New Orleans Designers……..Best of the Best

So what you ask makes a designer worth their salt in the design world ? Well when it comes to southern designers throughout the state of Louisiana and in particularly New Orleans, it’s attention to detail. Some of the better designers I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the past 40 years have been…

“The Blue Bed”

When most people think about antique iron beds, they think “white”. What most people aren’t aware of is that “white was probably the least popular color that beds were painted back in the 1800’s. “White” only became popular when “reproductions” started to help satisfy the demand for the lack of original antique beds that were…

What Holds Up My Mattress on My Old Bed?…Bed Slats

When iron beds were at their Zenith in the mid 1800’s, many manufacturers were constructing a very rudimentary¬†metal spring unit to hold the feather mattresses of the day. These metal spring units would later be refined and become ¬†known as a “box spring”. Today’s box springs are tightly wrapped iron coils that resemble a metal…

The Butler’s Iron Bed

Not something traditionally seen in this country…….but the Butler’s bedroom was a common setting amongst the upper class throughout England. Because the butler held a rather important role in the families day to day living, it was important his private sanctuary be befitting his station in life. Often great pains were taken to make his…

Victorian Iron Beds

Victorian iron beds were a place of rest and relaxation. For the Victorian Era, they were a place of romance and style. The Victorians were well known for their romantic gestures, including love letters, poems and embellished cards. A shadowbox can highlight a lace paper background and the rich embellishments of a card such as…

Victorian Iron Beds

The Victorian Era is a name for the period from 1837 to 1901, the length of the rule of Britain’s Queen Victoria. American Victorianism was an offshoot of this period and lifestyle that occurred in the United States, chiefly in heavily populated regions such as New England and the Deep South. The name was derived…

“Red Light” District Iron Beds

This one has a rather colorful past, if we’re to believe the “picker” we got it from. He canvases the New Orleans area and said that it came out of the red light district over 175 years ago, and had been handed down through the family of the madam that supposedly owned and operated the…