Last week I shared that our bedding is all on sale (still is). And yes, even on sale it is a splurge. Or for some it falls right into budget with what they would spend. I worked in a high-end design firm for 17 years, everything was mostly out of my budget. But it sure gave me champaign taste, while learning WHY some items just cost more. I visited many factories and watched the process, so I have appreciation for those “splurge items”. I am not going to bash on either side of the budget vs splurge, because honestly both are great! If you are a reader of my blog, I share all price points. I get emails and direct messages saying “even if I had the money, I would never pay that.”
Well sister, never say never is what I like to say. It is all relevant.
One lovely reader asked me, where she could find similar bedding to mine, but for less. That gave me the idea to do a “splurge vs budget” on our bedding! I could have just found similar bedding items online and did a photo collage. But the pictures online of the bedding I found for the “budget”option did not really show how similar they were to the “splurge”. So….I bought it and put in on my bed to compare. Yes, I am returning it and I don’t think Target would mind the free advertising.
Because, I think many of you are going to be happy with the budget friendly option! I link all the sources at the end of the post with a pricing breakdown. The “budget” bedding is 1/8 of the “splurge” bedding! Serena & Lily Bedding vs Target Bedding.
First let’s look at the “Splurge Bedding” (aka, what is in our bed)-
Now let’s look at the “Budget Bedding”–
Similar right? Basically you can get all of the “budget” bedding for the price of what just the linen duvet costs on the “splurge” bed! Go ahead….go back up to the”splurge” bedding and compare! Is there a difference? Yes. But if you had never owned the “splurge” you would be completely happy as a little camper with the “budget” bedding.
The white quilts are different- the look is very similar. But the feel is different. Both are very nice quilts. But I do want to mention why the “splurge” is more- “It is has a lightweight layer features quilted linen that reverses to airy cotton voile for a great material mix”. The “splurge” is maybe slightly bigger. But both came to the top rail of my bed to hide the mattress.
I played around with a throw vs a blanket at the end of the bed. The chunky hand-knitted wool throw that is on my bed is a big, huge “splurge”. But I have seen nothing like it! You can have a gorgeous bed with a generous blanket at the end of your bed too. Especially if you have a king bed, a smaller throw will not work. Like the fur throw option I shared below. You could layer both at the end to try to get the chunky knitted throw look!
I did find a great throw option that is similar to mine! It is made of 85% acrylic 15% wool. The size would work great on a king or a queen bed! Find it HERE.
The linen duvet I found is so pretty and soft. It comes in a couple colors too. I think it is a perfect option. Also the shams I used for the “budget” are so very similar that I would go with those without question. But don’t forget how important the inserts are in the duvet and the pillows. That is what makes the “budget” bedding still look like a “splurge”!
Here is a budget breakdown- you can immediately tell a price difference.
Budget Linen Bedding-
Standard Sham- Cotton/Cashmere (pebble) HERE $25
Euro Sham- Linen (cream) HERE $35
Duvet- Linen (gray) HERE $110
Quilt- Linen/Cotton (white) HERE $99
Sheet Set- Supima 700 Thread Count (white) HERE $90
Blanket- Acrylic and Wool Combo HERE $199
Blanket- Cable Knit (cream) HERE $59
Faux Fur Throw (cream) HERE $35
Floral Pillow HERE
Stripe Pillow HERE
*If you are looking for a budget friendly bed skirt- check out THIS linen option.
*If you are looking for a knitted wool blanket you can find similar HERE
PS- If you would like to support my blog but want to go get it from the store you can order online and do the “pick up at your store” option. This also allows you to check if your store has it in-stock! That gives me “credit” aka a small commission for sharing these ideas with you. Thanks for supporting my blog just by reading it!!!
28″ Euro Insert HERE (Both of the Euro Sham Covers are 26″ this is why I size up on my inserts, looks better!)
Duvet Insert HERE (down alternative) I have had my duvet insert for YEARS! Really nothing compares to a really full insert. You could always do two inexpensive inserts or if you have a king bed. I actually use a king insert inside my queen duvet cover.
Standard Sham Insert HERE you could also use a king sham insert inside a standard sham
Serena & Lily Linen Bedding-
Quilt- Linen (white) HERE $358
Duvet- Linen (heather fog) HERE $298
Standard Sham (flax) HERE $78
Euro Sham (white) HERE $88
Sheet Set- Linen (white) HERE $298
Throw Hand-Knitted wool (cream) HERE $598
Floral Pillow HERE
You can see the full blog post on my bedding and a video on how to make it fluffy HERE
I also did a blog post on how to make a King Bed HERE and answers to your Most Asked Bedding Questions
Let me know if you have any questions on either of the bedding options!