The original idea for the room came during my first Arkansas ice storm. When I came here from the UK, I really thought the South was peach pie and iced tea all year round. I didn't even bring a decent warm coat. So, shivering through that first ice storm, with no heat or light, made me wonder if the small back room could be made cosy and warm with an just an oil lamp and a thick sweater. Hubby and I could snuggle up and drink hot tea and I'd read aloud to him. Cute, right?
And it needed to look old, because I miss things that are old. And I wanted it to be guy-friendly, so not parlour and boudoir, but more study/ gentlemen's club. With a bit of steampunk thrown in, for fun. I didn't need it to be architecturally authentic, as this house isn't Victorian. It's barely Clinton.
So, here are some of my inspiration pictures
I have a version of almost everything in this picture! Everything but the tribal figure with the salver. Maybe I should do a copycat vignette?
Richard, over at My Old Historic House had the inspired idea of making a day bed from a twin bed and two headboards. I'd thought about doing it, but until I saw his pictures, I wasn't sure how it would work. His looks wonderful and he fitted into an even tinier space than my back room.
Now I'm determined to give it a try. I have a king sized headboard, with an arch and bergere work, and that's going to be the back of the daybed.
|Headboard in question. Ethan Allen?|
I'm not sure about the sides/arms. Maybe I'll just have a heap of tapestry pillows, for swooning and lounging. After seeing Sherlock Holmes, I'm seriously considering painting it gold. See?
You are still looking at the headboard, right?