It All Started with a Pillow

Doesn't it just feel like you blink and it's Monday? I mean, where does the weekend go? Especially if you are out and about enjoying some of this lovely fall weather. Not that I was, instead I spent the weekend helping my parents move (insert mixed emotion face here)…but more about that later. After I get home. 
In the meantime, we've made a bit more progress in our little lady's room and I thought I'd share that with you today. 

So far we've found the bed and the sheets, added the bright quilted coverlet and the DIY pompom shams, but there's still more…can you see the changes? Just when you thought the bed couldn't get any cuter, I found another quilt to add to the mix.
Strolling the aisles of Marshall's I found the perfectly coordinating Tahari turquoise blue ruffled quilt in the clearance aisle. Adding the quilt to the end of the bed helps carry the color all the way from foot to head. It was a no-brainer.

Notice anything else? 
Yup, I splurged and purchased one quilted euro sham (remember the big sale at Horchow I posted on FB) to add into the mix. Now, even though just about everything on the bed was purchase individually and at different times, it actually looks like an intentional design. 

It's hard to believe that the whole bedding scenario started from the round turquoise pillow we purchased over a year ago. I remember thinking her room looked so sad, so unfinished (you can check it out here), I thought may be by adding just one fun pillow it would help. And I loved that color! Who knew a year later we would have created an entire design around that one colorful pillow.  

Loving this cute little lady bedding; don't plan to change a thing for many years to come. Now that's a good feeling. 
Next, I can't wait to move onto new areas of her room. We've carved out a tiny little play area that I'll share with you later in the week. 

Hope you had a great weekend!

until next time, 

Bedding Before and After

Once I painted the dresser white and made it my new bedside table, I knew I wanted to lighten up the bedding. The search was on. But, of course, I wanted to incorporate certain elements of my existing bedding, which only makes the search that much more challenging.

The coverlet and bedskirt were both part of my original wedding registry, which makes them some 10 years old now. I still like them, they are in good shape, and work well with the wall color, draperies and carpet in the room ... in other words, they were staying. 

Basically, I was looking for a duvet and shams to coordinate with the stone/olive color scheme. To say that these colors, even though they are neutral, aren't terrible popular at the moment would be an understatement. Literally, I've been casually looking for additions to this bedding for YEARS.

Then one day, I was perusing TJ's and ran across this Tahari duvet set. Initially, I thought it was a little too grey and kind of on the expensive side, so I put it back and went on my way. Of course, once I was home and actually looking at my coverlet it seemed PERFECT. I was almost hyperventilating at the thought of someone snagging it out from under me. But it was nap time and then we had plans after it had to wait. 

I finally made it back to the store a couple of days later, and low and behold, it had meandered over to the clearance isle in our time apart. I couldn't believe my luck. It came straight home with me. It was clearly meant to be. I love you TJ Maxx.

The Euro shams are from Pottery Barn, also on clearance. They pick up the yellow of the wall color and the green from the carpet, tying several of the individual elements in the room together. Success. 

I know you love your before and afters, so check out this image of our bedding from earlier this year. 

And now. 
So much lighter and brighter.
I'm really happy with the results thus far.

But, I'm thinking one more pillow is in order. I haven't had any luck finding something to coordinate so far. I've just ordered fabric samples, so hopefully something will click.

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Bedding: Mixing and Matching

I definitely learned the hard way that adding onto existing bedding is not only challenging, but sometimes nearly impossible! But after loads of searching, I finally came up with something I am really happy with. Take a look.

Perhaps we should back track a bit and start from the beginning. This is the quilt that I wanted to work with. A beautiful color, but not the best print. 

It always felt a bit too country to me. My goal was to mix it up with a more modern style quilt, which would hopefully elevate the style of the whole room.

Here's what I found. A modern quilt, featuring a square pattern to contrast with the small floral print of the existing quilt. It picks up the blue/grey color as well as the two pinks in the flowers. Coordinating enough to go together, but contrasting enough to bring real interest to the space. 

Once the two quilts were together the pink really called out as the accent color. I knew what I was looking for in terms of color for the throw pillows, but patterns was another story...

Alas, I persevered, but it wasn't entirely simple.
Throw in my two homemade pillows and one store bought pillow and it's really starting to come together. 

I found the stripe at a local fabric store and also picked up a cabbage rose style fabric, but when I got them home the cabbage rose made the whole scheme seem too country. Back to the drawing board. 

Another trip to HomeGoods resulted in the pillow with all the quilted circles. It's the perfect, modern accompaniment that picked up all the colors of the square patterned quilt.

Sitting in the living room thinking about my bedding debacle, I looked over and realized the suzani fabric I used in our throw cushions could be the perfect compliment to the quilted pillow. I like how it picks up on the circular pattern and the floral at the same time.

And that's the story of how it all came together. Fairly long-winded, but the result is all that counts, right?

Next up, artwork. And then the full reveal. Looks like I might actually make my deadline after all.

Until next time, 

Bedding Debacle

I mentioned earlier this week that my next big undertaking in the guest bedroom would be the bedding. Of course, this seems like it would be so easy. Source a new bedding set, purchase, install in the bedroom. But oh no, not me. I have to make it difficult.

I want to incorporate what I have AND I want it to look collected { i.e. no sets}. And eclectic. And cottage-y, but not TOO predictably cottage-y. I want it all and I want it now. 

With a wish list like this, I am most definitely setting myself up to fail.

This is how the bedding has been looking for at least the last year. I found the tonal shams at HomeGoods and picked them up thinking they would make a great building block. 

You see, the quilt is amongst the first purchases Mr. DD and I made on our countryside jaunts while living in London. I loved it in the package, got it home and made up the guest bed and soon got over it. The small floral print was a little too country, but I still loved the base color. And, quite frankly, heading back out to the countryside just wasn't going to happen. I had to live with it.

So I started looking...

Some quilts made it into the cart, but never out of the store.

Others never left the packaging once they got home. 

Still others had to be restuffed into the package to be returned.

I have looked at hundreds of quilts {at least that's how it feels}. Finding both colors and patterns to coordinate has been ridiculously hard. 

And don't even get me started on the throw pillows. After endless searching, I started looking at fabric to make my own. 

Just when I thought I had it sorted, it all started to look too predictably country cottage-y. That's not the look I wanted. So I went off the wall and got crazy samples like this one.

Epic Fail.
Aye, so many options. So may returns! 

I'm happy to report that I am making progress. After years of searching, even deciding on just two coordinating options is a HUGE step in the right direction.  And hopefully, my self inflicted deadline to finish this room by the end of the month will give me the motivation to power through.

I'd love to hear what you'd do with this quilt. Please share. The more the merrier; seriously, at this point, I feel like I have explored every option.

To quiet my mind, I am going to attempt to make my own pillow cover this weekend. Should be interesting.

Until next time,