Best prices by far. I also noticed you have the antlers on your wall. I have them in my foyer and front sitting room. I just started collecting them last year. The first two I found at a local flea market. Then I got the others on ebay from Austria. Shipping is high, but I had to have the antlers. Love your wall color and your displays on your nightstands. Great carpet. I love your bathroom, too. I am so jealous of that tub. Love the cabinet with the towels and the rack across the tub is great. Haven't seen one like that before. Great gingham chair. Looks like the same fabric on my bench and shams in my bedroom now. Is it from Ballard's by any chance. Great, great room....Kim

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Beautiful room! Love the deep colors!
Debbie-Dabble

ButterYum said...

What a lovely room... very, very inviting and cozy!

:)
ButterYum

Pat said...

Beautiful! I smiled when I saw the sheets and the leopard towels ~ I have the same! Just goes to show you "great minds think alike" ~ :-) I have a sleigh bed too, king size, and do not like it. I so wish I had not chosen it but...too late now. Yours is luxurious with the velvet. Thanks for sharing all the beauty with us!

Porch Days said...

Lovely bedroom! Gorgeous wall color. It is a very inviting room.

32˙North said...

Love that majolica pitcher and the faux bamboo cupboard and barbola mirror!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your bedroom is just gorgeous. I just don't think you can have a room too big. We downsized and I soooooooooooo miss all the large rooms. Everything is decorated just beautifully. I love it all. Stunning. Hugs, Marty

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a beautiful room!

Debbie said...

Your bedroom looks like a gorgeous Bed and Breakfast oooooohhh that bed is so pretty and everything looks luxurious!!~ I would have no problem staying there. I like how you mixed up the linens,very neat!

Suzanne said...

Simply gorgeous. Besides all of it, I LOVE your carpet, too!

xinex said...

I love your bedroom. I really like the way you decorate, very warm. I like everything you do. I have leopard and zebra all scattered around the house but mostly in the family room and powder room but I do have a leopard rug in the master bathroom. You have a gorgeous home...Christine

Mimi said...

What a striking room! Beautiful!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Love yor bedroom! How rich and warm it looks!

Hill Country House Girl said...

What a beautiful bedroom! I love the mix of leopard and plaid - anything Ralph Lauren, really. My absolute favorite is your dog though - precious!! Oh, and I, too, have the leopard towels - love them!

Really Rainey said...

Your bed has got to be the most cozy bed I have ever seen in my life! I love it! I also change my bedding with the seasons... I keep the paint in my room neutral and change to my hearts content!
~Really Rainey~

mharber said...

Great Post. Pure Delores!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

You really do have a gorgeous home! I enjoyed the tour so much! I love how you made it cozy too! Cindy

Denise Marie said...

absolutely gorgeous!! We should all pamper ourselves like you are doing. I'm trying to spruce up the Master and stop cluttering it up. I too love changing the linens and mixing and matching it all. Thanks for the inspiration, drooling over the chaise and patio chairs. I dream of a side patio off the master.

Bunny, THE PARIS HOUSE said...

Gorgeous bedroom, I love the colors especially the bed and the chaise lounges gorgeous xoxo

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

I also have a winter/summer bed. I always enjoy the change. I so agree that we should buy the best we can afford and make our beds a place we want to be. Your bedroom is so warm and wonderful, I love it. I knew I would...

shopannies said...

awesome

Chari said...

Hello sweet lady...

Ohhhh my...your home has become one of my favorites here in Blogland, my friend! Honestly, it is absolutely breathtaking!!! I love coming for visits! Your master bedroom suite is simply stunning! I think you've done a marvelous job of making this very large room...warm, cozy, and very inviting! Ohhh...and the bed...fabulous!!! Wow...I'm very impressed to find that you are the designer! I love the style and the velvet...well, soooo luxurious! I love the look and feel of all your mixed bed linens...this is my favorite look! Mixing the leopard print with that beautiful plaid...and the florals...ahhhh!!! So many beautiful layers...lending to that feel of "I just can't wait to get in that bed and snuggle in"! Hehe! Love the colors that you chose to do your room in...I love the deep, rich, warm colors...especially in a bedroom! Ohhh...and your bath is fabulous!!! Love, love, LOVE your soaking tub! I also have one in my master bedroom/bath...I need to find one of those pretty wooden trays! Accessorized perfectly, my friend...from the beautiful antique cabinet full of fluffy towels...right down to that gorgeous brown and white checked chair!!! I love it all!!! You have such a gift and talent for design, my friend!!! Thank you so much for sharing more of your beautiful home with us...visiting your master bedroom suite was a real treat!!!

Also...thanks so much for coming by and taking a peek at my living room vignette...I enjoyed your sweet note!!!

Have a fabulous Tuesday...
Chari @Happy To Design

Kim said...

So glad I found your wonderful blog. I can tell I will be getting lots and lots of inspiration from you! Stop by and enter my giveaway if you get the chance!
xoxo,
Kim

Cass @ That Old House said...

Beautiful. A gorgeous, warm, and inviting sanctuary.
Cass

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Thanks so much for linking up. It's been a real treat to see your lovely room. Everyone loves it. I agree about making your bedroom a comefortable place to relax. I love that your room is so nice and big.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

This is really wonderful...love the bed! It's so unique! The bedding is wonderful! But that tub!...a sanctuary! Happy week!...Debbie

Michelle said...

This is such a beautiful bedroom. I love everything about it!!!!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Very pretty girl...Love a large bedroom...Mine is 1083 ft and still not big enough ha ha!! All your rooms so far have been Beautiful friend...thanks for sharing them...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Carolyn Ford said...

That is a beautiful room...so cozy and warm.

Candy said...

Lovely sanctuary for warm winter days or nights. I always like seeing a bit of leopard tucked here and there...wild!
Wonderful room, great sleigh bed, looks like everything is there...not need to ever leave.
I also enjoy taking the flea market tour.
Thanks for coming by my purple bedroom which is from Country Living (forgot the little underscore)
I am ready for a bedroom make over, so I am taking notes as I visit around.
Wednesday Blessings ;-)

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Jeez! How did I miss this...it looks so inviting!!! I am in complete agreemnt buy the best possible sheets you can. And...I LOVE the antlers! :) May have to borrow this picture when I do Antlers II...the love continues...

Kathy said...

Exquisite, I love the tartan together with the florals.

Carol said...

Gorgeous, just gorgeous!
Reminder: my give-away ends on Friday!

Mary said...

The way I'm feeling today - raging head cold - I could easily crawl right back into bed......and yours looks so comfy and warm I may fly right over!!! I'll bring my own tissues, promise!

Beautiful - everything!

my home sanctuary said...

Your bedroom is so pretty. I love it. Your so right about decorating your bedroom. I love how you layered the fabric. And the leopard print sheets. I have to have some.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a Blessed Week,
Sherry

BeautifulDees said...

Oh my, what a beautiful blog, I am in awe. You are way beyond talented. I will look foward to seeing your update's on my dashboard.
Love, Debbie

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Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

Your room is decorated beautifully! I love all the details like the two deer heads above each picture and the gorgeous marble lamps. Your bathroom is also lovely. I adore claw foot tubs and I like your little tub caddy with that antique rose mirror.

The Tablescaper said...

This post was one that was featured at the bottom of your current post. I had never seen it and am so happy that I got to see it today.

Your Winter Bed is beautiful. I'd love to see the Summer version. Is that in a seperate post? I love tht you put in your post that all of the linens are from TJMaxx, etc. Just today, at Marshall's I purchased some Ralph Lauren bedding and am thrilled. You've been a lot luckier than I at spotting his stuff. I felt like I won the lottery! LOL!

Your bedroom is so inviting. Thanks for sharing it with us.

- The Tablescaper

zuo modern said...

This stunning bed is designed Ruijssenaars Janjaap and is certainly one of the more beds you can find today. Bed uses magnets to keep it floating. In order to prevent bed drifting in strong winds, the cables are connected to every corner of the bed on top. However, such an amazing feature affects the mind numbing price of $ 1,530,000.

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