Lights out..

a couple of weeks ago North of Boston was hit with an intense windstorm..I honestly thought the roof may blow away that night as my husband, son and I snuggled under the covers.
The power went out around ten p.m. and didn’t return for three days. I headed south to my parent’s home the next afternoon, living in a 45 degree home without electricity or heat is less then ideal, especially with a five week and two year old! I also realized I wouldn’t fair so well previous to the invention of electricity. {most homes in the United States were fitted with electricity from about 1905-1910 on.} Hence the invention of the canopy bed, which provided both an extra layer of warmth and privacy. Used today for more glamorous reasons, here are a few of my favorites..

Mary McDonald often uses canopy beds in her work. Below are two versions of her bedroom followed by two of her projects..

note how she just painted her sisal rug! {above image}

Clearly Mary McDonald is influenced by the “king” of canopy beds. David Hicks. His work is timeless.
Clean + Simple looksCozy feminity by Phoebe Howardtwo shots of the former style director of Domino magazine Dara Caponigro’s elegant bedroom

for the kiddies
Images: Domino, Domino, Mary McDonald, Harmony and Home blog, Veranda, David Hicks – three images, Elle Decor, ?, Phoebe Howard, Domino, via Pink Wallpaper, House and Garden

19 thoughts on “Lights out..”

  1. Great post with beautiful beds…in a power outage or not.
    We had a crazy storm in Dallas,12 inches of really wet, picture book snow. It wrecked havoc with the power lines. No electricity for 3 days. I am hear to tell you that when the temps hit the high 40's inside our house, I declared myself fed up. I was no pioneer, and creature comforts like electricity and heat's a must.

    I never thought to hang blankets off of my canopy bed… but know I know in the next "lights out".

  2. Great post. You know what, I always associate these types of treatments with decidedly traditional (read 'stodgy' ) interiors. However, you have found some fabulous images that prove this is absolutely not the case. In fact, the drapery makes for an elegant, statement making focal point. Plus, who doesn't want to curl up in a private tent!

  3. I dream of more sleep. The sleep situation remains the same! I think there isn't a magic cure for her acid reflux. I've tried everything! Thanks for asking though.


  4. i did not know that that was the origin of canopy beds–thanks for sharing. i love the beds you featured–the first one (from domino) i tore out and carried around until you could barely see the image. there's just something about a canopy bed . . .

  5. I had at least two glaring typos in my previous post. (hear-here, know-now) And I am not even sleep deprived.

    I am so sorry that your wee one is having a hard time with acid reflux. Have you tried putting a slightly flattened rolled towel under the top of the mattress so your baby's body is on a slight incline, head is at the highest point. This helped my little one's reflux.

    Good luck.

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