The cottage bed is all finished, assembled, styled, and photographed. It even got its own little room in the corner of my studio.
I just used things I had on hand to create an eclectic, cottage-y, bedroom, a ‘tween girl who was in my imagination.
The needlepoint was made by Jeff’s grandmother and I purchased the German oil painting off of Etsy a few years ago. Those are both just props for the shoot, but most of the other pieces will be for sale at Lucketts.
I will apologize to all of my perfectionists out there. I didn’t try to straighten out the wood applique on the headboard. I fix things that are structural or functional issues and, of course, I will fix cosmetic issues, but I like to leave little quirks on old pieces. Their imperfections, dings, and dents lend them a charm that I don’t want to try to “fix”. I don’t think it’s as noticeable in this color and with the added texture from the chipping, though.
I dressed the bed in vintage and antique linens, including a popcorn chenille bedspread, antique pillow cases, and an antique double wedding ring quilt. It’s similar to a couple of wedding ring quilts I own, passed down to us from Jeff’s grandmother, but I found this one last week at an antique store.
The bolster is from Pine Cone Hill.
I borrowed the European pillow from my bed, but I found a pretty Euro cover while shopping on Friday, so I’ll have one to style and sell for Lucketts.
I pointed out the side rails when I first showed the bed and I absolutely love them. That curve is such a great detail.
The quilt is in good overall condition, but it does have some fraying on the edges. It was a little musty, so I just threw it in the washer and dryer. If you can’t wash them, they aren’t very useable. Now, it’s soft and smells like lavender. And, as a bonus, washing seems to emphasize the hand-quilted details.
Both the quilt and the chenille bedspread are full-sized, so I tucked the bedspread under the mattress and I folded the quilt over and let it hang.
The “married piece” isn’t finished, yet, but it was sitting there, so I used it in the shoot. As I was styling it, it sort of morphed into a little hutch/desk sort of thing.
As a refresher, this is how the bed looked when I bought it off of craigslist. It was an amazing find…
…and I loved how it turned out.
Well, I went shopping on Friday and managed to fill up my van and two pick-up truck loads. Lucketts 2017 is turning out the be the year of big pieces as I have several large pieces I’m taking with me. It’s a little risky, because large pieces are harder for people to get home, but I will give measurements and prices ahead of time, so hopefully buyers can come prepared!
I’ll photograph and share my finds this week…