I am so excited to introduce you to our newest member of the MFTM Creative Team. Ali of Dream Crafter is our Home Decor Contributor and I am thrilled that she is apart of the team. Today Ali is sharing How To Make the Perfect Bed.
Hi there! My name is Ali from Dream Crafter and I am so excited to be a part of the Mine for the Making Creative Team. Like…stoked. Kara is extremely creative and I have been following (stalking) her for a long time and love all the work she does so this is kinda a big deal for me.
For those of you that don’t know, we just moved into a new home. It is a blank slate. Which is a little scary at times. But one thing I am NOT afraid of, is getting new linens and bedding. I feel like this is a place you can take risks…as long as you do it right. So here are a few tips on how to put together the perfect bed.
1. Don’t be afraid to invest in some good sheets
Its easy to get caught up in all the numbers of thread counts and brands and what not. A good sheet is one that FEELS good. Find one that is durable and look for high quality cottons. (I prefer Egyptian or 100% natural.) You can never go wrong when you (or your guest) climbs into a bed made of sunshine and rainbows.
2. Mix textures and patterns
Don’t be scared! Adding different textures and patterns can add a lot of dimension to a bed and make it feel warm and inviting. When mixing patterns be sure to stick to one color pallet so it doesn’t look thrown together. This will give you a more cohesive look.
3. Pillows, pillows and more pillows
I always joke around with my husband that I probably spend a good portion of my life putting pillows on my bed (when I make my bed in the morning) and taking them off at night. I’m sure its all adding up and will be at least a year of my life in the end…but its worth it. Pillows can add SO much to any bedding. Start with the pillows your guests will actually be sleeping on. Make them plush and yummy! Next add a similar sized pillow that matches your main bedding. This gives your guest the ability to choose to sleep with the second set of pillows if they want them. Then I like to add 3 or 5 “decorative” pillows that are NOT for sleeping. (My husband thinks its silly to own any pillow that is just for looking at.) But that certainly hasn’t stopped me. :)
4. Keep your large pieces neutral
Its always a good idea to go neutral on anything that you are going to pay big money for. I can replace those throw pillows for under $50 bucks and have a whole new room! But replacing my Nate Burkus duvet and my sheets is going to be a different story. I like to change my mind a lot….a LOT. It drives the hubby crazy. But my styles change over time (and they should!) Which is why you need to keep things changeable by doing fun pops of color in small places.
5. To bed skirt or not to bed skirt? (That is the question..)
Honestly, this is all up to you and your likes. I think a good bed skirt can make or break the bed. Play around with it! For me, most of the time they just look too girly. I love just using a second fitted sheet around my box spring that coordinates or matches my sheets. I think it gives it a more modern look and also says, “I’m not hiding anything weird under my bed” since under the bed will be exposed.
6. Layer it on!
You want your bed to be a place where you can go to relax right? You want it to be a place where you can run and hide away in the oasis that is your sleeping spot, where no children or alarm clocks can wake you. So make it LOOK comfy! I am all about throw blankets, duvets, coverlets and any kind of excess bedding. It should all look soft and clean.
Nate Burkus Duvet: Target (clearance… oh yeah)
Flower pillow: Target
Birds and Bugs pillows: Hand embroidered baby
Grey secondary pillows: Ikea
Main White sleeping pillows: Costco
Thank you SO much for having me! (And listening to me drone on and on.) Be sure to stop by Dream Crafter to see all the good stuff that is unfolding at my new house!