Every year I attempt to make gift giving more personal and meaningful. But what exactly do you buy that person who has just about everything? In my family, that person would be my mother. Every time that she wants or needs something, it appears the next day. She just goes out and buys it. My mom is a hard working realtor and at the end of a long day showing properties, she loves to wind down and relax. I recently helped her pick out a new bed and mattress and noticed that she was in need of some new bedding. Thinking ahead this year, I decided the perfect gift would be to surprise my parents with new bedding and decorate their room for Christmas!
Go with a Classic
My mom’s impeccable decorating style has always leaned towards classic traditional. She has discriminating taste and only likes the best. I enlisted the help of my daughter Chloe and niece Charlotte and went directly to The Bon-Ton website to see what they offered. My mom has always loved Laura Ashley so I knew I couldn’t go wrong with such a reputable brand. There were so many beautiful choices when it came to bedding sets. Pulling inspiration for the new bedding from the botanical art prints that hang above their bed- a soothing palette of turquoise, creams and beiges.
After spending close to an hour looking at all the fabulous selections, the girls and I chose the Edwin King Sheet Set and Amberley Quilt and Sham Set in Biscuit . In addition to the bedding sets, we also discovered a wonderful 100% all cotton woven dot throw for hanging out and watching TV in bed. This bedding would be such a wonderful treat for them. Finally, something that they needed!
Making the Bed
New king size hypo-allergenic pillows were also in the lineup. After all, new bedding deserves new pillows! The Edwin Sheet Set was so beautiful! It was incredibly soft and the light beige chevron pattern was stylish and classic. I will never buy anything other than 100% cotton sheets. There is nothing softer.
Finishing it off was the Amberley Quilt. With a different pattern on each side it was tough to choose which side to show more of. The girls decided that the dotted throw would look best on the beige mini floral side and I agreed. The white and tan floral pattern would peek out over the folded top.
We layered on the quilted shams and added silk, velvet and linen accent pillows and a petite silk embroidered JOY pillow trimmed in feathers. The Gray Woven Dot Throw would tie in all the colors and add the final layer of warmth.
To add interest I always like to miix a solid with a floral and a geometric. In this bedroom ensemble the geometric is my fringed polka dot cotton throw. You can never go wrong with a polka dot. (On a side note; this cozy throw also comes in red and cream. To shop for the red and cream version , click here.)
Adding Christmas Cheer
Now that the new bedding was on and bed made we focused on the Christmas decor. We added a mix pine wreath with turquoise hydrangea, frosted pine cones, light green & aqua blue glass bulbs and a shimmery gold ribbon.
Fit for a Queen (and King)
To make the bed even more inviting, Chloe added a silver tray with champagne colored bottle brush trees, candles, and more pine branches and cones.
On the nightstand we added silver plated sculptured pine trees. It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Trimming the Tree
Just past the antique maple French armoire we put up a 7 foot pre-lit frasier fur artificial tree. We centered it in front of the window so that when they entered the room it would draw you in with it ‘s bright lights and glistening ornaments.
On top of the armoire artificial pine boughs and silk iridescent green ribbon highlight a glittered Merry and bright sign.
For The Birds
To the left of the tree right above the accent chair are a trio of Audubon bird prints. We collected every bird ornament we could find and created a virtual Christmas aviary. Some of the glass bird have the most beautiful feathered tails. Surrounding the birds are hand blown and hand painted glass bulbs and ornaments in shades of copper, bronze, gold, turquoise, green and champagne. At last, the room was finished and ready for my parents!
A Big Surprise
The second my mom walked in the room she couldn’t believe that we did it all while she was having an open house. Sneaking in the bedding, making the bed, setting up the tree and stand, hauling bins and bags from the basement, and cleaning up took just under 4 hours. It was a gift of time and love and now she has one less chore to do this holiday season. My parents loved sleeping that night with their new bedding. My mom called me in the morning late and told me that she woke up feeling like she had stayed in a 5 star hotel.
The Elf Crew
The girls and I loved shopping the Bon-Ton website. Also making into my shopping cart were 5 rolls of fabulous Laura Ashley wallpaper! I’m not going to share which one just yet. Did you know that Laura Ashley carried wallpaper and a line of soft pastel colored interior paints? I have plans for the wallpaper and paint later on in 2018! If you like to see the selection of colors and patterns that The Bon-Ton offers, click here. Surprising my parents was so much fun. Especially since it was before the Holidays and they had no idea. Now they can enjoy their master suite decorated in a turquoise blue and beige Christmas theme. Now, off to shop and decorate some more trees!
Happy Thanksgiving friends! xo Amie
* I have happily partnered with The Bon-Ton and received merchandise in exchange for this post. Opinions are 100% my own.
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