When it comes to bedding you’ve basically got two options, 1) head to the store and buy a solid or patterned sheet set or 2) mix it up and grab yourself a ‘bed in a bag’ that has a mixed and matched set that feels somewhat pulled together but more often than not ends up feeling like the comforter set you used to have in your bedroom as a teen (I see you floral shams and dust ruffle). The majority of us (myself included) go for option one which has more than enough options for you to pick from, but what if you are like me and maybe don’t always want everything to be one solid/printed set? Yes, having your top sheet, duvet, and pillowcases all match can be nice and serene, but sometimes we want to mix it up for that more layered and styled look. In the past that has meant grabbing everything separately (two pillowcases, one duvet, and one sheet) which can get very expensive or grabbing a few full sheet sets which leaves you left with a few extra pieces once you combine the two. So, when Brooklinen reached out about working together to promote their bedding bundles and sheets, we obviously loved the soft textiles and timeless patterns, but we asked ourselves, what sets these guys apart from everyone else out there?
Well folks, they offer bedding bundles that are fully customizable to your heart’s desire. That means when you purchase said bundle from Brooklinen, you choose a “Core Sheet Set,” which has the following pieces (fitted sheet, flat sheet, 2 pillowcases) in whatever colorway you want, and add on a duvet cover of any color, and 2 more pillowcases (of any color, again). The bundle is great because you end up with an extra set of pillowcases and you also save 25% of the cost vs. if you had bought them all individually. Win, win, win.
2017, meet the new fully customizable “bed in a bag”. Their sateen and percale bundles can be ordered piece by piece like traditional bedding or you can order their Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle or Classic Bundle which is what we did and mix up each and every piece within the bundle to create the perfectly layered bed. Gone are the days of unused top sheets and extra unnecessary pillowcases or your bed looking like you styled it with products from “Hotel Bedding Surplus R’ Us” (which is not a real store, thank goodness) and to celebrate we thought it would be fun to use some of their patterns to style out three completely different bed setups. They have also been kind enough to setup the code EH20 that, when applied at checkout, will give you $20 off your purchase + free shipping.
For the first Hardcore Bundle we combined their solid navy for the top and fitted sheet and then used their bedford navy striped on the duvet and pillowcases and topped it off with their navy lorimer quilt, and I have to say it has only renewed my love of all things blue.
The navy is such a pretty hue and those stripes are fulfilling all of my traditional sheep counting dreams. We brought the same blue over to the nightstand where we used this lamp (which you may have seen recently in Charlie’s bedroom reveal) as well as on the wall with some abstract art. To keep things from feeling too busy or heavy we played a lot with large doses of white like the quilt layered at the foot of the bed and the white tray on the nightstand.
A little bud vase with some greens from my backyard (which sadly started to wilt IMMEDIATELY after we cut them) and my favorite notebook for journaling late night love notes to Brian with my tortoise shell glasses. Maybe one day that will actually happen when the kids decide to sleep in past 5:45 in the morning.
If you are into this first look, here are all the items we used to pull it together.
1. Bed | 2. Rug | 3. Table Lamp | 4. Nightstand | 5. Curtains (custom) | 6. Wall Paint Color | 7. Black & White Art | 8. Abstract Art | 9. Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle (Core Sheet Set in Solid Navy, Duvet Cover in Bedford Navy Stripe, Pillowcases in Bedford Navy Stripe) | 10. Bud Vase (similar) | 11. Journal (similar) | 12. White Tray (similar) | 13. Summer Quilt in Navy Blue Lorimer | 14. Mid-Plush Down Pillow | 15. All-Season Down Comforter
Up next, we stripped the bedroom of all color and went full monochromatic which surprisingly feels very calm and serene to me and I am into it. You may have noticed in this one we nixed the top sheet, which is how we typically sleep and also styled the pillows stacked on top of each other rather than leaning against the headboard. There is no steadfast rule for how to style pillows on your bed, but for each of these we wanted to mix it up and show you a few different ways to do it.
Speaking of pillows, lets talk for a second about their pillow and duvet inserts. I had them send some of them along for us to style with and try so that I could give an honest opinion of them and I have to say that I am very into them. The duvet insert we got which was the down alternative in lightweight has just the right amount of weight to feel like you have something on you but not so heavy that you will be kicking it off in the middle of the night as you break into a full body sweat. If you sleep cold then you may want to get their all-season version, but the lightweight one was perfect for us. As far as pillows go, I am usually pretty picky as there is nothing worse than a wafer thin down pillow or a rock hard foam pillow so I had them send both their firm, and their mid-plush versions to try out. We immediately chucked the two that we had and when I say “we” I mean “I” because Brian is strangely attached to his totally flat lumpy pillow. I don’t care. I have my new super comfy ones that won’t go near his.
The firm was very firm indeed and if you are looking for a really supportive pillow then it’s a good option and fills out the pillowcases VERY nicely which as a stylist I appreciate, but I much preferred the mid-plush version. It was so soft, forgiving and also filled enough that I didn’t feel like I was constantly having to fold it in half to get enough support behind my neck. So we kept both – the firm behind the soft. Ok, enough about my sleeping habits, let’s look at more of these pretty bedroom fantasy suites that we styled out.
1. Bed | 2. Rug | 3. Table Lamp | 4. Nightstand | 5. Curtains (custom) | 6. Wall Paint Color | 7. Tumbler (similar) | 8. Coasters (similar) | 9. Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle (Core Sheet Set in Solid Smoke, Duvet Cover in Smoke Stripe, Pillowcases in Solid White) | 10. White Vase | 11. Black Bud Vase (similar) | 12. Abstract Art | 13. Throw Blanket in Wool Greige | 14. Mid-Plush Down Pillow | 15. Lightweight Down-Alternative Comforter | 16. Glass Box | 17. Geode
Last but not least we got real layered on this one and this secretly might be my favorite of the looks, although it does lean a bit more casual cabin than I would want for my everyday life.
The bed has three different colors/patterns on it – the windowpane duvet, the solid sheet set in Sand (although it does have the slightest hint of green in it), and the Plaid Pendleton blanket which pulls all the colors from the rest of the room onto the bed. For full transparency sake, the Pendleton blanket was a little small to style it out like we did here in this picture (it is more of a square shape – so we cheated it in the pics) I am still waiting for throw blanket companies to get the memo about making larger sizes for king beds. But it looks pretty in the picture, no?
Next to the bed rather than putting art on the walls, we used my leaning ladder to display a few blankets and add some texture to the wall. The nightstand got a simple footed planter where I grow my tiny little plant that I have shockingly not killed yet, and we brought in the brass table lamp to warm up all the cool tones and bring a modern shape to the more traditional vibe that was going on with the color palette and textures we used elsewhere.
Underneath is where I house my New York magazines in a vintage hand thrown and painted vessel because well, who doesn’t? And behind the bed in the little alcove we used a graphic vessel to house a clipping from my fig tree, which lived just about as long as it could have at the Hendo house, a few hours.
Here is the entire look for you to shop below.
1. Bed | 2. Rug | 3. Table Lamp | 4. Nightstand | 5. Curtains (custom) | 6. Wall Paint Color | 7. Throw Blanket in Cream & Fawn | 8. Blue Stripe Blanket | 9. Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle (Core Sheet Set in Sand, Duvet Cover in Window Pane, Pillowcases in Sand) | 10. Black Vase (similar) | 11. Ceramic Vase (similar) | 12. White Bowl (similar) | 13. Pendleton Throw in Blue Sage | 14. Mid-Plush Down Pillow | 15. All-Season Down Comforter | 16. Black Ladder
We had so much fun playing with these different setups and although I may have visually been partial to one and then ended up keeping another on the bed, I am curious which one is your favorite?
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