Wednesday, June 26, 2013


As I stew in bedroom design frustration, I thought I would share with you the one thing that I never hesitate on: bedding. It has been a pleasure to make colorful throw pillows for clients and I will admit that great bedding with different colored patterns pulled together, a throw blanket, and wonderful decorative pillows make a bedroom look designed and pulled together. For other people.

For me, I will never have anything other than solid linen white bedding, pillowcases, and duvet cover. I simply cannot sleep under pattern and my minimalist brain wants all white. If you are like me or simply want to add in some solid linen, here are some resources.

The dream: top of the line, best of the best, everybody's happy place is Matteo linens:

This shiz is expensive, y'all. I have found that the best way to replicate the Matteo look without the Matteo price is to pull the same solid color in with pieces from a variety of sources. So I get my flat sheet, fitted sheet, and duvet cover from Restoration Hardware. The stonewashed Belgian linen line is so heavy and soft and gets better with every wash: It is also on special right now, so when you find a sheet set you like, get an extra flat sheet. Linen stretches a bit over time so I have found that the double size is best for a fitted sheet on a queen mattress.

Other solid linen lines (sheets and pillowcases) are Viva Terra and the Eileen Fisher line at Garnet Hill. 

Then I add in a coverlet in a similar color but different texture, like quilted silk or sateen. This one from West Elm is inexpensive and just as nice as the expensive ones. I have the cream one and love it!

Also a chunky knit throw from West Elm or CB2 could be good here. Finally, over time I collect different linen pillowcases when they go on sale to add in interest. Pottery Barn is having an amazing sale on solid linen pillowcases and I snatched up two of these with the crochet edge and two of the ruffly ones....

And that's it! A cozy bed with all different textures and trims, but all in the same monochromatic scheme. It will look so rich and luxurious! I promise you your life will change once you sleep in solid linen sheets. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

1 comment:

Heather Peterson said...


For all my color and pattern, I actually start with a base of white (or hotel) duvet cover and/or quilt and shams almost every time.

(Yes, I add in lots of color and pattern on top, but still!) And I, too, pick up interesting linen cases on sale at PB when I see them.