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.


Luzon in the Bath.

Happy Monday my friends!  I want to thank you for all the positive comments about the Turtle Bath I did for my clients ... I try my best to keep things real and in tune to how/who/why certain rooms are being used.

I think it might have been shocking for me to divulge using WalMart towels!  I did receive many emails of folks who were appreciative that I shared sources.  The bottom line, good design and thoughtful procuring can be done from anywhere.  Do be conscious of the big decisions and those that will end up costing you money in the long run if you don't invest well.  Don't just look for cheap.  Save up if you need to.  It will be worth the wait!  

But for the details that make it user friendly?  I shop EVERYWHERE!  No snob factor allowed!

Bath Number Two from the same home that we just completed ...

This bath is for two teenage girls ... it will get used, become messy, and needs to be a workhorse to handle hairdryers, lots of soaps and creams and make-up!!

Truth Share:  Originally the entire area was wallpapered. It was too much for the homeowner so we scaled back and only put on the wall behind the mirror.  We chose the spa like green to paint the walls so that it still has sparkle but not quite so much punch!

We wanted the bath fun, but not necessarily "shiny glam" we chose a soft gray paint for the custom vanity and gave it a wax finish which makes it feel just slightly rustic.


Wallpaper - Luzon by Thibaut 

Faucets - WaterSpot

Vanity - Custom


Mirrors - Ikea

Lighting - Pottery Barn Sale

Sinks - Amazon

Towels - Home Goods

Jar for Nail Polishes - Thrift Shop

Elephant Hooks for jewelry - Anthropologie

Enjoy your week ... off to install these girls' bedroom tomorrow ... lots to share!

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