In part one of this series devoted to my recent tour of Room & Board, we were introduced to the retailer’s ‘livable modern’ aesthetic. The same quality and craftsmanship we discussed yesterday travels with us today as we move from the dining room into the bedroom. This time we’re going to start with the ground up, or, more accurately, the mattress up.
You won’t find any box springs on the Room & Board showroom floor, as all their bed designs are of the platform variety. Mattresses, on the other hand are plenty, for R & B actually sells them. (Each is made in my home state of Minnesota.)
The bedroom vignettes featured were linear and calm. My tour guide, Preston, says 2010 brings earthy colors one might find in vegetable gardens or citrus groves. I saw plenty of celery green, tomato red, orange rind, pulpy yellow in the throws and pillows. Large ticket items, such as comforters were kept neutral with appearances by white, steel gray and even black.
Stinson, Room & Board’s entry level collection (below), although more reasonably priced than some pieces are still very well made. And, much like the pieces we saw yesterday, they’re customizable.
Ultimately, of all the bedroom pieces I saw on my tour, the one pictured below made me swoon a bit more than the rest, which is probably why the picture is a little blurry (below). It’s from the Craftsman-inspired Heartwood collection. Notice the drawers. Can you see it? Each set of drawer fronts were made with one piece of wood. The drawer boxes are flawless as is the finish. Expensive? A wee bit, but R & B considers these pieces ‘heirloom’ quality. I agree.
Now that we’ve explored the bedroom, come back tomorrow for the finale of this 3 part series. We’ve saved the best for last: the living room.