While living in LA, whenever I had an out-of-town guest who wanted to go star watching, I'd take them to Alcove in Los Feliz. One of my two favorite restaurants in town (the other, There's No Place Like Home, was mere blocks away), Alcove had damn delicious pastries and a high likelihood of someone famous strolling by. Just offhand I can recall John Cho, Jason Bateman, Sonya Walger (during Lost's peak, too!), Yvette Nicole Brown... Sure, they're not Brad Pitt-status, but I never minded. I preferred to have the smaller thrill of seeing someone who I liked, on some of my favorite shows.
Those sweet little moments while eating some sweet chocolate lava cake at Alcove with friends give me the same warm fuzzies that these alcove beds do. They're comfy, cozy, and cute -- I'd love to lounge around and drink a chai latte in them any day.
These curtained alcove beds are perfect for small apartments, especially studios. They offer privacy and a way to block out the light if your bed would normally be open to the rest of your living space. If you're not lucky enough to have a lil' nook built into the architecture of your place, you can always create one by curtaining off all sides, instead of just the one.
The thing that separates these beds from your average curtained bed is the fact that they're more fully enclosed, as opposed to standing in the middle of a room. Typically, they have three sides closed in by a wall, with the open side covered with a curtain. All of them have a wonderful cozy-cave feeling that make them perfect for curling up with a yummy pastry and reading a book -- or watching an old episode of Lost or Community on DVD...