Is it me or is there a serious lack of attractive affordable bedding out there?

Anthropologie has some good stuff, but can get really expensive really fast. Pottery Barn can be cute, but it can also be super marginal and granny. I was surprised to find some good things from Garnet Hill when I was helping Alaina with her bedroom makeover the other day, but again, it’s generally not awesome.


What kind of look do you like? 

Traditional white?


More funky?


Which look is your favorite? If you go for patterns, are they more graphic, floral, traditional?

Where do you go for your bedding?

Any secret resources I don’t know about?

How much would you ideally spend to properly butter your biscuit?

Talk to me.


  1. jenna January 30, 2012 at 10:53 am

    bailey! i need your help! i kept my maiden name but really want to do some monogrammed bedding. should each pillow just have our own initials? or should i skip the monogramming all together?

  2. Jillian January 30, 2012 at 10:57 am

    We did a tone on tone print from Ralph Lauren for our duvet cover with a white on white quilt on the bed. Duvet folded at the bottom with some mixed pillows up top.

    I agree completely… bedding is exorbitant!! I would love something over the top luxe, but find it tough to justify on my budget.

  3. Whitney January 30, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Neiman Marucs, Horchow, Restoration Hardware, and William Sonoma have great deals all the time on their bedding collections. If you go basic, you can find a local company that can do monogramming for you on duvets, sheets, towels, etc (the company I work with charges $25 for duvet monogramming!)…..also keep an eye on One Kings Lane and Gilt Home – they have great deals on designer threads (Sferra, Frette, Yves Delorme, etc.) – I scored the most beautiful YD euro shams from Gilt, and built our bedding around those: a RH white duvet (getting monogrammed on Friday), sheets from Anthro (wedding gift) and NM, and a bedskirt from Anthro that I was lucky enough to find in their sale section which just so happens to match a shade in the euro shams to perfection! Am totally obsessed with out well my vision turned out, but still dream of laying in buttery Leontine Linens….one day! :)

  4. Maggie January 30, 2012 at 11:24 am

    West elm, pine cone hill which NM carries a lot, urban outfitters has some funky fun duvets, also Bloomingdales and Diane Von Furstenburg’s home line is fresh and funky.

  5. Beth January 30, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I tend to go traditional white, with some kind of border on it and a monogram with fun throw pillows in a mix of solid colors, and patterns (for the patterns i get whatever the fiance will agree to without rolling his eyes too much…usually more graphic like stripes). If you go to Pottery Barn and feel the fabric it’s usually the best indicator of what you will get online. Restoration Hardware is another great place for simple bedding but they are also pricey. I’ve basically decided that you can’t butter your biscuit in the most comfy cozy way possible without coughing up a good amount of cashola.

  6. Julie January 30, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I like all white bedding and you can jazz it up with a monogram or a floral quilt as your mood strikes. I loooove TJ Maxx and Marshalls for bedding. You have to stalk those places but I have gotten 500 thread count sheets for my king size bed for less than $80. Can’t beat it. I also like to stalk Gilt and One Kings Lane. As a former employee of the textile industry, I urge you to never pay full price. Mark up is insane!!!

  7. ASHLEY January 30, 2012 at 11:34 am

    hmm. williams and sonoma? id love a bedding collection full of beautiful printed napkins and various cooking glazes..;]

  8. Laura@happyroost January 30, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I completely agree! No good affordable options anywhere. The best I can hope for is clearance somewhere….but then its hard to find a matching set! So I go for the “eclectic” look, haha.


  9. Caroline January 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I must admit that I have a bad habit — eating/drinking in bed. It’s usually just midnight scoop of ice cream or a glass of red wine but I do it, even though it’s kinda gross. But that leads me to my next point, I can’t justify anything other than inexpensive white bedding. That way when I miss my mouth and a big scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream lands on my duvet cover, I won’t have a freaking heart attack. So, even though I would kill for a full set of Leontine’s, I will just have to settle for some plain white sheets from The Company Store, a matelasse coverlet, and a plain white PB duvet at the end of the bed. All in white so they can be bleached. Oh, and I have a set of Garnet Hill sheets and they’re SUPER soft. Definitely recommend them!

  10. Jaime January 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I have had good luck with Tuesday Morning. I know there are some in Houston, but I am not sure about Austin. They usually have some basic Peacock Alley sheets and duvet covers in stock as well as Sferra at justifiable prices. And then monogram, monogram, monogram!

  11. Elizabeth January 30, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    While the inventory is not consistent, I buy all of my nice linens at the Tuesday Morning on Burnet Rd. or at NM Last Call. The prices at Last Call are especially good because they are almost always running a 30% sale.

  12. Kelsey January 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I TOTALLY agree! We’re setting up our wedding registry and I cannot find quality, affordable bedding anywhere. Williams Sonoma is always out of the good stuff. I love Anthropologie’s colors but if you get in their store and actually touch their duvets, you would be so repulsed – they remind me of those cheap polyester princess sleeping bags we all had as kids in the ’80s. West Elm doesn’t often have a great selection on their website, but their quilts are really beautiful in person. And now I’m going to follow the rest of your responses to figure out where to register…

  13. Kerri January 30, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I have had my mother make me a custom duvet to cut costs. Also I just bought new bedding for my sister and she chose stuff from Urban Outfitters. I also like Land’s End. I am very much a fan of mix and match where it comes from, duvet and pillow cases should match, but sheets can come from wherever they are a bargain (homegoods, Ross, TJ Maxx, Target, etc). I would love designer bedding but cheaper alternatives are just fine for me.

  14. Kristyn M January 30, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I am having the exact SAME issue right now!! It is so frustrating! I am actually doing a bit of all three things you mentioned. I am doing a patterned duvet cover, a plain colored quilt and then a few different shams – two that match the duvet cover, two plain that match the quilt that are also embroidered and then some contrasting patterned throw pillows.

    I am looking at Barbara Berry bedding from Bed Bath & Beyond (who actually have a lot of choices and then with their coupons, it is quite affordable). I’ve also been looking at all the department stores – macy’s, nordstroms, bloomingdales, etc. But those can also get quite expensive. I love some of DVF’s but definitely can’t afford them as a law student!

  15. Lauren January 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I hope you are thinking about starting your own bedding line. There is such a noticeable void in the market for variety in the middle range priced bedding. Anthropologie is fun, but its very recognizable. As is Echo or Dwell. I would just love to have more options in term of prints, color, and theme. Because I can’t find anything I love, my current plan is to keep my solid taupe duvet and save up for a Leontine bed cover.

  16. Elizabeth January 30, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I am having the exact same problem right now. I found some cute applique monogrammed shams and a duvet cover from pottery barn. I also like the dot embroidered sheets from lands end.

  17. Carrie January 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I coveted a duvet from Anthro but it was ridiculous expensive. A few months later found the shams in their sale section at half off. Turns out they were able to piece together the entire set (duvet, bedskirt, shams) and ship to me from other stores. So if you find something you love try to keep an eye and wait for it to go on sale then act quickly (or ask them when they anticipate it being marked down).
    I also love Pine Cone Hill, Serena and Lily, Williams Sonoma home and West Elm.

  18. JLC January 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I know, this Drives me crazy–all the crazy spensive linen out there.
    My current bedding is a mix of Peacock Alley and Bella Notte. I have sheets from both and if I had to pick it would be the cotton PA (as opposed to linen BN)… They are better for snuggling.
    I would kill for a house full of Leontine however!

  19. holly January 30, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I’m with Julie to never pay retail. I get all my bedding at Tuesday Morning and have a mix of Waterford sheets (who knew they did more than crystal!) and Peacock Alley. Been stalking some Sferra sets for a while. If I were going to pay full price for funky it would definitely be John Robshaw or Roberta Roller Rabbit and for more traditional I like Schwietzer Linen and Grammercy have beautiful stuff. The other day my mom was like “Have you heard of Leontine Linens?” somebody gave her the slippers and a jewelry case as a gift. I was like “Yes, yes I have!” and showed her your beautiful master from Clifford.

  20. Bee January 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    In England, we have The White Company — which is fabulous for good (but still affordable) basics. Lovely silky cotton; mostly white (as the name implies), but with some subtle touches (a taupe or navy border, for instance). The older I get, the more I appreciate a high thread count . . . probably because a good night’s sleep becomes more and more elusive! By the way, how does Grace sleep?

  21. ShoppyShops January 30, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    My “secret resource” is Roberta Roller Rabbit…tons of patterns to choose from when shopping in-store (unfortunately, the website selection is somewhat limited). I add white shams with a coordinating trim, a patterned pillow, and a throw at the end of the bed.

  22. Brooke January 30, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Do you ever check out Lands End? They have upped their game and have a Jenna Lyons white/coral boardered bedding set that is super popular. Lots of modern options!

  23. Gwen January 30, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Where is that ikat upholstered headboard from?

  24. Christy January 30, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    We found cute bedding at West Elm for our guest bedroom. Super affordable! Considering we have Ann Gish in the master we needed to take it down a notch:) Horchow has sales all the time but it still adds up so fast!

  25. Elizabeth January 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I have found a LOT of great bedding on overstock.com. It is normally very traditional stuff, and shipping is next to nothing, so if it doesn’t work, you’re only out a little bit. I got a beautiful duvet and sham set that had scalloped edges, but unfortunately with 2 puppies, it’s not so pretty anymore, but still feels wonderful.

  26. Cara @ CGC January 31, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Is it bad to admit I just read through all these lovely comments because I, like you, have the same questions! I’m thinking a mix of white and graphic print for us, but sources are what I must find out more about!

  27. Cat January 31, 2012 at 11:27 am

    A bit late to the party, but MONOGRAMMED DUH. Oh, I guess a little bit of mix. A ya know the modern-traditional gal. Tradidional with flare.

  28. Jillian Nicole January 31, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    It’s a toss up for me–I love the simple, polished look of monogram anything, but I’m always up for a little funk as well!:)

  29. TheNOW January 31, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    LOVE that last pic!!! I completely understand what you are going through! I finally just settled on white bedding and then a Moroccan blanket at the end of our bed. I love Dwell Living and have been a fan of Twinkle Living bedding but they never come out with new things.

  30. Katherine Krieg January 31, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    gosh – you make EVERYTHING look so fab, it’s hard to pick but I’m a classic white with a tad bit of charm kind of girl. bed bath and beyond actually has some pretty decent stuff for not too expensive, especially if you go for the uber soft extra high thread count – so delicious to sleep in.
    absolutely ADORE your blog. have wasted days and days pouring through your archives. can we please be best friends? you’re awesome.

  31. abo February 1, 2012 at 12:17 am

    yessss i love a good bedding post!! lately i’m feeling a mix. nothing better than monogrammed but i love the idea of patterned shams and a lovely plaid throw at the end. i recently tried pbteen for monogrammed duvet/shams because they have a better selection of colors. not bad, but they don’t have great choices for script, and the quality of the actual linen isn’t very good.

  32. Diane Bergeron February 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Hi Peppermintbliss team! We just wanted to extend a warm thank you for this gorgeous post, you certainly have an eye for detail, so many bright and fun elements to the rooms. In particular, the mix matched strips and spots and prints, so beautiful. I think that a classic crisp white bedding set is always the easiest – and the most fun to be had with. One can simply change the pillows, throws, folding techniques with blankets, even the table side books and objects to update a new look. Might we suggest Yves Delorme for classic white, and ABC Home here in NYC for decorate pillows and plush blankets! All the best, thanks for the dedicated site! Diane Bergeron Interior Design Files

  33. Brittany February 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    It has been a long time since I have commented, but the Prime Outlets in San Marcos has some awesome bedding choices.

    I work at the Pottery Barn Outlet, and we opened up a Williams-Sonoma Home section this weekend.

    However, the really good stuff comes from the online-returns boxes.

  34. Katherine July 11, 2012 at 12:26 pm


    The EXACT same print as Leontine

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