Once again Maryann and I are so excited to bring you another talented group of bloggers willing to share their tips on how to create a beautiful bed. For those of you knew to the series welcome!
Ideally your master bedroom should be a calm soothing retreat from the stress and pressure of everyday life. It should be the one place where you can unwind, relax and recharge. Opt for pretty details, luxurious linens, fluffy comforters, adequate lighting and soothing scents that will make your bedroom feel like a haven. Here are my tips to create a spa like master bedroom.
#1 Pretty Pillow Shams or Decorative Pillows The monogrammed shams were made by Trish from Cottage by Design. The long pillow by Yvonne from Soft Accents. The fabric is Brunschwig & Fil Le Zebre.
#2 Wonderful Sheets
Sheets are like sunscreen spending money on sheets that have more than a 400 thread count is unnecessary. Focus on the fabric the sheets are made of. Combed cotton, Egyptian cotton or Pima cotton are the best choices. Read the labels closely. If you like soft sheets, choose a sateen but if you prefer crisp sheets, try percale. I personally like mine crisp. “Now you see 1,000 thread count sheets but you just can’t get that many threads on a loom,” says Pat Slaven, a textile expert at Consumer Reports.
To get that higher number, manufacturers use thinner strands of fabric twisted together as if they were one. Then they double, triple or even quadruple the thread count to make the number more attractive to the consumer. “It ups the count but doesn’t give you a better sheet,” says Slaven. “The sweet spot is 400.”
#3 Linen Spray and/or Candles
I love linens that smell as if they are line dried. Lavender is a great scent for sheets. Blythe and Bonny Lavender or Grapefruit are my personal favorites. You can buy the calendars and room spray at Nordstrom online.
#4 A Fluffy Comforter We use a lightweight down blanket (in between two sheets) year round. Incidentally Ikea makes a great one. I like to have a comforter rolled at the end of a bed for chillier nights in the winter.I prefer a quilt on the bed In the summer I leave it off.
#5 Fresh Flowers or Greens Seasonal blooms add another layer of freshness to the space.
#6 Great Pillows
Buy the best pillows you can afford and they will last for years. A good friend bought both of our children nice pillows for wedding gifts and a pair for us as a thank you. We have had ours for over 10 years. They are expensive but you get a lot of bang for the buck (http://www.garnethill.com/garnet-hill-signature-white-goose-down-pillow/344926?&defattribvalue=main)
#7 A Bed Skirt Tailor Made for your Bed
I have ready made bed skirts at our lake house. There are pretty good ones on the market but they never fit like a custom made one. If you don’t change out your bedding all the time, I would consider custom made. I encourage my clients to keep them neutral so they can change out the quilt or comforter more reasonably than the bed skirt.
#8 An Ample Sized Table to Stash Whatever Needed Bedside
This table is an antique tavern table that can double as a desk. If you have the space big is always better!
#9 Matching Lamps
I prefer matching lamps next to a bed. I don’t necessarily like matched bedside tables but I like the lamps to be consistent.These lamps were handmade in Mexico many years ago. The shades are mica from Pottery Barn.
#10 A Cute Yellow Lab
to keep you warm on cold nights (and to make sure your bed is messed up at all times)
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