Seven Different Winning Combinations For Your Bedroom



Dear Laurel,

I need help with my bedroom, but I don’t see much on your blog about bedrooms. Well, at least not as much as about living rooms and kitchens.

But, I went into a furniture store near me and they had these beds that I know that you would hate. They were huge and ornate and I could just hear your voice (I mean your words) in my head.


Can’t say that I liked their bedroom vignettes either.

And, to boot, the bedroom “suites” were waaaay beyond my price-range. Like $2,500+ for a nightstand. And some of the beds were over $10,000.

So, I’m hoping that you can put together a post of some cool beds, night tables and if it’s not too much to ask, some lamps, oh… and maybe some rugs?

Did I just kill you?


Well, whatever you can do will be fine.

Beddy (Elizabeth) Lampas

I guess that I need to state this whenever there’s a fictitious reader. While I base these posts on comments, emails and my 25 years of experience, some of the details come out of my noggin.

Actually, I have done some bedroom posts and you can see them here and here.


When designing a bedroom, there are some things to consider


  • The over-all style of the home
  • color scheme


Wonderful bedroom designed by Mark D. Sikes


  • needs in terms of bed size, storage
  • and any other things the bedroom might need to serve
  • Does there need to be a work space?
  • Is it in a room that needs to function as a den or office sometimes and a guest room at other times? Lots of questions to answer.


My room with my wonderful Serena and Lily Harbour bed in the full-size. love it to bits!


And I love the new Harbour Day Bed.(below) This has to be the sharpest looking daybed I’ve ever seen!


When I design a bedroom, I usually begin with the most obvious piece of furniture.


The bed.


And over the years, I’ve done a lot of wonderful beds from various sources.


For those who own Laurel’s Rolodex, these sources are in multiple categories. But most of them would be in the custom and non-custom upholstery chapters.

David Flint Wood via Architectural Digest – photo: William Waldron

I’ve always admired Brooke Shield’s gorgeous bedroom in Architectural Digest.  The bed, I recognize because I did it once for a client in get this, 1998 is from British Khaki, but the company went out of business a year or two ago. Gorgeous duvet by John Robshaw.


Tonight, we’re going to do something new.


Instead of one or two big widgets. I’m going to show you a bunch of smaller widgets. You just hit the arrow to move it as each one has images that you can’t see. Then, if you are interested to know more about anything, you can click on the image and like magic, you’ll get sent to its source. Cool, huh?

It also gives me a chance to give a little commentary. And sometimes, there might be an alternative piece like two different nightstands or two different lamps.

Love the tufted Fulton bed by Serena and Lily. And here’s the most awesome part. You can have it any of their fabrics and there are dozens to choose from, plus three different leg colors. I thought it would be fun to do it in a peacock blue.

Here’s another one with the same bed.

This is a very French looking bedroom.

This room has a more masculine feel. You know there are some men who read this blog. And I do love a dark, handsome bedroom. ;]


Oh durn. I couldn’t get the bed to show up in the first images.

By the way. If I forget to tell you, I’m having more fun than you can imagine.

Okay, this particular bed is on the pricey side, but it’s Bunny’s Bed.

I could seriously do this all day long. It’s like all the reasons one goes into the profession of decorating with none of the aggravation.

Okay, this is the last one for now.

It features one of my favorite beds by Jonathan Adler, the Templeton Bed. Most of his furniture is mid-century modern, but this beauty is classic all the way. It is also available in a number of fabrics and finishes.

Templeton Bed for a bedroom by Jonathan Adler

A beautiful detail of the Templeton Bed in the white finish. Duh.

But there’s black and a few different browns as well.


By the way, I could keep going with this, if y’all are interested. Or I could also put some other types of bedrooms together. So, please let me know in the comments.




Oh, wait. Hold on. Don’t go. I did make a big widget. And why? Well, One King’s Lane has put either all or most of their Visual Comfort lighting on sale. And some of the pieces are in the above mini widgets. It’s weird because they don’t seem to be advertising the sale.

Maybe the intern forgot to send out the memo. Who knows? But all of the pieces on sale are about 18% off, so great prices.


Also, if you’re interested. I put up a new white on white shop in Laurel’s Faves. Have to say that I kind of love it. :]


7th edition rolodex-post-graphic - November 2020 - A unique shopping guide with hundreds of sources created by Laurel Bern

  • Susan Schinnerer - August 20, 2017 - 8:41 AM

    I believe the Brooke bedroom is by David Flint Wood, the husband of India Hicks. And yes, the bedding is by John Robshaw. I’ve had this picture in my “look” folder for a long time.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 20, 2017 - 9:19 AM

      Hi Susan,

      I knew that someone would come to my rescue. I’ll go and make the correction. I’ve heard India Hicks Speak and she is one of the funniest people on earth! Funny that her dad and husband share the same first name and are both designers.ReplyCancel

  • mrsben - August 18, 2017 - 11:28 PM

    Am loving both the ‘ Futon and Templeton’ beds; as yay no bed skirts! Wish I was in the market for a new bed as do you realize how difficult it is to find a b-skirt that isn’t ‘crap’? Okay, maybe I have spoiled myself from making my own all these years but regardless of price I cannot believe what they are selling as supposed quality. Do apologize for the rant but its so exasperating as here I thought I was going to treat myself as am redecorating my bedroom … LOL! To conclude and putting my whining aside; thank you Laurel for all your expertise that you so willingly share week after week as much appreciated on my part. Fabulous post with so much inspiration as well!

    • Laurel Bern - August 18, 2017 - 11:37 PM

      Hi Brenda,

      You’re welcome!

      And so right. Whenever we did a bed skirt, I can’t remember a time, when it wasn’t custom-made.ReplyCancel

  • Flo - August 17, 2017 - 4:09 PM

    Hi, I’m a relatively new subscriber and so happy that I found you. I enjoy your information as well as your humor. You recently did a blog on a living room with few windows, I have the opposite problem. My room is approximately 35’x 35′ it houses my living room, dining room and my husbands pool table. (he’s spoiled) on the 2 outside walls there are 10 windows and a patio door. This leaves very little wall space for a TV to be viewed from the sofa and chairs. The pool table corner has a brick wall and drywall with pool cues etc. that takes care of that corner. I have a very large mirror on the only other space available to hang something large. How about a screen in front of a window? How big of a “no no” is that?? Thanks in advanceReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 17, 2017 - 4:48 PM

      Hi Flo,

      I have written about this before. Not that I expect you to see everything. That would be impossible. But in the past, we have actually covered up a window. They were not removed so that it would look odd from the exterior, but boarded up from the inside. I once had a filthy an uncleanable skylight removed. And we got rid of the popcorn ceiling with 1/4″ sheetrock and moved a doorway so that it made more sense. It was a terrific transformation. ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Shook - August 17, 2017 - 11:57 AM

    I love your new Widgets!ReplyCancel

  • Marcia Cooper - August 17, 2017 - 11:36 AM

    Hi Laurel,I have been addicted to your emails and have gained so much information. Mainly, I have gotten rid of many ‘bad’ ideas and have picked up the ‘good’ ones. My taste is eclectic, antiques mixed with whimsy. I am retired, just bought a villa in Florida that needs to be furnished (yes, left with other people’s tastes – oh so many mirrors!. Shipping stuff down from my apartment in New Jersey (being a snowbird) and remained with a refurnishing to do up North. You have been a big help in coordinating ‘what goes with what’ for both places need additions and deletions now. Would love to see some ‘work with what you have’ ideas. Any forthcoming?
    All Best.

    • Laurel Bern - August 17, 2017 - 4:44 PM

      Hi Marcia,

      Glad that you’re enjoying the blog. The problem with work with what you have, is that it’s too broad a topic as I see it.

      But, there are some general ideas such as slipcovers, reupholstery, refinishing, painting.ReplyCancel

  • Ginger - August 17, 2017 - 11:08 AM

    Three things. You have boys. I have a 14 yr old who needs a new bed. Yours is a full size. You don’t hear about full size anymore. What would you buy for a teen knowing they might leave it behind one day? Then a guest room where two people can’t sleep on it later down the road. Second, I noticed with hanging lights you choose metal thin styles. I moved in a log style home with thick chunky metal. Is that out of style? Third, I love the white crisp linen curtains in this blog puddled. Can white not cream go in a house or room with all warm colors? I’m craving some white.ReplyCancel

    • mrsben - August 18, 2017 - 10:51 PM

      @ Laurel — Hope you don’t mind me chiming in.
      @ Ginger — Provided you have the space; you might wish to consider purchasing two x-long twin size beds (with simple lines) and when he outgrows one you can always combine them (side-by-side) and DRESS THEM as if they were ‘a single king’ with the option of still using either the two twin mattress or replace it with a king size one and change out the headboard(s). -Brenda-
      P.S.: FTR, my daughter had the same dilemma but by doing the above it was a win-win situation for both a growing son and later on accommodating guests.ReplyCancel

    • Merri - August 18, 2017 - 9:15 AM

      ….if I could chime in on the full size bed.
      We converted a kids room to a guest room using a full size platform bed. My son and his wife stay in that room when they visit. I have asked and they have replied they are very comfortable sleeping in a bed that size. I think the important piece in it is, the bed has a very comfortable mattress, and upholstered headboard so it makes for very comfortable lounging and sleepingReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 17, 2017 - 4:41 PM

      1. full
      2. no
      3. I don’t know.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Regalla - August 17, 2017 - 10:47 AM

    Laurel, I absolutely love the peacock blue bed! #goalsReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 17, 2017 - 11:02 AM

      Hi Leanne,

      Nice to see you! I had a choice of a lot of fabrics and somehow the bright blue spoke to me. And I wanted to provide some variety. Of course, there could’ve been a lot more. ReplyCancel

      • Leanne Regalla - August 17, 2017 - 11:27 AM

        I read a lot of your posts, but as I’m working on my bedroom right now this one really hit home. Everything else I love is bookmarked for the future. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Jane - August 17, 2017 - 10:21 AM

    Thank you for the great bedroom post! I am slowly working through my home updating rooms. I’ve finished two bedrooms and am trying to get inspired for the next two bedrooms! I loved the bedding in Brook Shield’s bedroom. Do you have a suggestion of where to look for something similar to the Blue and white duvet folded at the end of her bed? I’m looking for something simple and classic.

    I know you can’t respond to individual questions, but perhaps the next time you do a bedroom post, you could include some of the sources that you like for bedding.

    Many thanks for your wonderful blog! I’ve learned so much from it!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 17, 2017 - 11:00 AM

      Hi Jane,

      That room is already several years old. But it looks a lot like a John Robshaw design.ReplyCancel

      • Jane - August 19, 2017 - 8:08 PM

        Thank you, Laurel! I’ll do some more research.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky - August 17, 2017 - 9:31 AM

    Hi Laurel, I enjoy your posts so much! These bedrooms are beautiful! I have one thought to add: be aware of getting bedframes with sharpe edges that go beyond the mattress borders! I stayed at a friend’s condo and impaled my shin on one in the middle of the night, needless to say a big ouch! Just sayin…😊ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 17, 2017 - 10:58 AM

      Hi Vicky, that is too funny. Not funny haha but funny coincidence. I had actually saved a shin buster that I was going to post, that did exactly what you are talking about. I also didn’t talk about night tables too much because if they stick out to far, it’s the thigh that gets impaled getting out of bed. Mine are 22″ deep which I think is about the limit.ReplyCancel

  • Eva - August 17, 2017 - 9:09 AM

    I found your blog a few weeks ago and have been reading through some of your older posts. I love your blog! You make me laugh and there are so many beautiful pictures. It’s very inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • lauren - August 17, 2017 - 8:56 AM

    Love this type of post — keep ’em coming! It’s great to see so many variations of what goes together for those of us trying to figure it out. Thanks for all you do!ReplyCancel

  • Jane - August 17, 2017 - 8:41 AM

    Gosh, I love this post and all the blues. Could you please do another post with mauve or lavender/purple accents? I am most drawn to the top picture from Mark Sikes with the warm pinks.

    Green could be lovely too. I find sage green (muted grayish green)or seafoam (light bluish green) calming.ReplyCancel

  • Karen - August 17, 2017 - 8:19 AM

    Hi Laurel! I’ve been reading and studying your blog for months now. I so appreciate all of your guidance, inspiration, and humor. You always make me smile! I’m loving your weekly sale picks. So helpful! We have been remodeling a family farmhouse built in 1888, and now I am finally getting to the fun part of selecting furniture, rugs, and accessories. The rooms are small, and I am thinking perhaps an iron bed for the master. The room is 15 x 15. I’d love to see suggestions for this. I’m hoping to use some blue and white, and incorporate a Country French twist. Thank you for your time and efforts to share so much with us! You are wonderful!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 17, 2017 - 10:55 AM

      Hi Karen,

      I saved about 25 beds and 40 night tables. And a few were iron or at least metal and some four posters too. But I will definitely do more of this but not so many in this format. Or, I could do the ten best night this format, perhaps. Something like that. But it’s also a way to get a lot of different things together that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. Something always has to give it seems.

      The problem for me with the big widgets is that if I don’t save them, they will disappear! And now, I’m amassing a lot of folders. I’ve written to the company that has the app and they are going to be updating it “one day.”ReplyCancel

  • Mary - August 17, 2017 - 8:14 AM

    Hi Laurel,
    I hate to say it but I preferred your old way of showing pieces for a room. All together like a big mood board. It helps me visualize the room as a whole.
    I’m sorry. I know this way is easier. But when I would try to touch the arrow it was like I clicked on the item next to it. I started getting frustrated.
    But I love you! And hope you’re taking care of yourself.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 17, 2017 - 10:49 AM

      Hi Mary,

      So sorry. I will use this one sparingly. I think it may be better for more disparate groupings. Like what I have on the sidebar under my bio. They are all white on white but not necessarily meant to go together. Thanks for the feedback.ReplyCancel

  • Lorri - August 17, 2017 - 7:06 AM

    I just fell in love with this duvet from Pottery Barn in the gray and ivory version. I think it’s classical and modern at the same time.

    Anna Medallion Duvet

    I love the idea of painting a bedroom in a vibrant color and pairing it with this “no-color” bedding.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 17, 2017 - 10:40 AM

      That’s very pretty Lorri. And it’s on sale too. I like all of the colorways.ReplyCancel

  • alison alison - August 17, 2017 - 12:29 AM

    oh, no! looks like i’m going to be the bummer girl: i’m not crazy about the new widgets, because i like seeing the big picture. i’m old, and by the time i’ve scrolled past two items, i have forgotten the color/texture/shapes we’re working with. plus, i kept forgetting to which group you were referring–the one above, or the one below! your choices are lovely, however, and you’re keeping my big brother in business, thank you very much (he’s a lighting designer for visual comfort, among others).
    however! i was so excited to see a bedroom post! i am working on a bedroom now, in white, natural, and pale blue. the room has a crummy hardwood floor that will need painting–either white, off-white, light tan, or super pale blue or green. have you done a post on painted floors?
    you don’t have to answer-i will happily rummage through your site.
    be well.ReplyCancel

    • Abby Muller - August 17, 2017 - 7:50 AM

      Laurel, I prefer the other format as well. Also, will you please tell us how to anchor furniture legs, e.g., beds to a wood floor. How does Brooke’s bed keep from skittering around?ReplyCancel

      • Laurel Bern - August 17, 2017 - 10:47 AM

        Thank you for the input Abby. The bed weighs a ton. It’s not moving.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 17, 2017 - 1:03 AM

      Hi Alison,

      I don’t disagree with you. I will definitely be still using the big widgets and also do some more traditional boards. Those take the longest because everything is done by hand, but I can control the sizes that way too. I do have a way of making the images clickable as well. Although I haven’t used it yet.

      The only thing is– with the big widgets, if I take something away or add something, they are self-populating within a few hours. Isn’t that cool? Amazing technology.

      I haven’t done a post on painted floors. I’ve never actually done one. The closest was years ago, we used a very pale stain– almost white in a contemporary home. It was gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Gordon - August 16, 2017 - 10:57 PM

    I am seeing all of these platform beds…how do you feel about them? Are they comfortable? Is it time to finally get rid of the big box spring? I have a tough time letting go of my comfy bed but maybe there is new technology.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 16, 2017 - 11:03 PM

      Hi Kim,

      My Serena and Lily bed has slats and there is no box spring. Some beds do need to have something there though.

      Over the years, I would order “bunky boards.” Yes, named after the boards used on bunk beds! They are basically a padded piece of plywood. Or two pieces if it’s a king-sized bed.

      There is also such a thing as a very thin, maybe 3″ thick box spring.

      Like coffee tables, I really prefer beds that aren’t so high that one needs a step ladder to get into them. hahaReplyCancel

  • Lisa - August 16, 2017 - 10:51 PM

    Keep them coming! I learn from reading and observing.ReplyCancel

  • CS - August 16, 2017 - 10:45 PM

    Hi Laurel, love your website, but it seems that ever since you’ve had your health setback, you’ve been working harder than ever! Please step back– you’re great, you will continue to be great! I’ll be the thinking of you when I’m visiting my daughter in Bronxville next week. I live in Naples, FL–talk about a Mecca of bad taste! Wanna come visit me?ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 16, 2017 - 11:00 PM

      Hi Catherine,

      Oh, you’re coming to Bronxville? How fab! I will gladly come to Florida in January or February.

      Actually, this seems difficult, but it’s easier as the furniture goes in folders and all I have to do is go to the individual folders and click. Then, when it’s done, I just have to copy and paste a code.

      Thanks for your concern though. Sunday’s post was a rerun. I only spent 6 hours on it instead of 12. hahaReplyCancel

  • Taryl - August 16, 2017 - 10:37 PM

    Wow Laurel, there are some seriously gorgeous pieces among the widget snippets. So many of these combos are speaking to me. We just arrived in a new state and are renting while looking for property to build on, and I’m in the process of designing my home too – I finally feel like I can begin planning with the resources I purchased from you after waiting and waiting. But there’s simply too much gorgeous and it’s making me indecisive 😉

    I have a few more months before I’m locked in on things like room layout, plumbing, and window spacing, and a little further still before I’m outfitting anything with tile or linens, but this post is definitely going in my keeper resource file. I personally think the widgets are marvelous and hope you keep doing them.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 16, 2017 - 10:54 PM

      Hi Taryl,

      The widgets are so much fun to put together and it saves me a lot of time since the link is built in.

      As for decorating. Take your time. Make a plan. Sleep on it. Go back to it. That’s how I’ve always done it in real life.


  • Jamie West - August 16, 2017 - 10:33 PM

    Please, please, pretty please, what is the wall color in the picture your calling “my room”ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 16, 2017 - 10:50 PM

      Hi Jamie,

      It IS my room. haha. The color is Benjamin Moore Tropical Dusk. There’s a story behind it. The walls were this intolerable indigo when I moved in. But actually, I liked it at night when the warm bulbs toned it down. So, I chose this color with a lot more brown in it. It’s easy on the eyes.ReplyCancel

  • Anita Roark - August 16, 2017 - 10:29 PM

    I’m in LOOOOVE with the Bunny Williams bed! I saw it before in the Southern Living Dream Beach house and have been swooning/dying ever since! Alas, the price…. Thanks, Laurel, for so many fun fantasy shopping trips on your site. Your taste is impeccable.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 16, 2017 - 10:47 PM

      Hi Anita,

      Yeah, it’s pretty expensive, but actually, there’s another level above that one. Maybe even two levels. ReplyCancel

  • Megan - August 16, 2017 - 10:22 PM

    Hi Laurel! I’ve been poring over your blog for months now and I’m learning so much. Thank you for sharing! I almost wish I was still blissfully ignorant, but darn it, you’ve elevated my tastes. I’m a former ballerina too and it’s like I’m now seeing the design equivalent of sickled feet and bent legs all over the internet haha. But then again, I can better appreciate the true artists as I learn from you.

    I love the new widget layout you did here, it’s easier for me to view on my phone.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 16, 2017 - 10:46 PM

      Hi Megan,

      Yes, lots of sickled feet. lol Glad you like these smaller widgets better and enjoying the blog!ReplyCancel