Julie wrote this question the other day, and it was one of those that deserved its own post:
Hey! …I have this friend (see: SIL) who updates her bedding all year round. I’ve always found this a little frivolous, if I’m being really honest. But if I’m really really honest, I think it’s because it seems expensive to me and I don’t see any way around it. I don’t have to change everything out, but I wouldn’t mind an update every now and then. Our budget is tight. Do you have any ideas or tips on how to do that, and affordably!? Thank you!
And so a post was born. Because that’s a great question, Julie!
Every now and then, I will change out our bedding. But not in a huge update every three months kind of way. I tend to view it as a subtle-layer-rotation-of-updates-over-time-process, that probably happens at best, once or twice a year.
And the only way to do that with our budget, is in a practical way. Gone are the days where we stick with the bedding our parents gave us when we graduated, or a wedding guest purchased for us from our registry because it was super expensive. (I feel like a total ingrate saying that, and it took me a while to move on. But I don’t have the same bedding I had eleven years ago. Sage green in silk covered in dog hair and first born baby vom is not my friend.) Over time, I wanted something fresh. And practical. (Aintnobodygottimefordrycleaning) Whether its a simple throw or a layer of easy pillows, it’s good to mix it up every now and then. It’s an evolving process.
This year, for us personally, instead of bright yellow on our bed for all of winter, I was ready for a bit of a change. If you’ve been stopping by our site for a while, you probably noticed our home is usually decked out in bright touches of color. We do love color. This time, we went for a neutral, textured approach. Jamin was glad for the gender-neutral appeal, and I love the affect that it had. (Yesterday when he got home from work, I may or may not have retreated to this room to write a little and let him deal with the kiddo carnage – it’s pretty relaxing.) Here are a few ways we’ve spiffed it up and kept it thrifty.
1. Work with what you have.
I know. You hear it all the time. We’re kind of obnoxious about this one. But what on earth does that mean?
Start looking at things in different ways beyond the original intent that you purchased them for. Sometimes, I wish I could empty all of the contents of my home into the yard. Then slowly bring things back in, and use them in fresh ways. I think once objects are brought into our home, we seldom consider them for fresh uses because it can be hard to see them differently. While we’re all for purging and simplifying and scaling back, there’s a benefit to having more than one useful item, like a quilt, for instance.
So this year, we traded out the yellow for it’s home in the closet, and simply flipped a blue one that we’ve had on our bed previously. (We scored it over three years ago at a Home goods for about fifty dollars.) Tada! A fresh, white quilt. Layered on top of a plain white duvet that we always use on our bed. Then, I literally walked around our home until I found something else that would pair nicely with it. A white throw from Emerson’s bed that she won’t really miss? Done. Pillows from the living room? Yep. Shopping the house is free and fun. Don’t get caught up and flustered over finding a replacement item for the one you just moved… it keeps spaces fresh to think about them over time. You’ll find just the right thing under your cabinet. Promise.
2. Think beyond the bed-in-a bag.
Gone are the days when the only acceptable thing to put on your bed is that bed in a bag with jacked up prices you grabbed off the display at your local box store. And honestly, it’s kind of a bummer when everything matches. You don’t have to follow a set of rules, and you’re allowed to do whatever you want with it. Once I figured that out, I was a better person for it. So was our bank account.
For instance: I didn’thave any fresh pillows, but I am known to be a bit of a fabric hoarder. So I simply went into my stash (I have purged quite a bit but fabric is so versatile- I think I’m allowed this one and stopjudingme) and while I didn’t have enough for a full on eruo pillow set times 3, I did have enough remnants to alternate for fresh striped pillows. Bingo.
I pinned, stitched and ironed. A completely new look, and they make a nice layering of textures for the winter.
Apparently, some hoarding does pay. Shhh I never said that. I tend to forget the conversion factor of inches to feet to yards. (It took a few over-orders to nail that one. Ordering fabric is like measuring pasta… and my parenthood brain is officially mush. Digression.)
Though I think that learning to sew is one of the most invaluable tools you can have for your home and a super affordable custom look, you don’t have to know how to sew to do awesome things in your home and give your bed an update. What do you have sitting on your sofa? What does your child have stashed in the top of their closet? You never know when a spare semi-forgotten pillow can find a brand new home with a fresh look all by relocating it.
It’s all about brainstorming in new and fun ways to make it work. It doesn’t have to be pricey to be fresh, fabulous and supafly.<—Can we bring that back? No? How about rad? I’m still not over rad.
3. Simple additions can make a big impact.
I purchased one thing for this room and it’s the fur at the end of the bed. It’s not a blanket. And no, we didn’t kill a cheetah zebra fox. (I have no idea what kind of fur that would be) It’s just half a yard of faux fur. I ran the edges through my sewing machine so it wouldn’t shed, because brace yourselves, it will look like you murdered a lion in your room when you pull it out of the box, and tada! I have a new throw. Don’t sew? Hem tape is the next best thing. Who said you have to sew it to count? Bonus: when you’re ready for a new look, it hasn’t been used, and can be a a great pillow/bag/backdrop. More bang. More buck. Or something like that… for your family and home.
Total cost for thinking outside the box and using what I had while purging even more of that fabric stash, and getting an entirely new look for our winter bedroom? Probably less than 25 dollars. We’re just pretty darn proud of flipping that quilt. Yes, it was a time investment with sewing, but I whipped them out in a few hours… and no I’m not a professional seamstress. You would laugh if you could see my edges. It really comes down to what you want to do with your resources and time. We realize this isn’t for everyone. Just a fun take on freshening up your space.
Also, think simple duvet covers that can be changed with the season. They are great and come in so many varieties.
I hope that helps Julie! A lot of this is just thinking of things in new ways (and breaking the rules that your grandmother’s sister’s great aunt’s dog’s cousin would probably never approve of) to save a little money, and have a one of a kind look for your space.
What are some of your favorite tips for updating your bedroom? I would love to hear some of your cheater’s tricks or recommendations and sources that you use. Let us know if you have any questions – Have an inspired day, friends!