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.


One Room Challenge - Week 5.

So this is it.  Next week, Week 6 is a farce, because Week 5 you have to wrap everything up in a neat little package and photograph the final reveal for Week 6.  See what I mean?  Well, things are still hopping around here.

To catch up ... Week One, Two, Three, Four.  Thanks to Linda at Calling It Home.  I am forced to get a room done in our #ProjectDownSize!  A girl needs a little encouragement every now and then!

This is my monogram mock up (I will have one in gray and one in orange!) for our duvet and a throw.  Don is still not certain why he doesn't get included.  How can I explain that gently?  I should be picking them all up this weekend!


As you know I have been gone for two weeks!  First I was at HighPoint Market then happily and excitedly joined Don at Ponte Vedra Beach for a few days.  Just got back home on Tuesday of this week.

Here's what still needs to be done ...

1.  Finish painting the armoires.

2.  Window Treatments need to be installed - I picked them up from my workroom yesterday and I couldn't be more excited!  They are the BOMB!  Window Hardware ordered, should be here by Monday. (fingers crossed).

3.  HEADBOARD ... well, I made a stop by Thibaut's showroom while at HighPoint and met up with LoriAnn, the one in charge baby, and pleaded my case ... guess what ... it arrives TOMORROW!!

4. Pick up my closet doors TODAY! ... they are getting a little mirror action ... and then doorknob install!

5.  This is my Settling Moment.  Not that I am not happy, because I am ... but here's what happens when you are on a deadline.  Sometimes you just have to make decisions that maybe wouldn't have been your perfect ideal, but you move on and get the room done.

Case in point ... my nightstands .... I scoured craigslist, estate sales, online sales ... but my needs were particular 30" H and between 26 - 28" wide.  Well let me just tell you, those are evidently really hard measurements.  I wanted a burled wood formal style ... or perhaps a little MCM feel ... but every nightstand that is vintage is only 20 - 24" high.  Well, that wouldn't work ... so I found these ... 

From Arhaus furniture ... I actually really love them, but I had to work myself into the relationship. My first love was this ... 

This gorgeous burled wood piece that Traci Zeller used in her High Point Junior League Showhouse Entryway.  Well ... it was truly too large ... in size and moolah.  

The Arhaus nightstands are in and the size and look is perfect.  Here's to Making Decisions.  NOW. Thank you to Linda for these NOW decisions.  You get the job DONE!

These next few days are going to fly by and yes, I'll be working hard by day and looking forward to Tuesday, that's when the amazing Emily O'Brien will be photographing the room.  Ready or Not.  And at the end of Tuesday ... I'll be enjoying a nice chilled glass of wine on the back deck.  Weather is finally turning ... and Don and I will have a Master Bedroom!

Check out all the Wednesday ORC'rs ... and the Thursday Linking Participants like me.  If this doesn't inspire you ... well, then nothing will!

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