9.25.2015

Project Design: How To Create A Beautiful Bed

A beautiful bed is one that you want to crawl into...it's your sanctuary.



Colorful bedrooms for others who prefer them can be beautiful.   But for me, a neutral, calm palette feels right (let's face it, there is a busy city life just outside our windows--so inside should be soothing).

Plus, a neutral scheme matches Chief.
Cindy from Rough Luxe and I were commenting how bedding (especially custom, like my bed curtains and throw pillows made by Liana) can really get costly.  
That's why you should shop sales...like the black and white hotel sheets I purchased from Restoration Hardware recently.  
  • Take them out of the dryer slightly damp and hand smooth to achieve a pressed look.  
  • Washing your sheets once a week is recommended.
  • Store your sheet sets in one of the pillow cases to keep them organized, like this...

This canopy bed was from Williams Sonoma Home.  
Pottery Barn now carries a similar one HERE.  
It's nice to have a bench at the end of the bed.

Duvet covers are great but difficult to put back on after washing.  I prefer a light quilt over a down comforter that can be washed as needed.  And I take the down comforter off in summer.  This Belgian flax linen quilt (and the Euro shams) are from Pottery Barn.
The Simply Shabby Chic cotton quilt from Target gets softer with each washing, is durable and adds a fresh white layer.
Speaking of Target, I've spent a lot on down bed pillows (even at Tuesday Morning for over $120).  But my husband recently bought this one from Target...and I kept trying to steal it ...

until I bought one for myself.

This is how our daughter, Alexandra puts on a clean duvet cover.  
1.  turn the cover inside out (she looks like a ghost). 2.  Grab the corners of the comforter 
3.  Flip the duvet cover over your head (good-bye coiffeur) and shake out




















I've also used safety pins in the top corners and then shaken the cover down...it's not that easy either!

Good night all!
Learn how these talented ladies 
create a beautiful bed...

35 comments:

  1. Mary Ann, I absolutely adore your bedroom, that canopy bed, your linens and your sweet pup! What a perfect combination!. Thanks for having me along and happy cocooning! xo Nancy

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    1. Thanks Nancy,,,so glad we had all your talent with us.

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  2. On youtube watch the videos for putting on a duvet cover like a burrito or the california roll. It is so easy and will change the way you think about duvet covers.

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  3. This is wonderful. You always offer such timely and relevant tips. Your bed looks fabulous. Of course the best part is little chief!! I will give you a call today!

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  4. This is so pretty! Makes me want to go back to bed!

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  5. It's all so beautiful and Chief just blends right in. :)

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    1. Thanks...you are the Master Bed Maker, Kim.

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  6. Love your beautiful "cocoon"!! And Chief seems quite pleased! Thank you for including me in Project Design!

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  7. Beautiful bed Mary Ann! I have the exact same Pottery Barn quilt in the same color that I bought last summer. I'm with you on the duvet covers, what a pain the butt to get back on the comforter and keep in place...it just shifts around. I tried the clips but they didn't work that good. I like your tip of just putting it on top of the comforter. Genius!

    Linda

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  8. Ahhhh I want to crawl into that bed and snuggle up for a nice long nap!

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  9. I agree that duvet covers can be a real problem to put on. I use a down comforter, in white, then just put the duvet cover over it, as a spread! I use duvet covers year round just as the old fashioned "blanket covers" that my Mother and Grandmother used (in seersucker!) So easy to change. I do think the Pottery Barn and Garnet Hill cotton covers are the best!

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  10. HaHa your daughter is hilarious! I bet we all look a little goofy putting the duvet cover back on ;)
    Darlene
    www.BundleMeBaby.etsy.com

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  11. Mary Ann, your bed is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!! I love everything about it!! I too store my sheets in the matching pillow case. Great minds think alike;) And what a great idea it was to show your readers how to stuff a duvet. There is an art to that. Thank you for including me in Project Design. I'm honored.

    Celia Becker @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

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  12. I see we share a FEW similarities........DOGS in the BOUDIOR and stuffing duvets.I do the same turning inside out and have used a safety pin.......IT WORKS!YOUR DAUGHTER LOOKS STUNNING by the way the little bit I can make out!LOVE LOVE LOVE the TIP about storing the sheets in a pillow case!THANK YOU for having me to your PROJECT DESIGN SERIES!!YOUR bed is DIVINE!

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  13. I love Alli's duvet-stuffing technique!! Your bed looks so comfortable, cozy and beautiful!!! Your coverlet and shams are gorgeous, I want them. And I love that you based the color palette on a very special someone :) I'm so glad to join you for this edition - thanks so much for including me!

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  14. Mary Ann, I adore your bedroom and agree about soft, soothing colors working so well, a refuge!
    Chief likes it too!
    Will use your daughter's technique from now on!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Painting Central Park

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  15. I have the Pottery Barn Flax Linen quilt and it is seriously the best thing I have ever bought for our bed in the last 25 years! I liked it so much, I bought 3 euro shams as well.

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    1. Yes...I love it so much that I bought it NOT even on sale. :)

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  16. Mary Ann,
    I love this post. Wow, what a bargain on the pillows. I too prefer a quilt over a duvet cover. I had one for years but with our little dog making her bed on our bed, it was a constant hassle for me. I'll be checking out the other posts on this topic. Thanks to you and Cindy again for developing this series. It's the best.
    Karen

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  17. Hi Mary Ann. I used to work up a sweat trying to stuff my queen down comforter into the duvet cover. I gave up. I just use quilts/coverlets now. Plus the duvet cover always looked wrinkled. Drove me nuts.

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  18. Great ideas. I too took advantage of the Restoration Hardware Sale in January. i recognize some of the pieces. Who knew Target had such good stuff. Lovely bed you've created. Thanks.

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  19. I to like a quilt over a duvet..its just easy! Your bedroom looks so good..love the soft neutrals!

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  20. Gorgeous bedding, Mary Ann! And of course, I love that Chief coordinates! :)

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  21. Your bedroom is lovely. It makes me wish I had a canopy bed. Chief is so adorable.

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  22. Love the last pic best: Chief tested. Chief approved. Duvets are the just the pits. I'm going to try your tips. Although my 6'5" husband with the 38" sleeves might be able to do the scarecrow flip!

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  23. I am so buying that pillow. thanks for the tip. your bedroom is dreamy especially with chief in it :) I cant do duvets...they drive my ocd compulsion nutso but I do like the tip of duvet under a quilt. perfection. that's my favorite PB quilt by the way :)

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  24. This is gorgeous!!! And you know I'm loving that picture of Chief - I just want to hug that sweet little guy - so cute :) Love the tip about storing your sheets in the pillowcase - I'm going to try that!

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  25. Hi! I was wondering what down comforter you would recommend to go under the quilt. I loved your tip on where to find the pillows!

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    1. Ours is from Pottery Barn. There are different weights depending on your climate (I have the lighter one)...there is a link above in the post. "down comforter"

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  26. Your bedroom is so pretty and inviting and Chief is the perfect touch! xx Sharon

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  27. Beautiful. So serene and soothing. Chief is the best accessory! Appreciate your daughter demonstrating the duvet technique. I knew I was doing it wrong!

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  28. Gorgeous! I love how your added the pillows with patterns at the foot of the bed; it allows for a little detail to be introduced without interfering wit the peaceful feeling of the bed. Great idea!

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  29. Your bedroom is so damn pretty! Of course you have my favorite pillows:) I have that same coverlet from PB in ivory!

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