Wednesday, May 14, 2014

English Cottage Master Bedroom Details - Pile on the Pillows & a GIVEAWAY

When it comes to making up my bed, I say pile on the pillows.  I love lots and lots and lots of pillows on my bed, mixing and matching patterns which each add layer upon layer of texture, color and give it a warm, inviting and custom look.    

Several years back I bought some deeply discounted Ralph Lauren bedding from his Brittany collection.  Since then I have added to it, mixing different Ralph Lauren collections together and adding other pieces I had or have found along the way. The aubergine needlepoint floral pillow is one that was purchased with the set originally and has all of the colors of my room and pulls it all together visually. It is truly a mixed and matched, collected over time set but I like it that way.   I think it's good to start with big shams towards the back and then layer and alternate color and pattern to achieve a collected, lived in look.  I have floral king size shams at the back which set on top of of our pillows we actually sleep on and that props them up above the others.  In front of those are two, wool tweed herringbone pillows (also king shams) in a brown and cream color trimmed with aubergine velvet.   

 Next are two shades of purple pillows, one a woven polyester and one a velour fabric both have tan prints…one paisley and one a botanical which are layered between a white embroidered eyelet pillow and a cognac brown leather buckle pillow.  

 Mixed in between are pillows that my Mother in law made using silk flowers which were sewn with individual petals all over the fronts.  They are so pretty!

I love a little touch of animal print in just about any room.  A few years back  I got a pair of small, inexpensive giraffe print pillows at Steinmart.  They are the same cognac color to match my leather pillow…but even better than the match in color, I knew just what I wanted to do with them when I brought them home.

  I have had the tapestry belt you see in the photo below for years.  It belonged to my Great Grandma, Mimi.  I absolutely love to decorate with and around heirloom pieces that otherwise would probably just sit on my closet shelf.

To the left of the belt are two purple paisley window tie backs with button closures.  I added both of these, off centered, around the pillow and then cinched them with the belt.  It now looks like a custom made pillow and it is a perfect compliment to my bedding.

One important key to creating that look like you might see in a magazine is to alternate colors, patterns and size from biggest to smallest.  Adding white also cools and brightens dark colors and allows the eye to rest.

I have more pillows piled in the chairs at the foot of the bed too.

I'll be posting more of our Master Bedroom details soon including decorating with purses and hats…and of course transferware!

Before I sign off though, I wanted to share a tiny glimpse into the beauty of Aiken House Gardens with you.  Carolyn Aiken, who authors the stunning blog is hosting a giveaway to my website, Nancy's Daily Dish, good for $50 of transferware or jewelry (or both!).  Carolyn has had three books published which feature her gardens on Prince Edward Island.  It is truly one of the most breathtaking gardens I think I have ever seen and I bet you will agree.  Carolyn loves transferware too and has a humongous collection with just about every color.  Check out her post today, enter the giveaway and grab a special discount code to my shop while you are there.  Her home and gardens are what most of us women dream of having.   I can't wait to show off some of her transferware, home and gardens but you must take a look for yourself.  You'll be mesmerized by how beautiful her little paradise is!

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  1. Hi Nancy,
    Thank you so much for allowing me to give one of my lucky readers a $50. gift card and a discount to anyone else.

    I am sure they will be delighted to shop here.

    Thanks also for the kind words!

  2. Nancy, oh my heavens, your bedroom is just stunning! I'm crazy about your pillows, each one is so unique and the colors just so vibrant! Your whole entire room is just heavenly!

    Have a happy day~

  3. Hi Nancy,
    Congratulations on your new home. Your bedroom is beautiful. Can you tell me where you got the Staffordshire dog pillow that you have on the chair at the foot of your bed? I had noticed it before and I love it. Glad you are posting more.
    Dawn R.

  4. Your bedroom is so pretty. I tend to pile on the pillows too. That is the once place the hubby doesn't bug me about too many pillows, LOL. Heading over for t he great giveaway!

  5. Nancy, your bedroom is beautiful. I love your use of layers, colors and patterns!

  6. Nancy, the colors and textures are wonderful. I like lots of pillows on the bed too, but my husband doesn't. We try to compromise by not putting them all on all the time. ;-) I adore your idea of using the belt and ties to accent the pillow. That is such a clever idea. Makes me sad I recently gave away some vintage belts that I'd saved for 30 years. I needed your inspiration to think out of the box. '-)
    Saw the give away at Carolyn's beautiful blog. You are so generous!

  7. Hi, Nancy! I love to pile on the pillows, too, but then my husband piles on the dirty looks!!! Dude gets totally weirded out every time he sees the bed all made up (or the sofa) with a half ton of pillows. Your bed looks beautiful!!!

  8. Beautiful room, love all the pillows. Please come share at the Anything Goes linky, the new party goes live tomorrow.

  9. Your bedroom is quite amazing! Lots to look at. I like pillows too, but my husband - not so much. Isn't it interesting that most men really dislike a lot of pillows!

  10. Your room is fabulous. Your selection of pillows are excellent and with the bedding linens it's all perfect! I'm intrigued with the details!

  11. Hi Nancy,
    Me too, I love pillows everywhere. Your bedroom is beautiful! I love your plaid comforter.
    I am big on linens too, you can never have enough linens.
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

  12. Nancy your bedroom is beautiful! I love the deep rich colors.

  13. Gorgeous! You remind me of my daughter...she loves, loves pillows ~ :)



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