I’ve been slightly MIA on A Little Leopard as of late, and I don’t really have a good excuse except that I’ve been very busy and very tired. Isn’t summer supposed to be all sunny and energetic? Because I have just been drained lately… it’s making me wonder if my adrenals are off or something. Can adrenals be “off”? Is that the right word? I basically just read a headline about adrenals on Goop, so no, I have no idea what I’m talking about.
Anyway, I’m trying to give myself a bit of a rest and do Tuesday/Thursday posts until I can get back in the swing of Monday/Wednesday/Friday. And speaking of resting… my bed has been in dire need of a refresh. (Such a good segue, wow.)
I have been trolling Pinterest and home tours for bedding inspiration and how to style a bed for months and months. Here’s the thing, though: bedding is expensive. And before I plunked down a chunk of change on a new duvet, shams and sheets, I wanted to make sure I was in love.
That’s why I was so excited when Serena and Lily reached out to me to collaborate on a product review. I jumped at the opportunity and knew this was the perfect chance to get the grown-up bedding situation of my dreams.
I’m super drawn to all-white beds, so I immediately gravitated toward this gorgeous duvet cover. However, it’s on backorder until August… no bueno. So, I began to deliberate which option would work best with the trendy, Scandinavian/boho/millennial pink-infused style I currently favor, while still being classic and growing with my taste.
I eventually settled on the Border Frame Duvet in bark, and yes, it took me way too long to decide on that color. Black and grey were definitely in the running, too (#neutralsforlife).
Serena and Lily makes incredibly classic, high-quality bedding. At $238 for a full/queen duvet, it’s definitely a step up from IKEA. However, there’s a reason my Instagram bio says “champagne taste on a tap water budget,” so I wanted to do a high/low bedding mix and get creative with the sheets and shams. I love the style of a crisp white duvet and colorful or otherwise patterned pillows. The duvet is a perfect classic base, while shams, sheets and throw pillows offer a way to play with trends without a huge investment.
I actually love my current sheets Target, but they’re dark grey and won’t pair very well with the bark duvet. So, I think I’m going to stick with Target sheets (their prices seriously cannot be beat), but go with a linen-blend, super-super light pink set.
As far as shams go, I snagged some kilim fringe shams from the Cupcakes & Cashmere bedding collection, but that was before Anthropologie started their massive tag sale and I saw these. Now I’m just waiting for the Anthropologie shams to arrive so I can see which option I like better!
Eventually, I’d love to replace my cottage-style Pottery Barn Kids bed with something more grown up and modern (and sans footboard), too. For now, upgrading the linen situation will do. Stay tuned for the big reveal…and find out which shams make the cut! I know, you’re waiting with baited breath.
Is it baited breath or bated breath? So many questions…
Shop my bedding upgrade picks below (including the West Elm pillow I am just dying over), and let me know which shams you’d choose in the comments! Hey, I’m a Libra, I can’t make decisions on my own.
Feature image: Aspyn Ovard