The bedding is all done and I love the result, so I'm going to break it down here. First challenge? Pattern mixing. This was the hardest thing to manage. The thing is, it turns out the experts were right. If you keep things in the same colour family and tone, you can mix patterns until the cows come home. It works. I used six different patterns and/or tones of blue. The next issue was cost. Spending less than $100 wasn't easy, but with a little creative duvet-making and some Value Village luck, it was doable. Here's what I bought:
2 throw pillows from IKEA, $12.
1 sheet set from Winners (containing a flat sheet, a fitted sheet and two pillow cases), $30 on clearance.
1 throw blanket from Winners, $20 on clearance.
1 flat sheet from Value Village $8
2 pillow cases from Value Village, $6
2 velvet curtain panels, $24
Total budget: $100, exactly. BELIEVE IT! Actually, a teeny bit less because I rounded up when prices were, say $2.99 or whatnot. And in the interests of full disclosure I should say that I am not inlcuded tax in these amounts. Still, I feel pretty good about it, especially since the curtains were an impulse purchase and not included in the original plan. (They're not shown, but they're basic blue velvet and they really helped pull things together.)
Anyway. I feel my craptastic camera keeps it from looking it's very best, but nonetheless, you get the idea. Not bad for $100, I think. Sweet dreams, babies.