...for an antique headboard that fits the queen-size bed! I brought the bed with me from San Francisco, as it has a really firm mattress, yet is wonderfully comfortable. This corner of our bedroom is reflected in the mercury glass of a French giltwood mirror, circa 1830. Obviously the mirror needs sympathetic restoration, but I'm reluctant to relinquish it for the month or more it will take for the work - and I rather like its worn look. The room doesn't always look like this; I change the duvet cover, pillows, etc. to create new looks a few times per year.
Yes, that ugly box-like thing between the mirror and the linen cupboard is a heater. The church candlestick on top of it was the first antique I bought at the Marche aux Puces at Porte de Clignacourt, Paris.
Am posting this photo in response to Sophie Honeysuckle, one of my favourite UK bloggers, who has requested stories about beds. Niki of Nostalgia at the Stone House also has posted a lovely photo of her bed. Check out their sites for more bedtime stories.