The Look: Taking Flight

January 18, 2013 | Alex

The last edition of "The Look" highlighted the off-center placement of square art over the bed. Today, I thought I'd show you a bedroom I spotted in Australia's Est Magazine that takes the more traditional approach of centering a square canvas over the headboard-- but still looks effortlessly cool.

A couple things I like about this bedroom:

  1. The art. The image of a plane on a runway conjures up all sorts of feelings-- anticipation, adventure, optimism.  Not a bad mood to be in when you drift off into dream.
  2. Thonet bentwood chair-turned-end-table. The Thonet chair is one of my pantheon favorites, for its design and its historical significance (the application of steam bending to furniture making was revolutionary back in the day). To see Thonet's masterpiece as an end table is a nice fresh look.
  3. Blanket duo. What a neat idea to layer contrasting blankets! I like how the yellow ribbed blanket pops against the more masculine grey tweedy one. Practical, too, if you and your bedmate have different temperature requirements for sleep.
  4. Tiny lamp. That lamp is so adorable I want to pinch its cheeks. The true genius of this room is how they echoed the shape of the chair legs, but flipped the dip-dye color scheme to create a size-distorted mirror effect between the chair and lamp.

The Inspiration

Bedroom styled by Nina Provan at Neometro, Melbourne, Australia | Photography by Toby Scott for  Issue #5 ,  Est Magazine

Bedroom styled by Nina Provan at Neometro, Melbourne, Australia | Photography by Toby Scott for Issue #5Est Magazine

The Look



  1. Taking flight print, CB2 - $169
  2. Torna Table Lamp, Ikea - $69.99
  3. Dodu queen bed, Blu Dot - $1,499
  4. Italian soft-spun wool throw, Restoration Hardware - $119.99 (*final sale)
  5. Spreading Landscape Throw, Anthropologie - $168
  6. Vienna Sky Side Chair, Crate & Barrel - $129

For crisp white linens, I like Restoration Hardware or WS Home. For an original Thonet Bentwood Armchair try Bauhaus2YourHouse.