Makeshift Headboards

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House Beautiful July/August 2010
Photograph by Roger Davies

Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>In the July/August 2010 House Beautiful I was absolutely smitten with the Baroque Cartouche Repurposed Head Board used by interior designers Marshall Watson & Jeffrey Kilmer in their client’s Salt Lake City guest house. Smitten with the idea of repurposing items for headboards, I had two items found recently on Antiques Diva Tours in Amsterdam and Antwerp spring to mind.

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to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/TE5_CZTN25I/AAAAAAAAFA8/WeHLmUtpNeM/s400/Diva_Bedroom.JPG” border=”0″ />In my own bedroom, I’ve recovered a folding screen and antiqued the paper using a paint-technique and use it as my make-shift headboard. With all this bedroom talk, I’m feeling a little sleepy. So for now, it’s off to bed!

The Antiques Diva™
(Seen Right at Le Grand Hotel Intercontinental Paris)

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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

  • Did I mention that I'm finishing another room in my house and adding two twin beds? I want re-purposed heaadboards, but Dr. T is holding out for Murphy Beds. Obviously he doesn't read your blog regularly …. Also, have you had a chance to re-do your headboard yet?

  • Bonjour Diva:
    I also have a repurposed headboard chez moi: I found a gorgeous gilded and lavishly painted folding screen at Chatou (National Ham and Antiques Fair held twice yearly in Chatou just outside Paris). It was originally used in a Paris hotel. It's now propped behind my bed and looks fabulous! The gilding has gotten a bit more battered in my many moves : I just love it even more.
    ciao!