Who doesn't like a great unexpected find? Yesterday I went to Anthropologie to return a few things and stumbled upon a lovely quilt. It was on sale from $348 to $169. Now $169 is still a little high for my price range but I have looked for a quilt for a while that has the french ticking like fabric.
Although the recorded history of ticking fabric is slim, I found a little about the specifics of ticking. Vintage ticking was used to hold the feathers of old mattresses and pillows. It was important to individuals who slept on feather mattresses and pillows that the feathers did not poke them through the fabric. It was also important to keep as many feathers in the mattresses and pillows as possible. The very tight woven vintage ticking provided both qualities. True vintage ticking was woven with natural cotton colored thread and thread died with indigo blue dye. Original ticking was sold only with indigo blue stripes. As time progressed, different colors and patterns were developed and sold. Ticking was also made with washed-out red, blue and green stripes. You can find a little more information about ticking fabric [here].
Previously when I was searching for bedding options I found fabric by the yard at Ballard Designs and that Restoration Hardware carries a line of bedding that has similar kinds of fabrics, but its $$$$. If I didn't have a million other projects going on I would toy with the idea of making my own quilts. The Anthro quilt however, provided me with instant gratification! What I like best about the quilt is that it is reversible, with one side being a little bolder and darker than the other. I put the quilt on my bed last night and decided that the less busy side works best for summer, because it has an airy feel to it.
The quilt is also styled with an iron bed that is very similar to the bed frame that I purchased recently on a trip to Connecticut. As past posts [here] have shown, I have a love affair with the Louis XV style bed. Ballard Designs sells one, but with the cost of shipping and taxes the total would come to around $1100! Unfortunately my post-grad/not yet full-time employee budget cannot afford that.
The bed I purchased was $345.00! It has a French Industrial look partnered with the Louis lines and caning, that adds some charm. My mother calls it tenement style, I like to call it French Utilitarian Chic! But of course with a price like that, the bed still needs some work. I really dislike the current color and faux finishing, however with a little paint the hidden charm will come to life.
I'll have to post before and after images when I am finished with the painting! In the future I want to go into detail about the store Preservation, where I purchased my bed. It's a great find in the quiet corner of Connecticut and definitely worth the trip.