Stylish Sleeping: Resources for an Elegant Bedroom

January 22, 2014

Text by Edited by Catie Parrish

Three Connecticut designers share their favorite resources to dream up stylish sleeping quarters.

The combination of her Southern heritage and years spent living and working in Manhattan has provided Katie Rittenberry with both the grace to handle challenging situations and the toughness to get the job done. Rittenberry Designs, New Canaan, (917) 881-3257,

Impala Faux Fur from Duffield and Crest: “I recommend high-quality, white bed linens and minimal decorative pillows. Who wants all that daily assembly? However, this sexy faux-fur blanket thrown—not folded—at the foot of the bed adds instant chic and texture, and is divine to curl up in.” Dovecote, Westport, (203) 222-7500,

Custom Upholstered Headboard: “I encourage clients to choose upholstered headboards with clean-lined bed skirts. I work with my upholsterer to create custom shapes, often built extra high, to add drama and fill the tricky wall behind the bed.” Sun Upholstery, Millbrook, N.Y., (917) 584-7758,

Hudson Swing-Arm Wall Lamp by Best & Lloyd: “To free up space for books, water, night creams, medicine—even the luxury of a photograph or bouquet—I strongly recommend swing-arm sconces instead of lamps. These beauties add unexpected color and a little funk.” George Smith, The Fine Arts Building, New York City, (212) 759-7888,

Sara Side Table by Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair: “This side table is the perfect height and overall scale for a king-size bed. It includes a pull-out tray, ample space for stacking books, and a good-size bottom drawer. And, most important, its vaguely Mandarin profile, quality hardware, and high-end finish make it a stylish addition to any boudoir.” Wakefield Design Center, Stamford, (203) 358-0818,

Carol Brewer’s eye for color and her creative use of space are part of her multifaceted approach to interior design. “A great design idea often comes from one moment of inspiration, built on a lifetime of experience,” she says. Carol Brewer Interiors, Stamford, (203) 322-6977,

Samantha Bedding: “This crisp, white, Egyptian-cotton percale with hand embroidery sets the tone for a comfortable, good night’s sleep.” Léron Linens, D&D Building, New York City, (212) 753-6700,

Artistic Dipped Bed: “It’s so easy for anyone to get a custom-bed look with these unique appliqued details on the head- and footboards. The polished acrylic feet give this bed a light and floating feeling, ready for dreamland.” Artistic Frame, New York City, (212) 289-2100,

Athena Lamp: “This limestone and bronze table lamp has a diffuser shade, which is perfect for a bedroom to create a relaxing environment.” Holly Hunt, New York City, (212) 755-6555,

Mother of Pearl Nightstand: “I just love this simple, clean, white lacquer frame turned super-elegant with inlaid mother-of-pearl drawer fronts.” Artistic Frame, New York City (212) 289-2100,

Kimberly Levin’s appreciation for quality and workmanship is rooted in and influenced by her studies abroad in Italy and the many years following where she worked in factories all over Europe, Asia, and South America, designing and developing apparel and home-furnishing products. Verve Design, South Glastonbury, (860) 978-4474,

Saxon Bedding by Sferra: “Sferra’s Saxon embroidered bedding is offered in a versatile palette. The embroidered border is both elegant and bold, while the quilted duvet and shams provide a nice textural balance. The bedding straddles the line between feminine and masculine, and the result is clean sophistication.” Bloomingdale’s, New York City, (212) 705-3038,

Wong Bed by Joe Ruggiero for Miles Talbot: “This upholstered bed with its high wingback design will surely become the focal point of the bedroom. Whether covered in an understated gray herringbone, shown here, a large-scale patterned fabric, or even adorned with nail heads, this piece is a stunner. I love the simple lines of the bed’s tapered feet, which balance the curvaceous and ample headboard.” Lillian August, Norwalk, (203) 847-3314,

Chubby Baluster-Form Table Lamp by Visual Comfort: “I love the updated, classic styling of this table lamp. The crystal base offers an elegance and serenity that doesn’t overwhelm. Its unisex appeal is ideal for a master bedside table.” DesignSourceCT, Hartford, (860) 951-3145,

Retro Bedside Table by Modern History Collection: “This nightstand strikes a smart balance between masculinity and femininity with its clean, unfettered lines softened by polished brass detailing and an antique cream finish. This simple yet stylish silhouette provides an easy solution to bedside storage.” Wakefield Design Center, Stamford, (203) 358-0818,

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