The wind is blowing, it’s sunny and a bit cool, but really pretty. It’s the kind of day that makes me feel that all is right with the world. I’ve been busy thinking about things I want to do around here and along the way I encountered some wonderful inspirations. Last night I discovered this bed by accident, and it’s not only set me dreaming about creating a forest of lighted branches in my own bedroom, but provoked a lovely conversation over on my Facebook.
I thought at first about trying to find an artificial tree that might look a bit like this to affix to the side of my headboard, but quickly discarded the notion. However along the way I found this page on Squidoo, and though it had nothing much to do with my search, it charmed me. So being me, I looked at some of the other lists by the same author and found A Passion for Purple which sent me on a hunt for purple/violet/magenta bedding. How I love hyperlinks!
I also discovered the poor woman’s way of getting this look into a room. From Urban Outfitters: The tree tapestry.
On the other end of the scale, while trolling for pretty, Bohemian/Gypsy style bedding, I came across a set which is entirely too sumptuous-looking for true Boho style, but which is really beautiful anyway. I should tell you that the bedskirt alone is nearly $600! Yes, it’s from Needless Markups. Domestications can’t begin to match it for lush, however they did have this set on sale, and it’s a nice alternative for those of us with dreams bigger than our bank accounts.
But the thing is, neither of them are the look I want. They’re too refined, too run through a lowest-common denominator filter. I’m looking for something more along the lines of a wild riot of Kaffee Fassett designs; a kind of melange of rich florals with Indian/Moroccan/Gypsy sensibilities. Yes, I love color and pattern. I love it bright, I love it mixed and I love lots of it. One of the best gifts I was ever given was a fan deck from Benny Moore. Charles brought one to me one day and I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.
So I kept on poking around. This is the internet age, right? If you are patient and persistent, you can find just about anything online. Just because I gave up on leafless trees doesn’t mean I’m a quitter. And sure enough, my persistence paid off, and fairly quickly, too. I found Marie’s Manor which is a little difficult to read, but it looks like a treasure trove of ideas and resources. A quick click took me to her I Dream of Jeannie page which makes me swoon with happiness. Poking around some more, I found that Marie seems to have an endless supply of ideas for decorating based on your fantasies, though her resources aren’t always available. Still it’s worth a look if only for the inspiration of things like this:
And for the vast amount of information she provides.
That bed took me fairly far afield today. Or perhaps it was the wind.