Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pile-Ups in the Bedroom

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pile-Ups in the Bedroom

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BEDS RESEMBLE wedding cakes since the layer-upon-layer "luxe" look of bed dressing replaced the sleek, simple, fitted bedspread.

Sheets show, fancy pillows are piled three deep, and a quilt or throw is often arranged at the foot of a bed like extra icing.

To sleep these days is to perchance dream of the luxurious fabrics and feathers one is nestled into for maximum color and comfort. Of course, color doesn't mean a thing in the middle of the night, so this will be a discussion of the well-dressed bed during waking hours. Today's popular king and queen mattresses positioned on four-poster beds, in sleigh beds, upon platforms or monstrous metal frames so dominate a bedroom that we must stay awake and pay attention. With more retail and catalog sources of deluxe bed linens, customers in nighttime attire are opting for luxury to surround them: High-count cotton sheets imported from Europe, down pads to soften the tops of mattresses; and duvets to enclose a down comforter in two colors, top and bottom, complete with fat cording at the edge. There also are envelope shams for pillows, tassels to distribute and "jewelry" for pillows. Even discount stores now offer multiple styles of bedskirts and bed-in-a-bag sets of duvets, skirts, sheets and shams in a riot of colors and patterns. The choices may be enough to keep you awake at night if faced with decorating or redesigning a bedroom because, after all, the bed is the focal point of a bedroom or master suite. It's where you begin if carpeting or flooring is in place. Everything revolves around the spot where you spend so many hours of your life. Most homes have more than two bedrooms, so there is leeway for experimentation, updating, daring designs. It's fun to periodically pull off a bedroom makeover, so we consulted two experts for some pros and cons of decorative bed dressing. Patrick Korb, a member of the American Society of Interior Designers: "My angle on that is the permanent bed spread or coverlet goes with decorating the room. But I like adding the personality of quilts and throws on top; they're not only for warmth." Korb also likes to accommodate a client who wants to show off an heirloom or treasure. …

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