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.


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.


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.


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 Parispe­ony 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 Molinipho­to­graph POA from Sars­field Brooke; back­ground colour Re­sene ‘Hori­zon’.

THIS PAGE CoverQuick queenhead­board 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 sizebedspread by Bianca Lorenne $1008 from Source Home and Ob­ject; For Every Minute silkpy­ja­mas in Dove $540 from Hedgerow; Quadrille bed­sideta­ble 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.

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