When people imagine their ideal summer escape, it usually involves the stripping away of pattern and color, a true vacation from the stimulation of everyday life. But my bedroom at home, though accented with chaotic stacks of paper, is as Zen as I get: sky blue walls with white trim and crisp white bed linens, all solids, no patterns. For me, a true escape would be an immersion in pattern and color, a cocoon of beauty where I could rest, read, and hide from the world.
I started with a 19th-century English wallpaper by William Morris, which set a warm palette of purples and reds. Anthropologie's canopy of iron branches is evocative of A Midsummer Night's Dream, where the lovers sleep in the magical forest — of COURSE I want to sleep in a magical forest on my dream vacation. I went with Anthro's Rosette bedding for maximum coziness and color saturation.
For bedside tables, I chose Oly's glamorous Jonathan nesting tables, so there would be plenty of room for fresh flowers and those gorgeous new editions of classic books by Penguin (which would look great in that room). Note that on my dream escape there is no clock.
Few rooms wouldn't be improved by a sexy chaise for lounging and reading; I love how the print on this tufted 19th c. version picks up the red in the Morris wallpaper. An old-fashioned writing table is always useful in a bedroom, either as a desk or a vanity, and this Indian table with bone inlay works with the lush late-19th century feel of the room. A gorgeous hand-knit ottoman can serve as a seat for the table, or can be pulled alongside the chaise as a table.
I'd also want enormous windows with heavy drapes, so I could either flood the room with sunshine (it's my dream escape, so it's always sunny) or block out the light and sleep in till noon (it's my dream escape, so my daughter doesn't wake me up at 6am). At night, the pierced lantern casts dim shadows on the antique wood floors, evoking candlelight.
Images & Sources:
William Morris Windrush wallpaper (designed 1881-83), available at Historicstyle.com
Forest Canopy bed from Anthropologie ($5,298)
Rosette bedding in purple from Anthropologie
Jonathan Nesting Tables from Oly Studio
Penguin hardcover classics, available at Amazon; image via Bandelle
19th-century Chaise Longue, available on 1st dibs from Outside Downtown in LA ($4800)
Indian inlaid bone writing table from the 20th century, available on 1st dibs from Vicente Wolf Home ($3750)
Grace Hand-knit ottoman from Shine by S.H.O
Tangier Hanging Lamp from Jayson Home & Garden ($595)
Window inspiration from an interior by Timothy Corrigan
Reclaimed wood floor image via Cote de Texas
Skonahem, via Lovely Clusters.