O bed! O bed! delicious bed!

“O bed!  O bed!  delicious bed!  That heaven upon earth to the weary head.” 

 Thomas Hood

 As we start working on gathering the furnishings for our bed and breakfast, the first thing that came to mind was the bedrooms. More important, the bed. The bed is the anchor piece of the room. From it all other pieces will be selected and the overall impress as you walk in the room will come from it. So it is very important to choose the right bed for whatever statement you want to make for that room.

With this in mind, we started looking closely at beds about seven months ago. The plantation has four bedrooms, two master suites upstairs and two junior suites downstairs. The first thing we decided was the names we wanted for each room. Those came around August or September of last year. We had been doing a lot of research on the history and families that called this plantation home, so we decided to name each of the rooms in honor of those families who worked to create the plantation we know today. (I can’t tell you the names just yet because it would be a dead giveaway of where this house is and what the name is. Legal stuff… Argh!) The one thing we decided as far as furnishings was to create each room as a step back into that family’s time period. But we also want the room to have that “Wow” impression when you walk in. So as we looked, we tried to keep both ideas in mind. Thank goodness we decided to work with an interior designer. I would never be able to do this on my own!

So we wanted to share with you some of the beds that have fueled our inspiration. They are from all our travels as we researched other plantations and their decor. I can’t say these are going to be what we have, but you can see what we are shooting for.

Nottoway Plantation Louisiana

Houmas House Plantation Louisiana

Destrehan Plantation Lousiana

Berry Hill Plantation Virginia

Nottoway Plantation Louisiana

Houmas House Plantation Louisana

Destrehan Plantation

Berry Hill Plantation Louisiana

Houmas House Plantation Louisiana

Nottoway Plantation Louisiana

Detreshan Plantation Louisiana

Nottoway Plantation Louisiana

“The bed has become a place of luxury to me!  I would not exchange  it for all the thrones in the world.”      

Napoleon Bonaparte

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46 thoughts on “O bed! O bed! delicious bed!

  1. Mary Lou Rutledge says:

    How beautiful!! I can’t wait to find out where this is going to be. Maybe we can visit sometime.
    thanks for your likes.

  2. shawncolbornphotography says:

    Good luck on the selections.

  3. Colleen says:

    Those all look like fabulous choices. And I definitely agree with Napoleon!

  4. Maggie O'C says:

    Gorgeous! Gorgeousgorgeousgorgeous!!!
    I’m like Princess and the Pea with good beds and mattresses, you are on the most beautiful right track!!!

  5. Are you a quilter? You really should take classes if not; your beds would look so good with a hand made quilt!!! (It’s not like you have anything else to do, is it??!!)

    • No, I have to say I am not a quilter. Sadly, I have a very hard time even sewing a button on and it staying. My place is more in the kitchen. You are right, time is not going to be too readly available once we get the go ahead. Then it will be everything we have just to hang on!

  6. Ken Judd says:

    Great stuff. I collect antique furniture love your post.

  7. colleen74 says:

    Omg I LOVE the bedrooms! So cool & historical

  8. Oh my this sounds so exciting! Can´t wait to find out more 🙂

  9. oceannah says:

    Well if you stay within the context of those pictures, surely you cannot go wrong. They’re all simply gorgeous!!!
    *anna

  10. Marisa says:

    These are so lovely!

  11. I really like the beds at Houmas House and Berry Hill. I am looking forward to your reveal.

    • Thank you! Houmas House was one of my favorites. But I have to say that Nottoway was my top favorite. We are so excited about the reveal. We just hope we can get the legal stuff done soon as we can share it with everyone!

  12. garybuie01 says:

    I feel like having a doze after looking at all those scrumptious beds!
    Christine

    • Thank you! The first one is the one we slept in while we were there. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be comfortable, but as soon as I hit the bed, I was in heaven! I had a hard time getting up.

  13. Meredith says:

    Can’t wait to find out your location!

  14. bishop9396 says:

    I am intrigued…You have piqued my interest. I have often considered pursuing the Bed & Breakfast lifestyle. My vision includes a large kitchen garden to supply the freshest of ingredients. I spent some of my military career in Hopewell, VA – Fort Lee, and love the Virginia countryside. I look forward to the unraveling of the mystery.

    • Thank you! You are going to love the kitchen in this plantation! It’s not a garden kitchen, but we have a view of the river. It also has two of most of the appliances. Two stove tops (gas and electric), two ovens (convections), two dishwashers, and two warmers. It also has a microwave, trash conpactor, a five shelf wine cooler, an icemaker and oh yeah, two sinks on either side of the kitchen. I think I am in heaven! But I am with you, fresh is best! I hope we can ravel the mystery soon!

  15. I love the Berry Hill bed–I’m a hige fan of tasteful prints!

  16. These beds make me think of an American colonial version of the exquisite gilt beds I saw at Versailles! Best of luck with your search.

  17. Your B&B looks very nice!

  18. All beautiful!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! 🙂

  19. Thanks for checking out my website earlier. Wow, these bedrooms look beaufitul! I can’t wait to see how your plantation looks like. I think the details of your plantation may be great inspirations for a new cake! 🙂

  20. abraalani says:

    All of these are beautiful! What a fun and interesting endeavor you’re taking on, starting a bed and breakfast! I love that you chose to go with a southern theme (of course being in the south, that makes sense) and naming each room as all the old plantations themselves were named.
    I’ve personally never been to the south, but your blog is making me want to get down there already!

    • Thank you! My grandmother, who was a grand southern lady, taught me from an early age that history and your past was important. I can remember her taking us to the cemetrey way out in the country. As she would clean the grave sites of all of our family, she would tell me over and over who they were and how they were related to us. She would also include personal stories for those she knew. One of the last things she told me before she did was that I would be the one from now on that would keep the history of the family and not to let it die. This plantation is just taking someone elses history and “keeping” it alive.

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