Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

An English Bed

We have changed our bedding. From an "American" style bed to an "English" style bed. We loved the duvet covers in England and after sleeping under them for so long, we decided that, indeed, our beds should be so dressed at Linderhof.

So . . . we brought home English bedding!!!

The beds we slept on had a bottom sheet and then the duvet was encased in a sheet type of material (think of a big pillowcase with snaps on the bottom) and that was it!!!

It was easy to make the bed in the morning and, with practice and an internet tutorial, changing the duvet was not that hard either.

We got English bedding for both bedrooms!!!

The guest room before, with top sheet, a coverlet and the duvet folded at the bottom of the bed.
The guest room, English style, with a bottom sheet and a duvet cover only. It's really yellow even though it looks white in the picture and it has some embroidery on it so it doesn't look all that plain.

I like it -- it seems lighter and more summery . . . and, oh so English!

And the master bedroom . . .

With top sheet, coverlet and a duvet folded up at the bottom of the bed . . .

And English style with bottom sheet and the duvet in it's cover.

It's embroidered with pink flowers -- this was an Estate Sale find for only 5 pounds!!!!

It's Monday and my bed transformations -- from American to English are my metamorphosis for this week and so please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday and see all the other transformations out there!


Pondside said...

That's the best sort of souvenir, Martha. Our duvet covers are from England and Germany and one of them is as smooth and sturdy as the day we bought it 27 years ago. I rotate them like sheets, and have sets for summer and winter and sometimes in between. You're right - really does seem cooler this way.

Bernideen said...

What a beautiful new presentation you have here!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Simplicity at its best, Martha. Your new bed covers look wonderful~

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Pretty bedding! I used to have a duvet cover on our bed until we got different bedding. I never knew that the way I used it was 'English style'! I was European and didn't even know it! Our guest room bed still has a duvet as well. It makes it easy to make the bed up!


Beautiful bedding! It looks cooler like you say, but so pretty too and yes!...very English. I love it!! Lots of hugs. FABBY

GardenOfDaisies said...

Your new English duvet covers look so refreshing with their pretty embroidered flowers!! Isn't it fun to go away somewhere and bring some of their culture and traditions back with you?
I made one for my daughter's college dorm room 4 years ago. Knew it would be a lot easier for her to wash a duvet cover than a comforter.
Be sure to stop by my blog. I'm having a giveaway.

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

I do like the English style, and duvet covers can be very creative. I love your guest room with all those books to read!

From the Kitchen said...

We've had an English bed for years and didn't know what it was. Our down comforter is a "year around" spread and we love it.


Maggie said...

Ever since we went to live in Bavaria almost 30 years ago we have had duvets (inside duvet covers)on all our beds and big, squishy, square pillows too.
Your beds look delightful with their new English "clothes".

Mary Ruth said...

Loving reading your posts! What a fantastic trip! I will be back to view more as you have posted a wealth of information and photos! Thanks so much for sharing!

Pam said...

I've a reader and admirer (lurker LOL!) for sometime now but I have to ask .... does your feet feel better without all the extra tucking? I sometimes feel like the top sheet pulls down on my foot. I started putting a bolster under the top sheet to give some foot room. I like my feet covered not sticking out, have you found this to be a problem?
Thanks for sharing your trip ... I really enjoyed it with you!

Martha said...

Pam -- it doesn't bother us. I just sort of tuck the cover under my feet if I want them covered (sort of like folding them in a blanket) and so far it's worked!!! I changed the bedding again this morning and I am getting good at putting the new duvet cover on the duvet -- it's really not that hard.

Hope this helps.

Allison Shops said...

Your bedrooms are lovely. I enjoyed reading your post.
Hope you'll drop by and see the tile floor Jane wrote about for Met Monday.


Decor To Adore said...

Happy Tuesday!

Lovely bed~ a true metamorphosis.

If you get a chance, please stop by my blog and enter the giveaway.

megan said...

Martha: Even though I am British, when we go "home", I cannot get used to not having a top sheet. I find their comforters to be too warm for me, so end up asking for a sheet.
Your beds do look pretty and I admire all your *finds* from England.
Your footsteps there trod in ours in many of the places from last year and maybe we will be going again next year. At the moment we have our in-laws with us from England.