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Temperatures below zero, a recent flu bug and the typical winter nesting instinct have all had me pondering the state of my bedroom.

Photos like this, from Lonny’s January/February 2011 issue, fuel my desire to create a cosy retreat this winter. The gorgeous French panelling is actually wallpaper, designed by Jarlath Mellett, and really warms up the industrial elements of the room. And I love the idea of hanging two pendant lights on either side of the bed instead of bulky reading lamps. I could spend many hours reading in this bed.

Here’s another loft-style bedroom from Rue magazine that’s far from cold. The white drapery and blush-toned bedding add instant warmth. The rusted canopy bed even mirrors the pipes above, but by keeping the rug, walls, and bedding in soft hues, the room remains cosy and inviting.

This bed reminds me of a great find my colleague Kathryn Bala came across (below). She often pulls me over to her computer when she comes across something like this, something too beautiful and too affordable not to share.

It's the Ellipse Metal Canopy Bed from West Elm. I really really want one, but I already have a white wrought-iron antique bed frame that has been passed down through the family. But if I didn’t already love my bed, I would pick up one of these — only $700 for a queen!

This is my duvet from West Elm, which I also love, but sometimes I stumble across photos like the one below that make me want to infuse my white bedroom with rich winter colours.

Ahhhhh, purple. Lonny has an entire spread in their current issue about bedding, and this set from Diane von Furstenberg has me dreaming in plums and lilacs. These shades would look great with the West Elm bed or my white iron bed.

Or, I could go even darker for winter — the Rosette Bedding from Anthropologie has also been on my wish list for a very long time.

If I’m going to be spending the next few months indoors, I’ll need some fresh blooms by my bed, too. Rue just happened to have two of my favourites in their recent issue: white hydrangeas and white tulips. I would choose one or the other and densely fill one vase. One of these antique-looking vases would be the perfect accent beside my white bed.

Now I’m feeling quite sleepy. Tell me, what would you change about your bedroom?

For more bedroom inspiration, see our 15 Gorgeous Bedrooms photo gallery.

Photo credits:
1. Lonny January/February 2011 issue
2. Rue November/December 2010 issue
3. Ellipse Metal Canopy Bed, West Elm
4. Organic Cotton Pintuck Duvet Cover, West Elm
5. Lonny January/February 2011 issue
6. Rosette Bedding, Anthropologie
7. Rue November/December 2010 issue

Author: 

Gwen McAuley

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