It all started with a blue pillow.
Five years ago we were living in a small condo preparing to build the house we live in now. As a lover of all things related to interior design, I was busy looking through magazines to find ideas and inspiration on how to decorate my new home. I knew I wanted a serene feel in the master bedroom but couldn't quite put my finger on exactly how to do it. Then I came across a pillow in Stein Mart that became the inspiration for the entire room. It now has a prominent place on my bed and I don't think I'll ever replace it because it was the beginning of the room I now love.
I love white and I love toile and when I was trying to put together my bedroom, I struggled with a way to do this chic and cheap. After looking at idea rooms in magazines I decided to do a white duvet and sheet set because I could do those for cheap, and spend the money on accent items.
Below is a picture of my bed. The white duvet cover and matching shams are from Target. I had a friend monogram them with my last initial. I live in the south, remember? The sheet set is from Wal-Mart (white is easy to do cheap!) but the blue toile print euro shams and bedskirt were my splurge. They came from Pottery Barn. I really tried to find a cheaper alternative to this print but I loved it so much that I had to have it. Sitting front and center is my little square inspiration pillow!
I love the idea of a bench at the end of a bed. This is a coffee table that I repurposed as a bench. I found this great animal print fabric at my local Fabrixx outlet. I made the bench by cutting a piece of foam to fit, covering the foam with batting and then attaching the fabric to the underside of the bench using a staple gun. I learned from my years of watching Christopher Lowell's design show that you can do almost anything with a staple gun and hot glue! Someday I'd like to add a nailhead trim around the perimeter but that is one of the many projects I have on my mental to-do list.
Happy decorating Cheap Mama!