Bedroom with walnut pencil post bed, vintage burl dresser and windsor chair. Exposed timber beams with white rug.

Old-World Charm and Modern Sensibility

All interior photographs by Beth Singer Photographer, Inc.

Marianne Jones is an interior designer with offices in Michigan and California. Chosen for her ability to understand every step of the building and decorating process, Marianne’s clients praise her ability to listen to their ideas and transform them into the most beautiful interiors that fit their personalities and style. We recently sat down with her to chat about her guest bedroom design featuring the Pencil Post Bed.

On the left, a headshot of designer Marianne Jones and on the right, studio photography of the Pencil Post bed in walnut with grey bedding and white pillows

What inspired this design of the guest bedroom?


The inspiration was a collaborative effort inspired by the homeowner’s love of traditional French cottage style. The owner of this home travels the world and has a very discerning eye. While the house was built new in 2008, it was important that it felt historic and collected. We focused much of our attention on the millwork in each room, adding dimension and warmth to the space. Many of the leaded glass windows in the home were reclaimed from a house being demolished due to fire. The bedroom has beautiful natural and filtered light. We wanted to develop a room that felt intimate and collected with layered textures.

We chose Kerry Joyce fabrics to give the bedding that intimate nod to old-world French charm. The lavender print, paired with the striated velvet in a deep russet and Chelsea textile embroidered pillows, was a perfect selection to dress the bed. We used an Oushak rug on the floor and a beautiful Urban Electric light fixture with lavender and milk glass. A beautiful room or home is a collaborative effort inspired by the family and guided by the knowledge and strengths of our design team.

Three images of guest bedroom and bath. From Left to Right: a lavendar upholstered chair beside a window. Center: Pencil Post Bed in walnut and antique footstool. Right: Bathroom featuring white marble countertops, his and hers sinks and mirrors and custom white cabinetry with brass pulls.

What led you to choose the Pencil Post Bed in this Design?


When selecting furnishings for this guest bedroom, the Pencil Post Bed was one of three contenders. Ultimately, the Pencil Post Bed was selected for its clean transitional lines and warm wood tones. The bed was the first furniture piece chosen for the room, and the other pieces of furniture were curated to match the beauty of this piece.

I believe that investing in simple, comfortable, well-made furnishings with an attention to detail and the highest quality materials results in a timeless room setting that can be enjoyed for years to come. The antique burlwood chest of drawers with the simple bow back, rustic side chair creates interest. I love the simple, clean lines of both and love how all the pieces in this room evoke a collected and timeless quality to the space. When developing a room, we always start with function first, selecting the necessary furniture pieces. The fabrics, rug, artwork, lighting, and millwork complete the overall thought and create the beauty of a well-curated room.


Pencil Post bed in the middle of a bedroom with exposed wooden beams. Upholstered couch and chair sit to the right and left of the bed and an antique footstool at the foot of the bed.

what did you love most about this project?


I loved working with this homeowner because she clearly understands what makes a room beautiful and allows the design process to unfold over time to get the best desired outcome. For this particular space, it was curating and piecing all the elements together, from selecting the furniture, window treatments, artwork, and accessories to create a design that is warm and inviting.


If you would like to see more of Marianne’s beautiful designs, be sure to visit her on Instagram @mariannejonesllc