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For a few years now, I’ve wanted to get a new bed.  Since my husband and I have been married (10 years now), we had always slept on a queen bed.  And when we moved into our house 8 years ago, we had so many expenses that we couldn’t afford a new bed.  We did get a new mattress, which was new, but really not good at all.  The first few years were okay, but after a while, my husband would wake up with terrible backaches.  My hatred with our queen mattress was that we were squished.  My husband sometimes sleeps so that his elbows are close to my face.  I would never sleep well knowing, that at any moment, he could move and I would get whacked in the face with his pointy elbow.  In all, we needed a new mattress.  We both needed a better night’s sleep.  But we were at a crossroad for many years.  When it comes to upgrading to a bigger size mattress, costs don’t just involve the mattress itself.  We needed a new bed, sheets, comforter and bedding.  And if I’m going to get a new bed, you better believe I’m getting new, nice bedding to go with it!  So the discussions never went any further than just discussions.  And we left it at that.

Finally, I got the go ahead from him to buy a new bed.  I was so excited to finally be able to do this, after so much thinking (and daydreaming) about it.  With the freedom to search, I was overwhelmed at the options and what, exactly, I wanted to do.  I knew I wanted to get away from all dark wood.  But I couldn’t do all upholstery because our cats would think it was their own private scratching post.  I had to find something that was part upholstery and part wood.  After a lot of searching, I fell in love with this:

I like that it wasn’t all upholstered and that I could see the softness the fabric provided.  I love that it didn’t have a footboard because our other one did and I really wanted a change from that look.  Plus, the footboard (if upholstered too) would only allow the cats to scratch there.  I don’t have to worry about them scratching on the headboard because the pillows block it.

The next hard part was what finish and fabric to choose.  It was open to many, many finishes and any fabric I wanted (in our fabric library).  I found the fabric fairly fast.  I wanted something with texture, but needed it to be neutral so it matches whatever bedding I have over the years.  I found the wood to be harder to choose.  But after lots of sample ordering, I narrowed it down to these:

I tossed 2 of them and then had 4 left.  I agonized over this decision for a few weeks and asked everyone I knew for help and advice.  I didn’t want the wood to be too metallic, or too rustic, or too cold toned.  I ended up choosing the sample on the top right.

I loved that my choice was warm toned, not rustic. The color did vary on the edges, and it was slightly metallic, but not sparkly at all.  Plus, it was neutral enough and it went well with the fabric I chose, as well as my carpet and bedside tables.  I was set…a decision was finally made!


Next came the design of the bedding.  I wanted to keep it simple and not have a million pillows on there.  As you can see in the picture below, I was playing around with different sizes for the front pillow.  Before, I had 3 front toss pillows and I wanted to stay away from that this time around.  I decided on the largest of the three options.  So I ended up with 3 euro pillows, 2 standards and 1 very long rectangle one.

Next, I narrowed down the fabrics I would use for the bedding.  I love this palette…it’s warm and patterned, but neutral.  I’m a big fan of mixing patterns...I have an ikat, a stripe, a linen and a damask here.

When the bed finally came in, we still hadn’t bought a mattress yet.  So we took the plunge and got one that was (and will stay) comfortable.  When most of our lives are spent sleeping, the mattress should be comfortable.  I didn’t want my husband waking up with back pain again.

We were thrilled when this day came.  I was a bit worried that I would regret getting the Eastern King size (as opposed to CA King).  It’s very wide.  But we have more width in our room than depth and I knew we had to just get used to the new size.  Surprisingly, though, I didn’t need an adjustment period.  The bed was bigger, but I never was shocked.

Here’s the final look and I am so in love with it!

Every night, when I get into bed, I’m so happy that it’s beautiful and comfortable and so lovely.

I think all the fabrics look gorgeous together.  It’s serene and muted, but has some definite pattern with a little bit of bold in the large front pillow.

It's such a wonderful feeling to come home to this room every night and see all the hard work that definitely paid off. I look forward to the next project and all the beautiful bedrooms I can help put together for my clients. Cheers to a perfect night's sleep!


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Renee Dooly


I love it Sage!  It is gorgeous and it is so true all of the costs involved.  Someday I’ll get my husband to understand.  Thanks for sharing.



love the bed you chose Sage! gorgeous. I would love to have that in my room!

Kelly Primm


Love it!  Amaze… Beauty, cozy, elegant. I wish to take a nap!
Perfect refuge. smile

Jessica Lynne


I love the combination of fabrics you chose for your pillows.  I like to sew covers for my throw pillows, and it’s always hard to decide how to combine patterns when it comes to purchasing good quality home decor fabric!

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