Rachel's Heirloom History Bedroom

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Name:
Rachel
Location:
Toronto Canada
Division:
International
What do you love about your bedroom?:
I love that our bedroom carries a beautiful history. It lies in our DIY headboard. It’s a solid mahogany family heirloom of 70+ years. During the German invasion of Czechoslovakia in the 30’s, my husband’s mother’s parents fled to Africa where they lived in Nigeria, running a rubber plantation and eventually migrated to Toronto, Canada. Their possessions were packed in 23 crates of solid mahogany. His grandfather’s plan was to use it to build furniture for their home once they settled. This piece was given to my husband as the largest remaining piece. The stunning brass swing arm wall lamps we got from a family friend, adds just the perfect light to show the stunning grain in the wood. We purposely chose white walls and no artwork so that the headboard is always given the respect it deserves. The headboard is the artwork. My mother gave me the bedspread from a trip to India. We love that the combined effect marries the history of all our family roots together.
What are your tips for creating a beautiful, healthy and organized bedroom?
Be surrounded by what you love and what makes you happy. Keep it clean, free of ‘unwanted’ clutter and welcoming. Be honest about your own weaknesses and find an appropriate solution. Since our room is the first thing you see when you go upstairs, we always “try” to make the bed. The built in closets keep our clothes hidden. Every room needs at least one chair or bench to keep clothes and pillows off the floor at night. The built in narrow bookcase not only allows us to maximize usable space but it also addresses the raised section of the headboard wall. Painting the walls out in a flat white finish helps to make it disappear. My weakness is for well organized, calculated treasures... the beach glass and shells were collected as a family on a trip by to my homeland of Barbados and my eldest made the little wired tree and swing on the shell as a gift for me.
In modern homes, bedrooms have become more than just a place to sleep; they can be a retreat, a home office, a library, a relaxation zone. What are some ways you make the most of your bedroom?
As a homemaker with 4 kids, our 12’x13’ bedroom needs to be a private oasis that makes my husband and I both feel like we can switch off, reconnect and recharge. Since we read to our little “Superman” every night in bed, we keep a stash of his books in a basket beside our bed so he can easily reach for them. Candles are calming and we use the lovely teal Czech wine glasses to burn tea lights for a spa like feel.
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