Now that we've lived in our cozy "petite penthouse" for a year, my hubby Steve and I are doing a few more small home spruce-ups, (like painting our bistro-ish dining nook luscious lavender), and since we've traveled together to over 65 Bed & Breakfast Inns (B&Bs) in 17 U.S. states since 1987, we also decided it was time once again to add a little more B&B style decorating flair to our current master bedroom as a reminder of our happy B&B travels. (Click on post photos to enlarge if you want to see the details better.)
I made photo collages last year of all of our B&B trips and we hung the collages in our master bedroom and we've added a few more frames since then as our life evolves. I work writing from our bed most of the time, so I enjoy looking up and seeing our happy travel photo reminders when I'm working at home and my hubby is away at his work office. I chose photo collage frames that compliment our black bed, our mostly Old World antique-style furniture, and a round mirror we found together years ago on an antiquing outing.
BTW, I know couples have varying ways of setting up home, and decorating it, but for us, we enjoy working together on creating a style of home that feels comfortable to both of us and we've enjoyed finding antiques together over the years. Fortunately we have similar taste in that we both like curved lines on furniture rather than straight legs and we collect art when we travel and we pick it out together. Neither of us likes stark modern furnishings or rooms; we find them cold rather than streamlined. We differ a bit though in that I like a little more embellishment and light wood and my hubby goes for a little more streamlined look and dark wood. Not a big deal; we compromise by mixing it up and we try to be considerate of each other's taste. (As a decorator and organizer, I DON'T believe in one person in a married couple having all the decor-taste decisions so that the other person feels they don't even live or belong in their own home, as I talked about in this media interview on that topic. )
Anyway, after we decorated our last master bedroom in all-white, I was hooked! White is so fresh and it's easier to replace linens too when they get tired or stained as it's very economical to add just a new piece here and there, rather than to have to replace a whole matching bedding ensemble. The key to all-white decorating, in my opinion, is using different textures and weights of fabrics for all your linens, as well as varying shades of white and off-white paint on furnishings. I'll explain more below.
We had several silky-style sheer curtains in varying lengths left from previous homes, and since these lengths of fabric work so well for varying kinds of decorating all over the house, I saved all of them, storing them in a plastic bin under our bed. I always decorate for and around the particular room, and our current bedroom is tiny, has one curved wall, plus it also functions as my home office, so I didn't want too much foo-foo in our new bed "canopy" but I did want to add "a little something" up there to soften all the photo collages and make it look more finished. So my hubs simply mounted an Old World-style curtain rod up near our crown molding. I found the rod at Tuesday Morning and when I saw it I bought it immediately because it looks antique and compliments our antique mirror, collage frames, and my French-style desk.
I also bought the rod because it was long enough to extend the width of our California King-sized bed and that's not always easy to find in a curtain rod. Especially for $24.95! It was also easy for my hubs to hang a rod quickly rather than put up something more complicated since we're both leaning more towards simple and streamlined living these days. (Well, he made it look easy to hang, anyway. I doubt I would have mastered that project at 9' ceiling height!)
Here's what I mean about texture being the key to decorating with white. My 16x16 Euro-style square pillows have a nice silky swirly embellishment. And the Shabby Chic bolster pillow is quilted with varying patterns and textures of white fabric, including lace. And my new Peacock Alley cotton coverlet is my ultimate prize bedding gem with its beautiful deeply textured swirls. I ADORE Peacock Alley bedding linens because they are high thread-count designer-quality and they wash beautifully over and over again. At regular prices, you'll likely have to sell your first-born child to afford them, (see below), but Tuesday Morning, one of my FAVE discount home stores, sells them at great prices. And I was even luckier to find my coverlet on the clearance shelf at my local Tuesday Morning, too. I only paid about $48 for it and the regular price on the sticker was over $300 if I recall correctly. So I pretty much smiled my way out of the Tuesday Morning store that day after that little bargain! (More money for my IRA; yay!)
I LOVE the texture, pattern, and quality of Peacock Alley coverlets. LOVE. Did I say LOVE?! (Here's a similar coverlet to mine on the Peacock Alley website for a mere $875 for a King-size.) Gulp! Now you know why I was so thrilled to find my little discount $48 Peacock Alley coverlet, darling!
These pillows and shams are the Shabby Chic line from Target and they are so expensive looking and very nice for the price. Love them! And the pillows are included with the low price. Wow! I'm on my second set of four pillows in a few years since Target still carries them. (In pink too, if you're into pink.)
Yummy texture, huh?!
The other two standard-size pillow shams below are also the Shabby Chic line from Target. (Pillows not included with these shams.) They wash up like a dream and last a long time; I think I'm on my third set of these in a few years now. We use pillow shams instead of pillowcases and I wash them once a week. We sleep right on them and if they are too embellished on the front, just turn your pillow over to the flat back, which is just like a smooth pillowcase so you won't have marks on that pretty face of yours. (A girl's gotta get creative sometimes in order to sleep like Snow White!) :) Also, speaking of sweet slumber, these are my favorite affordable white organic cotton sheets. Kudos, Target!
In a radical departure from my usual taste, but wanting to add a bit of glam-fun, our bed headboard is covered in a sophisticated shiny embellished white fabric. See? Fun! Here's a close-up photo from last year when we moved in. My hubs recovered the standard-store-fabric headboard for me.
Also, our nightstands don't match and I like it that way! They have two different shades of white and off-white paint on them, as does our TV cabinet. We found them at various antique stores over the years. And they all have different, but complimentary, hardware too. Differing shades of white and off-white paint create more interest and avoid the matchy-matchy decorating look, which I have personally never liked. Nor does my husband. Pix of our varying shades of white-painted furniture.
Decorate Your Bedroom Like a Bed & Breakfast Inn: 10 Tips
Copyright 2005 by Kathryn Bechen. All rights reserved worldwide.
We all need a romantic getaway weekend now and then. Even if funds are tight and time is short, with a little ingenuity and creativity you can turn your own bedroom at home into a romantic and relaxing "Bed & Breakfast Inn" retreat for you and your mate.
10 Tips to get you started:
1. Clutter Cutter.
De-clutter your bedroom when you begin your fluff-up. Nothing kills romance faster than a pile of dusty magazines and techno paraphernalia.
2. Maid Brigade.
Next comes the dust rag and vacuum. Turn on some music and make it fun!
3. Sensuous Sheets.
Purchase some colorful new sheets in a pattern you love with a thread count of at least 300.
4. Divine Duvet.
Invest in a pretty new duvet cover or bedspread. It will freshen up the room instantly.
5. Pillow Pizzazz.
Some new pillows and pillowcases that coordinate with your sheets and duvet will add softness to your bed.
6. Flower Finesse.
Buy some fresh flowers and put them in a favorite vase.
7. Candle Cozy.
A few flickering candles will add instant romance to your new B&B bedroom.
8. Music Magic.
Now for some light jazz or classical music to set the tone for the evening.
9. TV Tune-out.
Unless you and your mate purposely choose to watch a funny or romantic movie together, turn the TV off.
10. Tray of Delights.
Bring in a beverage and cheese tray with some fresh fruit, dim the lights, and you're on your way to a lovely and romantic stay in your very own Bed & Breakfast Inn bedroom. Enjoy!
More B&B style bedroom decorating examples and ideas:
More B&B style bedroom decorating examples and ideas:
- Our floral cottage-style master bedroom
- Our all-white crinkled elegant cottage style master bedroom
- Our floral master bedroom and spa-style bathroom
- My Bed & Breakfast inn blog at BedandBreakfastBliss.blogspot.com.
Here's to creating Bed & Breakfast Inn bliss at home!Kathryn :)