Several months ago a friend asked on Instagram, “Where do you find cute girls’ bedding?” And I didn’t even respond because I had a heck of a time finding something I liked for my daughter’s room. What I ended up with is just fine, not anything to brag about.
But I’ve been thinking about her question ever since, and I’ve come up with some ideas besides buying a bed-in-a-bag at a big-box store.
Found this beauty in a local shop for $20
Satin vintage quilt. You can find these “liquid satin” quilts at estate sales and thrift shops, and they add sheen and texture to a bedroom. I very rarely am haunted by things I didn’t buy, but five years ago in St. George, Utah, I waited on day too long to buy a yellow satin comforter at a vintage store; when I went back, it was gone. These are beautiful in person. Plus, they feel classic and inherently feminine, regardless of the color. Bonus: They are often backed with a different-color silky fabric, so it’s like getting two blankets in one.
If you aren’t into vintage linens because you think they’re gross, Target’s Opalhouse line includes a comforter with satin backing. My sister has one, and it makes her room look so lush.
Patchwork quilt. Nothing feels more no-place-like-home than a true pieced quilt. Again, you can find these secondhand, and often with beautiful applique details, but you can also buy them new; Macy’s is a good place to look. Here are a few pretty ones available now (click on the photo for links):
You’ve got options when you choose a quilt. You can use it as the main bedspread with a blanket folded at the foot of the bed, or you can fold it at the foot of the bed and use something simple for the bedspread.
Eyelet bedskirt. Lately I’m seeing more bedskirts, and I’m especially a fan of eyelet for little girls. They feel like a frilly slip, the kind you’d wear around the house after church for a few hours of twirling. Eyelet feels less stuffy than tulle or lace and still adds a layer of texture.
Pillows. If you can’t find the bedspread you like, get something versatile, solid, and basic, and seek out decorative pillows you like. I actually prefer only one decorative pillow on kids’ beds, but that’s just personal preference (and that makes it easier for little ones trying to make their bed each morning). If you want these pillows to look their best, make sure they come with feather or down inserts, and if they don’t, buy one and replace the cheap polyfill pillow. Nothing looks more waa-waa than flat, matted pillows.
One of my go-to projects ever since I was a newlywed is making my own pillowcases. There could not be an easier sewing project than a pillowcase—just use the dimensions of one you already own, cut out pieces in the fabric of your choice, and sew up the sides. It’s stupid-easy. But I tend to go with a patterned pillowcase for the main bed pillow and not patterned sheets because I like to bleach sheets to keep them white and clean. Also, if you’re making pillowcases out of cotton, you can wash those babies 50 times before they start looking dingy.
One more thing: If you’re trying to pull together a bunch of colors in the bedroom, choose a patterned pillow or make a pillowcase with fabric that includes all the colors. This is a fool-proof way to achieve cohesion, and if you really want to make things easy on yourself, choose the pillow/pillowcase first and base your other choices on its palette.
Those of you with daughters likely have better tips, so please sound off in the comments. Also, do you have a favorite brand that always delivers good stuff for girls? Do share. •