A few of our favorite bedrooms

There's no need to check into a hotel to stay in the perfect bedroom suite. Take a cue from the stylish retreats pictured here and all you'll need to do is go home! 1. SLEEK & STYLISH  In this grand-but-cozy master bedroom, two airy woven chairs from Kenneth Cobonpue flank a custom-designed table from Spiro Lyon Glass in Carbondale, Colorado. "The chairs work in the space because although their shape is large, you can see through them to the views outside," says interior designer Robyn Scott. At the foot of the bed sits a C-shaped cabinet Scott designed to hide the TV, which pops up for viewing. The room also shows off limestone in three different textures, a trick that adds interest without taking away from the room's glorious views. See more of the home here.

Photo by Teri Fotheringham


2. SWEDISH CHARM  Childhood memories of the Swedish-style summer cottages at Lake Lorraine, Wisconsin, inspired the owners of this Idaho lake house to incorporate the architecture and simple, spare style of Swedish homes of the 1700s and 1800s. To create a sleeping area that's warm and welcoming, they painted an Eastlake bed frame white to harmonize with the rest of the room. The robin's-egg-blue floors complement the Royal Copenhagen dishes on the plate rail above. North light from the windows and skylight accents the rich natural sheen of pine wardrobes from England and Ireland. See more of the home here.

Photo by Gordon Gregory


3. RUSTIC, WITH A TWIST  This master suite shows off a clever blend of elegance and rusticity, and interior designer Lisa Kanning's mastery of texture. A stacked-sandstone fireplace with hammered steel doors (not pictured) anchors the space, while a Jean de Merry "Lumiere" chandelier, suspended from a hewn timber purlin, crowns the room. The unique platform-style bed was custom built from reclaimed timbers, and is upholstered with faux fur and topped with fur and alpaca pillows. Adding even more texture to the mix are custom twig nightstands, a hide rug and an amazing antler chair made by "The Antler Man" Frank Long, of Bozeman, Montana (406-587-5255). See more of the home here.

Photo by Gibeon Photography


4. INDOOR/OUTDOOR A prime location on the shores of Montana’s Flathead Lake inspired architect Arthur Andersson of Andersson-Wise Architects to design this sleeping porch. “Sleeping porches have a transformative quality,” he says. “You can go to sleep listening to owls and water lapping against the shore. And in the daytime, they offer a nice place to sit and read; a transitional space between indoors and outdoors.” The cantilevered master porch pictured here is sited in such a way that it appears to float above the lake. Andersson kept the materials simple and durable: Western red cedar paneling, Douglas fir framing and screened walls. A wood-burning stove and buffalo robes on the bed make the space habitable even in winter. “This room isn’t about pretense,” the architect says. “It’s all about the connection to nature.”

Photo by Gibeon Photography


5.  SWEET SIMPLICITY In this cheerful bedroom, interior designer Charles de Lisle achieved a cozy feel by choosing furnishings that appear to be well-loved antiques. The colorful dressers, bedding and draperies are new, and the "rusted iron" bed frame is really made of wood that has been carefully stained to trick the eye. And de Lisle never forgot that small details help bring a space to life. "I spent lots of time going to flea markets, junk stores and antique malls," he says, "to find the fun, random stuff that feels like heritage pieces." See more of the home here.

Photo by Audrey Hall


6. WARM & WHIMSICAL A bed made of birch trees was custom-built by artisan Diane Ross of Rustic Furniture to perfectly fit in this master bedroom. The branches were trimmed inside the room so that they reach right up to the peak of the ceiling. "Literally, a guy was in there with a chainsaw cutting the tops of them to fit the room," says interior designer Cindy Rinfret. "How often does that happen, right?" See more of the home here.

Photo by Kimberly Gavin


7. RUGGED GOOD LOOKS Because the owners of this rustic cabin downsized from a 5,000-square-foot home to just 1,800 square feet, their master bedroom needed to provide as much storage as possible. Beneath the bed are drawers made from the same reclaimed timbers as the built-in dresser beside it. Even the posts at the foot of the bed were made from reclaimed standing-dead juniper branches. Sustainably harvested logs and reclaimed wood paneling cover the walls. See more of the home here.

Photo by Audrey Hall



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