My Definitive 3 Rules of Better Bedding

Better Bedding: Texture

I have a confession to make: I’m a bit of a bedding snob. My husband likes to joke that given the opportunity, I would spend our entire income on pillows, throws, sheets & duvet covers…and he’s probably right! I figure that nice bedding is justifiable seeing as we spend roughly half of our lives snoozin’. To help reign myself in, I have developed a fool-proof way to create bedding sets with a 5-star feel on a 2-star budget. It all comes down to COLOR, TEXTURE & LAYERS.


Bedding Inspiration: Natural Tones

When it comes to bedding colors, less is really more. Think about the bedding in 5-star resorts compared to roadside motels: neutral colors and simple patterns are a surefire way to instill a feeling of true luxury. I like to find inspiration from color palettes on Design Seeds and stick to tones within the same color family. For example, if I’m into the look of a tropical oasis, I will stick to cool shades of turquoise. It’s simple to mix & match colors when you stay within a few shades of a single tone.


Better Bedding: Texture

My second cardinal rule of bedding is to incorporate texture. While it may seem appealing to match an entire bedding set, I like to mix & match materials & pattern to create a more interesting appearance. As a go-to recipe, I keep the bottom & top layers smooth, throw a cozy layer in the middle & top it off with a more rustic look. You can’t go wrong with the effortless look of natural fibers like cotton, linen & wool!

LAYERSBetter Bedding: PillowsTo finish the look of any bedding, I make sure to layer it up. I follow the foldback method when it comes to making the bed to keep everything fresh. To kick your layers up a notch, drape a cozy throw off the side or foot of the bed. Finally, I top everything off with pillows…nothing makes me cringe quite like a pillow-less bed! I always utilize the shams that come with my duvet cover & throw in 3 or 5 accent pillows to create a comfy, pulled-together look.

I love the way that my 3 rules deliver the look I love at a price I can handle! Do you have any tips or ticks that help you recreate luxury looks at home?


DIY: Sweetheart Doily Wreath

DIY Sweetheart Doily Wreath by Lanterns & Lace

I love this time of year…chilly air, stunning sunsets and an all-around cozy feeling that I just can’t get enough of!

To bring a little bit of texture to my home after packing all of the Christmas decorations away, I turned to a stack of white paper doilies left over from our July wedding. The result was this charming, simple wreath that adds a ton of personality to any season (especially the downtime between Christmas & Valentine’s Day!).


All you need to make your own Sweetheart Doily Wreath is:

Corrugated Cardboard

4″-6″ Paper Doilies


Washi Tape

18″ Ribbon

DIY Sweetheart Doily Wreath by Lanterns & Lace

To get started, trace a heart or circle frame onto your cardboard (mine ended up being about 12″ tall and 18″ wide) and cut out with a sharp knife. After you have your cardboard frame, poke holes all over the surface about 1″-2″ apart in all directions.

DIY Sweetheart Doily Wreath by Lanterns & Lace

Using washi tape, cover the raw edges of your poked frame. This is a great way to polish up the side view of your finished wreath!

DIY Sweetheart Doily Wreath by Lanterns & Lace

Now for the fun part…grab a doily, pinch (1), twist (2), thread (3) & tape (4). Repeat this process until you have filled each hole in your wreath frame. I ended up using about 150 doilies for mine, about 2 for every square inch.

DIY Sweetheart Doily Wreath by Lanterns & Lace

To finish your wreath off, attach an 18″ piece of ribbon to the backside, fluff the front and hang! I am so pleased with the way this project turned out, it is such a fun addition to my Winter decorations!