Project Design and How to make a Beautiful Bed.

First ... Happy Friday!  It has been a hectically wonderful week.  You know Feast or Famine as my Mother used to say.  This week ... a Feast.  Projects coming to a head and things are happening NOW.

But ... back to today.  Cindy and MaryAnn brought some fantastic bloggers together to share their thoughts on ...

"How to Make a Beautiful Bed."  

I am thrilled to be apart of this group as I have shared with you that in the Winter I truly like to cocoon.  It gets dark at 4:30 pm in New England in December.  Yes, that means I want to break out the wine a little earlier than I should, and I hate to drive to and from school activities in the dark.  But what keeps me focused is creating a warm and cozy atmosphere in our home.

The Bedroom is big for me because I find that it is more fun to cozy up in bed to watch a movie in the winter time and the dogs and kids are all welcome!

Back in the Spring Don and I made the commitment to finish our bedroom.  I have to tell you that I believe the bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the house.  

Yes, it is normal to want your guests to see the pretty stuff and not worry about what is behind closed doors.  HOWEVER ... at night, it is important IMHO that you have a place to relax and feel special.  No laundry piles, no work (well ... maybe a laptop every now and then) and no clutter.  This is where you are truly supposed to feel pampered!

Here's my simple formula for making a beautiful bed ... 

1. Layering.... and the best place to start is a simple white Matouk duvet cover.  Without a down insert in the summer ... with one in the winter.  I lean toward a monogram!

2. Complementary Coverlet/Blanket at the foot of your bed.  It looks pretty, and then gives you a little weight when you need it.  I like weight.  

3.  Pillows - For a king bed I like 3 European Shams with an accent lumbar. For a Queen I like 2 Standard shams with a lumbar.  Pretty ... and great for propping up!

4.  Headboards - Fabric headboards come in so many shapes, sizes and price points.  I chose Thibaut for mine.

Take a look at these from Oomph! And notice the simple white linens ... but with a contrast stripe for punch!

Or Paint.  If you don't want to go the Fabric Headboard route, consider painting a wood bed that might need an update, like I did for a client here ...

And my blogger friend Pam, did here on this four poster bed for a client of hers  ... isn't it fantastic!

5.  And while it doesn't sound like much, I mentioned this on Wednesday ... try some lavender detergent on your sheets.  You'll sink in and relax on command!  Let the Beauty touch your Smell, Touch and Sight senses!

6.  Pattern and texture.  High and Low.  All in the mix ... I did this bed for a client with a headboard from Arhaus furniture, Custom accent pillows, and bedding from Pottery Barn.

I hope as you begin to cocoon this fall and set up your bedroom that you will think about layering and taking care of what touches your senses as you slumber away.

Thanks for the Bed Party Mary Ann and Cindy!  

Now Go check out these ladies and see what they have to say!

 Happy Cocooning!

After Orange County

Classic Casual Home

Maison Décor

Powell Brower At Home

Rough Luxe Lifestyle

Shine Your Light

Vintage Contessa

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.


Fall Prep.

This week is kind of fun ... temperatures are settling, nights are cool ... but NOT cold.  I am beginning to take an interest again in what is happening inside my house.  Summer tends to keep us outside which I love ... but now my mind comes back in.

Since I have joined up with Project Design for this Friday's post about How to make a Beautiful Bedroom I thought I'd share a few of my favorite things to do to prep ... and how I truly start to wind down and savor every bite of Fall.  

Like Lavender Laundry detergent for my sheets.  Nothing is as cozy as fresh smelling and perfectly ironed sheets.  Only I don't iron my sheets.  I so wish I did.  Just another reason to buy Matouk.  They wash more beautifully than any sheets I have ever owned!

I also love a good candle ... and this one from Parachute I just might have to try.  Because I do love the smell of a fire ... but I am over hauling wood.  I think this would be the perfect solution!

My guiltiest pleasure ... Candy Corn.  Cuddled down with a scrumptious cashmere throw, some hot tea and Candy Corn.  Couldn't get better.  Well, unless Don would make me a Manhattan to substitute for the tea! 

What do you do to prep for Fall?  And do you have a guilty pleasure?  Or maybe you have a few ... do tell!

OH!  And if you want a little guidance on lighting in the bedroom ... pop over to my friend Kathleen's blog post and get her tips!  You'll be glad you did.  

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.


ORC - Week 2. Lesson on Linens

Week 2 of the ORC ... full throttle.  Like the moment where last week I was feeling all like "I got this".  And this week is when you start feeling like "Oh s%#&! ... I am so far behind already!"  If you are new here, this is my design board presented last week.

Did you see what all is happening with the Wednesday ORC'rs?  Oh my, things are begin ripped out, painted up, moved ... and even a Jonathan Adler Ping Pong Table is about to make an appearance!  FUN!

So while I am in semi-panic mode I will not drag you down the rabbit hole with me .... let's discuss pretty bedding!  

Meet my friend Jennifer.  She owns Tusk Monogram Collection on Newbury Street ... local friends you need to see her new digs, right above Alex and Ani.

Jennifer knows how to rock the monogram and linens of the best kind.  

For the FIRST TIME EVER ... Don and I are going to buy beautiful linens for our bed.  

So I took my fabrics in to see what I need to make our new bed truly scrumptious.

I first started with the green ... you know how I feel about color.

I chose this Matouk pattern ... now this whole look is a little too much for me ... but I love the bold scallop pattern on the white fabric.

Once I toyed with all the fun colors, I landed on the soft gray ... I felt it was a little more sophisticated (I am 53 after all!) and pulled the headboard and curtain fabric together better than the green.

I'll be adding this super soft throw in the mix ... with the possibility of an orange monogram ... I know what you are thinking, but just because I am trying to sophisticate UP the bedroom, doesn't mean I cannot have a little fun!

Go Check out all the Linking participants here to see what is shaking up in rooms across the world!

Thanks to Linda .... we are ... 

Making the World More Beautiful.  About 200 Rooms in Six Weeks!