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How to Dress Up Your Bed for the Holidays

Today I want to share with you a super easy and inexpensive way to dress up your bed for the holidays.

Now you may be thinking you don’t have time to decorate your mantel much less decorate your bedroom. I totally get ya. I definitely find most people don’t even bother decorating their bedrooms unless they’re participating in a holiday tour of homes.

But one of my aunts – the same aunt that makes the best mocha – decorates her bedroom first every year and she’s persuaded all of us to try it in our homes this year too.

Now for the sake of full disclosure, this aunt has loved Christmas our entire lives. When I asked her why she decorates her bedroom before putting up the family tree or getting out the fancy china, she said with gusto I might add, “I want to feel inspired when I go to sleep and I want to feel inspired when I wake up. When I see everything decorated and sparkling first thing in the morning, it makes me so excited and I swear my whole day is better, hon.”

So, after that conversation we started looking for simple and easy ways to dress up the bedrooms in our home with a little extra intention this year. I’ll share more of the room in the following weeks but for now I want so show you how we changed up the look of basic linens in under 10 minutes…

The linens in most of the bedrooms of our home are neutrals which made choosing fabric for this project super easy. If you decide to do this too (and I definitely hope you will) my best tip is to use a color palette that is consistent with the rest of your holiday decorations. I found this fabric at Joann Fabrics on sale. It’s neutral enough to go with the rest of the bedding but festive enough to be used for the holidays and throughout the winter season as well.

Make sure you measure the width of your bed before you go to the fabric store or order fabric online. It saves a lot of time. This bed is a king size bed which meant we needed approximately 2 and ¾ yards of material given we wanted a little overhang on each side.

Another thing to keep in mind is to choose a piece of fabric that will hold color, wear well and add texture. This fabric feels like a cozy flannel but is actually acrylic which means it’s still soft to the touch and will be warm enough for snuggling without adding a lot of extra weight to the rest of the bed linens.

Most of the time I place the piece of fabric over the flat sheet and just under the quilt or duvet before turning down the top of the flat sheet for a layered look. You could also use the piece of fabric at the end and create a bed scarf too.

Changing out your shams and pillowcases is another inexpensive way to update your holiday bedding. The gray velvet pillows are Restoration Hardware, we changed out the burlap sacks for red burlap material and the rest of the pillows are the same collection of pillows that are used each day.

Just to show you how easy is was to change things up in just a few minutes…here’s a quick look at how the bed looks with layers of neutral linens a good portion of the year…

and this is how it looks when the bed is dressed with a little 10-minute holiday intention.

So simple, right? And bonus you can use this same technique for any season not just the holidays!

I hope these quick and easy tips have helped. I need to go wake someone up from their nap ha ha. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. Patty Kennedy says:

    The bed looks so pretty!! Of course, the last photo is my favorite – that sweet little one knew just the right spot for a nap! 🙂

    1. ha ha I was literally only gone for maybe 10 minutes and she had already snuggled up! I had a camera in one hand and treats in the other hand trying to get her moving but she was not having it 🙂 She’s such a sweetie! Thanks so much for your kind email yesterday, I can’t even tell you much I appreciate it and how perfectly timed it was. It makes my heart melt just thinking about it. Sending you lots of love and hugs, CoCo

  2. CoCo – this is just the tinge of holiday inspiration I need to get me on track. Not even sure what I’m doing this year but love your plaid and your sweet pup!

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