There’s nothing more rewarding at the end of the day than putting on your favorite pajamas and crawling back into the best place on earth, bed. As a twenty-something starting their career under crippling college loans (a sad violin plays in the distance), it’s hard to find stretch in the budget for home wares. – I constantly scroll through the Pottery Barn Instagram and cry silently. However, in my dedicated and slightly self destructive research, I’ve discovered some reoccurring themes that I’ve used to make my own bed look and feel like the happiest cloud in the sky.
Layering pillows is a great alternative to expensive (and heavy) headboards. I used euro/king pillows to give my room a similar wholesome appeal. Having a full-sized bed, it only takes two of these gentle giants to fill the space of a headboard. The shams I made myself out of a simple patterned fabric- which i’ll discuss later. Next, I layered two sets of traditional sized pillows for comfort as well as aesthetic. It’s important to have function as well as ambiance, but mostly I love being buried under mounds of fluff while I sleep so even bad dreams can never find me.
Mixing patterns is no easy feat and the expanse of electronic storefronts can make it even more overwhelming. Constantly overstimulated with the beautiful pieces many home ware websites offer, it’s easy to find statement products we adore, but it’s harder to find ones that work together as a team. I would offer one of two approaches. If you find a statement piece you absolutely love & it’s in the right budget – buy it. Use this as your palate & guide to choosing supportive shams/sheets. Living in an apartment, I have less artistic freedom, and wanted to invest in pieces that I could bring with me to the next strangely painted, over-priced temporary home. This means a lot of white, but that gives a lot of lee-way for interesting prints. I found floral shams I loved from Anthro, which worked perfect for a vintage/shabby-chic feel among the stark white. Using the white and colors of the floral shams, I chose a simple striped pattern in my homemade euro shams as a subtle pop.
Texture is the last, and in my opinion, most important. Color and pattern are the double take. You see something really eye-catching and look twice. However, texture is the reason you stare. Here I mixed a few textures: The blanket at the end of my bed is the perfect example of how a texture makes a pattern. The warm, fleecy yarn matches the teeny tiny flowers on my floral shams & warms my toes every snow day. I added homemade yarn pom-poms to my euro shams to give them a more regal look and to contrast with the chambray stripe pattern. The feather pillow was an impulse buy from H&M, but for $5 the price and the look was just so right. Next and lastly, I used an old sweater that was sadly stained by a run in with a red shirt in the washer, to make a mini toss pillow that celebrated the cable-knit texture. – A lot of retailers are selling cable knit pillows for a disgusting profit – but they are easy as a trip to your closet or local thrift and a very, very quick sew.
Sewed and slept while listening to HGTV