Sumptuous linens and plush headboards have their appeal, but I can't help but gush over the simple, soothing, understated draw of a bedroom swathed in neutrals, raw woods, and rumpled linen. For me, they're the epitome of relaxation, especially those that manage to maintain a clean modern sentiment. • The April 2010 issue of House Beautiful
featured the home of Harriet Maxwell MacDonald, owner of Ochre. It's an issue I've poured over a hundred times and can't seem to let go. While the whole home oozes ease, but the bedroom in particular captures the perfect blend of laid back neutrals and textures.
• Norwegian designer and photographer, Kjerstis Lykke, has mastered the simplicity and purity of classic Scandinavian design. Her whole home is a lesson in warming whites with woods and natural textures, but I think it's most apparent in her bedroom where the simple wood slab headboard makes the perfect warm contrast to the white backdrop.
• Beach houses often fall into the realm of seaside cliche, but Tricia and Stefan (of house tour fame) have worked in the coastal charm by highlighting its natural appeal in an understated manner. The mix of textures in the driftwood headboard and the unpressed linen is pure perfection.
• The Ace Hotel boasts a variety of styles in their hotels across the country, but this one, with its mix of neutrals and wood is one of my favorites. It's a great balance of clean hotel and natural textural appeal.
• This Birmingham home— now in the process of changing hands— houses one of the most perfect examples of creating a clean modern dreamspace without sacrificing any of the warmth. Check out the current owner's description of what makes it work.
Images: 1: House Beautiful, 2: Kjerstis Lykke, 3: Tricia Rose for Apartment Therapy: LA, 4: Ace Hotel, 5: 11 Bonita