Friday, August 31, 2012

Dressing A Bed

Gone are the days of matchy matchy bedding sets, where the sheets, comforter, shams and bedskirts all share the same design, giving you the "bed in a bag" look.

Well, I guess they are still around, but let's all agree that they shouldn't be. Okay?

A bed looks so much more cozy and interesting with the right "apparel." In fact, clothing can be great inspiration for the bedding we choose.

I'd like to dress the bed in my son's room like this guy...

I love the stripes, plaid and houndstooth grounded with a neutral overcoat. Wouldn't these fabrics make for a great looking bed?

Better than this anyway...

Bed in a Bag clothing

So far my son's bed has a wardrobe that consists of a striped dress shirt..

Pottery Barn Jackson Stripe Sheets

and a neutral overcoat.

Pottery Barn Pickstitch quilt in Ivory

 I'm still looking for the perfect plaid blazer. These are a few I'm considering...

MacKenzie Tartan from The Scottish Weaver

MacLeod tartan from The Scottish Weaver

Gordon Dress tartan from The Scottish Weaver

via mexchic on etsy

I am feeling totally indecisive on which plaid to choose, so if you have an opinion please leave me a comment! There are too many good options!!

Once I make a decision on the "blazer," I'll be adding some "scarves" (aka pillows). I'm thinking a mix of windowpane and buffalo check plaids in neutral tones.

And, of course, there's the equivalent of the man's monogrammed handkerchief ...

via tootledoodesigns on etsy

Next time you need to dress a bed, consider taking a look at your favorite fashions. It may just provide inspiration beyond the "bed in the bag."

But, please remember this. Although your bedding may be inspired by clothing, don't ever wear your bedding out in public.

Have a great weekend :)


  1. LOL- Totally agree on that last one. I, for one, am tired of seeing people out shopping in the ever popular pj bottoms~ Can't wait to see your room all put together. As to the plaid-well, I have ALWAYS loved the black watch plaid-since I was a little girl-xo Diana

  2. This is a good way of thinking, Carolyn! I love the look you are going for...not all matchy=matchy. I love all the plaids, I would be hard pressed to choose, too. it's all going to turn out wonderful!

    Happy Weekend!


  3. What a great way to approach bedding styles! I realize that I tend to 'dress' my bed in the same colours that I dress myself! (I love the idea of pinstripes for a boy's bed!)

  4. What a cute post! I couldn't agree more. Ha! I like the way you compared dressing your bed to dressing yourself. That was a good way to look at it. I'm sure your son's bedroom is going to look great when it's done.

  5. Hi Carolyn,
    You are my lucky 13! Thanks for stopping by and following! How have I not seen your blog before? You have a beautiful and well put together home and I cannot wait to spend even more time looking at your posts. Love your style! I just bought a pin-striped duvet cover (from IKEA) for my son's room that is nearly identical to the PB clean and classic...just love this post!

  6. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful idea. This is why I love reading blogs and learning from others who are so creative. ♥ it....

    ~ Lisa from Indiana ~

  7. What a clever post. I love the last set of plaids. The neutrals. They look cozy to me.

  8. Love your inspiration - a well dressed bed is kind of like a well dressed man! Love the idea of the the tartan.