Create a Rustic Bedroom Retreat
Woodsy elements and vintage finds bring the outdoors in and add one-of-a-kind character to this sleeping spot
The fastest route to giving a space a ton of personality? Furnish it with pieces that tell a good story. That's exactly what Atlanta interior designer Barbara Westbrook did for this bedroom in a Georgia lake house. A hickory sleigh bed recalls the furniture one might spy in an Adirondack lodge and hints at the homeowner's summers spent north of the Mason-Dixon Line. For a taste of local flavor, a jaunty sign from a decommissioned railroad station nearby—a reminder to train crews to signal their approach—hangs above the bed. A vintage wooden trunk with primitive decoration sits at the foot of the bed, piled with cozy blankets—a nod to the footlockers one might find at camp. Even the walls have character, thanks to painted shiplap paneling acting as wainscot. Want to bring a similar cabin-chic vibe to your own bedroom? Read on.
The vintage Romanian trunk at right is a rare find. You could get lucky at a flea market, or you could make your own. We fashioned ours from sheathing plywood and home-center hardware, with shoe molding tacked around the base and half-round molding trimming out the lid. Leftover paint and antiquing wax gave it a rich patina.
Total cost: about $40.
In a rural refuge, a blinking digital alarm clock might seem out of place. This old-fashioned analog model echoes the one at left.
Similar to shown: 1931 Big Ben Alarm Clock, about $45; llbean.com
A hickory bed like the one the designer used will set you back a pretty penny. You can build your own from a kit of ready-to-assemble Northern white cedar logs for a fraction of the cost.
Full-size bed kit (shown), starts at about $370; thelogfurniturestore.com
Before railroad signs were electrified, cat's-eye marbles were embedded in the letters to reflect the headlights of oncoming trains, helping engineers see the signage at night. We re-created the look of the flea-market find at left with salvaged pallet planks, tacked-on painted craft-store letters, and glued-down metal washers with the same swirly marbles—for about $20.