Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sweet India Dreams

This bed from Sundance catalog stopped my page-flipping and got the obsessive ideas flowing:


But, oh, the description: "our bed is a faithful reproduction of one that rounded the Horn from England to India nearly a century-and-a-half ago. We discovered the original in a field in New Delhi, dismantled and all but hidden beneath a carpet of grass, and instantly fell for its elegant angles, its cast ornaments and even its weathered patina. The tall, finial-capped posts support a canopy frame that can be left unadorned or draped with panels of linen, velvet, silk or—as it no doubt would have been in mid-1800s India—a fine mist of mosquito netting."

And you just know I have linens, I have velvets, I have silks -- saris in fact -- and even I have mosquito netting to drape. It comes in non-canopy version too. And that's OK, but in the Indian night, you must have flowing silks and mosquito netting.
It would enhance our wallpaper (left over from previous owners' era) rather than fight it as the current Danish modern style bed does.

Sundance even has antique saris that could be quilted into duvet covers. But you know I could do better than this on my own, in India for real:

And check out these bedside tables from Arhaus in the "relics" category, also India-inspired:

And as I am planning our next trip to India right now, I am just in the mood for this visual obsession today ...

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