This is a “before & after” photo of a bed I had converted to king and canopy for some very close friends of ours. As you can see in the photo the castings are very large and nicely detailed. This bed itself lent it self, from a style standpoint, to nicely being converted to a larger size and also being able to maintain the original symmetry of the design. Some iron beds require more of a change to the original design and thus loose the appeal of that original design. Our friends also had nice tall ceilings that they had wanted to feel more cozy with……thus the high canopy help eat up some of that vertical space.
After vacationing in Hawaii with the family last year the Dr.s wife bought a beautiful Hawaiian applique quilt of red and white. Because of the quilt, we decided to rub umber into the finish, which gave a very subtle deep red tone to the otherwise Black Smyth finish. It’s always nice when selecting a finish for antique iron beds to determine if there are any colors in the room you’d like to blend with. The beauty of an antique iron beds is that they can be painted any color and made to adapt to any setting or color scheme.
After doing this great bed for Dr. Bubu and his wife, they decided to move into a beautiful home on the coast of Malibu. Although they loved their bed, they wanted something a little different without a canopy. My wife had just “staged” a beautiful home in the private gated community of Malibu Colony and after the house was sold, the bed we used for the staging became available and looked equally beautiful in the Dr’s new master bedroom. So a trade was made.
So where is that beautiful king canopy bed now? Well for the time being……. I’m sleeping on it…… at least until the next old iron beauty that catches my eye comes up.