Monday, 6 December 2010

Re-create the Look: S. Russell Groves Bedroom

This bedroom is a favorite.  Like the tape-back rocking chairs, I bet it's surprisingly comfortable in addition to being simple and beautiful.  This is austere in a way that is both modern and traditional.  Soaring, exposed beams that reflect the rural barn structure are stunning.  It's the restraint and beauty of what's in the room, however, that make it so special.  The furnishings define the space.  The bed and shelves reach upwards while breaking up the room. Finally high-contrast black and white make both spindly lines and bold shapes.  I love the shaker influence and the un-fussy collection displayed against the backdrop of the shelves.

I think that the contents of this room would work really well in another space and the look would be surprisingly easy to steal:

Below is the Ikea Expedit Bookshelf ($129).  We lived in an apartment that came furnished with a similar unit and it was really useful and holding up great, paint the wall behind it black to make a white collection stand out.
At left is the Ballard Designs Berkeley Swing Arm Floor Lamp  ($219)-- a good, simple option.

At right is Pottery Barn's Heathered Chenille Jute Rug (on sale for $449 for the 8'x10').

Below left, Shaker Workshops No. 7 Tape Back Rocker ($305 for the kit, choose black paint, black and natural tape).

Below right, the solid wood Edland bed from Ikea ($299 for the queen size and paint it black!)

Ikea also has a lot of affordable baskets for concealed but accessible storage, my pick for this room is the Nastum from Ikea (14.99), which I think would play off the tape's checkerboard pattern:

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