Our Loire Bed dresses up fabulously, although when Joe designed it for our New York apartment he installed an acrylic headboard. He had painted this homage to a heroic Renaissance painting and wanted to be able to clearly enjoy all of it. Personally, I found it disconcerting to sleep under so much muscular energy. However, if I weren’t married to Joe, I would need to use an interior designer to make my spaces creative and comfy. My mind could never have conceived this space.
A designer who always makes me feel happily inspired is Mario Buatta. Although he’s called The Prince of Chintz, his range is immense. For an AOL showhouse in New York that was subsequently published by Architectural Digest, Mario encased our Loire Bed with upholstery at the headboard and lots of draperies from the testers. With Mario our bed underpins all the fabric, but I bet sleeping inside that sumptuous comfort would make a person feel cherished. He also used our mirrored Satyr Side Table (right foreground) and our Sevigne Screen (left background), again making the structure of the furniture vanish in the overall beauty of his interior design.
Phillip Sides of Montgomery, Alabama customized his Loire bed with an extra 18″ of height to the tester rods, dressing them with masses of a calming blue/white check. Imagine how important you’d feel propped up in this bed, whose photo was shown in the late, great Southern Accents (October 2007).
On the other hand, Washington designer Victoria Neale jolted us all awake with this presentation of our Loire bed in a showhouse held in the Washington Design Center. Yellow is among my favorite colors because of all the energy it radiates. I find the solar wattage of this room very attractive.
Right now we’re making yet another Loire finished in Venetian silverleaf with a metal headboard. I do hope the designer sends us a photo of her final installation. I predict our headboard will support acres of gorgeous pillows.
Please, dear Designer who specified our Louis XVI Bed in Venetian silverleaf with a brown mohair headboard, send me an installation shot. The completed bedroom should look voluptuous and give its owners peaceful repose. Please do share a photo!
Another designer used our standard finish of Italian walnut with goldleaf, but added the luxury on the inside top of masses of a pale silk gathered into a central knot. Looking up will give the owners great delight in the beautiful fabric and the hidden luxury of the elaborate construction. Wow!
Following one of our anniversary trips to France, Joe and I (mostly Joe) developed the Versailles Bed in our camel and silverleaf finish. This finish looks like time has carelessly worn away the silver to expose the camel undertones. This bed also gave Joe a chance to use a central bed crown from his collection at home. He’s always been a sucker for a tester with a central crown, which he further echoed in the curvaceously elegant testers, headboard, and footboard. Allan Knight’s showroom in Dallas introduced our Versailles Bed magnificently in these pale celadon silks and made us all proud of our design.
Further, our Arezzo Bed also dresses up well. Here Stiles T. Colwill of Baltimore debuted our bed in a Design House at the Washington Design Center. The blue and brown fabric gives a palette to this room that’s both masculine and feminine, which would be a comfort to both spouses.
Now that you have lots of models for romanticizing your bedroom, please use this Niermann Weeks website by going to the Products section. Have fun!
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