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03.25.16 / Bedroom Refresh!

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A few months ago I was craving a fresher look for our bedroom. The blue of the patterned sheets had bled and faded from years of use and washing. They never looked clean. The striped duvet and matching shams were stained from my overnight acne lotion. (Adult acne is my nemesis.) After upgrading to linen bedding in the boys’ room, I thought it would be ideal for the master bedroom, too. We made the switch from cotton to linen four months ago. We’ll never go back!

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I bought two linen shams, a fitted linen sheet, a zippered duvet cover and skipped the flat sheet. Sleeping without a flat sheet took some getting used to, but making the bed is super quick and easy now! Slipping into a bed outfitted in linen is pure bliss.

Hint: To make a queen bed appear wider, pull pillows to the outermost edges of the headboard then fill the gap between them with a fun throw pillow.

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The other great thing about linen is that it always looks good. Rumpled, wrinkly linen is so cozy and inviting in its imperfection, and it just gets better with each wash.

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I think I finally zeroed in on my simple-but-layered happy place when it comes to bedding. I layered the white linen with olive lumbar pillows for contrast. The small kilim pillow – which I had on hand already – makes a colorful focal point. At the foot of the bed, I folded two light throws. The ivory knit provides texture, and the indigo remnant lends color and pattern.

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They also protect the duvet cover when Cheetah curls up at the foot of the bed :)

brentwood home mattress

Shortly after we made the switch, we realized that outfitting an old, dirty mattress with linen bedding is like putting lipstick on a pig, so we hunted for an affordable, eco-friendly upgrade. Mainly, we were looking for something crafted in the U.S. with quality materials (preferably organic), no chemical flame retardants and low VOC emissions. We found all that and more in the Brentwood Home s-bed. Backed by a 120-night guarantee and 25-year limited warranty, we couldn’t not give it a try.

We ordered the queen mattress in medium feel ($800 with free shipping, made to order) four months ago and purposefully held off on reviewing it until we could give it an honest assessment after sleeping on it for several months. Steve and I are both side sleepers who prefer a supportive yet not overly firm mattress. When the box arrived (yep, the mattress ships vacuum sealed in a box), my immediate thought was that they had sent the wrong size. I removed our old mattress, opened the new mattress box (by this point, I was sure it was a twin), placed it on the bed and cut away the plastic wrap. Over the course of a minute, it swelled into a true queen mattress. The kids thought it was the coolest thing ever. It reminded me of those little foam figurines that expand in water – minus the water.

We’ve had two mattresses before this one (a hand-me-down and a new purchase) and were fully prepared for the inevitable new mattress adjustment period. But you know what? It took us longer to get used to sleeping without a flat sheet than to adjust to the new mattress. In fact, there was absolutely no adjustment period. From day one, it felt like we were sleeping on nothing which sounds strange but is pretty much the best thing you can say about a mattress. Four months in, we’re still loving it and sleeping soundly. Steve is somewhat of a mattress snob. (He always checks the mattress tags at hotels and vacation rentals.) He tells me at least once a week how much he loves this mattress. It’s been a wonderful upgrade.

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Bedding sources:

mattress protector – Coop Home (I use these on all the mattresses in our home.)
linen shams, fitted sheet, zippered duvet cover – Vilenda Linen (same etsy shop I bought from for the boys’ linen bedding)
olive lumbar pillows – Amber Interiors Shoppe
kilim pillow – etsy, similar
ivory bedspread – lovee
shibori throw – Morrissey Fabric
shibori pillow – Homegirl Collection

To share the love, I reached out to the nice people at Brentwood Home to see if they would be up for a giveaway. They said yes! They’re kindly offering up one of their s-bed mattresses to a lucky reader. See entry details below.

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.*

Congrats to Dana Leigh and her husband!

PRIZE: one s-bed mattress from Brentwood Home (size and feel to be determined by winner)

RULES: You must be at least 18 years old and have a shipping address within the contiguous U.S. (No P.O. boxes please.) One entry per email address.

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post proclaiming, “MATTRESS ME!”

DEADLINE: Enter before 9:00 p.m. EST Sunday, April 3rd. One random winner will be announced Monday, April 4th.

WHILE YOU’RE AT IT: Besides a good mattress and cooperative kids, what else do you need for restful sleep? I’ll go first. A light cotton tank is a must for me, even in the winter. #sweatysleeper We also have one of these trusty sound machines in every bedroom and take them with us when we travel.

House*Tweaking readers can score 10% off their Brentwood Home order by using the discount code Housetweaking10.

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

1,745 Comments

25.March.2016

MATTRESS ME!!! What an awesome giveaway! Love your blog!

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replied on March 27th, 2016

Mattress Me…Mattress Me…Mattress Me!

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25.March.2016

MATTRESS ME! We’re going from a three bedroom to four bedroom, and would LOVE to get a new mattress for our bedroom and move our old one to the guestroom (we will have a guestroom…say what???).

I feel your pain about the acne crap bleaching stuff. I’ve had white sheets/duvets/towels/washcloths for years because of it. I love white sheets and towels, but I can never get them looking nice and white after a few months. I’ve tried all the pinterest remedies to re-whiten/brighten to no avail. If you or others have any tips, let me know!!

Oh, my one must have for sleeping is ear plugs. My husband snores, joy.

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25.March.2016

Mattress Me! I’d love to try this mattress.

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25.March.2016

Mattress me! Please. :).

I’m a sound sleeper and can sleep anywhere anytime. Benefits of being deaf!

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25.March.2016

MATTRESS ME! We need a new mattress like yesterday!

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25.March.2016

Mattress me! We also gave up the flat sheet years ago. Our key for sleep is 2 full size down comforters. We each get our own. It feels very European!

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25.March.2016

MATTRESS ME! WE WERE LITERALLY JUST SAYING IT IS TIME FOR A NEW ONE AND STARTED OUR SEARCH YESTERDAY. MAYBE THIS IS IT?! =)

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25.March.2016

Mattress me!! This tummy sleeper can’t wait to give birth and sleep on her stomach again!!

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25.March.2016

MATTRESS ME! To sleep well, I need a sound machine (just white noise), NO SOCKS, and my own pillow.

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25.March.2016

Mattress me! I always sleep with two pillows. I can’t fall asleep with only one.

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25.March.2016

Mattress me! I almost always wear light weight pajamas. White noise is nice too.

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25.March.2016

Mattress me!
I need a dark room and covers. I can’t even take a nap without a blanket.

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25.March.2016

mattress me!! : D

The thing I need most when I sleep is fresh air – even in cold weather.

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25.March.2016

MATTRESS ME! We are in the market for a new mattress, this would be AMAZING to win!

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25.March.2016

“MATTRESS ME!”

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25.March.2016

MATTRESS ME!!!!!!! Just the company of my wifey :)

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25.March.2016

Mattress me! Please!!

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25.March.2016

Mattress me! The hubby and I are having our first child and this pregnant lady would love to upgrade to a king bed!

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25.March.2016

MATTRESS ME!!

We are sleeping on an older mattress and it is time for a new one. No back problems as of yet, no “bars” hitting me in odd places (due to fibromyalgia tender points) so we still have some time but soon. Thanks. Beth

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25.March.2016

MATTRESS ME! If I’m not completely exhausted, I can be super sensitive to light and noise. I usually have to cover up the digital alarm clocks in hotel rooms and have been known to sleep with ear plugs in if it’s not super quiet.

Love the new look in your bedroom!

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25.March.2016

MATTRESS ME! I love your home so much. It’s so casual, comfy and stylish. I’m trying to emulate that bit in my new house.

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25.March.2016

MATTRESS ME! I need a new mattress.

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25.March.2016

MATTRESS ME! We sure do need a new one :)

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25.March.2016

Mattress me!
Sounds like a great mattress!

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25.March.2016

Ours is 8 yrs old and after cosleeping with 2 kids we really need an upgrade replacement, so please “mattress me”.

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25.March.2016

MATTRESS ME!

Also, do you use anything special to keep your duvet in place in the cover? Adjusting them everyday annoys me to the point I end up not using a cover unless I have company.

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replied on March 25th, 2016

My secret is to order european duvets…they’re smaller than ones made in the U.S. and fit like a glove.

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replied on March 25th, 2016

So they really don’t slide around at all?? I really want to go back to duvets w/ covers (we now have a junky comforter that badly needs replacing), but I’m nervous to invest in a new cover & duvet to find that they do shift.

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replied on March 26th, 2016

Our down comforter was a wedding gift. It’s standard queen. Sometimes the filling will bunch up in one corner, leaving another spot less full but the comforter fits into the linen duvet really well!! It helps that we don’t have a flat sheet now which means I have to wash and redress the comforter weekly. No readjusting throughout the week though.

replied on March 31st, 2016

Hmm, you know, I have that problem in our summerhouse, but not anywhere else. I think the issue lies in the duvet itself, if the fabric on it is ‘harder’ or glossier and more slippery or if it’s a bit more rugged and provides more friction against the inside of the duvet cover. No fun to buy a new duvet..but perhaps you could try washing it or something and see if that changes the fabric? Sometimes those kinds of fabrics are treated to look shiny for the store so maybe that would come off if you washed it?

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25.March.2016

Mattress me! Oh we need one so badly!

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25.March.2016

“MATTRESS ME!”

A sleep timer on my TV…10 minutes and I’m out like a light :)

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25.March.2016

Mattress Me!

I am so used to hearing my kids’ sound machines over the baby monitors that I can’t sleep in a silent room anymore. So I agree with you about that one!

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25.March.2016

Mattress me! I would love a mattress that felt that great, although I wouldn’t mind some linen sheets as well, but if I got a new mattress, maybe I would spring for the sheets myself :)

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25.March.2016

Mattress me!

This is such a great giveaway!

For a good night’s sleep I need to sleep in the nude ( no restricting clothing), fresh air, read a book and have my husband beside me. :-)

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25.March.2016

Have literally been scouring Amazon for the last three hours in a desperate search for the “best” mattress! So tired of waking up with an achy back :( Please please please MATTRESS ME!

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25.March.2016

MATTRESS ME!!!!!!!

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25.March.2016

MATTRESS ME!! Would love an organic mattress.

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25.March.2016

Mattress me!! I just craigslisted and awesome vintage full sized bed frame for my daughter and have yet to get a mattress, this would be perfect!

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25.March.2016

“MATTRESS ME!”

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25.March.2016

MATTRESS ME!

I have been wondering where your bedding was from, when you have posted pictures. Off to order some lovely linen bedding!!!

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25.March.2016

Mattress me!!

I could really use a new mattress. I bought mine (gently used) about 4 years ago. I would love that is fresh and brand new to me!!!! If only I had the extra funds – a free one would be the best!

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25.March.2016

Mattress me!

Gosh, what do I need for restful sleep?? Babies that consistently sleep through the night! I thought we were there, but molars… oy.

Oh wait, you said aside from cooperative kids! White noise, definitely! We discovered it with our first child and haven’t looked back!

The other thing is funny to me, but it’s being back in my childhood home. My mom’s been in that house for almost 40 years, and it’s still the place I get the absolute best sleep of my life.

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25.March.2016

Mattress Me! My fourth baby is 11 months, and by far my worst sleeper. I don’t think I even remember what restful sleep is!! He is my last baby, so I keep telling myself that this is his way of getting some quality one on one time with his mama! Someday I’ll sleep more then 4 hours at a time!

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25.March.2016

“MATTRESS ME !”

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25.March.2016

MATTRESS ME! We have been sleeping on the same mattress since 1999. It is absolutely time for us to upgrade, and this mattress sounds amazing.

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25.March.2016

MATTRESS ME! I too sleep in clothes like it is summer! And is has to be pretty dark, no night lights.

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25.March.2016

MATTRESS ME! I can’t sleep without a ceiling fan running most nights.

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25.March.2016

Mattress Me! My husband complains about our mattress once a week, would love to try this brand

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25.March.2016

MATTRESS ME!

I must have a noise machine or a loud humidifier to sleep. We even have noise machine apps for when we travel.

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25.March.2016

Mattress me! Dying for a new mattress.

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25.March.2016

MATTRESS ME!

I need a VERY cold room! I set my furnace thermostat to 58 at night during the winter and have never slept better!

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25.March.2016

“MATTRESS ME!”

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25.March.2016

mattress me! I have a super cheap mattress in my guest room, I would love to treat our guests to something better! we have overnight guests at least once a month…

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