• Creating the Perfect Bed

    styling your bed | Oh Lovely Day | photo by Hazelnut Photo

    I’m a firm believer that one of the keys to relationship bliss is a good bed. As someone who spent the first year of marriage sharing a hand-me-down full size mattress (with no headboard) with a husband who tosses, turns, and sleep-talks, I speak with experience. And since your bed is the place where the magic happens (whether that is sex, spooning, long chats, or just really amazing sleep) it is really important that you love it, right? So today I’m sharing some tips for making your bed a place you never want to leave. 

    styling your bed | Oh Lovely Day | photo by Hazelnut PhotoOnce we were able, the first thing we invested in was a good mattress. We tested it out and choose a king size (so key if you have the space!) pillow-top mattress. I’ll never forget the first week we had it and my husband kept complaining that he was sore and it wasn’t comfortable – because it was too comfortable! After a week of getting used to it he now admits it is the best bed we’ve ever slept on. Which makes us look forward to getting in it as much as possible.

    styling your bed | Oh Lovely Day | photo by Hazelnut Photo

    So, here are the keys to a really good bed:

    1. A good mattress: we bought a king sized pillow-top plush from a local store here in Los Angeles and it is amazing. And it cost around $700 for the set, so we did not spend a fortune. Go buy a mattress in person – lay on them, test them out, and comparison shop. Many stores will match or beat a deal from another store.

    2. A down comforter and soft linens: to me, there is nothing cozier than a down comforter (there are also great down-alternatives if you can’t use down). Feel the sheets in person because sometimes the thread count can be misleading. I am also a sucker for a white bed, so our duvet cover and sheets are white, and I think ours are 300 thread count, but so so soft.

    3. The perfect pillows: you need to have pillows you actually want to sleep on. Even though we have a king bed, I find king pillows uncomfortable. So we have standard size pillows and dressed them up with fun polka-dot pillow cases. Then I threw on some glam throw pillows to add some personality, but not too many that it gets ridiculous. My husband seriously hates throw pillows, so they have to be manageable or they will never see the light of day on the bed.

    4. A tufted headboard: maybe it’s just me, but a bed with a tufted headboard is the icing on a comfy bed cake. It is soft, inviting, and feels luxurious. Sexy, even. I’m obsessed with ours.

    styling your bed | Oh Lovely Day | photo by Hazelnut Photo

    Just writing this makes me want to go get in my bed – I’m probably napping in it as you read this post. And keep in mind your bed doesn’t have to look perfect (ours definitely doesn’t) as long as it feels perfect.

    What is your key ingredient to a good bed?

    Photos: Hazelnut Photography / Tufted headboard & bed: 55 Downing Street / polka dot pillow cases: Emily + Meritt for PB Teen / Gold sequin and dotted throw pillows: Emily + Meritt for PB Teen / “Lovely” throw pillow: Emily + Meritt for PB Teen / gold dot wall decals: Walls by Mur / gold lamps: vintage / curtains, side tables, and lamp shades: Target / wall color: Benjamin Moore Grey Owl

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    1. Posted Apr 16 at 7:50 am | Permalink

      Great post!! Thank you:). Any chance you know & would share the exact name/brand/make/model of your $700 bed?! My fiancée & I have been testing mattresses for awhile now & can’t seem to tell the difference, I’m always pushing for the most expensive, but if you’re happy with yours, I’m sold!!

      • Posted Apr 16 at 8:07 am | Permalink

        Hi Gina – we got it at the Ortho Mattress on Beverly Blvd (near the Beverly Center). It is their in-house made brand and was the king size pillowtop plush version. Sorry there isn’t more info. I know it is individually coiled and because it is their brand was much cheaper than a national one.

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