New Gold Dream

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 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.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012 by Chris
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13 Comments For This Post

  1. Mary Says:

    Ay Carumba! Ravishing

  2. Neville Says:


  3. sc Says:

    Those side tables were a score and a half Chris – one the benefits of living in Rosedale I suppose! The room seems very cozy. I love Indian Yellow but have a question about FB – which finish do you use in your work? I find the matte finish, though I love it (and it’s the one they usually recommend) though absolutely lovely, gets marked up just by looking at it. I’ve painted my house in FB, and expensive decision and one which I now regret (though I love the colour) because one year later I have to repaint most of the common spaces. Any thoughts/advice?

  4. shezcomeundone Says:

    Mmmm, just add a touch of essential oil and sweet dreams

    sc – I found the same thing with the FB matte and I will never use anything but a matte finish again. Whilst flipping a humble East York bungalow several years ago I was tempted to use FB but a flip rarely warrants that type of expense so I had my painter color match the FB paint in a Benny Moore Ulti-matte to great effect. Duplicating that trick last year I switched to Sico Cashmere which is super washable and forgiving when touched up. Nothing compares to the FB look, touch and feel so I will till use it for low traffic rooms and accent walls.

  5. Lori Says:

    It’s instructive that you opted for the lighting over the canopy. Editing is the crux of good design.

  6. Linda W in Ontario Says:

    Really gorgeous!

  7. Karen J Says:

    My kind of warm and cozy room, perfect for pre-bedtime reading.
    P.S. Love the canopy idea!

  8. Lois Says:

    Good evening. Love the FB I am a dedicated BEHR girl, as I do flip houses and there is NOTHING that wears that well. When the walls get *touched* by careless contractors a quick touch up and good to go ***sigh***. Chris I don’t think the room is Indian inspired, rather individual and unique…Lois of well done dear friend

  9. VegHead Says:

    feels like a Pasha’s tent. without the camels.

  10. Tim@DesignMaze Says:

    What a fantastic bedroom Chris!! Love the shadow the light creates around the room and that gold color on the walls is just perfect to go with the blue tone in the saree! Those pair of lamps work amazingly in the room as well. Now don’t you glad that you didn’t sell them 2 years ago at the first Style North garage sale?

  11. Liza Vandermeer Says:

    I’m so happy to see you’ve got that gorgeous brass pendant out and in use again. I’ve lusted after it in every place you’ve used it over the years, and it looks wonderful now. I love your current space – hope it is the peaceful home you’ve been seeking.

  12. margo Says:

    Great example that small can be beautiful, the room looks quite luxurious.

  13. Mellon Says:

    rock the casbah, indeed!

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