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Create a Home You Love

Create a Home You Love
The layered bedding makes this guest room a cozy oasis.
Photographed by Audrie Dollins, Courtesy of Quarto Publishing Group

Now more than ever, our homes are a refuge and sanctuary from the outside world. In her brand-new book, A Blissful Nest: Designing a Stylish and Well-Loved Home (2021; Rock Point, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group), interior designer and blogger Rebekah Dempsey shares ideas for decorating every room in your home, plus outdoor spaces, in a way that meets your needs and reflects your personal style.

The book is divided by living areas and includes tips, checklists and DIY projects for each room. For example, the chapter on baths features a how-to for a mojito sugar scrub and a step-by-step guide to organizing your linen closet, along with space planning ideas and storage options. You’ll also find helpful information about decorating with trends and selecting paint colors.

Just in time for cooler autumn nights, here is an excerpt with Rebekah’s tips for making a layered, cozy bed:

1. Begin with the fitted sheet. The first step is to cover your mattress with a freshly laundered fitted sheet. I prefer fitted sheets with deep pockets so they’re snug and fit fully over the edge of the mattress. Typically, I like to use white sheets because they look crisp, are easy to clean with bleach, and go with every bedding set. Fluff them in the dryer for 10 minutes with a damp cloth thrown in to get them wrinkle-free and crisp. Add some wool dryer balls with a little lemongrass essential oil on them.

2. Lay the flat sheet. Lay the flat sheet on the bed upside down and pull it as far up to the top of the bed as you can. Then when you fold it over the duvet, you will see the pretty edge of the sheet. Fold in the ends at the bottom of the bed under the mattress. For an extra finish, you can press your sheets if they are still wrinkled from the dryer. I like to use a hand steamer to press out the wrinkles once the bed is made.

3. Lay a duvet over the flat sheet. The next piece of bedding I add is a duvet on top of the flat sheet. I typically use a plain white duvet cover for the duvet fill, or simply layer another flat sheet on top of the duvet. During warmer months, I switch and use a lightweight coverlet, which can be cooler than a duvet.

4. Layer a second duvet at the end of the bed. This is my biggest trick for making a bed look full and fluffy: add a second duvet to the bed. This is when I like to use patterned bedding to add color and visual impact. Fold over the second duvet a third of the way from the top to expose and show the underside. This is especially fun when the back has a different pattern. Make sure when you fold it over the end of the bed that it falls below the mattress and covers the end of the other duvet.

5. Add a coverlet loosely across the middle. The next step is to add a coverlet to the middle section of the bed. This is another designer trick to making a bed look full and cozy. I gather the coverlet together loosely and drape it over the middle section of the bed, right on top of the exposed portion of the first duvet and over a little bit of the second duvet. During the winter, guests love having the option of multiple blankets on their bed.

You can find more tips in A Blissful Nest: Designing a Stylish and Well-Loved Home. Excerpted with permission from Quarto Publishing Group. Find even more of Rebekah’s ideas on her blog, A Blissful Nest.

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A Blissful Nest author Rebekah Dempsey fluffs the pillows on her guest room bed.
Photographed by Audrie Dollins, Courtesy of Quarto Publishing Group
 

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