A new duvet is a single-project solution that can create a big change in your bedroom decor. One side of our duvet is a solid color, which complements the pretty print on the other side. With a quick flip of the bedding, you have two completely different looks. Find out how easy it is to sew your own duvet cover, then head to the fabric store to play with some complementary colors and prints. I found my fabric while shopping in the Garment District in New York City. The fabric isn't traditional home dec fabric - it has a slight stretch as well as a sateen finish. I thought it looked quite luxurious for bedding, and it's wonderfully soft. The lesson learned from that trip is this: Don't limit your shopping to the home decor section - sometimes the greatest ideas strike you while browsing in the 'wrong' place!
Add rows and rows of fun decorative stitching and bright novelty ribbon to store-bought sheets and you have custom bed linens that are simple yet sassy. We chose a nautical theme in bright blues and greens – a perfect contrast to the pale yellow of the sheets. Why count sheep when your little sailor can nod off counting tiny sail boats?!
Our guest bedroom comforter looked great – until my sloppy cousin, Alfred stayed over and left a felt pen sitting on it with the cap off. A giant black ink blot on a white comforter was a problem. But I discovered an easy way to make a designer-look duvet cover using a couple of sheets from a discount store.