3 Ways with Canopy Beds

At this point in my children's lives (ages 2 and 3), I'm beginning to realize that my days of getting away with a shared, gender-neutral room are numbered. My son is pretty mellow and quite content to play with the odd Hello Kitty here and there amid his Thomas the Train tracks. My daughter, however, has fully succumbed to her passion for princess paraphernalia—and has ratcheted up the pressure accordingly. So although it's highly unlikely we'll be moving out of our Brooklyn two-bedroom at any point in the near future, I'm doing my research now. Here, three takes on the ultra-feminine bedroom for the under-12 set.
Sara Story NYC Project Bedroom | Lonny.com(A girl's room at the New York City apartment of Gervaise Gerstner, designed by Sara Story. Photographed by Marco Ricca) 
1. The Modern Princess
For this classically contemporary apartment (above) on New York's Upper East Side, designer Sara Story gave her client's youngest daughter a clean-lined yet ultra-girly retreat. A metal canopy bed from Room & Board was draped with a silver print linen from Holland & Sherry and accessorized with custom pillows made from eyelet-backed fabric. 


Sister Parish Summer House | Lonny.com(A guest bedroom at Sister Parish's Summer House in Dark Harbor, Maine. Photographed for Lonny by Patrick Cline)2. The Trad Princess
The English country–inspired aesthetic of legendary decorator Sister Parish found full expression at her lifelong retreat in Dark Harbor, Maine. "Mother always said, 'If you see a piece of needlepoint for sale, you buy it,'" said daughter Apple Parish Bartlett. A guest room at her summer home is both elegant and inviting, with floral ruffled canopies and crocheted throw blankets on wood four-poster beds. In terms of traditional American decorating, it doesn't get much more iconic than this.


PBteen Maison Canopy Bed | Lonny.com(PBteen's Maison Canopy Bed, from $765)3. The Glam Princess
If my daughter ever happened to share my predilection for shades of black, white, and gold, I would try this look on her for size. PBteen's Maison Canopy Bed is romantic, sweet, and sophisticated enough to take her into adulthood. Now let's just hope her teen years are a lot less rebellious than mine.

I'm the former Executive Editor of Lonny.
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