I love how my bedroom looks, but more than that, I LOVE my bed. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a bed I loved. It’s always been adequate. I used to giggle when I slid into freshly washed sheets as a kid, but that’s about the strongest feeling I’ve had about a bed…until now. In January, we bought the new bed frame, which was my dream bed and I caught it on clearance, and a new mattress. We had a metal frame and slouchy, cheap queen mattress for about 10 years, so it was overdue. (Before you think I’m getting all fancy with a new bed frame, let me tell you that I have only bought two brand new pieces of large furniture in the past eight years – our family room sofa and now this bed. Everything else has been purchased secondhand. Just an FYI.)
Anyway, the frame and mattress were amazing and then I had the opportunity to partner with Pine Cone Hill and try out some of their beautiful, super comfy bedding. I have been looking for bedding for a long time. My bedding for the last few years has been a vintage white bedspread (which I love, but it was getting some pulls and frays in it) and some bargain sheets. I have to replace those bargain sheets pretty regularly, because I have an odd habit. I rub my feet together when I sleep…like a cricket. This friction over a couple of years makes holes in the sheets right under my feet! Seriously. Too much information?
Anyway, I’ve bought some bargain bedding with my birthday money or Christmas money here and there and it always fell short. One duvet cover got all pilly after one wash. Another matlasse spread shrunk up so it didn’t even hang over the mattress, much less the box spring. I’m sure there’s some good bargain bedding out there, but I haven’t come across it.
I came to the conclusion that I needed to stick with my vintage spread and be patient until I had the opportunity to get some nice bedding. Enter Pine Cone Hill. I had heard of them through Dash & Albert and I got to see their beautiful bedding first hand at Shades of Amber when I was in Colorado for a workshop and book signing. I was very excited to work with them and the timing was perfect. So, I started the search. I knew I wanted white bedding. White to me is timeless, crisp, clean, traditional, beautiful…all of those things in one. If I’m going to get nice bedding, I want it to work with my ever-changing decor for years. White will do that.
I picked out the Pleated Linen White Duvet, matching Shams, White Petit Trellis Matlasse, and Classic Hemstitched White Sheets. It was like Christmas when the box arrived (and it arrived the same day the bed frame was delivered. Woohoo!) Here’s how it looks on the bed…
Here’s what I love about the bedding…
- It’s very comfortable. I’ve had some scratchy sheets in my day, but these sheets are smooth and crisp. I love the weight of the matlasse and the feel of the linen duvet cover.
- The matlasse spread has a generous overhang. That’s been one of my biggest complaints about bedding I’ve bought in the past. It’s worse than clothes shopping. You try it on, love how it fits, wash it and then it’s too small. Frustrating! This spread hangs well over the mattress on both sides (and it’s pre-washed!)
- The details are amazing. The hem stitched detail on the sheets, the pleats and button closure on the duvet, the double hemmed edges on the matlasse… You can tell it’s all very high quality.
- It gets better with age. I don’t know about the matlasse spread, yet, but I can tell the sheets, duvet cover and shams get softer with each wash. (Hopefully my cricket tendencies don’t wear holes in these sheets!)
Some things you might want to know if you’re considering the bedding I bought…
- The sheets will be a big, wrinkled ball the first time you wash them. This only happened the first time and I was a little concerned, thinking I might have gotten myself into having to iron my sheets, but they smoothed out and have gotten softer with each wash.
- Linen will do what linen does and it will be wrinkly. That’s just what you get with linen. I ironed the duvet cover with a little starch before the photo shoot, but you’ll see it’s wrinkled in other pictures. I’m okay with it, but stuff like that doesn’t bother me. If you get twitchy at wrinkles, don’t get linen bedding. (Or maybe someone knows a tip for smoothing linen?)
Pine Cone Hill has a huge variety of bedding to suit all tastes and styles. Here are some of my favorites…
Of course blue and white…Uma Resist Indigo Bed
…and I love how sunny and pretty the Madeline Trellis Gold Bed is.
…and the smocking. Oh, the smocking.
Maybe I should’ve gone with the smocked? Hey, that’s a good option for the people who get twitchy at wrinkles!
If you have read my blog for a while, you know I work hard and it’s amazing to sink into a bed that feels like a fancy hotel bed at the end of the day. (Although I’m not sure if I’ve ever stayed in a really fancy hotel, but it’s how I would imagine it to be.) It’s one of those things that make me enjoy my home all the more.
Would you like to win $150 to spend at Pine Cone Hill’s online shop? Come on, who would turn that down!
To enter, simply visit their site and look around. Come back to this post and leave a comment letting me know what catches your eye (and they have more than bedding.) That’s it! The giveaway will close Saturday, March 30, 2013, at midnight PST. A winner will be randomly selected and announced on Monday, April 1, 2013. Only readers over the age of 18 and those living in the US are eligible to win.
Disclosure: Pine Cone Hill furnished this bedding in exchange for advertising and a feature post on my blog. All opinions are honest and my own. I really love this bedding, wanted it for my home and am happy to partner with Pine Cone Hill and share their products with my readers.