Quilt Queen. Denyse Schmidt is undoubtedly the doyen of the modern quilt - using bold colors and pared down, graphic designs rather than more intricate, traditional and, to some eyes, "country" designs. And while we're sure her quilts are worth every penny, we wanted to share a similar look that will cost you fewer pennies.
The Denyse Schmidt Baby Collection set - quilt, bumper and pillow sham - will set you back $225. A coordinating crib skirt is an additional $70. We found this set, in rich chocolate brown – quilt, sheet, bumper and skirt for $69.99 at Overstock.com. A similar look for significantly less.
Before you get your knickers in a twist – of course the Nursery promotes the crib bedding guidelines outlined by the American Academy of Pediatrics. We're puzzled and annoyed that crib bedding is so often sold as a package instead of as separate items (so you're paying for a bumper whether you're going to use it or not - and AAP says not). However, we don't know any parents who don't own baby blankets and quilts. They use them on the floor, for bundling up for travel, or when their baby is old enough to safely use them at night. We'll continue to post about good bedding design and we hope you'll use bedding safely in your homes.
**Edited**: The brown quilt set is not designed by Denyse Schmidt - it is merely a similar look. For the real deal, you will have to pay a bit more, but we believe Schmidt's quilts to be well-made, lasting investments.