Inspiration for a Romantic, Timeless and Classic Bedroom

Interior Design / PCL Interiors,   Photo Credit / Clear Sky Images

Last Sunday marked the close of this years Southern Spring Home and Garden Show in Charlotte, NC.  As one of the participating IDS Interior Designers, I must admit, it was crazy fun and admittedly a little stressful at times.  Preparing for the installation can be a little daunting as I juggle coordinating all those little things that go into designing a room for a show along with trying to maintain the everyday tasks of the business. Thankfully, somehow it always works itself out.

This is my third time participating in the show.  The first time I designed a delightful outdoor veranda, and the second time a fun hang out retreat for tween girls. Both resulted in 1st Place awards (YES, a shameless plug)!

This year I had to participate, not only for the promise of brand exposure, but because  each room was to be inspired by a novel of our choosing.  My imagination soared instantly!  Since my space was designated as a bedroom, I selected The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger as my inspiration for the romantic depiction of how a timeless love parallels a timeless design. There’s a balanced mix of vintage traditional and current modern design elements in the space.

There are several elements introduced that were indirectly inspired by the novel.

1. To represent many meetings by Henry and Claire in the meadow – an introduction of organic materials like the branches, tree bark, fresh flowers and fresh willow branches. I also commissioned an artist to paint a landscape scene on canvas.

2. Torn wallpaper liner on the walls to honor Claire’s craft as a paper sculptor

3. A stack of books covered in wrapping paper serve as a table near the chaise and represent Henry’s profession as a librarian.

4. The clock has no hands because after all, time means nothing when you constantly involuntarily disappear at any given moment.

5. So, I blinged it out with chrome, silver and mercury glass to represent the current time

6. Charles Eastlake chaise and side table represents traveling back in time for a traditional style.

Out of 6 designer rooms, my design received 2nd Place and The People’s Choice Award!

Boulevard Home Furnishings Bazaar provided that adorably stunning french inspired canopy bed. Thanks Cynthia!

Luxurious Silk / Wool combo area rug – can you identify the silhouette of a sexy female body in the rug? Stark Carpet Outlet Tim, you ROCK!

Courtesy of Sally: Fine Italian bedding and linens from DeWoolfson Linens.

Close up of Duvet bedding and paint swatch in PCL Interiors design

A BIG thank you to Joan! Painting and precision wallpaper lining installation  Joan’s Designer Wallcoverings

Gotta love Sherwin Williams paint colors Oyster Bay (walls) Retreat (trim work).

Installation and painting of baseboards and crown molding by Eric and Carrie of Shy’s Design and Construction. Trust me, they do way more than this. Contact them for ANY construction needs.

Kim at Crate and Barrel provided the cordial side bar table. Perfect for any style room.

Bronze tone and cut glass pendant light fixture from Lighting and Bulbs Unlimited in Matthews.

Artist Rosalia Weiner of Home Art Designs.  Heavenly!!!  I commissioned Rosalia for three designs.

1. The love was certainly put into the “L-O-V-E” art on canvas. The branches and bark represent their frequent encounters in Meadow Lark, Claire’s parents backyard.

2. Over the bed is an acrylic painting on canvas, also inspired by Meadow Lark.

3. Most dramatically, on the wall, hand written excerpts from Henry’s love letter to Claire are artfully depicted in Spanish and English on the paper liner.

Thanks to my Jr. Designer Sam Monds, two student designers Raissa Zharoff and Angela Peck and my work room fabricator, Maria Orloff for two custom pillows.

Chrome garden stool from West Elm.

ALL the FRESH fabulous floral arrangements provided by Do A Little Floral in Huntersville, NC.

I certainly hope the images from this room and this great design idea will inspire you to take  elements from a novel and recreate them in your favorite room in the house. Have FUN!

18 thoughts on “Inspiration for a Romantic, Timeless and Classic Bedroom

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  2. Linda Sansbury

    Love it! When I retire and relocate to North Carolina I want my bedroom in my new home to look just like this.

  3. Penny Post author

    Thank you so much Rosalia! I would say we make magic together. I enjoy partnering with you. I knew that “LOVE” painting would sell! I had several inquires about it. It would work well in any room of the house.

  4. Art by Rosalia

    Penny – Thank you for posting my painting LOVE on your blog.
    It has been SOLD!
    Penny brings another level of creativeness, style and professionalism that integrates well with her “Magic”! It has been a true pleasure working with Penny over the years on projects. She has an excellent eye for color and detail and takes time to explore creative opportunities with her clients. The end result always exceeds expectations!
    I would recommend her in a heartbeat!

    Rosalia at or

  5. Penny Post author

    Wow! You are too kind Carrie! I REALLY appreciate it. I had so much fun putting it all together. I could not have done it without the help of some talented folks in the industry. Once again a BIG thank you to everyone that helped!

  6. Carrie

    THIS ROOM IS AMAZING !!! There are no words to capture its true beauty. 1st place in our book, hands down. Penny did an incrediable job and put alot of thought into every detail, as she does with all her projects. The room is classic, super romantic and just a very peaceful place to retreat ! It takes a very creative eye to match these pieces together to get such an extraordinary room. I highly recommend PCL Interiors for all your design needs. A++++++++

  7. Joan Hobbs

    Congradulations Penny! We appreciate the opportunity to be
    apart of your installation team, providing professional painting
    and wallpapering for your lovely room at the Home Spring Show.
    Good luck on your future endevors!
    Sincerely, Joan Hobbs,Inc. / Joan’s Designer Wallcoverings

  8. Kim Brookmon

    A beautiful room Penny – a retreat actually! I love the mix of the vintage feel with a modern slant!

  9. Angela Peck

    Love the room Penny, you should have won first prize!! The room came together beautifully. A pleasure to work with you.

  10. Mindy@FindingSilverLinings

    Um, I am completely in love with this room! Completely. And covering the books with interesting wrapping paper?! Genius. I decorate with books in my house also. I will definitely be doing this project. Thank you for the great idea.

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