Saturday, August 16, 2008


As you know, I'm turning our front room into a guest room. It'll be great once it's done. Most of the furniture will be existing pieces -- mostly antique. I had originally thought I'd make the room look much like my Amarillo master, which featured Ralph Lauren's Guinevere comforter. I even bought a brand new one off of Ebay, and it wasn't cheap. Now that I've had a little time to think about the room, though, maybe this is an opportunity to go in a completely different direction. Okay, it wasn't thinking about it as much as it was the latest Soft Surroundings catalog that arrived in the mail this week.

I have always had a thing for those wonderful bedspreads/coverlets that had the bedskirt incorporated right into them. If I want to go in a soft and feminine direction, I could go with this:
The catalog's description says: Isn't it romantic...double layered and dreamy! Beautifully antiqued nylon mesh is accented with delicate lace and embroidery, layered over an aged cotton toile and dramatically skirted to the floor. Sham closes in back with delicate pearlized ivory buttons. A generously gathered cotton toile bedskirt is offered to complete the look.

When I first glanced at the pic, I thought the big square pillows were denim. I do liked the idea of denim juxtaposed with the delicate lace. I could order the coverlet and add pillows, etc. from local stores.

I also like this.
Here's the description of the Santorini Collection: Imagine yourself watching the sunset from the balcony of a secluded villa on a Greek island. You can experience that peaceful bliss each night in your own home with our Santorini Bedding Ensemble. The exceptionally soft, 100% cotton skirted coverlet is cut longer than a traditional bed spread to softly puddle on the floor, and features an intricately quilted design created with thousands of hand-guided stitches for the romantic feeling of an antique quilt. The quilting complements the generously gathered, double-layered, attached bed skirt finished with corner aprons and accented by pretty rosettes. The result: complete comfort and contentment every night.

I decided to look into more coverlets that incorporate the bedskirt, and Horchow has several. Of course, their prices are high, and many of these ensembles are very fru-fru, but they're all fun to look at.

I have to say, I do love this. A lot.
Here's the description of Essex: Classic "Essex" bed linens in serene neutrals create a timeless look. White cotton sheet set includes 200-thread-count flat and fitted sheets and pillowcase(s). Imported. Machine wash.
• Gathered flax-colored bedspreads have a 28" drop and may be filled with a polyester insert (sold separately).
• Matching dust skirts have a 22" drop.
The queen bedspread is $349 with a 28" drop. That's not bad, especially, since you're not paying more for a separate bedskirt. Shoot, I might have to get this for MY room, and let the guest room have the all white. Decisions, decisions.


Lisa said...

Funny, I was looking at that bedspread from Soft Surroundings the other day and thinking how I liked it and would like it on my guest bed. :-) Of course, I love your old master bedroom too with the Guinevere! And that last bedspread in the khaki...yeah, that's nice too. This style reminds me of a princess dress with all the gathering.

Yep, I'd say "Decisions, decisions!"

sandra/tx said...

Hmmm... Considering you're probably the first guest to use that room, now I REALLY am thinking about the SS spread. Can you see it with denim accents, too?

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said... ARE a romantic Texas gal aren't you! I love the idea of the frilly linen or cotton or whatever with the toughness of the denim!

Anonymous said...

I love them all! Good luck choosing!

Amber said...

Tough choice, Sandra! I can see the white or khaki in there, too. However, you know me...always a sucker for the RL florals.

Topsy Turvy said...

I like the last one! I think the khaki color and heavier fabric takes a bit of the frilly out of it.


SASSY said...

Last one is definitely my fave. Love that look..

I'd say you probably can't go wrong with any of them!

Devonia said...
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Devonia said...

( I need to proof better... I had three,THREE typos in the first post) Sandra, I really really hate bed skirts that fit under the upper mattress. I really really love these selections you've featured. Sigh, I am intrigued by the idea of the contrasting textures you create if tossing in the denim, but I think I would maybe, just maybe, prefer mattress ticking. Be sure and show us what you end up doing. We wanna see.

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Laurie Spina said...

I have been searching for the coverlet in the second picture. No luck yet. Where can I go?

lulight said...

Like Laurie Spina, I've been looking for the coverlet in the 2nd picture too. I saw this set in a Horchow catalogue 2 years ago in a different color; called to see if I could order it in white and they told me no so I"ve been looking ever since. Could you tell us where you got the picture of the white coverlet with shams and roll neck pillow? IF you have a source I'd really appreciate knowing it. Thanks