Sunday, August 5, 2012

Canopy Bed Utopia

SOOOO for some time my daughter has admired canopy beds and the dreaminess that comes with them.  I'm sure many of us can relate, I even as a grownup still get caught up in the princess fairytale feeling that accompanies a canopy bed that is over flowing with sheer curtains or a structured top smartly upholstered.  So when we walked into our room at the St. Ermins Hotel in London she was awestruck with what she found in the bedroom.  We were just getting our bags in the door when we heard "MAMA MAMA DADDY.... Look what is in MY room" mind you this is a one bedroom suite and we had intended for our little princess to sleep on the pull out sofa, so the idea of "MY ROOM" was hilarious.  We went into the room to find a BEAUTIFUL half canopy bed with side curtains and our daughter buried into the pillows cooing that she felt like a princess. 

As she laid there dreaming of her very own princess fancy pants bed, I asked her if she would like me to make her one.  The look on her face would have made Santa Clause feel like a little thimble.  I have never seen her look at me with such excitement and well EXCITEMENT!  It was obvious that a redecorating of her room at our house in Miami would be taking place!  She tired to explain exactly what it was she wanted and we ended on that she LOVED the half canopy with flowery fabricy kinda swooshy sides, like clouds. (Her definition). 

I began to pull up pictures and show her the types that we could consider doing. First was Crown Style. Often a half oval or half circle, secured to the wall and either made of solid prefabricated crown or a fabric upholstered crown and then lined with a draping of fabric that pores out to surround the head of the bed.  She liked this style but wanted it bigger, "kinda out like a house". Soooo I moved on to the next type of bed I could think of which was a  full top canopy bed. 

I pulled up two types that were quite similar in style. Both are based off of a traditional 4 poster bed, One where it has a valence around the outside and the other where it is a wooden frame with a elaborate upholstered ceiling; and was stopped almost immediately. She reiterated at this point that she had told me she wanted a HALF canopy, the full canopy was a little to scary for her :) So we move on to looking at old English style half canopy beds. I pulled these images not for literal translation but as a inspiration point from a time of beautiful and elaborate canopies. 

This Beautiful bed is kind of a combination of a Crown and a half canopy.  Using a beautiful wooden crown and then adding drapes and a valance on the inside give a nice partial covering of the head of the bed and allows for side curtains. They are pulled back in this image but can easily be laid by the sides of the head of the bed.

This bed is the one from our hotel room that Addison absolutely fell in love with.  Using a Upholstered crown or half canopy and then adding drapes to the inside allow a lot of versatility. Use a different fabric on the canopy than curtains, or match the canopy fabric to the outside of the curtains and then line the curtains with another fabric. In this bed they used a french pleat on the curtains to give a nice finished look, but you can easily use any type that fits your room.

Can you say fancy shmancy.... This canopy can be translated into a modern version quite easily, but if you like this more opulent version it is easy also. using only fabric on the back wall behind the bed to keep a open and airy appearance around the bed and using a fabric that is complementary to the bedding in a draped fashion inside the crown, eliminating any sides on the canopy.
Final idea was to do a flush crown above the head of the bed, allow for a draping of fabric down the wall behind the bed, and accent as desired, as shown here with draped fabric on the crown in the same fabric as used down the wall.

Looks like we have some desiding to do!  We are off to work on our canopy bed ideas, we will keep you updated as to the progress!

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