March 7, 2011

{ THE PERFECT BED }

 Today, I am super excited to share my secrets and tips on how to make your bed at home look like the display beds in designer store windows.  Do you ever find yourself asking the question
"How in the HECK do you maintain a bed like that in REAL life?!?"
Well . . . you are in for a TREAT today! 

Let's admire the first picture from Pottery Barn. Take a second to really soak it in..…ahhh!
Feel Relaxed??
That is exactly the feeling your master bedroom should bring you everyday!
So . . . let's start breaking this bed making process down step-by-step.

First things First . . . here is a Picture of my Master Bedroom


Step One: Get Ready
Throw everything to the end of the bed and take the time to freshen up the bottom sheet. I like to spray Febreze or yummy smelling spray on the sheet, so when I fall into bed at night ( Exhausted!) 
my sheets smell FRESH and CLEAN.  
(As much as I would LOVE fresh sheets everyday.. it just isn't going to happen so..I like to pretend :)  


Step Two: The Top Sheet
If you are anything like me, I HATE top sheets and refuse to iron them so they can be used as a decorative piece of bedding. 
So, I just "forget about it!" and fold the wrinkled mess at the end of my bed!



Step Three: Blanket Over the Top
 During the winter, my hubby and I use a very comfy and thin duvet cover to sleep with.  During the summer, it gets too hot so we take it off.  

Tip: In these first few steps, you need to decide what is best for your own personal comfort.  
From this point on, bed making is All decorative and not so much functional!



Step Four: The Decorative Blanket 
You don't HAVE to have a blanket, but for my bed, it added the element I needed to pull the colors all together. I got my blanket at Pottery Barn. It was a splurge, but when it gets cold at night, it's always nice to have some extra layers.



Notice the fold in the middle of the blanket. This is on purpose; you want to be able to see the top of your sheets for decorating purposes. By folding the top blanket, it creates the perfect way of doing this.


Step Five: The Big Fat Puffy Duvet
NEXT comes the MOST important part of the entire bed. The BIG FAT puffy duvet. "The Bigger the Better."  This duvet is not for use! It is the key to making the bed look like those in store displays.  What you see in the picture is the duvet folded in half at the end of the bed.  When I am getting into bed at night I just throw this fat duvet over the edge of the bed and leave it 'til morning!



 Step Six: Cover the "UGLY"
Next . . . the coverlet, quilt or whatever you want to use to cover all the "UGLY" underneath. 
Here, I have used a white coverlet I bought at T.J. Maxx for only $39.00!!!
 Notice the fold at the top of my coverlet.  
Another one of my tricks to cover the duvet below and still leave plenty of room for all the pretty pillows!!!


I used a patterned quilt on the top of my coverlet.  
I just folded it in half and laid it across the coverlet's fold.  WORKED out perfect!!


Step Seven: All the Pretty Pillows
Next Comes the EXCITING part, the placement of pillows! 
On queen size, I always use 2 Euro Shams and 4 Standards with some sort of decorative pillows to match. 
On Kings, I use 3 Euros 4 Kings and decorative pillows to match. 
I also LOVE getting ideas from magazines as for new and exciting ways to place pillows.


Final Step: The Bed Skirt
Lastly, I am a HUGE sucker for bed skirts!  I feel like it's the finishing touch to every bed.  Make sure to keep them "fluffy" and you'll be all set to go!
Well, thats it!  Simple as Pie :)

Check out a REAL LIFE Demo on making this bed :)


 Now it's your turn to create the PERFECT BED!
With Spring right around the corner, why not add a little luxury to your space. I would love to see pictures of your creations!  

55 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Thanks so much for the tips, Heidi. May I ask where you purchased your toile coverlet, bed skirt and drapes, please? I have been searching far and wide for exactly the same thing and to date have found nothing even close. Most bed skirts I find are not full and fluffy :(

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  2. Zolane, I bought all the toile items from Pottery Barn. The bedskirt is just fabric I bought from PB by the yard. I WAS going to sew it into a bed skirt but never got around to it, so my bedskirt is just the fabric ruffled up. Sad I know... But hey...It works.
    I got my curtains from Linen's and Things when it was still in business. I have found similar curtains on ebay. I hope that helps!!

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  3. Thanks so much! LOVE the idea of just ruffling the fabric as opposed to all that gathering! The look without all the time sounds good to me plus I could always use the fabric for something else if I get tired of having it be my bedskirt.

    Thanks again!

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  4. WOW!!! Your bedroom is amazing! This is perfect for me. I'm going fabric shopping tomorrow for new linens for my bedroom. Talk about timing! Thanks for all the brilliant tips!

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  5. Gorgeous! Thanks for the wonderful tips. I love a bed that looks cozy all day. Makes me want to go to bed earlier. I am your newest follower!

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  6. I love this post! Thank you for sharing!

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  7. I love your room! What color and brand of paint is your headboard, nightstands and walls? Also where did you get your cute lamps?

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  8. Ok..here is the run down of the master bedroom. The lamps are from Pottery Barn, the Nights are also from Pottery Barn. The paint on the wall is restoration hardware Sycamore Green. The headboard paint color I had colored matched from a Spray Can color called Summer Squash that I found at home depot. I hope that Helps! Thanks for asking :)

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  9. Thanks Heidi - I wondered why my bed never looked like the magazine or store displays. Thanks for the tutorial...I'm off to buy cool sheets.

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  10. Found your post over at The Lettered Cottage's How-to day. I've been scouring blogs trying to figure out how to make my bed look all nice and fluffy like that for months. Thanks so much for the tutorial, when I saw the name of your blog I knew it was a match made in heaven..... :)

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  11. Thanks for the tutorial. If you saw my bed, you'd say I sorely need it. Really, this is great!
    Camille

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  12. Your bed is GORGEOUS. Thanks for the tips. I found you via TLC.

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  13. Your bedroom is gorgeous! Trying to pick it apart to see what changes I can make to my own.

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  14. I love this! Also, I LOVE your headboard wall. (I saw it first on the "one of those days" post. I am inspired! Did you use the barnwood for that too? We're moving soon and I'd love to do that to our master bedroom wall. Also, you've totally given me confidence that I CAN do board & batten, beadboard, etc in any and all rooms of my house with out it being overboard. LOVE LOVE LOVE your style! Lindsay @ ThatVillageHouse.blogspot.com

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  15. Great room! I'm wondering if you can tell me HOW you ruffled your bed skirt? You said above that its just the fabric ruffled up, but did you sew the bottom of it? How do you get it to stay under your mattress? Thanks. Thanks. Thanks.

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  16. This is absolutely GORGEOUS! My bed looks like such a disaster... I really need to fix it up! Anywho, I am LOVING YOUR site and would love to have you over to Remodelaholic to do a guest post about this project or a house tour or something, if you are interested please let me know and i will send you the details! Thanks,
    Cassity

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  17. This.is.fabulous! Your bed is absolutely beautiful! I love your polka dotted sheets - where did you find them??

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  18. Thanks for the tutorial. Your bed looks amazing. Where do you stash all the pillows and bedding you don't sleep with when you get into bed though? They look like they'd occupy a lot of space and/or be in the way.

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  19. Oh, how wonderful is this bed?!?! And this post couldn't be more timely, as I'm staging my house to sell... And my master needs that "extra touch", as it was never REALLY finished properly (especially the bedding). What gorgeous touches. And I have it all, so I'm going to get started on that now! Thank you!

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  20. You mean I can put a big duvet at the end of my bed just for decoration? I've been married almost 20 years and never thought of this! Brilliant!... I {heart} you!

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  21. gorgeous and amazingly inviting bed!!! Thanks for the little tutorial!

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  22. Lovely bed! I've been waiting for someone to post how to make a pretty bed! I'll be printing this post!
    Just found your blog through Layla....and LOVE it!

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  23. wow, so gorgeous! I have been trying to get my master bedroom to look 'put together' for forever and instead it always looks blah. Now you've given me some great tips to get the look that I've wanted for years! THANK YOU! Found you through Layla as well and am LOVING your blog!

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  24. This just changed my world. sigh.

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  25. Gorgeous bed! I don't know if I could discipline myself to that many steps in the a.m., but it is really pretty.
    Do I understand that you don't use a top sheet? That I could not do. I need to have something smooth and cool between myself and the blanket.

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  26. Judy,
    Thanks so much!! It looks hard, but it truly is fast and easy to do. I totally use a top sheet!! I would die without one. The top sheet is right is under the duvet that I sleep with. So it goes top sheet, duvet and then my yellow blanket! Hope that helps :)

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  27. Mary EllenMay 18, 2011

    Hi Heidi - love your blog! Just discovered you through The Lettered Cottage. Can't wait to incorporate your ideas, I have so many of these elements on my bed already, but could never figure out how to tie it all together! Thanks so much!

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  28. When you say duvet do you mean down comforter ? Also where did you get the polka dot sheets ...... so cute ?

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  29. Brockey,
    Yes you are right about the down comforter. I just say duvet to shorten things because in truth the down comforter is put inside a Duvet cover. It gets all so confusing so I figure that once the comforter is inside the duvet cover it become a duvet at that point :)

    I bought the sheets at Pottery Barn a few years back. Hope that helps..Sorry for my CRAZY way of explaining things!! :)

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  30. Thanks for posting all this beauty! :)
    I'm a new follower. :)

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  31. Heidi, I love your bedroom! Great tutorial! I'd love to add pictures of your bedroom and a few of your other rooms to my inspiration galleries and include you in a feature post. Let me know if you're interested!

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  32. over from lettered cottage....LOVE your bedroom....the bed is gorgeous..in love with the color!

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  33. AnonymousJune 07, 2011

    I just discovered your blog when a friend emailed me your summer Alphabet project for kids- brilliant! Thanks for this great idea! I love your style. Not to be a Debbie-downer, but I noticed you mentioned spraying Febreze on your sheets. You might want to check out some of the chemicals that it contains before you make a regular practice of spraying in your home, much less where you sleep. Thanks again for your creative ideas and inspiring style!

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  34. AnonymousJune 07, 2011

    I just realized it looks like you're on payroll of the makers of Febreze, so I'm sure I won't see my comment posted. No worries, but please think about if it's really something you want to expose you and your family to, and to encourage others to use. It's toxic.

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  35. Love this post - do you have some type of extra thick mattress pad or is that just your mattress

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  36. Dear Jennifer... I have a extra 2 inch memory foam on top of my mattress. I bought it off of Ebay! Hopes that helps!! :)

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  37. I love this tutorial!! So cute. I might have to actually make my bed tomorrow so I can try it out.

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  38. I like the postings here and the picture is so definitely brilliant! Nice job.
    Sleepys Mattress

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  39. Hi! I'm new here....actually found you on Pinterest via your boys room.....I LOVE this yellow headboard...it has convinced me to paint my headboard yellow:-)

    It's a bright green but since I'm now painting my kitchen cabinets green I just kinda want mixed it up a bit in every room:-)

    Thanks!

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  40. I featured your Perfect Bed post today at Scribbles and Swirls. I would love for you to check it out and follow me as well.
    http://tamiscribblesandswirls.blogspot.com/2011/11/perfect-bed.html

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    ~Tami

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  41. Very very nice, loved seeing this. I think this is a perfect bed for cold winter countries. Would you show something with less bed linen for very hot tropical countries.
    Emilia

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  42. Emilia,
    The great thing about a layered bed is just that, layers. Even in a hot climates a fluffy comforter really makes an impact on a bed. But at night you want something light to sleep with. If you live in a tropical area. I say use the comforter as decorative piece and discard the duvet and blanket ( like I have on bed) You can still get this look with only the top sheet underneath. Whatever is on top of the bed are use for show, and at night would just be thrown at the bottom of the bed or taken off!

    hope that helps!

    ~Heidi

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  43. Very pretty!

    Did you paint your headboard yourself? If so, do you mind sharing the paint color and technique you used?

    Thank you.

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  44. Alicia... I didn't paint my headboard? But the paint comes from restoration hardware. Hope that helps!

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  45. I just found your blog through pinterest! Love the tips! Question though, which pillows do you sleep with? Are they hidden somewhere else in your room?

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    1. Hey Keri, the pillows that we sleep
      With I store in my closet durning the day! You could always tuck them behind the back pillows as well! ;)

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  46. Does anyone know what to do with pillow shams that come with a comforter set, and the 1 1/2 inch or so border around the sham is floppy? Is there a way to stiffen it up without starch, or stuffing it with a little fiberfill?

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  47. As I was looking at it!! It feels so relaxed and could make me feel so excited upon going home for I have a bed so warm and tender waiting for me.. Thanks for the tips...

    bed shop fleet

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  48. I love your tutorial it was alot fo help and answered aton of my questions thanks!

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  49. Love the tutorial! I've been semi-trying to figure out the whole perfect-bed-look while keeping it livable for while now. Thanks!

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  50. Thanks for the info - your house must be very warm for you not to sleep under the down comforter at night. We must be wimps because we're using TWO down comforters and it's only fall here in California. Anyways, love the yellow and color coordination you have going on.

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    1. Oh NO!! Its beyond cold in Idaho! LOL...Durning the winter months I pair up another down comforter and a blanket. and on the VERY cold night I do use the BIG fluffy one. But normally thats one is just for looks. Wish I lived in a warmer climate like CA. You are so lucky, especially when it 20 below here :)

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