19 August 2007

a bed fit for a (queen) bear



My new bedroom is petite, but happily large enough for a queen bed (unlike my old bedroom which only allowed a twin bed). Instead of buying a full frame for the bed, I made this upholstered headboard. I'm really happy with the way it turned out, even if it does look a little wonky around the feet. But you really can't see that part, so it's ok. I read over some tutorials on the internet (like this one) and then just figured it out as I went along. I stuck with a nice, simple rectangle of plywood and screwed on short planks of 1"x4" to give it legs. I covered it with .5" foam, then wrapped a thick batting and this fabric around the edges. Then I had at it with the staple gun.



The quilt was a bit of a splurge from Anthropologie. I rationalized the purchase, however, by telling myself I would make my own shams. The quilt is a lovely soft, gauzy cotton quilted in a flower pattern with navy thread.



I made the shams out of one of the beautiful block-printed Indian fabrics from Purl. It's a nice heavy fabric, and I love how tailored the shams look.



My bear finds the whole setup very comfortable, indeed.

26 comments:

Nicole said...

It looks beautiful! Nice work.

Stephanie said...

I love what you did with the headboard. Excellent choice of fabric.

pip said...

i am impressed. very very impressed. well done, ree.

Connie said...

wow! that is just so perfect! your bedroom looks so calming

amandajean said...

beautiful bedroom! you have been a busy one. love the calmness of everything.

Mozilla said...

wow the whole setup came out wonderfully. Wish I was that bear right now lounging on the lovely linens. Great job

sally said...

Love the new bedroom. The headboard is fantastic...we need one over here. ;)

Mrs. Fabrice Penot said...

the way you're settling in there... i mean... its almost like you think you're staying and not coming back to nyc... what gives?!?!? ;)

Alicia A. said...

It all looks so peaceful and pretty. The headboard is fabulous!

marianellen said...

I love your new bed too - especially the fabric on the headboard. I hope you sleep in it like a starfish, just because you can! I am de-lurking to let you know that reading your blog has really inspired me. I have just started my own, so if you are ever missing the smells of Brooklyn, the sweaty subway, or, well, whatever you could possibly be missing in that cute looking new place of yours, check out: http://marianellen.typepad.com/
Oh, and I added you as a link, hope that is ok :)

Kerry said...

It looks gorgeous. However will you manage to mess up the bed by sleeping in it?

erin said...

oh, julie, it looks great! and good idea on splurging for the quilt...it is so beautiful and looks perfect with your new headboard and shams!

hannah said...

back at it and in a good way too.

Dinah said...

I love the quilt and the headboard. You've done a great job there!

Anina said...

Absolutely stunning! Would you like to come redo my bedroom? :-D

Jen said...

It's completely perfect and beautiful! Nice work!

Anonymous said...

wow, Julie, really beautiful.

Courtney said...

I am the above "anonymous"

Oiyi said...

Lovely!

Kelly said...

So lovely and understated! I love the combination of fabrics.

jenny said...

oh, julie! i love it. the headboard, the quilt, the shams. what beautiful fabrics, and they all look great together. looks like such a peaceful room.

sappmama said...

You are going great guns on the decor. And your headboard is a print from my new favorite fabric line. Bravo!

nydampress said...

Holy smokes! Beautiful AND I had the same teddy bear!! It was #1 in my life.

Toni said...

I love your headboard. I have been thinking this just we we need. Very cute bed indeed :)

sulu-design said...

Lovely headboard, and a well-worth it splurge on the quilt. This is the perfect Julieree bedroom!

christine said...

What a sweet headboard!