The proprietors of Gateway Guesthouse Bed & Breakfast called me in to design a king size forged headboard as part of a new look for one of the upstairs guest rooms.
The B&B does a brisk business year-round, but a lull in August provided a strategic opportunity for the bedroom makeover. A fairly tight turnaround was needed to have the room redecorated by Labor Day (September), when occupancy kicks into high gear.
The proprietors, Blaise and Bess, had a keen vision of what they wanted. This vision was invaluable, as the design phase of the project came together quickly, allowing a more comfortable timeline for execution to meet the Labor Day deadline. Taking inspiration from the book ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,’ the headboard’s flowing design quickly took shape.
I used my Little Giant power hammer for this project. Angle iron was manipulated into twisted ‘grasses’ to define the outline of the headboard. Various pods, stems, and stylized ‘moss’ play around within the angle iron framework, eventually spilling out of the framework. Blaise and Bess continue to accommodate my irresistible draw to asymmetrical (yet balanced!) design, and for that I am truly grateful.
The element on the far left of the headboard -- which reaches 82” high -- highlights the dipping roofline in the guest room. Specifically requested by Blaise, it's an addition which draws the eye upward and gives the piece that extra 'pop'.
This tony Travis Heights neighborhood bed and breakfast is a respite for visitors to our fair city. I suggest requesting the front upstairs bedroom with the ‘Midnight Garden’ theme...
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