I wrote about this recently, but I just outfitted the bunk bed we put upstairs in our top floor play area with red and white striped sheets and this star print duvet and sham cover. I used these inexpensive but very comfortable pillows (hotel-quality) and these inexpensive but surprisingly fluffy duvets — I also use that one in my daughter’s room. These are not top-tier luxury pieces, but they are all well-made and if (or, when) they are damaged by small children, I will not weep. I wanted to share a couple of other really chic bedding finds at reasonable price points. These are perfect, in my opinion, for guest bedrooms, children’s rooms, dorm rooms.
If you are preparing to make an investment, we have been very happy with our sleeping pillows from Sleep Number. Mr. Magpie did a lot of research on this and these are consistently top-ranked — with good reason. Breathable, supportive, cooling. They are awesome. We also love (and I mean LOVE) our Feathered Friends down comforter. It is the perfect weight and warmth and ohhhh it’s like a dreamy hug. The fill is incredible and it never gets clumpy. While on the subject of beds, I must add that we upgraded recently to a Saatva Zenhaven mattress (again, the result of a lot of research — Mr. Magpie had an Excel sheet ranking like a dozen contenders based on various inputs, most principally how cool it would be and whether it would be good for side and back sleepers). We were moving from more of a memory foam style and at first I found this mattress a little bit firm, but within a month, I was obsessed with it. They say it can take a few months to sort of “break in” or “adapt to” a mattress, and that proved true. For one thing, Mr. Magpie and I had begun to find ourselves waking with cricks in our neck fairly frequently prior to upgraded to the Saatva — this has not happened once to either of us since we purchased it in January. We are happy customers.
For upscale bedding, I would look at Frette or Yves Delorme. I am not sure what we are going to do with our bedding and bedroom in general at the moment. We are currently investing in the decor/design of our first floor with the help of the immensely talented Kelley Proxmire, a project that now includes extending hard wood floor to part of our living area and installing an enormous built-in along one side of our family room, in addition to purchasing drapes, new furniture, new lighting, new area rug over the new hard wood floor, plus possibly repainting a wood coffee table and reupholstering a couch. In other words, it’s going to be a minute before we’re ready to tackle the primary bedroom, which is perfectly lovely at the moment but not exactly cohesive. At least I do love our bedding, which is Boll and Branch. I still believe it is the softest and easiest to launder of the various brands I’ve tried, but then again, I haven’t yet slept on Frette or Yves Delorme, which I think many consider the ultimate. I have been daydreaming about having Kelley commission a bold upholstered headboard and then pairing with white Frette sheets (GULP) and a duvet like this. Then again, we do have a dog and small children and I can imagine myself wincing every time they attempt to climb in with us. Probably better to stay practical, but a gal can dream…
For something between the affordable finds above and the hyper-expensive, I love the styles Matouk has and you can occasionally find them on sale but I did find them difficult to launder — they wrinkle easily and are actually relatively unforgiving beneath an iron, which I know sounds strange, but B&B sheets just iron more easily.
Is this more than you asked for? Ha! Any and all bedding/sheets suggestions encouraged! I know I am missing the name of a brand a few of you swore by last time we touched on this subject…
P.P.S. My New York apartment judged me. She was named Louise.
P.P.P.S. The strange way in which my bedroom dresser became a symbol of love.