This breezy midcentury modern bedroom had shutters that opened to a garden

Midcentury modern bedroom with shutters open to the garden (1954)
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In this light and breezy midcentury modern bedroom, the bright gleam of brass acted as a foil to the rough-textured masonry walls and the matte finish of unstained, unpainted wood.

The plush, grassy green wall-to-wall carpeting looked almost like grass — providing a perfect foundation to a room that was so connected to the flow of nature. The green chair upholstery and throw pillows (including those in the windowsea) just added to that feel.

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The grey back wall was an unusual combination of cement blocks and other masonry. It didn’t look anything like a typical interior wall — which is fitting, because it continued past the window blinds and became the outside garden wall.

The long lines of the concrete slabs invited the eye and mind to contemplate the lushly-growing plants and the distant bay beyond.

Once in bed, one could shut out all this and turn the eye inward to sleep — back in the mid-50s, those seeking rest could sleep in the pampering smoothness of percale bedding here printed with the words, “Doux Repos,” or “sweet sleep.”

In such bedrooms, one feels relief from all stress, a chance for withdrawal and renewal, perhaps today’s most vital necessity.

Midcentury modern bedroom with shutters open to the garden (1954)
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