Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Before Jumping In...

Everyone has their own way of making the bed and arranging the pillows, and no one can make your bed as well as you can. I always notice bed making in hotels, when staying with guests, and in design publications. But mostly I like to see the variations…

I have my favorites:

For a queen, I usually opt for 2 Euros in the back, a pair of standards in front and one king pillow in front of that. This arrangement is nicely balanced. But for my new space I'm going for a lower profile - two rows of standards in the back + a Euro front and center. Another great simple look - one long bolster, nothing more.

I also find it interesting that some people prop up their pillows, whereas others lay them flat and stack them. Me, I’m a pillow proper vs. a stacker, but either way figure out what works best for you and the style of your bed.

I’ve changed my mind over the years about a few things, starting with pillows. I like a simple look and prefer anthing that is quick and easy. Flanges for instance tend to droop and may need ironing. No time for that, so I opt for piping or nothing at all. Toss them on the bed and they look good no matter what.

Duvets
I no longer put them on top, but use them as a blanket under a coverlet. A duvet-as-blanket is much easier when it comes to making the bed, and gives the bed a crisper look.

Dust Skirts
My favorite style is an inverted pleat on each corner plus one on each side. I also really like an upholstered bed or nothing there if the bed frame is pretty. Sadly I can't do this as I need the space under it for storage.

The Routine
I love coming home to a made-bed, so for me it’s an every day thing. This started young, when my Mom put me front and center off the foyer. She had a reason for that - I was fairly neat. This was great training for my lifestyle today as in small spaces you almost have to make your bed. Fine by me – it takes about 2 minutes.

So this gets me thinking…do you have thoughts, tips, or personal favorites on making your bed? If so, please share…

BTW if you need some inspiration to make your bed, check out Designers Guild’s website - pretty bedding and beautiful photography all in once place. If this won't inspire you to make your bed, nothing will...

http://www.designersguild.com/

4 comments:

Friend_on_12 said...

I'm a proper propper myself; somehow stacked pillows just don't seem inviting enough.
I also can't imagine coming home to an unmade bed. Sometimes I actually start making the bed while still in it; pulling up all sheets, blankets, etc from inside and finishing all the flattening and neatening up once I slide outside of the sheets.

kelly giesen said...

I never thought of that. I love it...

Lake0z said...

I also prop my pillows. I love the look of a lot of them though. I just don't like flat sheets, so I don't use one. I have fluffy comforter that I fold down to the foot of the bed at night. Then I use an old very loved quilt for my blanket, which is put out of sight during the day. In the morning I simply fold the comforter back up, plop on my propped pillows, and voile, bed made!

kelly giesen said...

I agree on the flat sheet. I could lose it as well. It seems to get lost anyway.