For almost eight years, my answer to the above question has been “yes.” My black DKNY duvet cover with hand-appliqued flowers was one of my very first grown-up home purchases and ever since it entered the bedroom, every sheet, blanket, curtain and piece of furniture that followed has been selected with coordination in mind. And I've always loved it … until one day I just didn't.
The duvet itself is still beautiful, but after moving to bedrooms in 5 different apartments the room has just never come together in our new house. I finally realized that the problem is Me — my taste has changed, I've gotten older, and while at one time the bedroom was the most pulled together room in my house it's now the one that least reflects who I've become.
But since chucking the room's design means I'll pretty much have to start from scratch, I'm wishing I hadn't let the duvet guide all my furnishing decisions for the space. Although I'm comforted that both then and now, I've always adhered to the philosophy of the legendary Dorothy Draper who said, “I think that bedrooms should also be very intimate rooms — they should express your personal preferences in every way...Of all the rooms in the house your bedroom is yours.”
Do you let your bedroom décor take its cue for the duvet or vice versa?
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