Designing a "dream" registry isn't as extravagant as it sounds. It's all about setting yourself up for the home — and life — you really want. There are the fundamentals, like making sure you've got enough sheets to have a clean, fresh bed on laundry day. And then there are the finer points — the detailed, distinctive choices that might make your style lean classic or colorful. For the basics and beyond, west elm's got you covered...starting with a simple bedding checklist and taking it further with a lookbook to play up your personal style.
A Basic Bedding Checklist
When choosing how much to register for, here's a simple cheatsheet to use as a starting point (just add or subtract based on what you want and need):
- 3 sheet sets
- 2 duvet covers
- 1 duvet insert
- 4 standard-size pillows for sleeping
- 1 down comforter
- 1 mattress pad
- 1 throw
- 2+ throw pillows
This way you'll always have a clean bed and spare sheets for guests.
Long lasting and breathable, Belgian linen is comfortable in every season. It's luxe and lived-in at the same time — just follow these three simple steps to effortless elegance:
- Pick accent pillows in the same color family but be adventurous with patterns. Beading, embroidery and colorful weaves all add character.
- For a beautiful drape, pair your linen duvet cover with a cloud-like down insert. (It adds warmth and weight.)
- Fold a bedspread at the foot of the bed for a stylish finishing touch.
A special weaving technique originating in Marseilles, France gives this fabric a lofty, quilted feeling that's perfect for layering on a white bed. A few tips for making white work year-round:
- Make a monochromatic bed pop by layering different textures and materials (like a matelassé duvet with a linen quilt).
- In winter, sleep under your duvet and use your quilt as an accent. In summer, use the quilt and fold the duvet at the foot of the bed.
- Always keep a throw on hand. It adds an extra hint of texture to a white-on-white palette.
When a pattern calls for precision, weavers use a jacquard loom. The alternating warp and weft create rich, colorful textiles like the graphic duvet on this bohemian-modern bed. To get the look:
- Match standard pillowcases to your sheets and Euro shams to your quilt or duvet.
- Neutral sheets give the eye a place to rest when you layer on bold prints and patterns.
- When playing with prints, create a cohesive look by layering large and small patterns in similar tones.
When you register with west elm, you get exclusive offers from partners Riley & Grey (30% off your wedding website) and Minted ($25 off when you spend $50 or more). Plus, enjoy free west elm design services, private registry events, completion discounts and more.