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.
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