I’m not very good at pampering myself. You won’t often spot me at the spa, getting a mani/pedi. It’s rare for me to take a day off from Nell Hill’s. And, I almost never go on vacation, to Dan’s dismay. But there are two things I do to indulge myself, refilling my tank to keep that bounce in my step. The first is to melt into a steaming bubble bath every night. The second is to dress my bed in lovely linens.
For a lot of women, investing in beautiful bedding feels like a luxury. We are happy to fix up all the public spaces in our house. But when it comes to our own personal oasis, we shortchange ourselves with sheets, pillows and blankets that may be functional, but don’t make our hearts light up. Maybe it’s time for you to pamper yourself a bit by sleeping on a gorgeous bed. I asked Kathy and Paula, our bedding design pros, to pick three spring ensembles at Nell Hill’s to kindle your flame. Here’s what they came up with …
Bright and Beautiful
When you look at a spring garden, it’s often a combination of brilliant, showy colors, and soft pastels. I think one of the reasons I love this bedding collection so much is it captures that very spirit. And, it’s just really, really fun. I adore the oversized hound’s-tooth check in a sassy apple green and the velvet green lumbar, with its playful pompom trim. Mixed together, these elements showcase the joy of the season, but with a sophisticated flair.
As the weather warms up, you want to peel off the weight of your winter bedding, but not the interesting layers. Keep your duvet and light blankets on your bed, just lighten them up.
This beautiful two-sided duvet allows you to get two completely different looks on your bed. The fun floral was our inspiration for this bed because it included so many great colors we could pull from when finding fabrics for pillows. One of the best parts about having a custom bed is getting to add unique trims and finishes to your pillows and duvets. Among our favorites are monograms and tapes.
When you build your bedding around a classic color combination, like blue and white, or black and cream, it will always be in style. This wonderful bed has timeless elements, to be sure. But we added a splash of fun, too, with a mix of pillows.
When your color palette is tight, like ours is on this bed, with just two tones, you get a chance to tell the bed’s story in patterns and textures. Our pillows do this in spades. Custom pillows allow you to add in small but powerful trim details, like micro welts, flanges, ruffles and tapes.
The first layer of this luscious bed is a long-drop ready-made bedspread. We have them in white and natural, and use them a lot on our spring and summer beds. They are a hot seller because they are so striking and versatile, working with just about any pillows and blankets you want to add.
Soft and Romantic
Florals are big this season and show no sign of going out of favor. We are crazy about this soft floral fabric and used it as the inspiration for this soft, romantic bed. We adore the sage greens, blush pink and soft blues, a palette of soft spring tones that are ideal for the warmer months.
We often opt for four rows of pillows on our inspiration beds, with big Euro pillows in back, followed by two rows of square pillows, then topped with a lumbar pillow. Here, we wove in our inspiration floral, and popped in two sets of pillows in a sweet pink buffalo check fabric and old fashioned cream ticking. I just want to put on my PJ’s and curl up on this bed with a good book!
Linda L saysApril 23, 2018 at 9:37 am
I was lucky enough to be at Nell Hill’s a couple weeks ago and saw all these gorgeous beds and more. There were at least a dozen. I get so excited when I see them no matter the season. What a great design team you have Mary Carol. And they are so nice at helping to choose fabrics and trim. And I marvel at the exquisite sewing job your seamstress does! Unrivaled. I usually place an order for a couple of new pillow tops each time I visit your store. My collection is growing and I love it. I think these luxurious spring beds are my all time favorites! I take pictures of all the beds so I can revisit them later and get ideas for my next purchase. I’m so thankful that you allow pictures to be taken in your store. Many times as I’ve looked through my pictures after I get home I’ll see something that I missed and then I call your store and have it shipped. Mary Carol you didn’t announce next week’s blog topic. Surely there will be one? I really look forward to them as they are so inspirational and full of so many great ideas.
Mary Carol Garrity saysApril 23, 2018 at 9:28 pm
Thank you so much for sharing your kind comments, Linda. It’s so fun to connect with people who love pillows as much as I do! Yes there will definitely be a blog next week … this time I’ll be sharing some of my favorite lamps for spring, with photos from my cottage.
franki saysApril 23, 2018 at 4:58 pm
That soft and romantic is absolutely dreamy!! franki
Mary Carol Garrity saysApril 23, 2018 at 9:21 pm
gigi saysApril 23, 2018 at 6:09 pm
I am interested in the blue and white lamp(s) and flower pot in the 6th picture. Price and dimensions of lamps would be greatly appreciated.
Mary Carol Garrity saysApril 23, 2018 at 9:21 pm
Hi Gigi. Just give us a call for details: 816-746-4320.
Antoinette saysApril 23, 2018 at 6:29 pm
I adore the blue and white bedding. Could I get pricing for queen size bed?
Mary Carol Garrity saysApril 23, 2018 at 9:20 pm
Hi Antoinette, we would love to give you all the details on that beautiful bed. Just give us a call at Nell Hill’s: 816-746-4320
Claudia Stoner saysApril 23, 2018 at 8:30 pm
All of the beds are simply gorgeous!
Ann saysApril 24, 2018 at 8:53 am
I too have a passion for pillows and lovely bedding. It’s my wonderful treat to myself and husband. There’s nothing like sinking into a bed of fresh coziness❣️
I have a problem though with what to do with our “sleeping pillows”. When I place them standing up the look seems bulky. I think I see in the pictures that those pillows are laying flat with the Euro on top. Is that correct? What do you suggest doing with them?
Thanks so much for your inspirations. I have most of your books. Living in Michigan I can’t visit your stores but I find help through your books and blog.
Mary Carol Garrity saysApril 26, 2018 at 5:43 pm
Ann, we lay the sleeping pillows flat and stack the accent pillows on top of them. Thanks for you kind comments! Looking forward to your next visit
Angela saysApril 26, 2018 at 9:22 am
Do you sell the beautiful sheet sets at your store as well? If not, where are those sold?
Mary Carol Garrity saysApril 26, 2018 at 5:40 pm
Yes! Stop by the store or give us a call for all the details, 816-746-4320.
Tommie Johnson saysMarch 2, 2021 at 5:40 pm
I love both the headboards & 4 poster beds. What are the prices for a king size ?
Katie Laughridge saysMarch 3, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Hi Tommie! This is one of our older posts so it is likely we no longer have these exact beds, but we do have similar ones! If you email us at firstname.lastname@example.org we can get all that information for you!