Create a Personalized Bedding Set

Happy Sunday everyone!
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I hope your weekend is going exactly as you want it to, and that you are feeling very relaxed and rejuvenated!

For me, the weekend and following week means plenty of work on the house. Which has included a shopping trip yesterday to pick up things we needed for the house…

During our trip, I took a quick stroll into Homesense (Of course) only to fall in love with a beautiful Ralph Lauren patterned bedding set.

Creating a Personalized Bedding Set

It came with two pillow shams, a bed skirt, and comforter. Usually, I’m a duvet cover girl… but since they didn’t have a duvet cover I scooped up the set anyway. I typically like duvet cover sets because I find they are usually quite a bit cheaper than purchasing a comforter set.

Creating a Personalized Bedding Set

When I arrived home I excitedly stripped my bed and decided how I wanted the bedding to look. I have accumulated a few throw pillows and a couple of other duvet covers, which made me realize:

I always personalize my bedding.

Creating a Personalized Bedding Set

I have never, ever purchased an entire set with all of the extra bells and whistles – I always “create my own” set. So, I thought it might be fun to show you how you can gradually accumulate bedding to suit your personal style, changing seasons, or whatever your take on decorating may be – to create a personalized bedding set.

Disclaimer: Please note I am not a professional bed maker, and I refuse to iron my bedding – try to think of the wrinkles as added personality. πŸ˜‰ Hahaha!
Also, The exposed beam you will see has not been covered up as of yet, but we do plan to finish it up soon. Bare with me!

Start with a neutral set:

Creating a Personalized Bedding Set

Whether you choose a comforter, duvet cover, or quilt – a good place to start is a simple, neutral set with the basics. Black, grey, white, brown… whatever your favourite base colour is – a great starting point is to go with something simplistic and solid. Our first set was a $60 white duvet cover set that just came with two pillow shams and the duvet cover itself. It was quite similar to this one from Pottery Barn. (but not staged quite as beautifully!)

Get a few extras:

Creating a Personalized Bedding Set

I personally don’t think bedding looks quite as full and finished without at least two euro pillows and shams – I purchased some inexpensive inserts and had two shams sewed for me. These were plain white, so also wouldn’t break the bank to purchase some. I had all-white bedding for a while, because I figured I could add pops of colour down the road – that and I just like white!

Don’t turn your nose up at the thrift store:

Some of my FAVOURITE pillow covers have come from a thrift store. I know some people feel a bit uncomfortable with second-hand linens, but I make a point to only purchase decorative pillow covers (and of course wash them first).

Creating a Personalized Bedding Set

This gorgeous euro pillow I scored for about $2 and I absolutely love it!

Creating a Personalized Bedding Set

My bedskirt was also a secondhand piece, which I don’t think I’ll be switching out anytime soon.


Creating a Personalized Bedding Set

In the winter I switched out my white duvet cover for the ruffled one you saw in my Christmas Home Tour– the added darker tone was very cozy for the winter, as well as it was a heavier cover and therefore much warmer. I still stuck with a neutral at this point, but as you can see I used both of my thrifted finds to add a little interest to the bed.
I also scored that throw pillow cover for a dollar. πŸ™‚

Creating a Personalized Bedding Set

Whenever I fall in love with an inexpensive pillow I go ahead and buy it. This pillow was on sale for $10 at Homesense last fall, and since it’s made it’s rounds throughout the house. You don’t need to limit a throw pillow to just one room – experiment as the seasons change and when it feels right!


Creating a Personalized Bedding Set

The current bedding I just purchased came with a bed-skirt… but since I love my current bedskirt, I decided to save that for a guest bedroom. Pieces of what bedding you aren’t currently using in your own bedroom can be used in another bedroom. No sense in storing away what can be used and enjoyed!

Creating a Personalized Bedding Set

For our new bedding, I used my three euro pillows with the two homemade covers, and the one thrifted cover. I mixed these pillows with my white shams from our first bedding set, and the two shams that came with the Ralph Lauren set. I then threw the comforter over our existing duvet for extra ‘pouf’ and added warmth.

The finishing touch? My clearance nautical-themed pillow from Homesense, and a knitted throw I borrowed from the living-room.

Creating a Personalized Bedding Set

The over-all tip? Buy what you love, and always keep your eyes open. If you are drawn to a pillow, sheets, comforter, or throw – buy it! Whether you add it to your bedding or use it elsewhere, I truly believe if you really love a fabric you will continue to use and re-use it throughout your home.

I hope some of these tips help you feel confident in creating a bedding set that fits your style, and your budget. πŸ™‚



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  1. It looks lovely Brandi, I LOVE your bed, the detail in the posts is beautiful! I love all the inspiration that I get from your blog!

  2. It is beautiful Brandi! I keep looking at that set at our HomeGoods.

    • Thank you, Pamela! πŸ™‚ It’s such a pretty pattern. I was impressed with how it has an almost stamped-on appearance.

  3. Brandi,
    Love the tranquility you have created in your Master-beautiful!
    Visiting from the Dedicated House-

  4. Looks beautiful for spring (if it ever gets here). Would you mind sharing what fabric you used to make your ruffled duvet? I wouldn’t hate a tutorial either. πŸ™‚

    • Amen to that, Tanya! At least I can pretend it’s Spring in here. πŸ™‚
      It was made with King sized bedsheets!

  5. It looks wonderful and just screams of spring. You did such a great job.

  6. Love the colors and love the room….also love that mirror!

    Hello from Making it pretty Monday!
    leelee @

  7. I love your tips! I’m getting ready to re-do our master and this is perfect! Thanks!

  8. I just had to buy new sheets and decided to be bold and buy blue sheets instead of white. I’m really trying to think outside the box and build my own bedding ensemble. Your bedding is beautiful!

    • Thank you so much, Bonnie! Sheets are a great place to play around with colour – especially if you tuck the top of them over the top of your comforter. πŸ™‚

  9. This post gave me just the inspiration I needed for my bedroom! AWESOME tips! Thanks!

  10. Brandi,

    So happy to have found your blog! I just started following you. Love the bedding!

    Locksley Lane

  11. Great post, Brandi. I’ve been thinking about the elements that make up a beautifully dressed bed, and your post is full of great tips and inspiration. Would love it if you’d share this at Every Room In The House. We’re partying in the Master Bedroom this month, so your post is very timely. Here’s the link:
    I hope you’ll come. ~ Nancy

  12. Stunning bedroom! I actually thought the exposed beam was intentional! I love your bed set!

    • Thank you so much Virginia! The beam is from a wall we had removed to create a larger master bedroom, up close you can see it needs some aesthetic work πŸ˜‰

  13. Stunning! Makes me wish that I could sew.

  14. Brandi, it is so lovely! Thank you for sharing! You are one of the fan favorites at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to the Showcase so you can check out your feature. Hope to see you again tomorrow at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  15. It’s beautiful – but I’m absolutely head over heels in love with that ruffled one πŸ™‚
    Have to pin!
    Visiting from CraftOManiac

    • Thank you Suzan! πŸ™‚ The ruffled one is quite heavy so I tend to use that during the colder seasons.

  16. What gorgeous bedding. I would love for you to share at the weekly Bacon Time linky, if you have not already. Have a great week.

  17. I hopped over from one of the parties, gosh, I have spent a few hours browsing around today so sorry not sure which one it was. However, I just want to say how beautiful your bed looks with the soft blues. I also just bought some Ralph Lauren fabric which is blue and a soft white and have had it made up into cushions (pillows as called in the USA πŸ™‚ for my sofa. It is actually a very similar pattern looking closely at yours.

    I think the overall look has given a lift to your room, it looks fresh and inviting. I bet your thrilled.


  18. I love this bedding so much. So pretty, fresh, and feminine looking! My friends and I started a lifestyle link party called Be.You.Tiful where we focus on interior design, health, fashion, beauty, and things we find inspirational! You’d be the perfect person to link up to our party, here’s the url:

  19. Gorgeous and great inspiration too. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party this afternoon Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

  20. I love, love your bed. Nothing prettier than Ralph Lauren bedding, if I can find this, I’m going to buy it, so so pretty.

    • Thank you so much, Jeannie! If you are in the US try HomeGoods – it could be still there!
      PS I bought mine in a King size (We have a queen bed) incase you do come across it!

  21. Beautiful Brandi! Love the pattern and that shade of blue is so tranquil. Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday…

  22. I’m impressed. Nice color bedding.

  23. The color is great ad did you know what I like most
    It’s the mirror I don’t know why

    Great job brandi πŸ™‚

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