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Bed Head: Master the Mind-Set for Two Tricky Beds-Canopy and Low-Slung-With Help from Designers Will Wick and Justina Blakeney

Magazine article Sunset

Bed Head: Master the Mind-Set for Two Tricky Beds-Canopy and Low-Slung-With Help from Designers Will Wick and Justina Blakeney

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CONQUER THE CANOPY

Bay Area-designer Will Wick (wickdesign.com) really loves canopy beds. "If I can fit one in the room, I'll do it," he says. "They're so cozy." His only complaint is that many four-posters feel squat. So when he designed this room for a San Francisco show house, he partnered with a metalworker to create a custom bed that soars. "People are afraid to get a bed close to the ceiling because they think it will feel cramped," he says. "But I thought, Let's take that chance." Wick draped the taller than-usual 8V2foot posts with wispy linen voile and kept the rest of the room spare to let the bed speak for itself.

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1. CHOOSE FABRIC YOU CAN SEE THROUGH

Anything more substantial than a sheer canopy could make the bed look heavy. Wick's three favorite gauzy fabrics are linen and cotton voiles (1), and mosquito netting (available at fabric stores).

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2. BE PICKY ABOUT ART A four-poster creates a frame at the head of the bed that begs to be filled. Hang artwork, Wick says, but choose a piece that's visually light (2); otherwise it can negate the airiness of the bed. JM84 Sin horizonte CaO J 98 by Jacinto Merino, $400; saatchi art.com.

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3. GO HIGHER THAN YOU THINK WILL WORK

When reps for Restoration Hardware toured Wick's room, they were blown away by the custom bed and asked him to design a version for them. The result (3) stays true to his over-the-top post height. 19th Century French Iron Four-Poster Bed, $1,895 for queen; rh.com.

PULL DUVET CORNERS TO THE SIDE

Even canopy-lover Wick admits that making the bed is a pain. He tends to pull the corners of coverlets or duvets to the side, leaving a clean front (as in the bed above). The coverlet he used at left was thin enough to drape neatly around the posts.

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4. HANG A LIGHT INSIDE THE CANOPY

In addition to a light on a nightstand, Wick likes to hang a pendant(4) over the foot of the bed. The resulting glow is extra romantic. Moroccan Flanging Lamps, from $198; vivaterra.com.

EMBRACE SIMPLICITY

"Less is more," was Wick's motto for this room, and he points to the billowy white window draperies, left, as an example. They don't compete with the canopy-and keeping things simple is a no-fail way to nail the look at home.

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THE LOWDOWN ON LOW DOWN

When it comes to beds, Justina Blakeney (justinablakeney. …

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