I have always been a - go until the wheels fall off - type of girl! For the longest time I took a lot of pride in being busy. If you are busy you are successful and if you are successful you are happy – so I thought. The question I have recently considered is, if a person (me) is THAT busy, even if they find success, how much joy do they experience? How present are they in the moments that count? So, where am I going with these thoughts and questions?……. To bed.
A few weeks ago I wrote a list of things that I could do for myself that I might really enjoy. I am clearly in an exploration phase in my life. The most exciting thing on that list was to take horseback riding lessons. And I actually had my first lesson yesterday. So fun! I never planned on sharing this but after taking a second look at the list I realized one of the items will DEFINITELY interest the VE readers…..
That’s right! The starred item is what I am talking about today…. invest in comfortable bedding. I am constantly making dream beds for clients and it would be sooo nice to get to do it for myself. I have a hard time spending a lot of money (all at once) so this might have to be done in increments. Today I am going to take you down my mental journey of picking my dream bedding. Let’s go!
Decision 1 : Sheets
Contrary to popular belief the best sheets are less about the thread count and more about where the cotton is made. The best bedding usually comes out of Italy where they focus on artisanship and are less concerned with mass production. Italian fine linens tend to be finer Egyptian cotton fibers and involve weaving methods and intricacy of pattern and stitch. Restoration Hardware carries linens from Italy for a reasonable price so I have included a few of their options. I am also considering organic PB sheets which are made in the US.
They all look snuggly right about now but let’s keep going.
Decision 2: The Quilt
Some people think this is unnecessary. I disagree. I often go to bed freezing and wake up in the middle of the night burning up. But, no matter how hot I get, sleeping with just a sheet doesn’t cut it. I absolutely love the Pottery Barn quilt I currently own but I wanted to make sure I considered all options. So, I turned to my favorite bedding brands, Les Indiennes, Matteo, and Pine Cone Hill to start.
Are you drooling yet? You should be. I am so in love with the Les Indiennes brand but most of my clients fall in love with anything from Pine Cone Hill. Remember these are not the most cost effective brands so if you want to be wise with your money you might save this type of bedding for the master. Or buy it in pieces and mix with less expensive pieces.
Where to find these duvets: Upper Left: Les Indiennes Madeline/Pippi Chocolate, Upper right: Les Indiennes Arrabelle/Reverse Honoree, Middle left: Pine Cone Hill Saychelles Shale, Middle right: Pine Cone Hill Matte Velvet Juniper, Lower left: Matteo Quatrefoil, Lower right: PB silk channel two toned
Decision 3: Duvet cover
And this is where it all went wrong. Too many great choices. Clearly, I am going for a super relaxed look. For the duvet selections I have pulled from Restoration Hardware and Matteo……just gorgeous.
If you know me at all you are probably already assuming that I will go with the fringe option. Now would be a good time to place a mental bet because you are getting closer to finding out.
Decision 4: Shams and pillows!
The first thing that I have decided is NO throw pillows. Blasphemy from a designer, I know. I just don’t like them on my bed. Let me rephrase: I don’t like to make my bed with throw pillows. Life is too short. But don’t worry I have a couch in my room with great throw pillows to add texture. Bonus: I don’t have to MAKE my couch in the morning. If you don’t have a couch in your room and you hate dealing with throw pillows on beds you can add a bench to the end of your bed and add throw pillows there. I have decided to bring in more texture with using mismatched standard and Euro shams. The below selection was pulled from Les Indiennes, Pom Pom Interiors, Matteo and Loom Decor. Side note: I reside in Nashville so I have to make a plug for my local gals from Loom Decor. It is a fantastic website that allows you to pick different bedding and curtain options and make your own fabric, trim and pleating selections for a custom look. OK, let’s keep it movin.
I am officially in love and getting married…. to a pillow. Check my facebook status shortly.
Where to find these shams: Upper left: Les Indiennes Veronique , Upper right: Les Indiennes Yvette , Middle left: Pom Pom Interiors, Middle right: Matteo Fill Matelasse, Lower left: Loom Decor custom, Lower right: Matteo Medallion
And here we are…. the crossroads. I am just going to get all of it. THE END!
Oh geez I hallucinated. I’m sorry, now back to reality.
Lets start at the top. I decided to go to with the RH Tip snatch sheets. I went in this direction because they are similar in price and are from Italy. And I love how simple they are with a thin trim around the edges.
Unless I change my mind (which is very possible) I decided to stick with my PB quilt. It’s simple, I just love it. “New” is not always “better” and in this instance I can’t part with my quilt. Kelly finally broke and purchased the PB quilt so she can second it’s awesomeness.
Annnnnnnd this is where you discover if you won the bet. If you chose the fringe, you chose correctly. I decided on the Matteo Hammock duvet. This was a tough one because I love the other options. I made my decision based on wanting to incorporate Les Indiennes bedding and wanting to have some pattern on my shams. My favorite patterns from the pillows were the Les Indiennes Veronique and the Matteo Medallion. I decided to use both shams which pair nicely with the fringe duvet.
So there it is folks. You have watched me go bankrupt live on the internet…. Kidding, Kidding. I would love to hear if you like the choices I have made. And if you have a favorite bedding line. I am well on my way to my dream bed.