Friday, November 16, 2012


Happy Friday Readers!

We've got more exciting Phone-A-Friend news for you. Deweese's brother-in-law's girlfriend (we think of her as a sister-in-law) is looking for a new bed. And we agree with her that having a real bed, complete with a head board is oh so adult.  Here's her note to us...

Hi ladies!

I have finally reached my breaking point with our awful bedroom decor and am in need of some guidance. I figured, who better to ask then you girls! Tim and I still have a lot of that mixed-matched furniture from when we first moved in together and it has been way too long without a bed frame. So, I have decided to start saving for one! Although our current bedroom furniture will most likely not join Tim and I at our next place (which will hopefully be our first home!); I still want to buy a bed that will. So now, the difficult part... how do we choose a bed that will do the following:

1. Match different styles of furntiture, because who knows what we will end up purchasing for a bedroom set years from now.

2. Be trendy and stylish now and will stay in trend as styles change over the years.
3. Satisfy both my super feminine and shabby chic style and Tim's bold and modern style.
4. Not be limited to only a few color schemes (i.e. wall color, bedding etc.) - Do I go with light or dark, since I will most likely have dark furniture?

My ideal bedroom is to have the bed be the focus point of the room. I want it to look rich and elegant. The thing is, I love so many different styles that it's hard for me to know which one I will decide to go with when Tim and I finally purchase our adult furniture! I enjoy eclectic pieces, however, I am not great at putting pieces from different styles together in a complimenting way.

I have found myself being drawn to larger tufted headboards, the beige colored upholstered frames, dark wood sleigh beds, and although I have not found the right one, I have always loved cast iron beds. I just have no idea which direction to go in! Please help!

Thanks so much!


To Amanda, we say: Right On! This is a challenge a lot of us face, and it's not easy! Blending not only your feminine style with Tim's more modern style and also blending your post-college/early 20s furniture with more adult furniture can be wicked hard.

For instance, if Deweese and Jeff didn't live together, she would totally have this bed, probably upholstered in something lovely and floral and pink. But alas, they do live together (for loads of wonderful reasons) and have no bed at all, just a metal frame.

Layla Grace Eloquence Sophia Upholstered Bed Antique White

Keep in mind: It's way okay to mix different styles and finishes in one room. Mix and match you're furniture to have a more collected and authentically "you" look. Buy pieces that make you happy, and they will end up working together. Promise. We know it's easier said than done, but when you're surrounded by pieces you love, instead of pieces you're trying to match, you'll love the result.

However, we DO agree that it's a good idea to stay neutral on the bed for now, especially with upholstery, it's so easy to change bedding and/or wall color and give the room a whole new look. You can even change your bedding with the seasons, we learned that from Dukester!

This may not be your color palette, but it's a nice example of an upholstered bed, blending masculine and feminine. The color palette of browns and reds is super HIM, but the prints and patterns are more delicate and soft, not to mention the curvy headboard: very HER. Notice the miss-matched side tables.

Again, curvy and feminine shape on the headboard, but masculine color palette. So very harmonious. And again, the tables.

Here's our first choice for you, an upholstered wing-back bed from Room + Board. Super sophisticated, but also a little masculine, think wing back chairs in a library or study.

Room & Board Marlo Storage Bed

We also like these wing back versions from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Restoration Hardware.

And you can't go wrong with a simple square tufted headboard. 

MGBW Butler Bed

You can find upholstered headboards in every shape and at every price point. There are loads of fabric options, too. Try Ballard Designs, One Kings Lane and Overstock for a more pocketbook friendly approach. And definitely consider a leather bed. See Blythe's headboard here, with lovely and delicate white accents in the bedding.

You also mentioned liking iron beds, and we have some thoughts on that. When Deweese thinks of iron beds, something like the below usually comes to mind. Which is well, just a little too Cider House Rules for us (Read: Orphanage).
C&B Scholar Bed
And while we love iron canopy beds, they are a bit femmy. Something tells us Tim isn't going to be dreaming of a Pats Super Bowl under this.

Layla Grace Cecile Iron Canopy Bed
But THIS is a great alternative. Nice bold clean lines for Tim, and a lovely canopy bed for you. You have to have a big enough bedroom for this, but it's supah classy.

Room & Board Architecture Bed

A bonus, both upholstered and iron beds will work with any and all wood stains, so you won't be limited as you start to collect more bedroom furniture.

Final tip: Get something you love right now, even if you're afraid you're not going to love it in 10 years. Odds are you're not going to be spending your last days on earth in this bed.  We hear this advice a lot from designers and bloggers... it's easy to get bogged down by making sure something lasts style-wise, but make sure you're not a slave to that notion. This is a piece of furniture you're going to spend a LOT of time in, make sure you love it now. Don't spend 10 years kind of liking it, only to replace it anyway.

Keep us posted!


  1. Ikea has a few iron frame beds that I think are pretty great:

  2. You can go for metal beds, a lot of styles and colors are available in the market, go out visit some stores to check them out or you can do some research online to check which one will be more suitable for you.

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