The Bedroom, Dressed in White

One nice thing about sleeping my days away lately (pregnancy makes you tired)… when I wake up the room is so light and bright.

Our Bedroom

With a house full of pattern and color, it’s refreshing to have a calm oasis in the bedroom. We already had white curtains that weren’t being used anywhere, and I bought all of the white bedding (a duvet set, sheet set, and two extra pillowcases) at IKEA for less than $75. The duvet cover isn’t as textured as the pin-tuck set I had wanted, but it was a much more affordable option.

Our Bedroom

I bought the west elm rug a while back when it was on sale, and I’m so glad I did. It’s so soft and perfect.

Our Bedroom

I’m sure I’ll end up mixing pattern and color in again eventually, but right now I’m loving my bedroom all dressed in white.

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  • iamchanelle
    March 26, 2009 at 9:58 am

    so peaceful!

    and i’ve gotta ask about that cute yellow flower in the vase…where oh where did you find that??

  • Making it Lovely
    March 26, 2009 at 9:59 am

    I picked that up at depart-ment a few years ago.

  • Samae
    March 26, 2009 at 10:00 am

    It’s funny you did this. I did the same thing to my master bath last night. Everything is white and a milk chocolate brown.

  • lesley
    March 26, 2009 at 10:11 am

    wow, it’s very nice :) i love the black apple dunce prints, they’ve always been one of my faves.

  • whitney
    March 26, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Love it! Your room looks so warm and inviting, while still fresh and clean. Glad to hear the West Elm rug is soft – I’ve eyed that rug for a while but wondered if it might be a little scratchy.

  • Sarah S
    March 26, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Hi – this is off topic, sorry! Do you have any fashion related blogs that you follow? I didn’t see any in your Blogroll, and was wondering if you just scouted out all your cute finds yourself?

  • Making it Lovely
    March 26, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Nope, I don’t follow any fashion blogs.

  • Me? A Mom?
    March 26, 2009 at 10:47 am

    ::sigh:: your bedroom is so beautiful and CLEAN. I don’t even remember a time before my kids when ours looked like that. Officially jealous – but in a good way! :)

  • Sarah P
    March 26, 2009 at 10:54 am

    So beautiful! May I ask the paint color?

  • Making it Lovely
    March 26, 2009 at 10:55 am

    It’s ‘Chocolate Froth’ by Behr.

  • Lisa
    March 26, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Target is now carrying a comforter that looks similar to the West Elm pintuck duvet (or comforter).

  • Jessica J.
    March 26, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Love your room! Do you know the name of the duvet set from Ikea (I’m wondering if it comes in any colors)? Or do you love to help other people shop? Because I really want the West Elm Organic Metelasse Duvet in the color Slate (I like the pintuck duvet too, but none of their colors). I need somehting that is solid, that isn’t too light (as we allow our dogs on the bed and I can’t keep white things white) and I’d like something with texture to it. Any ideas?

  • life a colorful life
    March 26, 2009 at 10:59 am

    This bedroom is perfect. Really perfect. Thanks for the info. I have one red wall the color of red licorice (the name of the paint actually) but am thinking of painting it. And “chocolate froth” sounds delicious (since I must be on a food theme with my paint colors…)

  • Rachel B.
    March 26, 2009 at 11:14 am

    this looks so serene. i love it.

  • Erin
    March 26, 2009 at 11:29 am

    I love this! I’ve been thinking a lot about white & light lately. I also love color and pattern, but sometimes I think the littlest pops of color can be all that’s your cute yellow flower, the prints, etc. Where are your shades from – I love those. I need to do something about my “builder blinds!”

  • daily decorator
    March 26, 2009 at 11:32 am

    You are going to really love the calm retreat once baby arrives! Great look-love your headboard!


  • Erin
    March 26, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Also – re: Sarah S.’s question on fashion blogs – one I like is What I Wore ( Jessica posts photos of what she wears just about every day, cites where she got everything and she’s really creative at incorporating thrift and vintage purchases. Very cute.

  • Sarah S
    March 26, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Thanks Erin! Looks cute indeed!

  • danielle
    March 26, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    I’m not usually a fan of white bedding…but it looks so fresh in your home!

  • kellyt
    March 26, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    What size rug did you get for your bedroom? I would like to get one for mine to cover up the ugly carpet. Thanks! p.s. I love white in my bedroom, too!

  • Bethany
    March 26, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I love it all! Where did you get the bedside lamps?

  • Kim
    March 26, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    I’m with Bethany, where DID you get those lamps? :)
    lovely room, as always.

  • Jasmine
    March 26, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    oh WOW. i love your bedroom. it looks so pretty and relaxing. i’ve always had a thing for white bedrooms. those framed pictures you have on the wall are soooo cool. where’d you get them?? i might want some for myself! :) and the yellow flower in the vase is super cool too. this room is inspiring me all over the place!

  • Genevieve Gail
    March 26, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    So pretty! I love those Emily Martin prints too. My room is so dark right now, this is making me think I should go back to light again…

  • luuvely
    March 26, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    reeeeally pretty…i too changed my room with everything white except my pretty faux silk curtains :) i cant let them go!

    but this is sooo cute…isnt it sooo refreshing to wake up with the sunshine beaming in…it makes me feel like im selling some kind of “morning product” on commercial every morning :)

  • Amy
    March 26, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Love the room! Your nightstands are exactly what I’m looking for, do you mind sharing where you got them at?

  • JJ
    March 26, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    I also love the lamps, they would be perfect for my living room. Please let us know where you got them!

    Love your white bedroom, my bedroom is also white and I wouldn’t have it any other way :)

  • Shannon
    March 26, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    The room looks so relaxing. Get sleep in it while you can before the wee one comes..haha.
    I love the bed you have. Where did you find it?

  • Tania
    March 26, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Love the room especially the prints from The Black Apple. So crisp and clean. Makes me want to redecorate my bedroom. :)

  • Tatyana
    March 26, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Funny, I was at IKEA 2 weeks ago and saw some pretty textured bedding and thought of you. I was going to suggest it to you… :)
    It looks great. I love all white bedding.

    By the way, is there a dresser in your bedroom? I don’t remember seeing any pictures of one. I’m having a hard time with what (or how) to display on ours. I would love to see what you’ve done.

  • Making it Lovely
    March 26, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    I listed sources for everything in the bedroom in this previous post.

    Tatyana, there isn’t a dresser. No room! Our bedroom is 12×12, and opposite the bed is my huge freestanding closet.

    Kellyt, the rug is 8×10.

  • jbhat
    March 26, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Mm, I wish I was in there for a nice nap right about now. It’s so serene and lovely.

  • gabbi
    March 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I went the same way with the bedroom, but we used Ionic Sky color on the walls and white crown moulding. The light linens lend a serenity which is wonderfully restful for sleeping and refreshing to wake up to. I’m thinking of using another color and accessories denoted by each season just to inspire.

    You’ve done a fabulous job, love your design!

  • katiedid
    March 26, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Really very soothing and very pretty!

  • Victoria @ DesignTies
    March 26, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    I love the light and airy feel of your room. For me, though, the room works because of your FAB vintage-looking (reminds me of the back of a 50s sofa) brown padded headboard – totally grounds the room, letting the whites/light beiges sing :-)
    Victoria: EdinDesign Interiors @ DesignTies

  • Beth
    March 26, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Your bedroom looks so inviting, works perfect to sleep a day away in

    I love the star on our nightstand, where did you get it? (I didn’t see it listed on the source page) I have a collection of stars like those in my home, mostly glass though.

  • Making it Lovely
    March 26, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    The star was from Pier 1. I bought it years ago and I’ve wanted to pick up more but I haven’t seen them again since.

  • greenwords
    March 27, 2009 at 12:22 am

    My bedroom is all dressed in white at the moment too, I love it, it’s so soothing.

  • Lory
    March 27, 2009 at 7:28 am

    The room looks super relaxing, enjoy it! It’s beautiful. :):):)

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  • Ames
    March 27, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Just curious – what size rug did you buy? Is it a 5X7 or 8×10?

  • Nikki
    March 27, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Beautiful. Like those Philly cream cheese commercials where the angels fall softly through the clouds! I do this about once a year; I have the same duvet/sheet set from Ikea, and the only permanent color in my room is pale green walls (“Crocodile Tears”). Every time I lie down in bed I feel so good.

  • Shashi
    March 27, 2009 at 11:22 am

    The room color is lovely.

  • Copy Cat Chic
    March 27, 2009 at 11:56 am

    I just did a post on that Pin-tuck Bedding from West Elm. The cheaper Target version is only $99 including the bedskirt, shams & comforter ;) I ended up getting the West Elm version though, because I wanted a comforter cover. Love the calm white inspiration!

  • Colleen
    March 27, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    NEED that alarm clock – where did you get it and is it battery operated?

    I am always overcome with jealousy when I look at pictures of your home. Blast this housing market – I SO want to move to an Oak Park Bungalow but would never be able to sell our current condo! I will just live vicariously through you :)

  • The Chatty Housewife
    March 27, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Aha! So you’re the one who stole the hear no evil monkey. I just saw the see and speak monkeys at my local second hand store yesterday, but the hear monkey was gone! :)

    I love your bedroom, it’s so calming and peaceful looking.

  • Amanda
    March 27, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Ok…as a pet owner, I have a question. Do you allow your cats and/or Murray to sleep in your room? My cat Sophie sleeps with me, and I cannot imagine what a nightmare pet hair would be on a white comforter. She’s the only thing from stopping me from going all white with my bedding.

    Other than that question…I’m uber jealous of your bedroom. It looks fantastic!

  • Jacci
    March 27, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Mmmm…. feels very fresh and clean. Nice and orderly, too – great for a nesting mama. I remember running my glass outdoor light covers through the dishwasher right before we had our first daughter :) Maybe I shouldn’t give ideas…

    I’ve been loving that scrunchy West Elm bedding, too. Probably won’t happen in our house, either. I love what you chose, though – it creates the same look for less moolah. Lovely :)


  • laurel
    March 27, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    I am loving the soft muted palette…so restful..night night!

  • Making it Lovely
    March 28, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Amanda, yes all of our pets sleep on the bed at some point throughout the day. The pet hair hasn’t really been a problem though! The cats come and go (Kili, our fat black cat sleeps there all night with us). Murray mostly sleeps on his dog bed, but he does hop into bed for a little while. It’s cute… Brandon usually goes to bed before I do, so Murray hops in and lies on my side of the bed with him. Then when I come up he goes to his dog bed until the morning. Since Brandon goes to sleep before me he wakes up before me too, and then Murray goes and sleeps on his side until I get up.

  • mrs boo radley
    March 28, 2009 at 6:06 pm


  • Heather
    March 29, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Another reason to use lights/whites – I take a lot of pictures of the baby on our bed, and I like it that the background in those photos is so clean. Makes it easier for me to get daily snapshots.

  • Clair
    March 30, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    this is beautiful! such an inspiration. i’m so glad that i found this website. I’m moving into my first place in September and I really wanted something bright, since there are hardly any windows in my bedroom.!! thank you!

  • Trina
    April 1, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Great room! I am IN LOVE with your bed but not too sure if they will ship to Canada. My hunt continues.

    Would you be able to let me know where you got your blinds? I’m looking for something that will diffuse the light without being a total block-out.

  • Heather in Washington State, USA
    April 2, 2009 at 1:45 am

    Ah, white linens. You’ll be trading those in real quick after the baby comes! There’s nothing quite like afterbirth stains, baby poop stains (diapers do leak!), spit up stains, and milk stains. Sure, bleach is good, but patterns are better! Keep the white curtains and uncluttered walls, though. You could even keep the white duvet, but you may desire patterned sheets. Happy shopping!

  • Cristina
    April 2, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Hey Nicole, I have two questions for ya!

    1. Does your bed have a box spring in addition to the mattress?

    2. Awhile back you posted about how you were removing the popcorn ceiling and you had it sent in to check for asbestos. Who/where did you send in? I’m moving into a house in May that has the popcorn ceiling, which we plan to remove, and I’d like to know who to have check before we begin that process. :)

  • Amanda
    April 6, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Is your new IKEA bedding available to see on their website? If so, can you let me (us) know what it’s called? I am interested in some “textured” bedding and would like to see more detail of yours to tell if it’s got some texture to it. I just almost ordered the pintuck bedding off West Elm, then I remembered this post that you bought some cheaper. Funny to now see that your “wish” for the bedding initially WAS the pintuck! Curious about your alternative from IKEA…

  • Making it Lovely
    April 8, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Trina, the roman shades were from Target.

    Cristina, no the bed frame has metal slats in it for support and the mattress rests right on top of those. And to answer your other question, we sent our popcorn ceiling sample to Western Analytical Lab.

    Amanda, I couldn’t figure out if it was on the IKEA site or not… it’s so hard to tell the difference between all of their white bedding! The detail / enlarged shots they have aren’t quite detailed enough to find a match.

  • Alice
    May 5, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Making It Lovely,

    I love the white bedroom and I’m looking for new bedside tables…where are yours from?

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  • Ali
    June 3, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Love your new peaceful white room! Where did you buy the white drapes? Are they cotton? I’ve been trying to find plain white drapes for my daughter’s room…but, no luck so far! Help me please! I’d be forever thankful for a tip on where to buy white curtains!

    Thanks! ~ Ali

  • Making it Lovely
    June 4, 2009 at 10:30 am

    The white drapes were from Crate & Barrel, and the nightstands were from west elm.

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    Great Bedroom! I love the Room and Board Hoffman bed – What color is the fabric?

  • Serhat
    October 3, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Hi Nicole
    You are great designer.I want say so much sentences about your designs but my english is not good.:)
    You are great designer and photographer too
    I know over 15 interior design/decoration blog’s name and Your blog is most quality blog.Your blog like a ELLE Decor magazine
    Serhat (from Turkey)

  • Amanda
    November 8, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    I’m back at the white bedding again… putting it on my Christmas list for Mom. Were you ever able to figure out/remember the name of it?

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    November 16, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    I’m new to your website, and really like your taste. Funny, there are several items in your home, that is in my home. (what I’ve noticed so far: Anthro chair, PB master bed lamps, our master is chocolate and white).

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