Rustic chic beds come in a wide variety of styles and materials. The key is in their dramatic height or in the unique materials from which they are made. The painted bed above, in a New Jersey country house designed by Albert Hadley, was featured in the July 2009 House Beautiful. This unique canopy bed is from the 19th century and, according to the owner, completely collapses for easy transportation and once belonged to Mrs. Burpee of the seed catalog fame. See my December 14, 2009 post “A Tip of the Hat to Rustic Chic”, for other views of this amazing house.
The two beds above are from BDDW, one of the chicest (rustic or otherwise) in New York. These beds are in black walnut and claro walnut, respectively. Check out their web site (www.bddw.com) for their amazing rustic chic furniture, rugs, lighting and accessories. Their claim to fame lies in simple-lined, American-made furniture in rich and luxurious materials.
These sleek (dare I say, modern) wooden canopy beds by Suite NY (www.suiteny.com) and Lombok (www.lombok.co.uk) are beautifully simple and graphic. Dressed in quilts and textured blankets, these beds would easily morph into rustic chic.
The Marco iron bed above from Oly is shown in the barn’s master bedroom (www.olystudio.com). It’s amazingly tall, clean-lined and very heavy, and with a headboard upholstered in caramel-colored mohair velvet, it’s neutral, classic and seasonless. The headboard would also be amazing covered in grasscloth or linen. Alternatively, a simple linen slipcover for the warmer months could be easily made and would completely change the headboard’s appearance.
The Loire iron bed from Niermann Weeks (www.niermannweeks.com) is one of my favorite iron beds available today. It’s sweeping curves are simple but very dramatic. I’ve seen this bed all tricked out with hangings in a very period interpretation, but to me it’s really a piece of rustic chic sculpture best left bare.