Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Looking ahead to the coming year, I'm a little excited and a little terrified. 2012 is going to be a big year, involving getting married (and changing my name?), turning 25, a long-anticipated but saddening family transition, my first full-fledged decorating gig, and a job change - if not an actual career change. 

Thankfully, last week was my belated holiday vacation and in addition to spending lots of time freaking out about how much there is to do before the wedding, I gathered the courage I'll need to tackle my first big project of the year: building a headboard! 

Our bedroom is getting a bit of a mini-makeover, with new bedding and a new headboard. I love the screen, but despite paying only $25 for it, I'm starting to feel guilty for how many scratches, holes, rips and bad touch-ups it's collecting. So a real headboard it is. Remember that fabulous headboard in the Plantation ad that I made a Look for Less from a while back? It was a tufted variation on this, if you don't remember:

Don't those wings make you want to jump in with a good book and stay there forever? I've always been obsessed with canopy beds because of their feeling of protected coziness, but the process of searching the internet for lookalikes of the Plantation bed inspired a full-fledged love affair with wingback or "wrap" beds. They're amazing. Not convinced yet? This gorgeousness should do the trick...


Nuevo Estilo

Magnolia Lane

Melissa Warner

Renovation Style via La Dolce Vita

Eric Kohler

Nuevo Estilo

Elle Interior


Mine is probably going to be closest to that last, from Lonny - tall (well, not quite that tall), untufted (as much as I love those gorgeous tufted examples, my DIY skills aren't up to that yet), with small, straight wings. Everything but the wood has been purchased and is waiting in the corner of our bedroom:

not pictured: two packages of nailhead trim

Cross your fingers that I'll be able to pull this off!


  1. Looks fantastic. Would love to try something like this, and maybe you should give the tufting I go. I found out when I did my headboard last year that it's not actually that hard! :)

  2. Can't wait to see how it turns out! And congrats on your upcoming nuptials!

  3. Your headboard ideas look fabulous. I've been meaning to tackle something like that for a while post me some inspiration!

  4. Looks pretty good in my opinion, but what do you think about the really one?

  5. The colours in the first picture really work!