It’s no longer enough to landscape, townscape or even manscape. Now those with means must also bedscape.

A bedscape is more than simply nice sheets and pillows, a coordinating duvet cover and some pictures. It’s a whole room full of personal expression, walls and all, about where you end the day. Stylized florals, color palettes, Fendi headboards and reclaimed cedar are now your friends. The interior gurus have spoken.

That you will not be awake most of the time to enjoy it doesn’t matter.

As one might expect, considerable stagecraft and expense are involved.

For starters, how about a nice vintage map of the United States hanging above the bed. Or have the entire world hand-painted on the wall. Even better.

For the less cartography-inclined, antique Mexican doors mounted on steel brackets accented by handwoven native textiles will do. For the yacht owner, ship’s blueprints with maritime throw pillows underscored with ocean blue are considered smooth sailing. Hand-carved headboards with complete art galleries hung above are an excellent option.

In addition, your bedscape should have an architectural component that’s consistent — rustic, industrial, traditional, Art Deco, Asian-inspired, eclectic, hip, homey or moody.

Speaking of, our ancestors’ bedscape looked quite different. Until about 100 years ago, most of society didn’t sleep in separate rooms or even alone. According to the BBC’s “If Walls Could Talk: History of the Home,” in medieval times, a 9-by-7-foot mattress stuffed with hay was thrown on the floor in the hall and shared by many. You covered yourself not with a quilt but a cloak, and shared not only the bedroom but even the bed with strangers.

It was the first bedroom community.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at

Plein Air exhibition

Artists involved in the New Iberia Plein Air competition showed what remained of their endeavors at the 912 Gallery of Jeromy Young. Plein air artists paint outside in a race against the elements, and next year’s event judge could very well be New York artist Erik Koeppel, of the Hudson River School. “We’re also looking into maybe bringing it to Lafayette this year,” said spokesperson Jerome Weber. Breathing the rarefied air: Muralist Robert Dafford, Rita Durio, Achilles Print Studio’s Jessica Moore and plein air participant Rocky Perkins, who is currently undertaking a portrait of Glenn Armentor.

Festival des Fleurs

They come by the bus load for this. Lafayette’s master gardeners were out in force for the 25th annual Festival des Fleurs de Louisiana at Blackham Coliseum. Sponsored in part by The Acadiana Advocate, Lafayette Parish Master Gardeners, All Seasons Nursery and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the weekend-long garden show and sale had everything from bonsai to bird feeders and then some. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Ira Nelson Horticulture Center, an instructional laboratory facility for the university designed not only to educate students but the community, including Juanita Morrow, who matched her datura — also known as Devil’s Trumpet or Hell’s Bells. Careful, they’re poisonous (the plant).

Après symphony party

Lafayette, take notes. Johnny and Cathy Indest hosted symphony VIPs for an après party at their Marie Street home in New Iberia. The post-event followed Symphony Sunday in the Park with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, and according to symphony committee member Ann Allums, over 700 turned out for the outdoor music and picnic earlier. It’s hard to imagine a more elegant after-note than supper with the Indests, and enjoying the afternoon view of the Teche from the terrace were Al and Elaine Landry et famille; woodwinds Debra Fei; Andrea Loewy and Art Riedel; the maestro himself, Mariusz Smolij; Mayor Hilda Curry and artist Jerome Weber, who captured the concert on canvas. A special house and the guests even more so.