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Client Spotlight: King Henry Bed Bench

A bed bench at the end of the bed is one of the hardworking unsung heros of the bedroom. Today we are going to celebrate the bed bench by showing photos of a fabulous King Henry bed bench in our customer’s bedroom.

King Henry Bed Bench BG-362Anne F. in Texas bought this handsome new King Henry style end of the bed bench from us. The antique-inspired bench is beautifully crafted with a solid wood construction that has a rustic pecan finish. (This bench is also available with an antiqued white finish.) The eye is drawn down to the gorgeous curvy stretchers crowned with bold finials. Reeded detail on the stretchers add another touch of elegance.  Here’s how it looks in Anne’s bedroom:

King Henry Bench for Bedroom

“It’s perfect! Just beautiful,” said Anne in her email to us, and we agree! It works perfectly in Anne’s pretty bedroom and it’s a great match for the bed. The neutral fabric upholstery on the seat is tufted to enhance the traditional appeal and bring yet more comfort and luxury into the bedroom. Everyone thinks about armoires, dressing tables, chests of drawers and of course beds as the stars of the bedroom, but a bed bench is not only highly useful, it often adds the icing on the cake by making the room look more finished.

King Henry Bed Bench

When you add a bed bench to your bedroom, you’ll soon be wondering how you ever lived without it! It’s the perfect place to sit down and put on your socks or shoes, or perhaps pause a while to take a phone call without messing up your tidily made bed!

When choosing a bed bench, you want to pick one that is slightly narrower than your bed, as Anne has done, and as a rule of thumb you probably want a bench that is slightly lower than the bed too.

Thank you Anne for sending the photographs. We are so delighted to see how fabulous the bed bench looks in your home. Those curvy stretchers really do add a very refined decorative touch!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Stylish Seating for a Traditional Guest Room

Yesterday I shared some ideas on how to create Beautiful Guest Rooms in Traditional Style. That post focused on the essential furnishings that every guest needs for an overnight stay. Today I’m going to look at practical and stylish seating choices for a traditional guest room.

This guest room in Philadelphia is large enough for a separate seating area away from the bed. If you are lucky enough to have a generously proportioned guest room too, it is nice for your visitors to have a private corner to relax, read, or chat on the phone away from the main living area.

If you don’t have the space for a whole seating area, then a cozy arm chair or other comfortable chair will still be much appreciated. At the very least, it’s good to try to place an attractive traditional bench or ottoman at the foot of the bed. It helps the bed look more ‘finished’ as well as providing some seating. The old chest in this photo looks wonderful and it cleverly doubles as storage. The Antique French Baccarat crystal chandelier is also a stunning addition to make a visitor feel very special. Funnily enough, I’m pretty sure we have that charming wall bracket or one very similar in our selection of Chelsea House wall brackets and display shelves!

Leather Bench TrunkWe have some nice storage seating in the gallery that would work very well at the foot of the bed.  For example, this handsome Sarreid leather trunk bench is one of the company’s most popular pieces, and you can see why! The trunk is 18″ high, so it’s a good seating height similar to an ottoman, and it is crafted in buffalo leather, wood, iron and brass. The sturdy trunk bench has an antiqued finish and it’s a fun addition to a guest room as it creates a traveler theme for your friends passing through on their journeys.

Bench with basketsWhile a trunk bench is great to stash extra blankets, something like this handsome new bench with an antiqued finish provides a different kind of storage. Convenient baskets beneath the seat can be used for toiletries or your guests’ bits and pieces. The versatile baskets are easy to pull out and use in many ways during a stay.

If you have ample storage and dressers already, then a sweet little bench at the foot of the bed still gives your guests a place to perch for a few peaceful moments. Or maybe it will serve as a tray or display surface sometimes, as in this photograph with a tea set on the bench. That would be a pleasant welcome after a long journey, wouldn’t it?

Jonathan Charles Country Farmhouse BenchThis elegant walnut Jonathan Charles bench from the Country Farmhouse collection has a similar look. The high scrolling arms make a graceful silhouette to frame the bed.

So many choices! But whatever chair or bench style you like, your visitors will thank you for the time and thought you put into choosing seating for the guest room so they don’t have to sit on the bed all the time!

If you’ve enjoyed this post on guest room seating, also get inspiration from the fabulous guest rooms featured in my post on Beautiful Guest Rooms in Traditional Style.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 9 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Client Spotlight: Antique Chinese Opera Bench

We loved seeing a photo of our antique Chinese opera bench in our customer Suzan’s hallway! This unusual and attractive piece of antique furniture makes a stunning style statement and the clean lines look at home in any style of decor.

Antique Chinese Opera Bench Carved

This is the exceptional antique Chinese opera bench, carved in elm and dating to 1900. It was crafted in the Shanxi Province of China and it would originally have been used for a family to sit together during a theatrical or musical performance in an opera house. The Shanxi Province was renowned for plays and musical entertainment and this style of carved bench was popular in this region.

Antique Chinese opera benchHere is the antique Chinese opera bench in its new home: the hallway of our customer Suzan G. in Santa Barbara, CA. It’s an inch under 6 feet long and it fits the space beautifully. Doesn’t it look great beneath that lovely image on the wall? The hand-carved scrolls on the substantial cabriole bench leg create a charming decorative effect. Suzan told us she was very pleased with the bench.

Antique Chinese Opera Bench carved detail

The Late Qing Dynasty Chinese opera bench also boasts subtle hand-carved organic motif details on the back. This close-up photo shows the delicate carving. It looks like a real labor of love to me!

Antique Chinese Opera Bench side

An antique opera bench is perfect for a hallway or living room, or anywhere you want additional seating and a stunning focal point. From the side you can see the sweeping curve of the bench back.

Thanks to Suzan for sending us the picture of the antique Chinese opera bench in her house – we hope that all your guests enjoy admiring it as much as we do!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.