Commanding the master’s bedroom is our queen size oak sleigh bed. It has been with us for over five years now. We may have changed apartment address four times but I refused to part with it. It was one of our early purchases as newlyweds – at an impulse. We happened to pass by a an enormous furniture shop where they sell all types of oak and I absolutely fell in love with the sleigh bed. My husband wanted something in iron frame but I thought the beautiful honey color will give our apartment some chalet-look. Living in the middle of a super city always make me crave for the country style home.
I’m glad I was able to persuade Hubby to buy it. It is classy, elegant and sturdy. Over the years, friends and relatives visiting us often point out that our bedroom furniture is a real treasure. If you have been following my blog, you will know I am also a frustrated interior designer (yay!) so I will share to you some decorating ideas that worked for us:
1. For linen and furnishings, choose country-themed fabrics. Floral, fruits, farm animals, and leafy prints will give you more rustic feel. On special occasions such as Christmas and other holidays when people come to visit and stay with us, I opt for vintage or Victorian themed fabrics. On spring, I make it trendy by choosing plaids and checkered linens but always in light colors.
2. Keep your walls in pastel colors. This creates a warm and cozy effect in the room. Choose wall paints from light yellow, off white, or beige or use printed pastel-color wallpapers.
3. Choose sheer white curtains. They will enhance the fresh, airy feeling that oak wood gives to a room.
4. I like to decorate with framed paintings for they are a great way to spice up any decor. You can visit flea markets to get paintings of rural life, landscapes, trees, meadows, and even oceans.
5. Let your travels influence you. After our holiday at the French countryside, I’ve been trying to recreate the French country bedroom interior – individual, open, light, airy, comfortable, harmonious, romantic and… simply beautiful! I throw in quilt and laces, bedside lamps, candle holders, and quirky porcelain figures.
Oak wood has indeed come a long way. Thanks to its beautiful grain markings, they are no longer confined as materials for ship building or as wine barrels but also a popular choice in the furniture industry.