Archives for February 2013

Modern, Beautiful Bedding


I am in the market for some new bedding. We moved our house around in preparation for our new arrival (due in the beginning of March) and now we are using the downstairs family room as our bedroom/nursery. The upside is it has a fireplace and more space. The downside is that it is currently a smorgasbord of random items collected throughout the years posing as a bedroom set. Most everything is a shade of tan/white/beige/pink and gives me the overall impression that my “theme” in putting it together was “flesh-tones”…Needless to say, something has got to give.  I want to start with bedding. In general I like to stick with textures more than patterns when choosing bedding because it is more versatile and easier to change. This is especially true when combining 2 spaces. In our case Nursery/Bedroom. We want it all to go together so we will need to stick with a similar color pallet and go from there. I am leaning towards a grey base (no surprise, considering it is the primary color throughout the whole house) and adding some orange and brown into the mix. But, I might change my mind while writing this post, because I keep coming across all sorts of snuggly, fabulous options in beautiful colors. Let’s start with the throws:

rouched blanket{you can find these at Nordtrom for a mere $48, I especially love the “blue mist”}

modern knit quilt{this beauty makes me want to pick up my knitting needles again. Especially since I never got past the scarf straight-line phase of knitting. In fact the entire website, Purlbee, is amazing. Nothing granny about it}

gray and orange blanket

{this blanket by Woolrich would be a perfect adult compliment to the colors we are thinking of for our little buddies space. p.s. I bought my husband a blanket from woolrich a few years ago – husband has a bit of a blanket addiction – & we love it!}

rouched quilt{this pintuck quilt by bloomingdale’s comes in a number of colors and is lovely in person. We have 2 in a marigold color – which they no longer have – for our girls. I’ll post a pic below}

modern girls room{see that little bird hanging in mid-air? That’s what you get when you put a 2-year old in a bed within reach of the wall decal. He used to be sitting on a branch 🙂 – you win some & you lose some}

modern "pendleton"{love, love, love these! They have a cabin rustic or modern vibe. Would look great in so many styles. Especially love the graphite/aqua combo. You can buy them at abchome & they come in a “throw” size and queen size if you want it as your bedcover}

yellow anthropologie throw{isn’t this lovely? and it looks perfectly-worn-in-sweater-soft. you can find it at anthropologie}

neon pink striped wool blanket{I’ve often thought that Design Within Reach was oddly named – I’m not sure who would think a $525 throw was “within reach” but if you do, I think this would be the perfect choice. As much as I have tried to reject the neon trend it has snuck up on me and in small doses I find I like it.}


OK, so I could spend hours finding more amazing throws, but then I would never get to the duvet covers & bedspreads. We have always been a duvet family, they are so cozy and warm, but I have to admit to liking the way a bedspread looks when made…No lumps & bumps, just a nice smooth surface. So, I will show you both and you can decide what you like best:

anthropologie zigzag quilt{I tend to stay away from patterns of any kind of a comforter because it can take over the whole room, but this is pretty lovely and you could do a lot of different things in a room around it. Find it at anthropolgie}

polka dot duvet set{my sister pointed out this adorable duvet set when we were at ikea the other day. It comes with a white background too. So cute for an older girls room.}

moose duvet bynord{basically the best duvet cover I have seen! it’s from bynord & I contacted the company and they will ship to the US…this may soon be on my bed}

shabby chic girls bedding{I’m not generally much for florals – maybe you noticed – but this is so fresh & vibrant, I just love it! Plus, it’s called the “sister florals” and it would be perfect in a room for sisters. You can find it at Garnet Hill}

smocked gray duvet{love this smocked grey set from Pinecone Hill. It comes in white too, if you want a blank slate to work with in your bedroom}


Oh how I love throw pillows! They are so aptly named too, since what you mostly do is throw them off your bed and off your couch so you can get comfortable. They bend all my rules of form & function – since they are mostly just there to be pretty, but I love them just the same}

linen and neon pillow{perfect combo of rustic and modern from SMITHhandmade}

yellow ruffled pillow{this yellow ruffled pillow from The Land of Nod would look great with the grey smocked duvet set above}

modern bolsters{love these bolster pillows from Blue Dot}

house pillow{I don’t know where exactly you would use this vertical pillow by Design Public, but I sure like it}

balsam pillow{In general I find the words put on home goods poorly chosen – for more on that see this post – but these little gems from Izola have both good words and a good smell. They are filled with Balsam needles! I am pretty sure I am the target market for these. Before you buy them though make sure and look at the size. Think sachet, not chair pillow}


If you need some more inspiration take a look at this post – specifically, for throw pillows, or this pinterest board for all sorts of home goods, including bedding.