Some of you will assume that my upcoming trip to India is the inspiration for my new bedroom but in fact, the genesis of the decoration goes back several years to a bedroom ceiling I painted in Farrow & Ball’s India Yellow; I loved lying in bed staring up at that deep, gold canopy. And since my new bedroom is a windowless pocket measuring just 8′ x 10′, I decided to wrap the entire room in the colour as a compliment to the shimmering blue-green saree I picked up for next to nothing at a consignment store close-out sale last year. Of course, it’s the brass fretwork pendant casting those exotic shadows that really steals the show: there’s a pair of identical ones on 1stdibs.com right now, priced at $3,195!
I had originally planned to drape the saree like a canopy but the architecture was competing with the fixture and so I opted to use the fabric as a wall-hanging. The light and shadows provided more drama which the tiny space needs. If the photo below inspires you, however, all you need to make your own canopy is four J-hooks and a couple of bamboo rods; the silk is light enough to stay put with minimal support.
Unfortunately, my cherished four-poster bed, handmade with love by my Dad, had to go into storage until I move to a larger space. In the meantime, I scored this vintage brass bed on Craigslist for just $40; the slim side tables were a gift from God, rescued from a curb on garbage day when I happened to find myself in the right place at the right time. I consider this room my no-money-miracle.
As for the bedding, I’ve decided to take your advice and wait to find a special coverlet on my travels. The DKNY sea-foam green sheets from Winners ($49.99) go well with the saree and will do for now. And they make a nice canvas for the shadow play. I may buy a second set and have the flat sheet made into a bed skirt.