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CHEAP LUXURY: Mirrored Headboard


Recently I was looking through old magazines for a project and I happened upon fashion designer, Naeem Khan and his wife’s loft in SOHO freatured in Elle Decor, circa 2006.  I am sure they have redesigned or moved since the feature came out.  However, I tore out this image of their bedroom because I was fascinated by the mirrored sculpture Khan designed with interior designer Tom Scheerer.   Recently, I was looking through the CB2 store catalog and noticed their Perspective Mirror (shown in room and detail shot below) which bears a striking resemblance to the Khan and Scheerer sculpture, yet on a much smaller scale and at significantly less cost.  For those not in the know, CB2 is Crate & Barrel 2, a less expensive and more fun spin off of the father company.   Stores are in New York and California, sorry Bostonians.  I am not sure how much that custom mirrored headboard cost to make but I bet probably a pretty penny.  My idea is to mount 3 of the mirrors together on the wall above my bed, they are 24-1/4″ sq and only $150 each, so ($450 total).  If I had the ceiling height, I would do 6 of them which would give more of the effect in the image above.   My bed is the tall wood bed frame from West Elm sans headboard.  I have been waiting to find just the right headboard or the right solution, this could be it.  And it is definitely a good habit, to tear out or tag images that you like and keep them for when you spot a cheaper alternative.   I obsessively keep them organized in binders but you might prefer a cool box or something less anal.


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Also the bedding situation above is not the most ideal for me…I prefer the bedding shown below from the Modern Metropolis collection by Ralph Lauren home.  And I am in the process of re-bedding to acheive a similar look, so I will let you know how that goes.  An aside, changing your bedding can drastically change the look and feel of your bedroom and it is very inexpensive.  I recommend you shop stores like Marshalls and TJ Maxx.


Small Space, Big Style



1.  Build Up! In a small space, it is important to think vertically to maximize storage space by adding shelving above and concealed storage below.   I used pieces of walnut veneered plywood as shelving above the bed and added white shelving in the closet.

2. Accent wall Many people think that light walls will always make a space feel larger; this is a common misconception, try an accent wall in a deeper tone, like the silver color I used – this dark color recedes and makes the room look larger.

3. Don’t be afraid of drapery The largest challenge in this space is the door leading to the deck.  The drapes allow privacy when needed and adds drama to the space.  I love the grommet style but others work just as well.  Drapery looks best when there is volume, so I always grab additional sets (in this case 3) but that is up to you.  These curtains were $40 for a set of two from IKEA.

Previously there were sliding doors on the closet, which can drive one crazy when one needs to reach something quickly.  The solution: the same curtains used on the other wall in an off-white that matches the wall for a clean look. [more...]