Guest Post: Emily Henderson’s Bedroom Makeover Exclusive

published Mar 12, 2013
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(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

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It’s like the Snuggie — the idea is good, they just normally look bad and have been plagued with such a stigma that they are a living, breathing, polyester joke of a product. But do I want to wrap myself in a premium, cashmere Snuggie to watch TV in February? Absolutely. Do I want to lie with my legs elevated on a premium bed to relieve my lower back while I have the massage setting on high? Badly. However, it clearly needed to be attractive, because as much as function is a very important part of my life, if it’s ugly, it will NEVER fly. Ever. Seriously.

Luckily for me, Leggett & Platt gave their Designer Series adjustable beds a pretty linen base that looks great with my vintage headboard. Plus, I can blog and shop in bed whilst in the sitting position on Saturday morning, truly never needing to leave that comfort. I paired it with my vintage Baker campaign 50’s nightstands that I’ve had for 5 years, which were found in a thrift store in the valley for $15 (because I’m a total valley-trolling thrifting sleuth). The lamps are vintage hot pink velvet bedroom lights that make me very happy every time I look at them. They aren’t for everyone, nay, but they are for me right now. They are nuts, I know, but the symmetry of the space keeps it from being too crazy over-the-top and slightly more refined. And surprisingly, Brian actually loves them — he’s confident like that.

When I shot my bedroom, I was having a bit of an Elizabeth Taylor ‘moment’ — leaning heavily towards old Hollywood glamour meets mid-century phase (think Bette Midler meets Mad Men). I wanted it to feel feminine and pretty, but still simple, because Lord knows that since I have enough clutter in the hole underneath my hair, I don’t need/want any more visual clutter.

First, I found my headboard at an antique store. I’m not sure if it’s 30’s, 50’s or 80’s (it looks just like the Mad Men headboard so I’m thinking 50’s) but I love the extreme over-the-top ruching. I reupholstered it in this super soft and PERFECT peacock-blue velvet. It’s totally glamorous and luxurious, but since it’s in a more masculine color, it’s not toooooo over the top ‘chick.’

My vintage 1930’s deco rug was a Craigslist find — but check this out — FROM BETTE MIDLER’S house!!! NBD. I actually bought them from a picker, who bought them from her, but still…Bette probably once cried tears of joy as she watched Beaches over and over again on this rug — moved and weeping at her own performance. And now I can follow suit on this very same rug.

I styled the rest of the room with some pretty jewelry boxes, flowers, candles and another lamp (from West Elm) along with large paintings from a 60’s artist whose work I love and am sure to buy whenever I see it at the flea market.

Overall, the space feels happy and young, and while the major pieces will stay the same, I undoubtedly will change out all of the accessories as my style schizophrenia continues. But for now, it’s me, Brian and Bette Midler lying in bed, watching Beaches and getting massages.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

• Don’t you want to comfortably read or watch TV in bed while getting a massage? Check out the stylish options at Leggett & Platt Adjustable Bed Group
• Check out Emily’s gorgeous blog, Style by Emily Henderson, for more inspiration
• Vote for your favorite bedrooms in the My Bedroom Retreat Contest

(Images: Laure Joliet)