Friday Fun: The Historical Bedroom Edition

I have recently acquired a new mattress – after my back started telling me in no uncertain terms that the old one was knackered. I am somewhat sceptical still about the benefits of the much-lauded (and expensive) ‘mattress in a box’ Emma, but just think how much more expensive it might be to have one of the bedrooms below!

The Lincoln Bedroom in the White House – I really think the White House decor would not be to my taste, it is too opulent and faux-historical. From Galerie Magazine.
If you want a real historical bedroom, what about Hever Castle? From their website.
Hmmm, Josephine’s bedroom at Malmaison resembles a campaign tent – so that Napoleon would feel right at home? From
Bedroom in Faringdon House, described by Nancy Mitford in one of her novels. From House and Garden.
Edith Wharton’s bedroom at The Mount is very feminine – apparently, she wrote most of her work while lying in bed, although she had a perfectly stunning library/study downstairs. From Lit Hub.
I rather like the style of Syrie Maugham, interior designer to the stars (and yes, wife of Somerset Maugham). From Decorpad.
I have a weakness for Art Deco, so I couldn’t resist including this, although it’s a film set rather than a real bedroom: Gatsby’s bedrooom in the latest film incarnation by Baz Lurhmann.

13 thoughts on “Friday Fun: The Historical Bedroom Edition”

  1. I know just what you mean about needing a new mattress, Marina Sofia! We got a new one a couple of years ago, and it really made a difference. As for these bedrooms, some of them are certainly opulent! I’m a bit of a minimalist, so I’d probably go for the Syrie Maugham look. But they’re all more sumptuous than my bedroom is!

    1. I’m more of a minimalist too, especially in the bedroom. In fact, when I was young, I was very much in favour of a Japanese style bedroom, with a futon. Not sure my bones could take it anymore!

  2. Nope, none of them. I like simplicity in the bedroom, I’d probably have nightmares in these, and would probably sleep very badly!

  3. I’m not a fan of the canopy over the bed set up – makes me feel claustrophobic. Most of these designs are too fussy for my taste – the art deco is the best option but I’d have to change the staircase.

  4. I’ve recently bought an Emma mattress too. It’s very pleasant but I’m not convinced it’s quite deserving of all the hype. I hope your back feels the benefit though!

    The beds in historical bedrooms are always so short (I’m 1.78m tall, not enormous but tall enough!) that I’m never tempted. I’d have to go for the Gatsby, it looks a bit longer 🙂

    1. I’m roughly that height as well, so none of the historical beds would fit me. However, if it’s wide enough, maybe we could lie down diagonally???

  5. Several here I wouldn’t mind sleeping in, but you know, the really, really old beds were VERY short. I think people slept sitting up back before the 16th century.

    1. Yes, they did sleep with very high pillows for at least two reasons I can think of: superstition that evil spirits might enter their mouths in their sleep if they were lying down; and of course to preserve their often complicated hairstyles. Sometimes they slept on little wooden blocks at Louis XIV’s court, didn’t they? The Japanese certainly did…

  6. I have always meant to visit The Mount, which is about two hours away from me. As a child, I longed for a canopy bed. By the time my aunt offered me hers, I was in a bedroom with slanted ceilings so there was no room.

    I visited a gorgeous chateau in Provence last month and was surprised by how small the bed was in one fancy bedroom. I think it was where the lady of the house retreated when allowed to sleep alone.


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