Marketplace: Dreaming of a New Bed

I have been searching for a unique headboard that fits my style and budget for a few months now, and I have come up empty. Honestly. I cannot find much that I like. How is that possible?¬†I featured these headboards last month,¬†and they’re¬†alright, but I don’t love any of them enough to make them my own.

I do keep coming back to this French bed. I just love the curved footboard:

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Eloquence Sophia

The French beds below have also grabbed my attention. I like the carvings and the caning These beds are much more feminine than other pieces of furniture that I own, and I like that they remind me of France.

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chateau upholstered bed

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Eloquence Louis XVI King Cane

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Blanca cane bed

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French Bergere bed

The Sophie – and the others above – are¬†pricey, and at the moment, I¬†am trying to concentrate on my next big reno, rather than a major furniture purchase. I do really want a bed, but I also can’t decide if I should go for a queen or king bed. Queen is plenty big, but king is oh, so, fabulous. A king¬†is just so grand.

In addition to the French beauties, I also lean toward simple boxed beds as well as tufted beds, scrollwork beds, metal beds, and upholstered beds. I’m sort of just scattered. Just when I think I know what I like and want, things change.¬†Here are some beds that I think are pretty, but I’m not certain any of them are me. You know? I thought I’d document them so that I can keep this as a handy reference guide. Maybe in another month, one of them will continue to be floating around in my mind, which will force me to just bite the bullet and make a purchase.

Category A: Boxy

1. I like the extreme boxiness of this bed.

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Bradford linen bed

2. This bed is airy boxy. I like that the bed is basically floating.

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white deco bed

3. This bed is the classic box bed. A squared off headboard paired with a normal bed skirt. I prefer beds that have a footboard, I think.

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Noe slipcovered headboard and skirt

Category B: Tufted

1. I think I actually like the fluffy duvet more than the tufted, curved, and notched headboard. This bed looks really comfortable.

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Henley tufted bed

2. This is in between curvy and boxy. I thought I really liked it, but now that I’m staring at it, I can’t tell if the middle bump looks more like a mistake than an intentional design.

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Davidson tufted bed

3. Here’s a squared off lightly tufted headboard with a wrap-around base. It looks really neat and sleek. I don’t think i could every make my sheets that tight.

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Quadrant California bed

Category C: Velvet

1. There’s only one bed in this category because velvet is a new addition to my bed brainstorm. I haven’t found many that I like, but I seem to really like the one below. I think I would like it better if it had a more substantial footboard. Still, I think I might add velvet to my headboard searches from now on. It’s so luxurious.

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Kelly velvet wingback bed

Category D: French Inspired

1.¬†I don’t mind this bed, but I¬†haven’t fallen in love with it. It’s a nice option.

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Palais upholstered bed

2. I like the simplicity of the wood frame and white upholstery, but I think I would prefer this bed if it had straight edges. The angled frame seems to diminish the grandeur of this bed. I like that it has a decent sized footboard.

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Marie upholstered bed

3. I¬†really like the bed below. It feels like modern French to me. It’s not crisp white like some of the other versions, but it feels feminine and warm.

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woven accent bed

4. I love the cane detail in the bed below. It’s a very simple no-fuss bed frame.

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Harbour cane bed

5. The bed below also has a French flavour to it. It’s a classic design. It’s tidy, feminine, and pretty. I think it would look great with¬†additional throw pillows.

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Gray Louis bed

6. The bed below looks like the bed above except it doesn’t have the added finials/mini posts. It’s a good looking bed, but nothing really out of the ordinary.

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Larsson bed

Category E: Spindles

1. Here’s a¬†Jenny-Lind-for-adults bed. I like the spindles, but I don’t think I want a four-poster bed at the moment.

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Gwendoline spindle bed

Category F: Metal

1. I originally thought that I could easily do a metal bed, but now I’m realizing that it has to be a really beautiful metal bed. My sister has the most gorgeous metal bed in her guest room. I wonder if she would notice if I took it back home with me. I haven’t seen anything quite like hers in the marketplace. The ones that are more common have simple lines and frames.¬†Here’s a curved version:

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coventry arched steel bed

2. Here’s a straightforward rectangular shape:

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Braden steel panel bed

3. Here’s a no-fuss airy version:

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Imogene metal bed

Category G: Unique

1. I think I would really love having a peacock headboard like the one below.¬†I think it could look really cool against a white wall for the white-on-white look (as in my home). I think I really do prefer a full bed frame package though,¬†and I haven’t seen a version of this peacock headboard that comes with a footboard.

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Seahorse headboard

2. I think the headboard below is really a work of art.

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Georgine headboard

There are¬†so many options! How’s a girl to decide?

Update:

I prepared the above post, and was set to publish it,¬†but then more beds came my way. Hope you’re not sleeping yet as I have more beds to share!¬†A couple of¬†weeks ago, I was at a friend’s house and took a double-take at¬†the furniture in her kid’s nursery. Yes, a nursery. Her little girl’s bedroom¬†set is¬†French and feminine and lovely. When my friend¬†said that eventually she was going to get a queen bed to match the set, I had to ask her where it was from. When she said it was from Restoration Hardware, I wondered why I had never noticed it there? “Probably because you weren’t looking in the kids’¬†section, Jordana,” she said. Yeah. Exactly. Well, now I am! In addition to this pretty¬†bedroom set¬†that my friend¬†bought for her¬†daughter, Restoration Hardware has plenty of¬†gorgeous French beds. Who knew?

I think I might have to have this one:

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Belle upholstered bed, Restoration Hardware

Isn’t it gorgeous? I just love it. Luckily, it does actually come in a queen version. I’d really like to see¬†the queen-sized bed in person to make sure that an actual¬†adult¬†can fit in it. You know?

A few others from Restoration Hardware (Child & Baby) that I like are:

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Adele bed, Restoration Hardware

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Quatrefoil bed, Restoration Hardware

The adult¬†bed collections are much more substantial and heavy; there’s nothing dainty or light about any of them (well, maybe only¬†the Lorraine¬†or the Josephine). Do any of¬†you have experience with Restoration Hardware beds? What are the chances that the¬†Belle will look adult-sized in a queen? Let the bed hunt continue…

Images via Crate & Barrel, One Kings Lane, Serena & Lily, West Elm.

Furniture: The Barrymore Bordeaux

The Barrymore Bordeaux collection caught my eye recently. First, because I actually lived in Bordeaux for year during my undergraduate degree. Second, because this furniture collection is so darn pretty.

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images via Barrymore Furniture, Bordeaux sofa starts from $6944

The Bordeaux collection would look out of place in my more mid-century and minimalist living room, but I could easily see a small settee in my bedroom near a window.

Furniture: Settees

The photos below show the versatility of the settee. The small dainty piece of furniture looks perfectly in place whether in the¬†hallway, bedroom, dining room, or porch. Have a look…

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If you’re looking to make a purchase, you might want to¬†visit Black Rooster Decor,¬†Jayson Home, One Kings Lane,¬†Restoration Hardware, or¬†1st Dibs.¬†I’ve also seen some lovely options at Home Sense. If you really want to go for an authentic French settee, I’d recommend making the trip to Paris’ March√© aux Puces¬†to¬†view loads of settees there¬†(Why not¬†dream big?).

Marketplace: Merci in Paris

I was really looking forward to visiting the design store Merci while I was in Paris. One morning I walked from St. Germain to the Haut Marais¬†and found Merci at 111 Blvd Beaumarchais. The trip took me along the Seine, through areas of the Marais and Les Halles. It was such a sunny day and it gave me the perfect excuse to eat one of Paul’s pain au chocolat along the way. (Any excuse is a good excuse!)

Merci is located in a beautiful, large, light-filled historic building, and it is definitely very high on design. It reminded me a bit of Colette (before it got so famous and busy). The various floors showcased everything from tiny dainty rings and necklaces to classic French linen scarves to notebooks and books to furniture to kitchen gadgets. The selection of products also included some lovely leather handbags, place settings, and lighting. Within the space is a restaurant and caf√© that looked pretty cool, but I didn’t feel like hanging out there (probably because I already had my pain au chocolat).

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What I loved most about Merci was the cool ribbon exhibit on the first floor. The exhibit included books of museum-worthy ribbons that weren’t for sale, and boxes of ribbon sample booklets in protective plastic sleeves that were for sale. It was beautiful. I could have spent hours flipping through all the ribbons. I bought a couple of booklets that I’ll frame. That was really enjoyable.

What didn’t I like? Well, I really was expecting to see some beautiful made-in-France or made-in-Europe items, but a large majority of what I picked up was made in China. And priced really high. I don’t know, it just wasn’t for me. I was disappointed. I think I’m also spoiled because of all the time I’ve spent in NYC…I’ve seen quite a few of the items there already and I was looking for some more innovative European collections. Regardless, I feel lucky that I was able to visit Merci in person and I am looking forward to seeing how it evolves. I have no doubt that it’s here to stay.

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