Moms need sleep like babies need bottles. We thrive on 40 winks. Why not create a welcoming place to rest your mind and body? I recently read Southern Living’s secrets on how to create a beautiful bed each and everyday. It inspired me and I’ve so enjoyed the new classic look of my bedroom these simple steps helped me create!
1. Invest in classic linens. Always buy the best linens you can afford. Choose a matching set of sheets, standard shams, and a duvet cover in white or ivory. Then add a solid-colored, lightweight quilt or coverlet with coordinating European shams. Pick bedding that is light in color and made of linen or cotton—it’s easy to maintain and always in style.
2. Iron your sheets whether you send them out to be pressed or do it yourself with plenty of starch (Phoebe likes using Magic Sizing), ironed sheets add a polished touch. “I promise it’s worth the effort,” she says. “There is nothing better than a crisp bed!” (LET ME BE CLEAR, I DON’T IRON SHEETS. I HAVE NO TIME FOR THAT, BUT I AM SURE IT WOULD BE LOVELY IF I COULD).
3. Have nice folds For a smart finish, turn your top sheet back at least 14 inches over your coverlet to show off interesting trim details. Fold your duvet in thirds in a Z pattern, and place it at the foot of the bed so it looks nice and fluffy during the day and can be pulled up easily at night.
4. Layer your pillows. Place your standard shams closest to the headboard, and then add a pair of European shams. For king-size beds, use three Euro shams instead of two. Finish the arrangement with decorative pillows in another fabric for a dose of personality. Don’t go overboard with the pillows! You should always leave some space between your pillows and the folded duvet cover.
Top Smarty Picks for Bed Essentials:
1. Fog Spade Throw Pillow (D06-TL3), 20″ H × 20″ W, $88.
2. Hotel Sheets and Pillowcases in White/Sky by Bellino Fine Linens.
3. Martha Stewart Collection Stenciled Leaves Quilt in Blue, Full/Queen, $200.
4. Washed Cotton Linen Water, 33 ounces, $22, and Fine Laundry Soap, 12 ounces, $23.