I love the way my friends inspire me.
I love when we're close enough to ask about our children's moodiness without fear of judgement, go swim suit shopping together, share ideas for our marriages, get to the nitty gritty of our anxieties and beliefs, and even ask how to make a bed look "catalogue" rather than feeling blah. (Shout out to my friend Courtney for this post inspiration. Check out her amazing photography skills that I try to imitate.)
I don't know anything magical or have years of experience, but I do have pillows and like to make my bed. So I'm going to tackle the last question.
HEADBOARD, SIDE TABLES, LIGHTS
All this can get pricey. Start with what you have and tweak it (paint, swap furniture from another room, recover light shades, scour craigslist). If you want to make a headboard, you can see how I made mine. I also made a bench to match. If you're interested in our whole bedroom transformation, you can check that out too.
I love the crispness of white. I found my quilt and sham set at target. I love that it has some texture with the sewn lines across it. It also helps that I don't have to worry about wrinkles after I launder it. I can't see it online anymore, but you could try in-store for something close to the same.
In addition to having pillows make your bed stellar, a coverlet (like my gray one with light brown stripes) can add some dimension laid across the end of your bed.
You can make it compliment your bedding and pillows, pulling your room and colors together.
Occasionally you might unfold it and put it on top of your other quilt.
4 KEYS TO MAKE A BED "CATALOGUE" USING PILLOWS
1. Layered sizes, textures, and colors.
2. Recognizing the power of and using prints.
3. Having a theme.
4. Being willing to experiment, fail, and try again to get the look you like.
It was fun taking my pillows out and arranging my bed lots of ways for your enjoyment. You can make your bed with lots or little, with color, with neutral, fluff, or simple. I've given you 2 weeks of making your bed a different way every day!
Go into the design with confidence and own whatever style fits you best!
Make sure to enjoy your freshly made bed while you can. If your house is anything like mine, soon enough it will be ruffled, wrinkled, played on, and disassembled. Even with all that happening, it's still totally worth the effort.
This post was also inspired an awesome diagram that I've personally referred to several times on my bedroom pinterest board.