Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Today Molly from The Nesting Game is sharing something she spied on the side of the road over this past holiday weekend. When reading this post initially, seeing the first image, I have to say I wasn't so sure I'd be convinced to feel some love for a rattan headboard any time soon. However, by the end of the post I was starting to think there is indeed some charm to be had here! Read on, and then please share with us your opinion! Rattan or not to rattan?

I love a good upholstered headboard as much as the next design blogger. I have one myself! But while out and about on Memorial Day weekend, I drove past one of these, leaning against a vintage store I'd never been in before. I literally drove back around the block to check it out. (And yet, I didn't take a picture. Go figure.)

Maybe it was the fact that it was the unofficial first day of summer, but something about this headboard struck me as so fresh. I immediately wanted to snap it up, run home, and paint my guest room a bright blue. Or green. Maybe coral. Or paper it in this:

Beverly Hills Hotel
Rat-a-tan-tan, image found via Apartment Therapy

Luxury, Dahling.

Turns out, I am not alone. The white rattan isn't for the faint of heart, and it probably won't be making its way into a Crate & Barrel catalog anytime soon, but it can be chic and streamlined as long as you let it be the star.

Here it is against a soft mint green:

With some chinoiserie cool colors:

With some 70's floral flair:

Montana Burnett gave a rattan screen new life as a headboard:

And perhaps the reason I love it in the first place: in Susan's Monterey ranch bedroom in pretty much the best movie ever, The Parent Trap.

What do you think? Would you have stopped the car for this headboard too? Or not be able to drive away fast enough?


Shera O said...

In the right room, I think it could be gorgeous. Definitely a fun, focal point too!

Unknown said...

I absolutely love it!!!

Lori @ Lori May Interiors said...

I agree, such a fresh look! Love it in the black against the white walls!


Anonymous said...

love rattan in black!!!! makes a good statement...


taylorcrawford said...

I love it against the minty green with the seagulls. Oh, if I had a beach house.

Pauline Wiles said...

I think if it fits the rest of the look you're aiming for, then sure, it's fine. For example, in a Lilly Pulitzer-type space, (tropical/bright/fun), I can see it working.
In my house, maybe not!

Kathysue said...

I love white rattan, in fact the third picture is exactly the headboard I had as a child. I would have stopped for sure!!! I never get tired of white rattan or white wicker!! Kathysue