LINGER IN LUXURY
BEST BEDROOM IDEAS
Abed is the hero of the bedroom, unless you’re following the latest Japanese trend in ultraminimalism. So if you’re a luxury lover, you may as well invest heavily in the ultimate place to sleep. To make a statement, an exaggerated headboard is a must. Whether you opt for leather or velvet (in our opinion the only two fabrics that are devoted to decadence), make it deep buttoned for extra extravagance. The Tosca bed by Opera Contempory of Italy from Sarsfield Brooke (see page 155) has a soaring headboard that reaches for the stars.
Sometimes, off-the-shelf drives you up the wall – you simply cannot find a bed to suit. That’s when a custom-made bed, tailored to your individual needs, is the answer. Martin Bell of Rose & Heather says the company regularly designs beds to tie in with existing furniture, or to complement the architecture of the home: “We recently made one in the art nouveau style.” Then there was the customer who required no metal parts, so Rose & Heather used hand-turned wooden screws in a modernist-look bed made of walnut. Sometimes clients request Californian king-size, which is two metres square, or ask for extra length with a bespoke base and mattress. >
Glamour has always glinted. Inject some style i nto your boudoir with objects that sparkle: gilded mirrors, metallic cushions, shiny lamps and occasional furniture that shimmers. We love Harrowset Hall’s mirrored chest (previous page) and bedside drawers with ornate edgings that refract light into the room. For high-gloss glamour, the black glass CDA chest of drawers by Arte Veneziana from Sarsfield Brooke is decorated with hand-etched shiny spheres, and the drawer inners are a sumptuous scarlet red.
Remember when dressing tables were de rigueur? Discover your inner diva with the Elettra by Opera Contemporary of Italy from Sarsfield Brooke (right). Made of oak with solid brass hardware and wavy drawer fronts and legs, it just needs the addition of a vintage mirror for a touch of romance.
Martin Bell of Rose & Heather says a four-poster bed that “creates a room within a room” is his idea of pure luxury, bringing the decadence of an upmarket resort to your own home.
IT’S IN THE DETAILS
Hedonists are discerning; they note the finest detail. So quality fabrics that are hand-printed rather than massproduced become essential extras. Look for vivacious velvets, polished cottons and premium linens with decorative elements. Arcanum bedlinen from Harrowset Hall is made in New Zealand and hand-printed with f lowing scripts, blooming peonies and other classically inspired motifs, so each one is just a little different. Seneca’s Artisan collection features hand-drawn designs, block printing and handstitching, including Form, with a grid pattern, and Tribeca, a crisp, white 300-thread-count sheet and pillowcase range with a minimal yet timeless trim. Finally, the Magnolia bedspread by Bianca Lorenne from McKenzie & Willis is quilted with a f loral pattern that has been meticulously hand-finished with hundreds of delicate French knots. >
Once was a time when silk sheets were the height of opulence, an indulgence that only the emperors of China could afford. Today the sway is to linen for its beautiful feel and its breathable, hypo-allergenic properties. Seneca’s Vida stonewashed linens are top of the bedding tables: the linen f lax is grown in Belgium, woven and finished in Portugal and dyed in one process for real depth of colour. But, unless you’re a hotel owner, hold the starch. With a soft, natural weave, the crumpled appearance of linen is far more fashionable and affords homeowners the ultimate luxury: no ironing!
Take a cue from the pharaohs and indulge in Egyptian cotton. With its long fibres, it has been called the king of cotton. The Egyptian sheets in Seneca’s Home collection are made from cotton grown in the Nile Delta.
Sliding into fresh sheets at the end of a busy day is a wonderful way to cosset away your cares. Most people believe that the higher the thread count, the better, but that’s not necessarily true. “Stop counting threads – it’s all about feel,” advises Sheridan’s quality control manager Yvonne Carbone. “The quality of a sheet is defined by the choice of cotton, the quality of the spun yarn and the finishing of the product.”
Birds know a thing or two about building a definitive sleep zone: the trick is to incorporate feathers and down. With superior insulating properties, they offer the best in warmth and comfort. The loftiness of a down and feather inner creates a luxuriously plumped-up look on your bed, but the height of indulgence has to be a dreamy down mattress topper, from Wallace Cotton. Like sleeping on a cloud of feathers. >
The bedroom is a private domain where you can take a flight of fancy. It’s your place to hang art that is off beat, or hide those romance novels that are your secret passion – a room where you can express yourself without restraint. If fur is your folly, silver rabbit fur cushions from French Country Collections bring wild ideas to bedtime. We also love the whimsical humour of the Nature’s Collection sheepskin beanbag. The top seller is in Linen but we adore the Rosa. Made in Denmark from the finest New Zealand sheepskin and dyed the prettiest pale pink, these beanbags are available from Bianca Lorenne.
THROW ON A THROW
Pamper yourself by investing in a knitted throw in real wool – soft and warm and ideal to snuggle up with on a bed or couch. Wallace Cotton’s Arrowtown throw in chunky lambswool has a glorious touchable texture.
LITTLE AND OFTEN
The joy of mini treats is that you can indulge every day. Two affordable little luxuries we crave for the bedroom: Ashley and Co home fragrance from Thread Design, with enchanting names such as Parakeets & Pearls, to place in your linen cupboard; and ornate gilded candle holders from French Country Collections.
The sheen and tactile magnetism of velvet makes it a must-have in a bedroom where luxury reigns. Push out the boat with a plush, deep-buttoned velvet headboard, throw over a quilt or include a scatter cushion or two in the luscious mix. There’s something wickedly sinful about Seneca’s Velvet Pin comforter in Black, but jewel tones make velvet even more vivacious. The reversible two-tone Peacock Green or Jewel Blue 100 per cent linen throw with velvet edging, from French Country Collections, at left, has matching hand-dyed velvet ombré cushions.
Colour – or the lack of it – is a personal choice and, joyfully, in the bedroom that choice is all yours. You could go for the prettiest tones of rose pastels, such as the New Zealand made Clearwater collection of linen bedspreads and pillowcases in Blush from Thread Design. Alternatively, Harrowset Hall’s Federation collection comes in the purest of whites, which leaves the texture to do the talking.
THIS PAGE Oslo queen bed in Oak/Grey $1199 from Freedom; Decora quilted bedspread $149.95 and pillow shams $16.95 each in Taupe, all from Harvey Furnishings; Millennia pillowcases in Snow $129.95 a pair from Sheridan; Mirage cushions in Gold $49.95 each from Freedom; Bianca Lorenne floral cushions (front and reverse shown) in Bouquet Ivory $168 each from Source Home and Object; Symphony throw in Rose Quartz by Mulberi $69.95 from Harvey Furnishing; Genevieve side table by Opera Contemporary of Italy POA and Glo table lamp by Penta of Italy POA, both from Sarsfield Brooke; Robert Gordon bone china cup and saucer $65 from Hedgerow; Roses painting by Russell Hollings $2400 from Remuera Gallery; background colour Resene ‘Moby’; all contact details page 155.
ABOVE Add some shine with the mirrored glass three-drawer Venetian chest with washed gold trim $1795 by Harrowset Hall.
THIS PAGE MIDJ Bluson king bed POA, Tuscanova sheets and sham pillowcases POA, all from Sarsfield Brooke; Sove linen pillowcase $69.90 and Sove Euro pillowcase in Oyster $39.90, both from Citta; House Doctor large square soft home linen cushion (pale green) $52.14, small Grey linen cushion $129.90, small Rust linen cushion $129.90 and Bianca Lorenne small velvet Cordelia cushion in Olive $182, all from Source Home and Object; Mazzoleni by Elizabeth Fahy cashmere robe $570 from Hedgerow; MIDJ side table POA from Sarsfield Brooke; House Doctor black vase by Madam Stoltz $35 from Source Home and Object; faux Paris
peony from Alison’s Acquisitions; O’Check and The Lab notebooks by Telegram, $29.90 each from Source Home and Object;
candle and MacBook Pro stylist’s own; Henry Molini
photograph POA from Sarsfield Brooke; background colour Resene ‘Horizon’.
THIS PAGE CoverQuick queen
headboard 600 x 1530mm $479.95, covered in Mystic Velvet in Seaspray 148cm wide $35.95/m, Regal velvet cushions in Gold $59.95 each, all from Harvey Furnishings; Tuscanova sham pillows POA from Sarsfield Brooke; large Heath quilt $299.90 from Wallace Cotton; Amarento Powder Blue king size
bedspread by Bianca Lorenne $1008 from Source Home and Object; For Every Minute silk
pyjamas in Dove $540 from Hedgerow; Quadrille bedside
table by La Galeria POA from Sarsfield Brooke; Spring Bloom lamp $595 from Jems of Remuera; Burst mirror $149 from Freedom; background colour Resene ‘Tax Break’.
BELOW Reversible two-tone hand-dyed velvet ombré cushion, 55 x 55cm $79, and linen throw with velvet edging 150 x 180cm $325, both in Peacock Green from French Country Collections.
THIS PAGE Make a statement with the Tosca bed by Opera Contemporary of Italy, POA from Sarsfield Brooke. BELOW The Gold Down pillow by Hefel is made of 90 per cent down.