In my quest to make the bedroom more portfolio worthy I enacted the great bed debate of 2015. While I was on maternity leave I looked at basically every online bed in America. The pressure was on to make it beautiful, comfortable, interesting, timeless and most definitely photogenic because there are a lot of Saturday morning instagrams that happen in that bed. So, while I was super drawn to some subtler pieces (below) I ultimately decided to go for broke and customize something fabulous. But . . . this isn’t that post.
This is where I show you the 32 beds that I almost bought. I viewed and pinned HUNDREDS of beds, so please don’t consider these beds the “rejects.” NAY. If these beds were nominated for an Oscar and lost, they would happily say, and mean, “it was an honor just to be nominated and be included in this roundup.”
First up – The Statement Bed.
1. Campaign Canopy Bed It’s an Anthro classic and one that I hope is around forever. I still love that it’s a statement and does something visually interesting, but it’s slender and feminine lines keep it feeling light. It’s strong, reserved, and full of style. It’s the Michelle Obama of beds. I’ve had a glass of wine.
2. Stella Brass Bed Windsor style + brass = GD wonderful. Two major trends making love with eachother.
3. Supra Bed My love for a good cane goes beyond my love for a good Tonya Harding joke.
4. Curved Rattan Bed This bed is in the top 3. I LOVE it, and much like my daybed in Elliot’s bedroom I think that it is 100% my style and will make the room with it’s vintage happiness. The only reason I didn’t choose this was because my head likes padding behind it whilst reading “Dragons Love Tacos” to a toddler. That’s for all you toddler moms out there. Unite.
5. Balustrade Bed I thought that this bed would be super fun to showcase, what with it’s strange combination of materials.
6. Ariadne Bed It’s the moroccan version of #1 and it will secretly judge you for using sateen bedding. It’s too fancy and feminine for our master, but in the perfect old world style home it would be stunning.
7. Cecilia Bed Again with the caning. Again with me needing an upholstered back.
8. Alchemy Brass Bed So affordable and simple, with enough glam to make me go to bed in that gown I’ve been hoarding.
9. Georgina Headboard I wasn’t actually too tempted to buy it for me, in this home, but I will someday use this in a client’s home. It’s crazy and wonderful.
10. Balboa Bed – A new classic and unmistakably timeless. My friend Scott who has the most timeless and refined taste of anyone is debating using this bed in a makeover we are doing on the blog for his guest room, and for that I whole-heartedly endorse it.
I love a statement, but I love a upholstered headboard more. There were a lot of contenders. All of these are super simple with nary a tuft in sight. I had the ultimate tufted headboard with ruching and ruffles, so I was hoping to do something different this time.
1. Façade Snow Bed During the great bed debate this one kept coming up as such a good deal. It’s simple, affordable, quick to ship, and with great proportions. This is a top notch contender and one that I will probably use in many budget friendly design projects.
2. Yarn Dyed Linen Bed Simple, squared off, and timeless.
3. Mod Upholstered Bed So good! Midcentury in style but totally timeless.
4. Bradford White Linen Bed This one was my #1 for a while. I loved how thick, low, and chunky it is. I ultimately decided for something with less of a chunky footboard, but I really do want to be in this bed.
5. Jane Bed Probably too low and modern for me, but so good and for a while all I wanted was a low platform bed. This is a very good one.
6. Welles Upholstered Platform Bed Now I don’t remember if it was this one or #1 that I almost clicked “purchase” on so many times. Ultimately it was too simple for my master, but will I use it in a project or in my guest bedroom? Yes. That is a high possibility.
7. Broderick Shelter Bed This bed was the design inspiration of the bed I ended up making. I love the simple squared off wings. I wanted a higher headboard so I decided to customize my own, but this bed is VERY, VERY GOOD.
8. Sullivan Platform Bed YES. I want to be in this bed. If you can handle the whole “bed on the ground and you can’t see underneath it” thing, then this bed is for you.
9. Belgian Slipcovered Shelter Bed Like #7 this bed has that simple wing to the headboard. But the proportions still weren’t quite right. I wanted the bed part to be lower, but the headboard to be higher. I also didn’t want to spend $5k for the specific one I wanted.
10. Gia Upholstered Bed While this lady had tufting in it it was still tempting for how pretty that headboard line is and how pulled back and refined the tufts are.
For a brief stint I wanted to do a canopy bed because every girls dream is to have gauzy fabric flowing off a canopy bed whilst watching “Dangerous Beauty” on VHS, no?? These are beautiful, simple, and some even strangely affordable.
1. Reclaimed Russian Oak Canopy Bed Speaks for itself. It’s beautiful. Ultimately too chunky for our master or guest room, but I love it.
2. Manhattan Canopy Bed Lighter and a bit less visually arresting, but still a conversation piece.
3. Frame Canopy Bed I thought about this hard for the guest suite.
4. Bryan Canopy Bed Low like #1 but with a soft headboard to soften those harsh lines.
5. Martens Four Poster Bed A new take on the canopy with those softer corners and that matte black finish.
6. Black Metal Canopy Bed This guy is strangely affordable and simple. It’s one of those things you want to keep a secret because it looks like it could be $1500, but it ain’t.
For a while I thought “It’s time for a wood frame bed. For something simple, and beautiful; masculine and refined.” I will do a wood headboard soon, but not for this head. Here were the finalist that I still love, but didn’t choose.
1. Teak Wood Bed With built-in nighstands this is a piece and a half. Made of beautiful rosewood, this is a stunner for the right space.
2. Simple Ash Wood Bed Kalon Design doesn’t dissapoint. That is a beautiful bed that will elevate any bedroom.
3. Black Platform Bed So simple and affordable. It has a slight traditional bent, but in a really modern way.
4. Companions Bed I almost bought this bed. I would have for the guest suite had it not been so expensive. It’s absolutely gorgeous, with it’s windsor style lines and slight hugging curve. This bed is an investment piece and worth it if you can swing that way.
5. Solid White Oak Windsor Bed When I was obsessed with #4 this became my backup. I love it but it didn’t quite have enough impact to pull me from my upholstered headboard fantasies.
6. Cottage Bed A classic that could work in any room.
While I didn’t choose any of those beds, I love them all for different reasons. So here, for your pinnable pleasure, is the entire collection.
Well, friends. If a demented robber held a squirt gun to your favorite unprotected suede shoes, and you had to decide on the spot, WHICH BED WOULD YOU CHOOSE????
***Master Bedroom photo by Mike Garten for Good Housekeeping Magazine