Posts tagged ‘Bedheads’

November 11, 2010

Styling Idea # 64 Storage Bedhead


Yesterday I was on location for a shoot in an AMAZING home. I want to go on a tour of Sydney and go inside every house – you really never know what you may find. The facade for this gem was unassuming and yet the space and design and styling was world class. I am not usually a lofty, industrial style girl but I was truly inspired by great unique pieces and absolute class. I wish I could take you all there today with me for the last day of the shoot (if you are following me on twitter you will get extra photos of locations and props we are using).

I also have some insider information on a new store coming to Sydney (tell you later), and I meet the lovely editor of The Outdoor Room, Katrina O’Brien whilst styling live in front of an audience for outdoor spaces-phew it was a big day!

I didn’t get to see the bedroom of the house we were in yesterday but I would imagine it would look something like this….

Living Etc


  • If you have the luxury of a high ceiling and lots of light this idea would be amazing.
  • Keep the lines simple- I love how they do not have any handles on the cabinetry and all the lines are clean.
  • Make sure from the front perspective that you build in clever bed side elements- lamps and nooks for books included.
  • Have these draws and cupboards designed in the most practical configuration and dimension that you can imagine for your lifestyle- if you want draws, ask how deep?
  • I love the sparse whiteness of this design but there is no reason that the cupboards could not be printed to make one large graphic piece of art- remember Styling Idea #55 Photography Furniture – something like this would be a real wow statement- just make sure you have enough space to get the full perspective.
  • Think about using the back end for all of your stuff so when you are in bed it is super clean and perfect- that might include adding hooks for towels and robes, including a mirror, adding a hidden dressing table etc so that all the action happens behind the bed and you can lay back and enjoy the view.
  • Finally – if you are spending the money on the custom solution make sure you invest in quality fittings and soft close draws- it will be nice and quiet for sleeping partners.
September 3, 2010

Styling Idea # 17 Floral Oil Painting as Bedhead

Yesterday I started my new job at Vampt Vintage – how wonderful (if you need a casual gig to pay the bills why not at your favourite store?). If you have not spent at least the equivalent of two days searching through their impeccable collection of vintage furniture than call in sick today and do it! Or get there this week for 20% off stock at the new Brookvale store.


To be around such craftsmanship and true classics almost makes you want to rethink your design philosophy. What do you buy, how do you invest and what is it that makes a truly breath taking space? I think part of the answer for me is the ability to combine timeless classics with a modern freshness. Something so desirable in today’s eye skimming world that is causes you to stop,  give an admiring head tilt and take notice.

Rachel Whiting


  • I truly love the connectivity in this space between modern florals, classic florals, white space and retro furniture.
  • You must must must go larger than life with the florals here over the bed- no pretty soft prints allowed- you want drama and colour.
  • Keep the walls and base linen white- clean and modern.
  • Add retro danish side tables like these and hang an assortment of vintage and quirky frames above it.
  • DO think about the size of your painting- it should be so big that is like a bedhead. The width should be close the the width of the bed if not the same size as it.
  • DO hang the painting low- close enough to give the illusion of the bedhead but high enough to learn back against the wall.
  • DO look for stripes, florals with various colour bases and small print florals to pull it together.
  • DON’T be too fussy- this is a inspired look that works on the basis that florals generally go beautiful together- just like nature.
  • DON’T use images of one large flowers alone- it’s too dated, even a defined group of flowers will be dated in this space.
  • DON’T use prints if you can avoid it- search for real oils on canvas.
  • DON’T limit yourself on your frames- although i do think a clean frame works well but be ornate if you feel fancy.
  • DON’T be tempted to paint a floral painting yourself- chances are if you can paint floral it will not cut it in this look and space. This is Monet style and truly classic. We want dark backgrounds, moody flowers, heavy brush strokes and busy paintings that say Renaissance.