Bed Styling 101 – Part 2

We all have our own bed styling preferences: sometimes a ruler is involved for precise blanket measurements, and sometimes it involves merely tossing your sheets over the pillows to disguise a post-sleep sheet mess. Whatever your go-to is, there’s some essential design points to consider for your comfiest (and most stylish) sleep!

If you didn’t already guess, our own Kimberley Seldon has a few tricks up her sleeve to tackle pristine bed styling — and who knew there are so many different (and incredibly creative!) ways to do it up? Kimberley takes us through the most important elements your bed should have, plus she shares her expert tips on choosing the right pieces to suit your particular style.

Originally aired on Cityline.ca on July 3, 2014.

Bed Styling 101 – Part 1

We all have our own bed styling preferences: sometimes a ruler is involved for precise blanket measurements, and sometimes it involves merely tossing your sheets over the pillows to disguise a post-sleep sheet mess. Whatever your go-to is, there’s some essential design points to consider for your comfiest (and most stylish) sleep!

If you didn’t already guess, our own Kimberley Seldon has a few tricks up her sleeve to tackle pristine bed styling — and who knew there are so many different (and incredibly creative!) ways to do it up? Kimberley takes us through the most important elements your bed should have, plus she shares her expert tips on choosing the right pieces to suit your particular style.

Originally aired on Cityline on July 3, 2014.

Reality Check on Choosing Bedding [VIDEO]

Join design contributor Nyla Free as she shares insight on creating the perfect bedroom. It all starts with selecting the right bedding.

Brighten Up Your Bedroom

Feeling the January blahs?

One way to perk up your mood is to perk up a room in your house. Why not your bedroom? Often, the bedroom gets neglected in our decorating plans because it’s a room fewer people see.

Originally aired on Cityline.ca on January 22, 2013.

What’s Trending: Grey & Yellow

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With fall in the air our nesting instinct kicks in. ‘Ward off the chill,’ says designer Christine DaCosta, ‘with the powerful pairing of yellow and grey.’

Featured Image: Jenna Bedding Collection, CA$35-$170, Urban Barn, www.urbanbarn.com

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 Vintage Yellow Glass Lamps, US$3900, Pieces, www.pieces.com

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 Tali Printed Shower Curtain, CA$40, West Elm, www.westelm.com

Read the entire article ‘What’s Trending – Grey&Yellow’ in Issue 10 of Dabble.

Time for Sleep

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Back to bed! That’s an order we’ll happily obey if the bed in question is as inviting as this one designed by Jamie Herzlinger.

Read the entire article ‘Home Tour – Jamie Herzlinger’ in Issue 6 of Dabble.

Reality Check: Choosing Bedding

Step-by-step guide to a designer’s process

Step 1: Start with a plan
Even with a task is as seemingly simple as choosing new bedding, there are multiple considerations. If a duvet is required, how big should it be and is it made of faux feathers or the real thing? How many sets of sheets are required and are they all one colour or coordinating shades? If the bed requires a skirt, which type? Some love the heft of a coverlet while others appreciate the weightlessness of a throw. How about Euros and sleeping pillows and the topic of much debate between couples, decorative pillows?

Photography by Lori Andrews

Photography by Lori Andrews

 

Step 2: Take measurements
To make accurate decisions while shopping, it’s important to gather vital information before leaving the house.

Measure:
Mattress height.There’s no such thing as standard anymore and you’ll want sheets that fit without a struggle.
Bed skirt height. Measure from the top of the box spring to the floor, with bed skirt resting ¼” above the floor.
Width and fall of mattress. To determine the correct size for a coverlet or duvet, measure up the side, across the mattress and down the other side to ensure an adequate ‘drop’, with fabric dipping just below the frame of the bed.

Step 3: Sheets—more than numbers
A high thread count is never a sole indicator of quality. Instead consider thread count in tandem with material content and construction. Sheets made of 100% natural fibres such as cotton or linen are best. Egyptian cotton is coveted for its strength and the length of its fibres. A tight weave indicates quality construction and more lasting value.

Step 4: Thread count
When you do consider thread count, remember it’s a preference game. Love a soft satiny or sateen feel? Then you may prefer a higher thread count with fibres that have been polished. Some prefer a crisper hand, similar to a men’s shirt, in which case the thread count will be lower. If you buy from a reputable dealer, it’s a simple matter of preference.

Photography by Lori Andrews

Photography by Lori Andrews

 

Step 5: Get touchy feel-y
Since bedding is next to your skin, it’s essential to open the package and cop a feel. Just ask the salesperson first.

Step 6: Under the covers
A duvet is a popular option for covering the bed. A quality down duvet is the priciest option but it provides lasting value. Look for a lofty appearance and baffles or stitching which keep feathers from bunching up in a single spot. Avoid synthetics for true quality and comfort.

Step 7: Pull focus
If you want the bed itself to be the room’s focal point, a patterned duvet cover or one in a colour that contrasts with walls is a great choice. Mix large patterns with small ones, florals with geometrics and fill in the blanks with solids and textures.

Photography by Lori Andrews

Photography by Lori Andrews

 

Step 8: Load up the layers
Who doesn’t love the look of snuggly layers? To add visual depth and practical warmth, top the sheets with a duvet plus a coverlet or throw. Fold at the end of the bed for decorative impact when not in use.

Step 9: Pillow fight
There are no real rules when it comes to pillows, though some find loads of toss cushions a nuisance. Function is first and foremost, so spend time trying out the feel of sleeping pillows and remember, you don’t have to choose the same type as your spouse.

Step 10: A good night’s sleep…