Photo: Amy Neunsinger/Rachel Ashwell Couture Prairie
Rachel Ashwell, the designer behind Shabby Chic
and author of Rachel Ashwell Couture Prairie
, says the key to effortless, romantic style all comes down to the "mush" factor: that plush quality that makes it seem as if the bed is meant to be lounged in all day long. Sure, a fluffy duvet helps to achieve this goal, but if you love your traditional comforter, or if we've convinced you to go for a knit blanket, Ashwell recommends buying a feather bed. Adding that pillowy feather-bed layer helps create that plump, lavish look you see in magazines and catalogs—and can also make your bed feel just as gorgeous as it appears.