Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Lights out..

a couple of weeks ago North of Boston was hit with an intense windstorm..I honestly thought the roof may blow away that night as my husband, son and I snuggled under the covers.
The power went out around ten p.m. and didn't return for three days. I headed south to my parent's home the next afternoon, living in a 45 degree home without electricity or heat is less then ideal, especially with a five week and two year old! I also realized I wouldn't fair so well previous to the invention of electricity. {most homes in the United States were fitted with electricity from about 1905-1910 on.} Hence the invention of the canopy bed, which provided both an extra layer of warmth and privacy. Used today for more glamorous reasons, here are a few of my favorites..

Mary McDonald often uses canopy beds in her work. Below are two versions of her bedroom followed by two of her projects..

note how she just painted her sisal rug! {above image}

Clearly Mary McDonald is influenced by the "king" of canopy beds. David Hicks. His work is timeless.

Clean + Simple looks

Cozy feminity by Phoebe Howard

two shots of the former style director of Domino magazine Dara Caponigro's elegant bedroom

for the kiddies
Images: Domino, Domino, Mary McDonald, Harmony and Home blog, Veranda, David Hicks - three images, Elle Decor, ?, Phoebe Howard, Domino, via Pink Wallpaper, House and Garden

19 comments:

Tammy@InStitches said...

Gorgeous ! It's making me want to make one for my bed.

LindsB said...

They are so romantic, I love them all!

erica@ moth design+luxe life said...

Have to say, there isn't one image I dislike. Love them all! Also-I'm thrilled you've posted something too, does this mean that you're getting more sleep? xo

mb said...

Great post with beautiful beds...in a power outage or not.
We had a crazy storm in Dallas,12 inches of really wet, picture book snow. It wrecked havoc with the power lines. No electricity for 3 days. I am hear to tell you that when the temps hit the high 40's inside our house, I declared myself fed up. I was no pioneer, and creature comforts like electricity and heat's a must.

I never thought to hang blankets off of my canopy bed... but know I know in the next "lights out".
mb

Claire Watkins, ASID allied said...

Great post. You know what, I always associate these types of treatments with decidedly traditional (read 'stodgy' ) interiors. However, you have found some fabulous images that prove this is absolutely not the case. In fact, the drapery makes for an elegant, statement making focal point. Plus, who doesn't want to curl up in a private tent!

My name: Julie My design firm: SHELTER said...

I dream of more sleep. The sleep situation remains the same! I think there isn't a magic cure for her acid reflux. I've tried everything! Thanks for asking though.

Best,
Julie

Kelly Green said...

gorgeous selection of canopied beds - they all look so snug and inviting. MM is the shining star when it comes to these beds - i agree! KG

Design Darling said...

great collection of pictures! nevermind their historical purposes, i just think canopy beds are so chic.

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

i did not know that that was the origin of canopy beds--thanks for sharing. i love the beds you featured--the first one (from domino) i tore out and carried around until you could barely see the image. there's just something about a canopy bed . . .

Chic Coles said...

They sure do make a bedroom. beautiful.

Chic Coles said...

They sure do make a bedroom. beautiful.

sketch42 said...

I had one when I was a kid... I still think of it as "The Princess Bed".

It never occurred to me that they keep you warm! DUH!

Julie said...

I always wanted a canopy bed. Sigh...

mb said...

I had at least two glaring typos in my previous post. (hear-here, know-now) And I am not even sleep deprived.

I am so sorry that your wee one is having a hard time with acid reflux. Have you tried putting a slightly flattened rolled towel under the top of the mattress so your baby's body is on a slight incline, head is at the highest point. This helped my little one's reflux.

Good luck.
xx

erica@ moth design+luxe life said...

hmmmm I currently share your pain.... my two year old just got 8 teeth all at once. He's a mess.
Just realized, sleep deprivation...this must be why you're posting beds... xo

Blueprint Bliss said...

So beautiful. I esp love them in little girls' rooms!

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

I never knew the history behind these. Makes sense though. Great images!

The Goods Design said...

GORGEOUS canopy shots! It's definitely making me want one of my own!

Victoria Bellow said...

WOW!!! love them all!Everything is Magnificent,they are so elegant and romantic,Canopy bed is to die for!
So Great images!thanks for posting.

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