Our Beautiful Custom-Made Bed

21 Aug

One of my best friends has a boyfriend who is just learning carpentry. Last Christmas, he showed me some photos on his cell phone of tables he’d made, and I was HOOKED! I asked him right away if he could make a few things for our new home.

Since Jorge and I have very different styles, we knew it would be hard to find furniture that suits both our styles, so hiring Leo to build custom-made furniture was perfect. Jorge likes very modern, streamlined, minimalist decor. I prefer a more colorful look with lots of textures, and my favorite thing is rustic Mexican furniture.

Anyone who lives in Cancun knows that it’s HARD to find good furniture! There are lots of stores that sell cool-looking things, but a closer look shows poor quality with plastic-y materials. The only store that has good furniture (in my opinion) is Liverpool, a higher end department store… but it’s EXPENSIVE.

So what did we do? Jorge and I went to Liverpool a few months ago and took pictures of things we liked. Some of the headboards we loved cost THOUSANDS of dollars. No thanks!

We showed Leo a few pictures, and a few weeks ago we got this….

Anyway, we love it! It has all the rustic Mexican charm I love without being too heavy, and it’s sleek and modern enough for Jorge’s taste.

Guess how much it cost? $2500 pesos! That’s only about $200 US dollars 🙂 For the headboard and the base. AND it was the first bed he’d ever made. Amazing job, Leo 🙂

Leo told me yesterday that he finished the nightstands to match!! Can’t wait to see how they turned out!

If any of my readers in Cancun or Merida want Leo’s info, let me know.

15 Responses to “Our Beautiful Custom-Made Bed”

  1. Leah Flinn August 21, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

    Love the bed! We also have a local carpenter making our furniture, as it is much better quality for the money than anything found at dept. stores. And then you can design it how you want. 🙂

  2. Ashlie August 21, 2010 at 2:56 pm #

    WOW!!! What a beautiful bed. I agree it is very HARD to find good quality furniture at a reasonable price. I would like to have his contact info please. 🙂

  3. Krysten August 21, 2010 at 3:55 pm #

    I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t at all jealous. In fact, I am MAJORLY jealous. That bed is GORGEOUS! You lucky, lucky girl!

  4. Tulum August 21, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

    Nice bed!

  5. KfromMichigan August 21, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    Great job Leo!

  6. Margaret @ Single and Sane August 21, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

    Wow – it’s hard to believe that’s his first bed. It’s beautiful!

  7. Grace August 23, 2010 at 2:23 am #

    That’s gorgeous. I love platform beds. In fact, I have one. And it cost a little more than $200.

    That guy is talented.

  8. Nikki August 23, 2010 at 4:05 am #

    Wow! It is beautiful! Love that your throw pillow compliments so well. Nice job Leo!

  9. The Drama Mama August 23, 2010 at 5:00 am #

    Wow!!I love your bed! He did a great job. I wish he lived here. I could use his services too.

  10. Rhiella August 23, 2010 at 7:10 am #

    I absolutely love them! That’s so cool you know someone who can do that- I love the idea of having one off stuff designed to fit you both 🙂

  11. Ang August 23, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    that is beautiful! So simple yet complex. Nicely done Leo!!

  12. becca August 24, 2010 at 3:03 am #

    i love it. you have a handmade bed you can treasure for years, for a great deal. that is awesome! jed made our headboard, and it is so special to us.

  13. GRRRLTRAVELER August 25, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    Oh my, that’s gorgeous and only $200? Better get Leo to do your whole house right now. Once he catches on that he’s really great, the price will jump into designer prices! Ha ha… That’s pretty awesome tho– I think he definitely has a future as a furniture designer!

  14. foxy August 26, 2010 at 3:10 pm #

    I am loving this bed, just fyi. Beautiful!!

  15. Ceri May 12, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    Wow, that’s just fantastic. So gorgeous. I absolutely adore the headboard.

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