A Place to Start

Sentimental value is a strong motivator – which explains why an ardent fan of arts and crafts style would be sleeping in a bed more fit for Laura Ingalls Wilder than Gustav Stickley.

Once upon a time, I dreamed of snoozing in an oversized chocolate brown sleigh bed, or maybe a nice shaker farmhouse model. Basic, classic.

Restoration Hardware

Pottery Barn

Long story short, my boyfriend’s dad made the aforementioned pine log bed for him and, though it’s not exactly our style, we feel obligated to keep it around. It’s beautiful, well-made and has a lot of that sentimental value I just mentioned.

 So here’s my dilemma. We’re trying to gear ourselves up to get back on the home renovation train, starting with the bedroom. We figure it’s a small, not-too-overwhelming place to start, and after all, we spend a third of our lives there. But I need some ideas for toning down the rustic quality of our bed.

 So far, I’m thinking of keeping the walls a subdued shade of mocha, taupe or wheat – a lot more neutral than I would normally go for – and refraining from going too crazy with patterned quilts and duvet covers, as I’ve been known to do. Maybe putting up some vintage wall art, and replacing or customizing some of the hand-me-down lamps and side tables.

Rather than meticulously scrape off every last crumb of the dreaded mid-century popcorn ceiling – as we did in the other rooms of our house (and burned ourselves out in the process) – we’re thinking of covering it with beadboard and tacking on some crown molding.

This Old House

Other than that, I’m at a loss. But here’s where I’m looking for inspiration.

Better Homes and Gardens

Cottages & Bungalows

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

Blogwise, I’m inspired by these romantic bedroom redos at A Brooklyn Limestone in Progress, Yellow Brick Home and Wild Ink (as featured on Brooklyn Limestone).

One benefit to spiffing up the boudoir is that we can find a new place for the musical instruments that have been bunking with us. Just for fun, let’s count the number of guitars the love of my life has stored between our bedroom furnishings.

One, two, three.

Four, five, six.

Lucky number seven.

And eight…who seems to have been hiding from me.

You should see the rest of the house. But no worries, we’re going to get things under control here real soon.



Filed under bedrooms, interiors, old houses, renovation

6 responses to “A Place to Start

  1. i love your beadboard idea!!

    would it be a disaster to paint the bed white? i don’t know why, but rustic-y logs painted a crisp white would seem very chic to me!

    • Hi Emily,

      I love the idea of painting the bed white! Not sure if my boyfriend will go for it (he’s not the biggest risk-taker when it comes to decorating), but it’s going in our idea folder for sure.


  2. Nadia

    Ilike to white idea too 🙂

  3. Nadia

    Could the pine bed be used in a guest room instead?

    • I’d love to move the pine bed to a guest room…problem is, we don’t have one! Our spare bedroom is currently our office. But when (fingers crossed) we move into a bigger, older home in a couple years, I think that’s the plan.

      I’ll have to look into detaching the end of the bed…maybe the headboard alone would be less overwhelming to the small space? Thanks for the suggestions 🙂

  4. Nadia

    Is there a way to just use the headboard part of the bed instead of the whole log bed?

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