The Great Bed Reveal of 2012

At last! The moment you’ve all been waiting for! Well, maybe 2 or 3 of you have been holding your breath ;-)! I give you (drum roll please….)

Our Bed:


So let’s start the breakdown at the all-important: Duvet
For months I had my heart set on a lovely duvet cover from Restoration Hardware called “Italian Paisley”. I ordered the swatch and fell even more deeply in love! Meanwhile though, the room had taken a turn for the brighter (we were originally planning on gray and cream, but once the gray was up on the walls, we decided to go for the high contrast gray and white), and that put a slight damper on my duvet plans which had a definite bent toward the softer cream side.- I should mention that my dreams were also full of a beautiful hand tufted gray silk coverlet (also from RH). That came with a hefty $400 price tag. Ouch. Yes, I know you spend a 1/3 of your life in bed and should surround yourself with luxury and all that, but we have animals. With fur. And claws. And they don’t care if you’ve spent $400 on a coverlet. – So out the window with those dreams!

Now enter: serendipity. I was wandering around Marshalls one day, not even looking for bedding, when what should catch my eye??? THIS:


Note the RH sample swatch on the left, and then the Marshalls find on the right. It was such a similar pattern and feel – but with gray and WHITE instead! Plus, it was not just a duvet cover, it was a complete fluffy comforter set, with shams and accent pillows to boot! Which, as you might guess, was less than 1/2 the price of the RH object of my affections. I was squealing right there in the aisle. And I don’t squeal.

So home it came, and in place of the hand tufted silk coverlet, I found a very soft and serviceable down-alternative blanket from Target. And they were so affordable, I bought a second (for when the first one gets all picked up from said pets).

Now, onto the pillows:


Because of the magnitude of the headboard, euro pillows were a must. They’re great for reading in bed too btw. I decided to go very simple with both the shams and the bed skirt since there was already so much pattern going on with the duvet and wall behind the bed. The euro inserts were from TJ Maxx, and the shams were from Target. Very affordable and easy to wash. Our memory foam sleeping pillows get hidden behind, and plump feather pillows get the paisley shams.-

The bed skirt is plain white with a single pleat on all sides:


Good grief. I DID iron that thing. Thoroughly. How does something get wrinkled just hanging there???

Then there’s the end of the bed, which is still in progress. The goal is to have two upholstered chairs and a small table. These chairs are stand ins for now, but you can at least get the idea of what we’re going for.


As for bringing color to this heavily monochromatic room, we’re waiting to find the perfect artwork for the wall space next to the window in the photo above. When we do, we’ll draw some color from that into the room in the form of throw pillows (the red is just a placeholder), a blanket, and maybe the chairs/table.

So are you ready for a before and after?


Wow! Goodbye honey oak country days, and hello classic sophistication!

For more on how we made our mantel headboard, CLICK HERE.

Thanks for visiting Vignettes today. I hope you’ll stick around for more of our home renovating process – along with delicious recipes, fun fashion, and food for thought. You can follow Vignettes on Facebook, Twitter, or via RSS or E-mail. To see what we’ve done so far, CLICK HERE.

Linking up to the Thrifty Decor Chick’s April Before and After Party

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15 thoughts on “The Great Bed Reveal of 2012

    • Thank you Jess! I was so tickled to find such similar ones to the Restoration Hardware originals I fell in love with. What a fun treat! And when you get them for sooooo much less, it just makes you love them even more 🙂

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