spotted: my bedroom

I recently spotted these photos of my bedroom on photographer Michael Graydon’s website. Michael shot our house for Toronto Life¬†magazine a few months ago and these shots never made it into the final article.

We tried a couple of versions of the bed that day; one nicely made and tucked in and the other slightly messy which you see above. Interesting fact — ¬†I get more inquiries about the bedding in this room than any other question! The funny thing is that it was all very unplanned.

The kilim pillows I made myself and were originally used in our living room. The gold damask comforter is by Frette and was bought in Italy. (At the time, I had no idea how I would end up using the quilt I just knew I loved it and had to have it!) The grey striped sheets are by DwellStudio and were bought for my former bedroom. The cream cotton throw is from India and was picked up on the same trip to Italy. Again, I had no idea where I would end up using it and I certainly never thought I would pair it with the luxurious gold Frette throw! The ruffled cream, grey dotted and coral hand blocked pillows are from West Elm and we’re the only bedding items I purchased specifically for this bedroom. Somehow it all came together! I think the key is those kilim pillows that actually have all the colours used in the room: coral, saffron, black, grey and cream.

Michael also took this shot of the fireplace in our bedroom. The ceramics are by my sister-in-law Erin McCutcheon. It’s a quiet moment that has never been captured before.

My favorite interiors are ones where the room has a story to tell. There’s something to be said for building a collection of items you love and then rearranging them as you need. It’s in the unexpected juxtaposition of objects that the magic starts to happen.

Do you find yourself rearranging your home over and over again?


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  1. Posted June 29, 2012 at 10:07 AM | Permalink

    I had no idea this was your bedroom! I featured this in my blog a few weeks ago. Happy to now know the beautiful mind behind it. The kilim pillows are perfectly paired with the comforter. Thank you for sharing where all these lovely elements came from!

  2. Posted June 29, 2012 at 10:43 AM | Permalink

    Your room has a great calming effect so beautiful can’t believe it didn’t make the shoot!

  3. Posted June 29, 2012 at 11:19 AM | Permalink

    Saw the feature on the magazine the other day, and its beautiful and so happy for you! Your bedroom and house in general is fabulous! Happy Canada day weekend! Hooray to long weekend!

  4. Posted June 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM | Permalink

    These are stunning! As to your question, I do find myself reinventing uses for pieces in my home. Interestingly, I recently moved into my sweetie’s home and have been amazed at all the ways certain pieces can be used anywhere, whereas other pieces (that I was once very attached to and thought I’d never get rid of) suddenly seem superfluous in the new space. I love constantly trying new things and putting together items that I never intended to go together :)

  5. Posted June 29, 2012 at 1:53 PM | Permalink

    Ah! I didn’t know this was your bedroom either. I had the photo on my desktop for weeks to use in my blog. Kept thinking I needed to do some investigating to find the source. And then, here it is! I love this space. It is perfection.

  6. kay*
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 9:24 PM | Permalink

    I love your room! It has such a natural feel to; like its not tryin garb to be chic, it just is :-)

    my apologies if you’ve answered this question elsewhere, but where are your curtains from? They look like linen and linen curtains are on my list….thanks!

  7. Posted July 2, 2012 at 11:48 AM | Permalink

    Always lovely Emma!

  8. Posted July 3, 2012 at 7:27 AM | Permalink

    Omg please adopt me I super love your bedroom. Heading to Michael’s site now for more goodness. :D Got my eye on your blog now.

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