Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Art of Making a Bed

My friend Jill just moved into her gorgeous new home in Traveler's Rest, South Carolina.  You might have seen pictures of it on previous editions of my blog.  Three of our girl friends from Chicago were arriving last weekend  to spend a girl's weekend with us at Jill's new home.  Time to make the beds!!!!!!!!!

Four new beds, four new mattresses, four new mattress pads, four new sets of sheets, and four new bed covering ensembles had arrived in time for the weekend!   Treating your guests to a luxurious nights sleep on silky soft sheets and brand new mattresses is like staying at a four star resort!  And Jill overachieved this task!

First bed- a dreamy gilded wood frame with a gray velvet upholstery- yummy from Horchow!  King sized and so comfortable with a new memory foam mattress, it is dressed in a white embroidered duvet and shams and  Bella Notte pillows. Snuggle up in the  faux fur that has been artfully draped across the corner.

The sun streams into this bedroom early in the morning from the French doors that lead to a terrace- perfect for morning coffee! 

Close up detail of the embroidery on the white duvet and shams.  It was a wonderful find at HomeGoods.  It will have to do until the Bella Notte satin duvet  and over sized shams arrive next month!

Jill placed fresh roses in every guest room.

Every bedroom has it's own bath, which she supplied with luxury soaps, lotions and towels.
Walk in  marble showers with luxury shower heads await each guest.

Next up- an iron canopy bed from Restoration Hardware- dressed in a linen coverlet and linen shams, accented with leopard.   A tartan settee sits by the window.  In winter, the bed will be dressed in tartans in shades  of black, white and red.  A luggage rack- a thoughtful gesture- sits at the end of the bed- also purchased at Restoration Hardware.

It's adjoining bath has a delightful polished nickel and marble console sink,
A bath tub and shower combination is in this bath- the tub to bath Jill's grandbabies- soon to be three!

Bedroom number three- another great bed from Restoration Hardware.  
Tufted linen headboard and foot board are on iron feet. 

Gray velvet Bella Notte bedding graces the bed.  This silk bedding  is so soft and comfortable and washes beautifully.  It is over a linen coverlet.

Next up- the grand daddy bed of all time- a four poster beauty from Ebanista!  With it's four posters soaring high into the air, it is the perfect choice for the master bedroom with 20 foot ceilings!

Satin embroidered Bella Notte duvet and shams are mixed with
a gray silk coverlet and throw pillows from Designer's Guild. 

The Ebanista bed has a taupe velvet insert and French nail heads.

A close up of the poster details- a soft gray paint accented with a platinum gilded detail.

And of course- the adjoining bath.  Honed slabs of white marble are laid in the Versailles pattern.
An air jet soaker tub sits at the end of the bath under a beautiful chandelier.
This home is truly a wonderful place to stay.  With guest rooms on the lower level and private bathrooms for each, each guest can have their own privacy .
As a side note-----
It was funny to hear the girls ask Jill how she made the bed sheets so tight!
Jill is the master of making a bed tight and perfect.  While I was helping her make a bed one evening, she taught me how to make a hospital corner.  Her mother was a nurse and taught her this technique many years ago. 
I found this You Tube video that demonstrates the technique.


Jill said...

My mom would be proud of all those hospital corners!!---I do love making a great bed---- particularly for friends or family to enjoy!!


Very inspiring, as I am almost finished with my reno bathroom and two guest rooms.
Thanks for sharing, very beautiful !


Laurell Banner said...

Lovely weekend at Jill's house. All the bedrooms were so beautiful. The whole house is amazing.
Thanks Jill for the lesson in hospital corners and the wonderful southern hospitality.

Christy said...

Wished I could have slept in all three beds....they were simply gorgeous! There is nothing better than awesome sheets to sleep in. It's a wonderful feeling to feel pampered as a guest. It was like staying in a 5 star hotel but even better because the views in the morning were spectacular!

Katha said...

It all looks heavenly!!! So very plush!