It’s Bedtime!


I’ll tell you a secret: my bedroom is a total embarrassment, the last bastion of ugly in my house. I can’t convince myself to spend time and money on it when I’m only in there to sleep. But every girl deserves a room of her own, and this grey and yellow space sends my decorating impulse into overdrive. The luxe velvet, the sexy lamps, and that stunning bolster pillow? Swoon!


I adore the ladylike charm of this oversized floral wallpaper, especially in contrast with the flashy mirrored tulip table. And don’t you love how the curly fern embroidery adds an exotic touch to an otherwise traditional headboard?


A folding screen is a brilliant opportunity to inject a hit of pattern without the cost and permanence of papering all four walls. A vintage wallpaper retailer—like Secondhand Rose—makes a terrific resource for covering your own screen. Find super-easy instructions here!


Subtly striped textiles offer a quiet alternative to the bold prints in previous images. I really appreciate this restrained approach to dressing a four poster bed. Not only does it look more contemporary, it’s more economical too, as you would need significantly less fabric than you would for a full canopy.


I would never go this girly in my own bedroom (the huz might have a thing or two to say about the palette!) but isn’t this a sweet, cozy boudoir? The variety of materials—the fuzzy mohair throw, the organic glass lamp, and of course those drool-worthy pillows—elevates coral to a whole new level of sophistication.


Of course it’s not just about color and pattern; texture plays a key role in creating a relaxing retreat. The cool, neutral hues of this space form a soothing backdrop to a woven wicker headboard, a gauzy net drape, and a plush fur throw—a beautiful testament to the power of layering!


What a smashing mix of styles! A tailored headboard meets playful pillows and a shimmery pailette-trimmed counterpane. A sleek, low nightstand provides deep storage and reins in the sumptuous details of the bed. And how fab are those butterflies in the far left of the pic?


Of course for all my talk about color, pattern and texture, I still love this serene and simple setting the best. A fluffy duvet and a few well chosen cushions let the room’s architectural elements do most of the talking, and the whole space seems to whisper, ‘Won’t you come to bed?”

All images courtesy of Homes and Gardens Magazine.

17 Responses to “It’s Bedtime!”

  1. christina Says:

    What a relief. I thought I was the only one who neglected her bedroom. Our room is the worst room in the whole house! I have too many other projects in mind and it always comes last on my list, since nobody really sees it but the two of us.
    And I think that yellow and gray room and the white with that stunning headboard are both marvelous!

  2. Paulette Ink. Says:

    You’ve been busy! I’m more of a traditional girl, so I was really surprised that I reacted best to the bedroom with the tulip table! On top of looking so sweet, it also looks cozy. And all you’d have to do is change the pillows to make it look more masculine (though I really do like those pillows). My second favorite is the girly pink room … though I don’t think there’s any way it could be made more masculine. 🙂

  3. charlotte elizabeth Says:

    wow ❤ the yellow stripes

  4. Kimberly Julie Says:

    Oh, bedroom will be first on my list when I move into my first *real* place post-college. I cannot wait…

  5. jess@thehomebound Says:

    That second bedroom with the wallpaper and tulip table is calling my name. It reminds me of Amanda Peet’s bedroom with the mix of patterns. I want to jump in that bed right now.

  6. Rachel (Heart of Light) Says:

    I’m right there with you. I never seem to get around to the bedroom. After all, only two people ever see it!
    But you’re right – we deserve a nice space. And now I’m feeling inspired.

  7. cassandra Says:

    oh, these are SO dreamy! thank you thank you for inspiration! lord, i needed it today 🙂

  8. Caroline @ Patagonia Gifts Says:

    Oh, Anne, that first bedroom is absolutely dreamy! So cheerful and sunny. I’m loving yellow lately.

  9. vee Says:

    i love the tailerd headboard room, love the mix of patterns on the bed 🙂

  10. callie grayson Says:

    i am so excited to start planning my new room once I move in April!! These images are perfect, very inspirational.
    That white buttoned head board is so swoon worthy!

  11. Jen R Says:

    My bedroom looks like none of these either.Thanks so much for leaving such a nice comment about my table make over!
    I love the idea of serene and calm as well for a bedroom… a place to sleep and dream… 🙂 Jen

  12. Amanda Says:

    The bedroom is an important spot–mine’s my favorite room. It’s blue and yellow, with tinted Alice in Wonderland prints on the walls. Good luck prettying yours up, lady!

  13. nkp Says:

    I’m embarassed to say my bedroom is also the bastion of ugly in our house. It is the dumping ground for all five of us and I hate that! We have decided to get a new much larger bed and hopefully that will give me the inspiration to make the space special and relaxing.
    I love that first photo, the grey and yellow are gorgeous together and that bolster gives me shivers, in a good way, of course!

  14. Pretty Little World Says:

    These are all lovely rooms — I don’t know how you’d ever manage to get out of bed if you had one of them!
    I really love that white tufted headboard — so lux!

  15. Rebecca Says:

    oh, I adore a bedroom based on white–it’s just heaven!

  16. Cyd Says:

    That final bedroom is precisely the kind of room I dreamed of as a little girl. I’ve always been very obsessed with making sure my bedroom was a haven, still am in fact.

  17. Courtney Says:

    those peachy coral tones are to die for!

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