Room #28 – Bedroom
Oh sweet elixir of the Gods…I’m back my Roomatoids and I’ve got a blossoming confection of a bedroom for you to buzz about! It’s been a hot minute since last I posted, but I’ll blame that on global warming. I’ve literally been too hot to do much of anything this summer, so this is my own Olympic win. And it’s gold or nothing, so my inspiration is right on par with my long time aspiration!
So how many ways can I say just how much I love these little workaholics of the insect world? I am forever fascinated when I pass a cadre’ of them busily bobbing from flower to flower collecting nectar to process into pure molten heaven that does nothing but a body good (sorry milk…honey’s got you beat). Without these little go-getters gathering pollen inadvertently (which look like puffy leg warmers), we’d have nothing…literally…so keep that in mind when you’re shopping at the Piggly Wiggly, and say a little thanks whenever you see one.
Because I consider bees to be one of the original OG’s of the natural world, I’ve given my boudoir a traditional look and feel. But bees are also symbols of energy and endurance in many cultures around the globe, so I’ve amped it up a bit with some strong color, a variety of patterns and some statement making furnishings.
Instead of painting, I’ve chosen to bedeck my walls in two different papers. For the upper 1/3rd and ceiling (yes…I’m doing that again!), I’ve chosen an intriguing toile and lattice paper. In its repetition, I kinda get that honeycomb look (cross your eyes and stare and hopefully it’ll become visible to you before you pass out). On the bottom 2/3rds, I’m putting up a luxurious amber grasscloth. The texture alone makes me squeal with delight. Betwixt (thanks Dictionary.com!) the two, is a chair rail with a gorgeous floral relief that kinda looks like a bee with its wings spread (again, cross your eyes and stare…I swear it works every time). On the floors I’ve got teak with honeyed undertones, and on it, a distressed Ikat wool rug in black. In a vibrantly colored room such as this, black really stands up and helps ground the space. I know, I know…it sounds a bit contradictory…but bold colors need each other to temper one another. If I didn’t have such large swaths of black…your eyes would sear from all the yellow. Yes…SEAR! Either that, or you’d never be able to fall asleep…you choose.
Following my own advice (smart move me!), I have included a curvalicious black Dutch armoire, that mimics the whimsical features of my bed choice. I swear…all those squiggly lines give me the giggles and makes me want to jump on the bed like a 145lb, three year old (ok…165lb…don’t judge). To add a masculine touch, I’ve got two nightstands with cleaner lines standing sentry besides the bed. A clear glass and brass lamp topped off with a classic black shade finish the vignette off. Above the headboard, I’ve got an expansive antique mirror that will reflect the light of the gilded bouquet chandelier I’ve chosen to hang above the bed. Mucho ADORBS! I’ve incorporated a dainty tufted barrel-back chair (say that a few times without losing some teeth) that I’d place in a corner with a demure side table, for those times you want to sit back and just stare at this sweet suite.
For a little twist, I’ve chosen a modern green print textile that I’d have whipped up into curtains, edged with black fringe. I know this may be bold to some, but it is a very traditional treatment that will hold its own in this delicious space. Plus it’s fuzzy (ok…this is the real reason I chose it). Finishing touches include an assortment (in size and color) of busily patterned (in a good way of course) pillows, a wheat and amber throw and a couple X-legged stools for the foot of the bed (so others have a place to sit to admire the room).
So if you’re looking to soothe a cough, treat a bout of dandruff or heal a burn, grab some honey…but if you want a bee-utiful (I couldn’t help myself) bedroom inspired by the cutest insect around…follow my lead and you’ll have everyone buzzing about your hive in no time (it’s an illness…I just can’t stop).