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Canopy beds


The most challenging room in our new house is the master bedroom. It’s in the back of the house and it’s a newer addition to the home. The front was built in the 1920’s–and it’s got all the charm to match–but the back of the house was added on in the 80’s. It’s pretty bad. It’s got popcorn ceilings, a mousy brown carpet, a 30-year old air-co wall unit right above my side of the bed, and there is also a weird vanity sink IN the room. The first few nights I slept in here I woke up in the middle of the night feeling like I was at a strange roadside motel.

Here–check it our for yourself. This is what it looked like when we moved in. Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 11.53.06 PM

This is the same corner of the bedroom that’s pictured above.

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And this is the view from the bed–I wasn’t kidding about that vanity. And to make matters even more challenging,  there’s a trap door that leads to a cellar–the ONLY access is from that door, so we don’t really have anywhere to even put furniture (read: dresser for our clothes) unless we cover the door. Quite the conundrum. On top of all of these issues, we can’t spend a lot of money remodeling this side of the house just yet. We just poured all of our cash into buying the house and remodeling the kitchen–so the bedroom will have to wait. In the mean time, I’ve done what I can with what I had in my garage (top pic) and at least I no longer cringe when I walk into the room. I do, however walk all the way across the house naked every morning after my shower to get to my underwear drawer which is still in the font room of the house. Totally ridiculous.

I’ve been thinking about adding a canopy to the bed to further the cosmetic solution to the bedroom problem. A canopy would help to distract from the air-co unit and the popcorn ceilings too. It would also draw the eye up, away from said mousy brown carpet. 


I had a small canopy in my old room (pictured above) but this time I’m thinking something even more grandiose–here are some ideas I’m toying with:


White gauze canopy (on sale now for $39!)

Platform Mash Studios Bed with canopy (this would TOTALLY cover my wall unit–but it’s a little $$, maybe I could have something similar custom made)

-This black and brass canopy bed from CB2 is hyper modern but with the right textiles (and hanging plants!) I could see it being boho-tastic.

Rose-colored canopy, just so simple and pretty, huh?

This bed from OKL is super simple, but I can picture is with some gorgeous voile draped over it..maybe a fringed scarf or two, yes?

Alternative Text Justina Blakeney

Designer, artist, stylist & mama. Founder and CCO at The Jungalow. Crazy for color, pattern and plants!

8 responses to “Canopy beds”

  1. Meghan says:

    I can totally see you making any of those “boho-tastic” with plants, fabrics, and lanterns, and I’d love to see how you take that room and make it your own!! Can’t wait to see the progress!

  2. doorot says:

    Hi Justina,

    I really love your style thanks for the constant inspiration.
    I totally understand the blah feeling when it comes to wall-to-wall carpeting. Luckily it is a trend that never really picked up here in Europe (we got yucky old vinyl instead, yeah :)).
    Have you considered ripping it out and painting the plywood subfloor white? I’ve seen this done around the internet and honestly, I’m quite surprisingly taken to it. Looks really nice!

  3. Melanie says:

    Well, your temporary solution looks pretty wonderful and jungalicous to me! The “trapped door” thats pretty interesting… is that under your bedroom??

  4. Emily says:

    I could deal with the popcorn ceilings and brown carpet, but that AC unit right smack dab in the middle of the wall is pretty awful… lol. I’m sure it’s probably a huge undertaking to remove it, too. What a pain!

  5. aprilneverends says:

    I must say that I love your room even with this AC unit)) Your tapestry(is it tapestry on the wall?..) is amazing.
    Of course I loved all the other photos too! Especially Lisa Corti’s one. It reminded me of Bellagio and Wynn, my two Las Vegas favorites..they’re fearless in their use of color, and staying there always made me happy.

  6. Jan says:

    I’m only 2 years late in commenting, but what the hey….I saw your Ines etagere & wondered if there was enough space if the bed was moved over to put that in the corner. Plants on it could hide the AC, you could use it as a bedside table, & baskets on the lower shelves could hide your undies. But by now it’s probably all been fixed, so I’ll have to hunt your website to see what’s been done since then. Love your style! As a retired military daughter, wife, & life long traveler I’ve got an eclectic, bohemian collection of “stuff” both mine & inherited, so am always looking for ways to use it. Your pics make me feel at home!

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