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Luxury Bedding With Cultiver

No matter how you look at it, the bedroom is one of the most important spaces in any home. From a functional standpoint, they both tend to be (and need to be) the most relaxing spaces that we have. We may have other rooms in our home that are just as good when we’re looking for a place to unwind, but when we’re really looking to switch off and detach from the outside world, there’s just no better place to accomplish that than in the bedroom. At the same time, when we look at the home through a designer’s eye, we find again that the bedroom stands very near the top of our list of designable spaces. In most cases, our bedrooms are second only to our living rooms in terms of the sheer number of possibilities for furnishings, textiles, art and other accessories. But even more than is true for living rooms, a well-designed bedroom can be good for more than just your eye.

For years, scientific studies have shown time and again that sleep and stress relief are both crucial elements in maintaining our health, and a well designed bedroom can provide both. Combine that with a seemingly limitless number of options for headboards, bedding, lighting and everything else that can make a room glow, and you’ve got the sort of space that designers dream of. That’s what makes bedrooms so much fun to decorate, and why a beautifully designed bedroom is always worth the investment of time and creativity (and sometimes even money). But the best part of decorating any bedroom is finding ways to give it that sense of luxury and style that we expect to find only in palatial homes or glamorous hotels. And it doesn’t take millions of dollars or a luxury designer to make your bedroom feel like it’s fit for the stars. In fact, all you really need, is the right bedding.

 

It’s no surprise that the bed is always the center of attention in any bedroom. And the center of attention on the bed is almost always going to be the bedding (though there are a few headboards that can give bedding a run for its money). So whatever the look or feel that you’re trying to create, the bed is always the place to start and the bedding is usually your best bet. That’s great news because it means that you don’t need to tackle the entire room to change the look of your bedroom. Instead, all you need is the right bedding that can take your bedroom from flat to drop dead gorgeous in no time at all. So the only question now is, “How do I find the right bedding?” Well, I’m glad you asked. In fact, I was just wondering the same thing. So to give us all a better perspective on how to bring a bit more glam to our bedsheets, I decided to talk with Nicolle Sullivan, bedding guru and CEO at Cultiver. They gave me the facts on how to spot the five key elements that make for the kind of amazing, top-of-the-line, luxury bedding that will take your decor to new places while being so comfortable that you’ll never have to count another sheep again. The one little hint I can give you right now: thread count has nothing to do with it.

Fill Your Home Without Emptying Your Wallet

Decorating can be expensive, particularly if you have to do a whole room or a whole house all at once. A decorating budget will be your most important tool in making sure you don’t empty your wallet while filling your house.

 

Make a Wishlist

The first thing to do is to let your imagination run wild. Think about all the things you would love to have, whether you think it will fit within your decorating budget or not.

Collect inspiration photos and write down all the things that stick out to you. Are you in love with wallpaper? Do you love the look of wainscotting? Are you attracted to specific statement pieces? Having a list of items you want to include will help you when it comes time to make a decorating plan.

Determine Your Budget

Put your wishlist aside for the moment and create a budget for the room(s) you need to decorate. Be honest about your regular expenses and really figure out how much you have to spend on this project. No decor item is worth having if it’s going to make you feel guilty or compromise the rest of your lifestyle. So figure out what you have to spend – what exactly you spend it on will be decided later.

 

Make a Decorating Plan

A decorating plan includes everything from creating an overall look, determining the floor plan, and adding any extras like wallpaper, light fixtures and artwork.

This is pretty much everything that will go into the room. This is where you want to work from your wishlist. Take all the things you wrote down and figure out what you actually want to put in your room while keeping your budget in the back of your head.

Comparison Shop

Comparison shopping before you buy is very important.

You need to familiarize yourself with what things really cost. Remember to include things like labor costs for custom work, shipping and delivery, and any other extras that may not be on an item’s original price tag. And don’t let yourself get discouraged during this process. While the prices quickly add up there are often ways to get what you want for the price you can afford – you just need to be willing to compromise. It’s not as hard as it seems to decorate a room on a budget.

Narrow Things Down

Chances are that you can’t fit everything on your wishlist into your budget. Once you’ve done some comparison shopping you should have a good idea of what things cost. Now is the time to narrow things down. Cut out the things that aren’t practical for your budget, and make adjustments where you can. This may mean opting for pre-fab bookshelves instead of built-in cabinets, or store-bought curtains instead of custom window treatments. In some cases it’s a matter of making minor adjustments to still get the same look.

 For instance, if you fall in love with a $5,000 sofa look around for something in a similar shape but perhaps with a different type of filling. Chances are good that you can find something you like just as much for a smaller price.

Winter Blahs With Scandinavian Decor

It is freezing, cold outside and you are stuck inside for God knows how long. Worse, your home feels like a dank cave instead of a snug haven. No wonder you feel gloomy.

 

It is time to banish your winter woes with a little Scandinavian style.

 

Nordic winters are long, dark and brutal. Do locals dread the frigid weather? Surprisingly not. In fact, Scandinavians celebrate the frostiest season and boosting indoor coziness is a big part of the party.

 

To make life inside comfy-cozy this winter, implement a few of these 13 Scandinavian décor trends.

This hand-knit blanket has dethroned the sheepskin throw as the comforter of choice in many Scandinavian homes.

 

In fact, Nordic décor bloggers have been raving about these outrageously chunky and wonderfully cozy, wool blankets all over the interweb.

 

If you have seen one before, there’s a mighty fine chance it was knit by Anna Marinenko — using her arms as oversized needles.

 

Arm knitting is not a brand-new thing judging by the number of how to videos found online. However, Marinenko, who got her start selling on Etsy, might be the only person on the planet who turned this pastime into a success full-time business. Her company is called Ohhio.

 

Happy customers say her knits are amazingly soft. However, this form of comfort does not come cheap. An extra large blanket, which is considered queen-sized here in the States, retails for around $900 USD.

However, you could knit one yourself for a whole lot less.

Marinenko also sells supplies for creating chunky knits. Spools of bulky Merino yarn start at $59. Do you prefer to knit the traditional way? You can pick up a pair of oversized circular needles for $55.

Wall Panels Will Make You Drool

Simply put, you cannot duplicate the look of these walls on your own; you need help. And help is on the way in the form of textured 3D wall panels, an innovation that most homeowners don’t know about.

 

Formerly found only in fancy cocktail lounges and boutique hotels, textured panels are slowly finding their way into the home as cool, unique, and jaw-droppingly amazing wall coverings for kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms.

 

Pictured: Soelberg Industries’ panel called Stillare, installed in the Pepperwood Residence, Sandy, UT.

This lovely textured panel is from Soelberg and is called Piastra. Piastra comes in planks (Soelberg terms them slats) ranging from 4″ x 12″ all the way up to 6″ x 36″.

 

The pictured panels are created from MDF and they mimic beechwood. But why not just use real wood?

 

Wood is an option.  But it’s not without its faults, either.  Even in interior applications, wood will eventually fade and require re-staining and re-sealing; Soelberg panels’ finishes will last indefinitely.

How can you not exclaim! the wonderfulness! of these panels! at every turn?

 

Shown here is the Caryota style of textured wall panel from WallArt 3D. The caryotais a type of fishtail palm, so named because the leaves resemble the tail of a fish.

 

To me, this pattern looks like the starbursts you see so much of in mid-century modern (i.e., 1960s) style home designs.

 

Panels from WallArt are made of bagasse, a light-weight sugarcane stalk material. So these panels are as green as they get, and leaps and bounds greener than MDF.

 

WallArt panels stick to your existing wall with construction adhesive.