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Bedroom - 40's Style House

An elixir of rose is plucked from the vintage drapery panels to cover the walls. This fleshy pink is the perfect background for the bedroom. The color adds a rosy glow to the room.

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Years of hoarding dated fabrics and drapery panels have finally paid off. A pair of vintage panels set the tone for the bedroom. Inspired by 1940’s screen siren, Carmen Miranda, bamboo stalks are used as drapery rods. The rods are mounted near the ceiling to visually raise the windows’ height. Rattan blinds are hung behind the bamboo rods. Decorative iron rings are sewn on the drapery panels to complete the look.

Cleopatra had one. So did Claudette Colbert. What could be better to evoke the style of Hollywood glamour than a barge bed? So one is moored here. Beginning life as a pine sleigh bed (perhaps more appropriate in a Bergman film), we enhanced its exotic feel with a faux wood finish. Coats of polyurethane steel wooled and waxed to a deep luster give it its subtle sheen.

A nondescript two-door cabinet has been given a make-over. A drab avocado green paint finish was spruced up with Joan Crawford Blue ground color over which bosomy blooms have been decoupaged. Finally, a crazed varnish is applied to give the cabinet its vintage appeal.

In lieu of nightstands, a small drop-leaf cricket table plays the supporting role. It floats in front of the barge bed, just large enough to hold bedside essentials. The painted top and shelf echo the leafy colors found in the draperies and decoupage cabinet, without calling too much attention to itself.

A pair of bolsters gives the bed a daybed feel. Just like Greta Garbo in Queen Christina, one can receive guests in the boudoir. The pale pink adds feminine charm as does the vermicelli quilting. This is the perfect place to retire after a grueling day at the studio.

 

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