Saturday, October 22, 2011

Framed to perfection ...

When is a bed frame more than just functional? For me, its when the beauty and craftsmanship from head to foot, and that which lies between, becomes art. I want a bed frame that lures me to sleep rather than lulls me there.

My heart has always belonged to iron beds, but I am really taken with the beauty of elegantly carved wood headboards and footboards.

Photo of guest room at the Villa Borgo Santo Pietro in Chiusdino, Italy.

What an amazingly beautiful baroque fantasy. The Grand Suite at Villa Borgo Santo Pietro (above) offers an exquisitely carved bed for guests. Oh yeah, this is my idea of a good night in Tuscany!

This beauty has been sold, but it was listed on Ebay!

What could be more lavish than a bed with a French pedigree? I'm sure slumber is so much better in a carved bed frame in French Blue (above) or gold gilding (below). 

Images via Graham and Green (above) and Tobi Fairley (below).

Even the simplicity of a upholstered, carved headboard sends me to a happy place.  Upholstered in a neutral fabric with textural interest like Dupioni silk, cotton velvet or even wool, upholstered bed frames offer a quiet elegance that I find charming. 

Image via Sweet Pea and Willow.

There's nothing like a four poster bed for drama.

Image via The Right Bank.

Talk about allure. Draped in sheers, this four poster makes its presence known with a bit of a gypsy flair. (I do envision some bruised shins on those crazy logs below!) Tell me this bed wouldn't appeal to both sexes. It has just enough sass, spirit and casual elan to make a bedroom magical.

Sweet dreams, my love!

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