20 Ways to Make a Bed

By Kate Riley September 28, 2015

Over the weekend I popped in to see my new baby nephew and also help my brother and SIL upgrade the look of their bedding in their master bedroom, I’ll share a few pictures tomorrow. I prefer symmetry over eclectic styling on a bed, there’s something about order on a bed that brings calm to a bedroom space yet allows for creativity and randomness elsewhere in the room.

Pulling together a great look for bed linens can be a little foreboding when starting from scratch, but when you break it down into essential pieces and study they layering you can find a look you love that works for you. The layers should always make sense: lighter linens in summer and extra blankets in winter, after all comfort is key!

I like to pull together linens from various sources in complementary patterns and textures, also I’m a believer in restraint in the number of decorative pillows. Balance is affected by width as well, what looks good on a wider king may be too much for a slimmer queen. To follow are 20 stylish examples of both simple and bold bed linens demonstrating a variety of ways to layer linens on king and queen sized beds.

1) Matching white hotel linens (duvet, sheets, shams) with dark blanket for warmth in the same color as the thread, plus two high contrast lumbar accent pillows.

hotel linens with accent pillows


2) White cotton hotel duvet, white pillowcases, three 24” decorative pillows in a bold pattern, graphic blanket at the end of the bed.

monochromatic black and white bedroom

rue mag

3) A trio of solid Euro shams hiding the pillowcases and one long patterned lumbar in front with a colorful blanket on the end of the bed.

euro sham decorative lumbar

krista salmon

4) White sheets and pillowcases, two Euro shams in the same fabric as the coverlet, one accent pillow reflecting the same gray and white palette.

gray and white bedding

solomon fergeson

5) Neutral with texture: white sheets and shams, a subtle geometric patterned accent pillows, and that an oh-so-cozy chunky knit throw blanket.

neutral layered bed linens

mark ashbee photography


BOTB 9.26.15

By Kate Riley September 26, 2015

Weekend hellos! I celebrating my birthday this weekend and the weather couldn’t be more perfect, I just LOOOOOVE September! Today I’m off to spend the day in San Francisco, then Sunday I’m spending a few hours on projects around the house and also redecorating the shelves in the studio. Today brings another round of ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ – enjoy these favorite projects and spaces spied around the web!

Tour a beautiful girl’s bedroom reveal on Caitlin Wilson’s blog.

pink bedroom caitlin wilson


Enjoy the sweet simplicity of this monochromatic boy’s room redo at House of Hawks.

monochromatic boys room


See a beautiful kitchen transformation at Chris Loves Julia, love the black cabinets!

black and white kitchen makeover


I love this simple paint project transforming IKEA canisters with copper and chalkboard paint.

copper top canisters


This spooky skeleton hands wreath is so fun, project by Vanessa at Tried and True.

skeleton hands wreath


Why yes, oak can be chic! Follow Jenny’s technique on this cerused oak secretary to transform an old piece into a showstopper.

cerused oak


Use privacy film to create mirrored IKEA wardrobe doors with a how to at Hunted Interior.

privacy film mirrored doors


Build a multifunctional rolling island with sofa tables and a tutorial by BHG.

diy island


Make this charming beaded plant hanger with Rebecca from the Crafted Sparrow.

beaded plant hanger


Craft wrapped rope containers as pretty as this with Damask Love.

diy wrapped rope container


Nancy Meyers never disappoints with her movie interiors, get a peek at her latest set from The Intern with this tour on Houzz. That kitchen!

nancy meyers kitchen the intern


Enjoy your weekend!