Traveling through international airports, one of my favorite things to do is head to the magazine stand. This time I had no luck finding my favorite, Real Living, but I did find about a dozen other Australian based mags to drool over. One fun discovery were these colorful peacock headboards. I want one.
Inspired by a trip to Bali, Australian furniture designer, Katie Graham fell in love with vintage rattan furniture. Soon thereafter, she decided to design rattan headboards herself and open up her own business, The Family Love Tree. It is here, on her site or inside her lovely shop, that you'll find dozens of these lovely accent pieces in all colors of the rainbow.
Here in the South, your best bet is to search Craigslist, Ebay, estate and yard sales for vintage options, then bring your special find home to update with a coat of fresh paint. With a little patience, you may find exactly what you're looking for...
Katie's headboards (or bed heads) are made of 100% rattan and manufactured in West Java by skilled craftsmen. Rattan is an excellent material choice, not only for its cool, bohemian style but the use of the palm plant treads lightly on the environment, as its hundreds of palm species grow year round in Africa, Asia and Australasia.
Photos: Derek Swalell; The Family Love Tree; designscript.net; smallshopstudio.com; Oh Joy; Content: Sweet Peach