Daviot House is currently winging its way to me, and should arrive here by next week. So I have been thinking about the room that I will do after the parlour. I had thought that I would do the hall, but for some reason, I am drawn to do the main bedroom. Everyone loves four poster beds, but I wanted to do something a little different, and have been looking for inspiration for alcove beds.
These were beds either constructed directly or put into an alcove in the bedroom, often hidden by a curtain. They date from the times when bedrooms were not as private as they are today, and often had more functions than sleeping. They were also very efficient at keeping people snug and cosy at night!
A close relative of the box-bed, they were often found in poorer households, such as this one from Robert Burns' house.
But they could also be more elaborate....
And also extremely grand!
And there is even an example in miniature, thanks to the Thorne Rooms:
I'll have to do some dreaded woodworking to construct it though!
So perhaps that´s the reason why I started to make a half tester bed canopy, just in case my alcove plan doesn´t work...
This half tester will be suspended above the bed
The embroidered front panel adds a little, but not too much embellishment
And what is a bed without monogrammed linens?
FMG stands for Flora MacGillivray, my real ancestress and the 'owner' of Daviot House