I didn't find any good daybed solutions in Maine but on the way back I stopped at the Cambridge Antique Market to pick up a little mirror that's been on my mind since my last visit.
And there it was.
Not exactly a daybed but an antique spool bed.
The headboard and footboard are fairly close in height and it's a twin size so I can use a standard mattress. It's almost a daybed. It's painted a color that almost makes it look like natural wood. The original paint underneath is almost the same color as the walls.
Spool beds were first introduced about 1840. I thought the fact that it was a twin size made it a newer piece but it turns out that twin beds became the rage in the 1890s. They were sold as a sanitary solution to couples sleeping side by side. You can read more about the fascinating history of twin beds at the Edwardian Promendade blog.
Apparently they're still desirable. A twin bed at Garnet Hill is $3,368.
This spool bed at Newell Antiques in New York is listed at $950
I'm not sure if I'm going to paint it or not. It might just need a glaze to tweak the color a little bit. I'm proceeding with caution so, for now, it needs a good cootie cleansing.
The past week's hot temperatures were brutal on the garden, particularly the hydrangea.
Update: Since so many people have mentioned them, the pillow covers came from etsy seller PopOColor found here. She does really nice work. She's one of the only people I've found on etsy that tapers the corners of the covers so they don't dog ear. But don't be gettin' my pillows. Get your own!
I thought I'd bring a few inside to enjoy the air conditioning.
We all enjoy having a few flowers in the house. If you do too, you're invited to Jane's flower party.