Three Beautiful Bedrooms: Minimalist, Spacious and Asian Decor

Want to give your bedroom a makeover? These beautiful bedrooms will inspire you.

| November/December 2006

Peace Accords
A Vietnam vet and his wife sleep easily on fair-trade Vietnamese silks.

Shortly after they relocated from Seattle to Charleston, South Carolina, Richard and Jennifer Lennon spent a sunny afternoon exploring their new city. While strolling around downtown, the couple stumbled across Lulan Artisans in a moment of serendipity. The home décor retailer sells contemporary textiles that are handmade in Southeast Asia. Its holistic approach to textile design honors the centuries-old traditions of its weavers-many of them located in Vietnam-who use nontoxic, natural dyes and are paid a fair wage.

The company's emphasis on sustainability and social responsibility was a new concept to the Lennons, but it struck a personal chord for Richard, a Vietnam War veteran. "This was something brand new to us, but we really got into the philosophy," Richard says. "Having been to Vietnam three times and having an affinity with the Vietnamese, it rang a bell with us."

As the couple began decorating their new Charleston Colonial home, an Asian theme emerged. In their master bedroom, the Lennons chose a duvet cover, pillows and a throw made from handwoven, hand-dyed silk. These perfectly complement their other decorative choices, including a bamboo chaise; a pair of Korean nightstands; a framed, hand-painted, Japanese scarf; and a collection of Vietnamese water puppets, an 800-year-old folk art form.

Socially responsible decorating may be a new concept to the Lennons, but it's not a fleeting one. "I got emotionally attached to the sisterhood of Vietnamese women who are doing this," Jennifer says. "These people are survivors, and I think it's really important to support that."

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