Mrs. Mills Bedroom

MRS. MILLS BEDROOM: 2006 – 2008

In Mrs. Mills’ bedroom, the fabric IS the room. Restoration started in 1998 with the search for fabric. At that point, the original raspberry silk had faded to taupe. The story is that the raspberry color used in this room came from Mrs. Mills’ love of the Killarney Rose, which is raspberry.

Decorative flourish

Textile manufacturer, Scalamandre, was able to create fabric that was close to the weight, weave, texture, and color of the original fabric – it took them a couple of years to weave the silk! Then the Bureau of Historic Sites at Peebles Island constructed the textile pieces – curtains, bed hangings, furniture coverings, and wall covering.

The Mills Family and the Friends contributed funds for the fabrication of 300 yards of raspberry silk damask and 430 yards of trim, as well as purchase of a new carpet and reproduction chandelier.

Click through the gallery below for more photos of our bedroom restoration project.


“I’m not sure if I have a favorite room but I have to say that I do love Ruth’s bedroom. I think it’s spectacular.”