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Building A Beautiful Bed With Peacock Alley


Peacock Alley has always been a favorite resource when designing bedrooms for my clients. The quality of the products along with the versatility of design options is extraordinary.

Founder Mary Ella Gabler created a collection that appeals to clients looking to dress their bedroom in the same way they dressed themselves: in natural fibers, classic silhouettes and pleasing colors. Since 1973, Peacock Alley has been an ode to the founder’s sense of personal classic style.

I was delighted to put together a few schemes that reflect various styles for any personality. Whether you are creating a master bedroom as a serene haven, a lively children’s room, or an inviting guest bedroom, Peacock Alley has choices for any style.

The Traditionalist

The Pique Scalloped shams and bed skirt paired with Emma sheeting is tailored, classic and can be personalized with 15 thread colors.

A stack of folded printed sateen sheets in various colors A pillow sham in white with a scalloped red edge and red monogram Corner of a scalloped bed skirt in white

The Colorist

Mix Adagio embroidered sheeting with Pique Tailored Eloise Shams and bed skirt for a vibrant, customized look. Add another pop of color with Rio boudoir pillows.

Folded white sheets with embroidered detailing in various colors White pillow shams with brightly colored edges against hardwood planks Corner of a white tailored bed skirt with black detailing A dozen pillows in various colors

The Neutralist

Vienna embroidered duvet and shams mixed with Lyric sheeting and a crisp Rio bed skirt creates a serene, sophisticated and timeless look for the neutralist.

A white bed with embroidered accents in linen Close up of Vienna embroidery in linen A stack of folded sheets in various neutrals Tailored and pleated linen bedskirt in driftwood

The Basics

Peacock Alley’s matelassé coverlets are a versatile foundation for creating any bedroom scheme. My clients adore them for their durability, wash ability, and that they can be incorporated with other fabrics to create a bespoke room.

I often use a coverlet and shams as the starting point for the bed and then use a mix of patterned fabric for the Euro Shams, accent pillows, bed skirt and upholstered headboard.

No bed is complete without the PERFECT Peacock Alley All Seasons Blanket. It is the perfect weight and I have never designed a bed without one!

Vienna, Peacock Alley's signature matelassé in white, linen, and ivory Pillows with matelassé shams in white and natural A bed done up in natural Vienna Matelassé from Peacock Alley Amazingly soft All Seasons blanket in neutral colors with custom embroidery Country chic bedroom with brown gingham accents Twin girls' bedroom in red and white A modern country bedroom styled in green and linen A beautiful bed styled in white with orange and tan accents Brightly colored childrens' rooms in aqua, hot pink, and lime

About Catherine M. Austin

Catherine M. Austin, interior designer

Cathy Austin, ASID is best known for her curated and colorful style that blends her love of art with a playful approach to design. She specializes in high end residential design working with clients to design their interiors around their collections.

In addition to her training at Sotheby’s, Cathy has worked with some of the country’s most talented designers including Dan Carithers, Jackye Lanham, Cindy Smith and Jane Schwab of Circa Interiors and Antiques.

With more than 20 years of experience in decorative arts and design, Cathy is a well-respected voice in the design community, serving as the Interiors Editor for Peachy Magazine and author of the popular design blog Bespoke Banter.

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  • […] Peacock Alley has always been a favorite resource when designing bedrooms for my clients. The quality of the products along with the versatility of design options is extraordinary. Founder Mary Ella Gabler created a collection that appeals to clients looking to dress their bedroom in the same way they dressed themselves: in natural fibers, classic silhouettes and pleasing colors. Since 1973, Peacock Alley has been an ode to the founder’s sense of personal classic style. […]

    BUILDING A BEAUTIFUL BED WITH PEACOCK ALLEY - Catherine M. Austin Interior Design

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