Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Item Of The Week ~ Bedding

Photo courtesy of Horchow

A beautifully dressed bed is the focal point of your bedroom. The colors, patterns and styles are unending. There is something to please everyone.

If your current bedding is hitting the 7-year-old mark, you're most likely due for some new bedding. Worn, faded, ripped bedding is not very inviting to slip into at the end of the day.

Photo courtesy of Horchow

While you may cringe at the prices, you can get some great deals on Bed-in-a-Bag items. Some of them even come with the sheets! You can get over the "wow, this is expensive" mantra by realizing just how many years you've used your old bedding. Time for some math.

You see a set that has everything (comforter, dust ruffle, shams, sheets, decorative pillows). Let's say it's $200.00. For the average, middle-class homeowner, you think that's a lot of money to spend on bedding. Well, not really. First look at all your getting for the $200.00. Second, even if it's not this large a set, divide that $200.00 by the 7 years people typically keep their bedding - that's about $28.58 a year. Is it expensive now?

Photo courtesy of Horchow

These pictures show just a few collections from Eastern Accents, a To-The-Trade company. Eastern accents offers custom bedding, as well as some Quick Ship items. A visit to their website will have you drooling over their offerings. If nothing else, they will provide you with some inspiration.

Photo courtesy of Eastern Accents

This one has the current "cool kid" - Orange.

Photo courtesy of Eastern Accents

A girl's room design that grows up with her. The use of pattern in this bedding is young and fresh, and should last for many years.

Photo courtesy of Eastern Accents

To be fair to the boys, here's one for their room.

Photo courtesy of Eastern Accents

You can get an extravagant look on a budget too. Just look at all the pictures - the "look" is in the pillows, the way the bed is made and, in some cases, the layering. The pictures below show bedding from Bed, Bath & Beyond. Some of the patterns are similar to the more expensive ones shown above.

Photo courtesy of Bed, Bath & Beyond

Add decorative pillows as shown; maybe drape a throw, light blanket or quilt that coordinates with the bedding (even if it's a solid) over the bottom corner of the bed. Mix up patterns and solids.

Photo courtesy of Bed, Bath & Beyond

Photo courtesy of Bed, Bath & Beyond

Pleasant dreams!

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Copyright 2009 Kathy Passarette, Creative Home Expressions


Charlene Storozuk said...

Excellent advice about bedding Kathy and a great selection of photos for your blog!

Marie Cole said...

I use Eastern Accents quite often, they have beautiful bedding and all of my clients have been really pleased with them.

Great advice by the way! :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Thank you Charlene!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Thanks Marie! I love surfing through their site and catalogs. I'm glad to hear first-hand that they are as good as they seem.

DesignTies said...

When you break down the cost of bedding like that, $200 isn't bad at all :-)

A great source for bedding in Canada is HomeSense. They sell bed-in-a-bag sets, as well as separate items that you can mix and match. I think TJ Maxx is the US version of HomeSense -- I would guess they carry similar bedding at similar prices.

Thanks for your comment on my Jamie Drake interview :-) I was absolutely thrilled when he agreed to answer my questions :-) Good luck in our giveaway -- I picked up the prize today, and it's gorgeous!!

Kelly @ DesignTies

Nora said...

I love Eastern Accents and I like to mix and match them with my own personal designs!

Sierra said...

Hi...I love your blog and am interested in getting into Interior Design. I'm taking my first class this fall. What an inspiration and love the bedding - so pretty. I'll have to check out your site! ;)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Thanks Kelly! TJ Maxx, Marshalls & Home Goods are good like that. Also, JC Penney sometimes has a great sale on a 16 piece set for under $200.00!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Nora ~ Their stuff is gorgeous! I use them for inspiration.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

OceanDreams ~ How exciting! I'll bet you're looking forward to that.

Make sure you visit me again - I'm hoping to have my first giveaway next week!

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