For the four years that Mr. Pear Tree and I have lived in our current abode, the space above our headboard has been empty. You see, I don’t like to rush into things, and I didn’t have “just the right” art work or decoration or feature of any sort to place over it. What’s more, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted there.
But this past summer, my mum passed along an old window frame that – thanks to inspiration collected in my “For the Home” board on Pinterest – happened to have a home just waiting for it, you know where.
However, it needed some work. And, almost serendipitously, I was working on a little stockpile of items, including this cradle, painting and sanding them to give them an easy, well-worn, shabby chic look.
I think the look works perfectly with our old, c. 1930s bed frame – although it was a little bit stark (too much white) for my liking, so I added a few pressed leaves, collected from walks in the park. When leaf season is over, I think I’ll tuck a few old or of vintage-influenced photographs in the corners.
This whole restoration thing has really helped me see old furniture in a new light. I’m currently putting the finishing touches on a new bed for my son – hopefully I’ll be able to show that project off in the next week or so…
– Words and photos by Lori-Anne Poirier