As the cooler months move in (especially given the northeast's October snowstorm), the more and more time we plan to be spending in bed with the huge stack of "summer reading" books we've put off, a pile of our favorite magazines and a cup of soothing hot tea. Like birds during a season change, it seems we all slowly migrate from our patio lounge chairs to our fluffy warm beds inside for when it's time to relax. What means comfort to you? Is it a rustic country bed with a fluffy white down, or a more urban, tufted leather version with playful sheets and duvet? However way you like your bed, there is one thing we know for sure: the bed you choose is a very, very personal and important decision--some may say the most important in the entire house. With an overwhelming amount of fabulous options at our disposal--from the frame to the bedding--choosing and designing your bed can be unbelievably daunting. So, today we are going to break it down for you with a few seasoned designers as they weigh in on their favorite IC bed, and, lucky for us, let us in on a few secret styling tips for the bedroom…
Robert Passal: "I have chosen the Steel Frame Bed from Regeneration. I admire the sleek design as well as the customization options; it is so completely versatile that it could easily work as well in a child's room as in a master bedroom. If I were to purchase this bed for a client's bedroom, I'd envision it in a slick white lacquer paired up with contrasting bedside tables, perhaps in the style of Louis XVI. I could easily see it being used in a beach house or a dynamic city dwelling. In adapting the bed with customizable head and foot board for a child's room...Well the options are endless. I would use broad painted stripes of cobalt blue and chartreuse for a young boy's space, and, perhaps a highly lacquered raspberry for a young girl--or, even a teen or adult for that matter. It's an ideal bed and can easily be adapted to any environment."
Nina Freunenberger: "I love the Tucker Robbins Live-Edge Wood Bed (The Natural Bed); I've always loved his work. I think it is really important to bring in natural materials and elements into the bedroom, and although this bed may be too literal for some, you can soften the look by adding some really beautiful crisp sheets and Euro pillows. Throw a vintage Moroccan rug underneath to make the bed totally dreamy."
Lisa Sternfeld: "I've always admired the romance and tradition of a four-poster bed. The Armande Bed from Interieurs is a four-poster made for modern times--it is as balanced in form as it is in its simplicity. I envision this bed in a soft finish that blends into pale painted walls around it. I would very simply dress it with hand-embroidered white or ecru bedding, a luxurious feather bed and the kind of pillows that envelop you. A few well-placed and well-worn pieces would be a beautiful contrast--add a gilded antique bench at the foot of the bed, a hand-woven rug over aged wood floors, and an interesting writing desk as a bedside table. Finishing touches of personal or sentimental value like artwork, favorite books and fresh flowers are always important in the most intimate room in one's home."
Sarah Baynes: "I am inspired by the Area ID Custom Upholstered Headboard, which I would upholster in a neutral raw silk or a royal blue velvet, a la the Drapers in Mad Men. It's a 1940s style that can add curve to compliment a boxy, mid-century aesthetic, as well as hold its own in old Hollywood amongst a Murano-glass chandelier, Gracie wallpaper and mirrored bedside tables."
In a nutshell, we've learned a lot today from our design veterans about choosing your bed: make it luxurious, be sure to add a few elements of nature, and get creative with the available customizing options until you feel it is the absolute perfect fit for you. Happy shopping!
Award winning designer Robert Passal practices out of New York City, New York and Miami, Florida. Robert has earned accolades from House & Garden, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, among other publications, and was awarded Traditional Home's "Top 20 Designers" award. www.robertpassal.com|212.242.5508
Nina Freudenberger attended Rhode Island School of Design, graduating in 2003 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Bachelors of Architecture. She founded Haus Interior, an interior design firm specializing in the decoration of private residences, model homes and commercial spaces. In June of 2009, she opened the flagship home accessories boutique for Haus Interior in Nolita, New York City. Freudenberger was recently honored by Trad Home as one of the top 20 "New Traditional" designers and was featured in its debut issue this past April. www.hausinterior.com|212.741.0455
A graduate of Parsons School of Design, with two design degrees, Sternfeld was recently honored with the Notable Parsons Alumni title. In addition, Lisa Sternfeld was recently honored by Trad Home as one of the top 20 "New Traditional" designers and was be featured in its debut issue this past April. Lisa founded her design Studio LSID in 2006. www.studiolsid.com|212.675.5007
Sarah Baynes Interior Design is a full-service boutique interior design firm in New York, NY. www.sarahbaynesinteriordesign.com|917.553.2904