After sleeping in over a dozen different hotel beds so far this year and noticing how each room's design affected my quality of sleep, I started giving our own bedroom decor a bit more thought. With summer on it's way, it was time to stow our heavy comforter, but I also wanted to bring in some more color to brighten up the space.
Despite my mostly-neutral wardrobe, I am consistently drawn to pretty spaces that layer lots of bright colors and bold patterns. But since I have not yet figured out a way to permanently live inside Anthropologie, or convince my husband that there's no such thing as too many throw pillows, our space needs to be as practical as it is pleasing to look at.
I had purchased a small floral pillowcase in India, because I loved the colors for a baby's nursery someday, but since it clashed with our current comforter, it was quickly tucked away on a shelf. When I stumbled across this quilt and shams during Anthropologie's annual summer sale a few weeks ago, I immediately wondered if they would work with the little floral pillow.
The quilt is made from seriously the softest cotton I have ever felt. According to their website, each one takes over 72 hours, 60 hands, and 13 different processes to make. After personally failing miserably during both our block-printing and tie-dye demonstrations in India, I have a deep appreciation for the the skills required to create something so beautiful. And, as my husband can confirm, 9 times out of 10 that I drag him to go into Anthropologie, I leave empty handed because I cannot justify spending my life savings on a shirt or bowl that would spend most of it's life in a closet or cabinet. This quilt, though, felt like buying a massive piece of art that would be on display, front and center, for many years to come, and could instantly transform our entire room.
After bringing home the goods and taking my time to make up our bed, I pulled out the little pillow from India and was thrilled that it was a perfect fit! I love how our whole space feels brighter and more energized simply by mixing up our bedding.