We’re going to get a little personal today and talk about our bedroom. Derek and his dad built the beautiful bed we’re sleeping on and it’s somehow never graced the blog with it’s presence. Probably because A. our bedroom is way too small to really photograph, and B. because it’s not 100% finished yet. I’ve been pestering him to write a post about how they made it for months so hopefully that will come soon. Until then here are the only photos I have of it (taken at Derek’s former abode)
We haven’t decided if we want to paint it white or stain it the color of the coffee table he built me, but I do know one thing for sure. This baby is getting a button tufted headboard STAT! I already have the fabric purchased, I’ve just been waiting for a free weekend to tackle this project because as we learned with the last headboard, they take a while.
Before I get into the rest of the plans for the the bedroom I have to share a story. I had been sleeping horribly for the past few months so I assumed it was the harder mattress that I wasn’t used to. So we started thinking about getting a different mattress because I prefer something a little softer. After lots of shopping we quickly discovered that platform mattresses aren’t ever really very soft, and they’re extremely expensive. So we put a pin in it. Fast forward to a couple weekends ago when Crystal-Fresh and I were perusing the outlets and found a huge pile of twin-sized duvet covers at Pottery Barn for how much? Five freaking dollars. What? I don’t even own a twin bed and I was stoked! I mean $5 is less than any fabric I’ve seen in my life, so I had big plans to make pillows, skirts, who cares? It was practically free. You may have caught a glimpse of it when Baby Bear made his debut earlier this week.
Pretty right? Since we haven’t really had a comforter on the bed (due to the fact that its blazing hot outside, and Derek has never been a fan of comforters.. is this a guy thing?) I had just planned on putting a cheapo Ikea down comforter in it and folding it at the end of the bed, which ended up looking really sharp against our white sheets. The first night it was on the bed I ended up grabbing it in the middle of the night to snuggle up with (I’ve always been a lover of down comforters regardless of the season). I had the best sleep of my life. The next day Derek even confessed how much he loved having a fluffy comforter and that I needed to get a king sized one so that we don’t fight over it. Which meant that 1. all of my dreams were coming true because I finally got to sleep with a comforter, and 2. it was time to shop for new bedding!
The twin duvet and comforter got exiled to the guest room (which was no sweat off my back since it was so inexpensive) and I was ready to buy the West Elm duvet cover we had on our wedding registry so that I could begin sleeping through the night again. (Yippee!) But sadly our dream duvet set had gone on sale and was sold out. Boo.
Just look at that edge detail. Yummy!
Derek wanted all white, but I thought that was a tad bit boring so this was the perfect compromise. He got his all white, and I got my preppy striped detail. Needless to say we were a little bummed that it was gone. But with the power of the internets I actually found it on ebay for a fraction of the price, in a king! The only issue was that it has been monogrammed with a cream ‘S’.
But the good news is that my current last name begins with an “S”, so it’s not THAT obscure like a “Q” or something. And the even better news is that the other side is completely blank. So by flipping the duvet over we saved $80. Bam! I also have a feeling that I can probably just rip out the embroidery with a seam ripper. Maybe not? I’ll find out tonight when it arrives! It ended up only being $50 (+free shipping) which for a king duvet from West Elm is unheard of. Luckily they still had the matching pillow shams for sale online so I snatched two of those up and they’re on their way to our apartment as we speak.
Now the only problem was that we didn’t have a king-sized down comforter, just the queen that was now on the guest bed. (That’s right, the guests get TWO down comforters because we love them that much!) So after researching the down comforters at my favorite stores I ended up choosing this Fieldcrest goose down comforter from Target. When I brought it home to make sure it looked right on our bed I noticed it was a little thin. It felt fluffy in the store but once I unfolded it from it’s bag it was super flat (like our Ikea one). And then I saw it. The tag sewn onto the comforter said “Target Home Collection” What?? And then the manufacturer’s tag said 75% duck down. Needless to say someone put the wrong comforter in the Fieldcrest bag, either at the factory or it had been returned. I was a little peeved because the Target version was only $60 and I paid a lot more for my Fieldcrest one, so back to the store I went. Which was totally awkward because it looked like I stole something or that I purposely swapped them out to get a bigger refund. I don’t know, but for some reason I felt really guilty.
After all was said and done I was able to exchange the comforters out and now I’m just waiting for the rest of the bedding to arrive. Here is a little plan we have going on for the rest of the bed and the wall behind it:
And no those aren’t the prints we’ll be using, I just chose them for the mock up, although I just love the bear one! The wall opposite the bed is navy blue with a floor to ceiling gallery wall in white frames, which we’ll be sharing with you on Monday! I don’t know why the bedroom is always the last room that feels “finished” to me. I guess it’s because no one sees it as much as they do the living room or dining room, but I just love how everything is coming along! What is your stance on comforters? Do you love them and your beau hates them or visa versa? We can’t be the only comforter battlers ;)