The Best Bedrooms


From revolving-door share houses, to busy family homes, the bedroom is always a sanctuary!

This afternoon we’ve returned to our archives to bring you the most unforgettable bedrooms from across the site. Be they King-sized or tiny, memento-filled or minimalist, below are our fave bedrooms to inspire your own.

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The master bedroom in Lizzy Barnett’s Macedon home. featuring bed from Southwood Trading, TDF Goods. X Elizabeth Barnett cushion, and quilt made by Lizzie. Curtains from the Curtain Exchange Malvern and painting near the bedside by . Photo – . Production by Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

Amanda Coutts’ pocket-size bedroom in her NSW home, just big enough to fit her amazing bed! Salvaged corrugated tin wall behind bed, hand blown glass baubles from a trip to Egypt hanging above, reclaimed church windows and antique Arabian tiles from local tile merchant . Photo – ,  production – Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

The master bedroom of Amanda Henderson-Marks’ Northcote home. Old French bed with Weylandts side tables and assorted cushions from Amanda’s shop. Bedroom walls are painted in Dulux Companion. Photo – , styling assistant – , production – Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

The master bedroom in Anna and Andrew Swain’s Byron Bay abode. Timber lined loft bedroom with artwork by Celia Morgan. Photo – . Production – Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

Okay.. so it’s not exactly a bedroom! But rooms with daybeds count! This one belongs to Poppy Lane and Scott Gibson in the open living area of their old Eltham house. Pop & Scott platform bed with Pampa rugs, vintage Beni Ourain rugs  and an Anchor Ceramics funnel planter. Photo – . Production – Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

Poppy Lane and Scott Gibson’s master bedroom, from their previous home in Eltham. Pop & Scott bed, with pom pom blanket by . Photo – . Production – Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

The beautiful bedroom of Philip Messenger and Susannah Lempriere in Prahran. Bedside tables by Jardan. Wall mounted lights are Lampe de Marseille (by Le Corbusier). Painting is a treasured family portrait of the sculptor Helen Lempriere. by Alma Figuerola. At the end of the bed is a Danish Woven cane stool from Grandfathers Axe. Photo – . Production – Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

Bedroom frame cluster from the home of Philip Messenger and Susannah Lempriere in Prahran. Top left painting ‘Man Walking Dog’ by Nicholas Harding. Second row left print is a whimsical family crest created for the couple’s wedding by New York artist Happy Menocal. The remaining are various op-shop finds or have been collected over the years. Photo – n. Production – Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

Bedroom details from the home of Philip Messenger and Susannah Lempriere in Prahran. Old plaster wall mounted light of a young QEII. Green flex by NUD. Offcut Stool by Tom Dixon. Photo – . Production – Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

Lynda Gardener and Mark Smith’s North Fitzroy home, featuring layered rugs from Gardener and Marks and original cast iron bath. Photo – . Production – Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

Lynda Gardener and Mark Smith’s bedroom. Original French bed, collections of oil paintings found at markets and trips overseas, rope lights via my store Gardener and Marks. Photo – . Production – Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

The master bedroom in Sally Tabart’s epic Northcote sharehouse, featuring a built-in marble mantlepiece and a GIANT Monstera deliciosa her roommate  picked up for under $200! Photo – .

The bedroom in Sibella Court and Ben Harper’s Sydney home. Master bedroom. Bedhead is custom designed by Sibella and made by Magic Axe with a zinc top by her blacksmith, Saul. Photo – . Production – Lucy Feagins / Btslive.

The White Room bed in Lynda Gardener and Mark Smith’s home, layered with throws from Morocco. Collection of sketches and photos above from markets around the world. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / Btslive.


Drama of Martyn Thompson’s NYC loft bedroom! Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design

Photography – Eve Wilson, Sean Fennessy, and Annette O’Brien.

Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 14th March 2018

BEDROOMS are easy. Truly.

The sleeping space is, of course, a highly personal one – not a room for showing off or entertaining in (at least, not usually!). It follows, then, that this is a room to be designed and decorated somewhat selfishly!  Don’t be too fussed about trends here. Your bedroom is your very own personal retreat. 

Dark colours and low lighting works well in bedrooms – after all, this is a space you occupy first thing in the morning and last thing at night. We love the moody hues in Amanda Henderson-Marks Northcote bedroom, and the drama of Martyn Thompson’s NYC loft!

A sleeping space need not be large to be lovely. As long as you can comfortably fit a good sized bed, and there’s a window to gaze out of, any room, no matter how tiny, can make for a cosy bedroom. Some of our absolute favourites over the years have been attic bedrooms with pitched ceilings and exposed timber beams (Pop and Scott’s Eltham bedroom is an all-time fave, as is the loft-like bedroom at Anna Swain’s Byron Bay home, with it’s sweet pitched roofline and symmetry).


Some bedroom ideas to try

· A low-lying bed frame, to give the illusion of vastness – even a futon will do, if perfectly dressed!  We love Pop and Scott’s gorgeously inviting daybed.

· A dark painted wall behind the bed – think charcoal greys and moody blues, as seen in Amanda Henderson-Marks Northcote bedroom.

· I always favour a small painting hanging off-centre above a bed, rather than a large one hanging right above the bed itself. I guess I just don’t like sleeping under a large heavy item…!? (Check out my own bedroom here, with my favourite painting hanging low above my bedside).

· Bedlinen is such a personal thing… though I must admit, in my own home, I tend to like a ‘non-shouty’ bed. By that I mean… a little colour is nice, but I’m not a fan of anything too garish or bold.  My all-time favourite bedlinen is from Melbourne label , in a palette of greys, whites, pink and nutmeg tones (as seen at last year’s TDF Open House!).

· Nothing beats a good old-fashioned upholstered headboard, for proper ‘grown-up’ bedroom vibes. I adore the printed headboard in the home of Philip Messenger and Susannah Lempriere in Prahran – so lux! Try for a range of upholstered headboard options, made locally.

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