Kids’ Spring Parties: 5 Tips for Versatile Outfits

Spring holidays, parties, and concerts are just around the corner. And with them, a question looms:

What will she wear?

For many parents, that question is quickly followed by yet another question:
What will she wear – that she can actually wear again?”

Whether it has to do with budget, their child’s preference for more casual clothing, or simply a desire to avoid the wastefulness of wear-it-once fashions, dressing kids for special occasions can be a challenge.

Our tip? Take a slightly more relaxed approach. It’s possible to do this without sacrificing any of the panache that makes them look and feel extra-special on the big day.

Less formal, more comfortable clothing lets kids play, run, jump, and generally have fun — and when the festivities are said and done it becomes another outfit in their weekly wardrobe rotation.

Here are a few things to look for:

1. Simple silhouettes in standout colors


2. Delightful details like intricate embroidery or metallic trim


3. Vintage-inspired designs that give a nod to tradition


4. Dance-ready pieces like a voluminous, layered-tulle skirt


5. Leather-trimmed sneakers, metallic slip-ons, and sandals with unexpected embellishments

Once you’ve created the foundation for your child’s outfit, accessorize away with fun details like jewelry, a headband, or a hat to give the look a little extra festive flair.

To see more versatile styles like these, check out the Dressing Up collection.

6 Hygge Tips for All-Season Coziness

When we think hygge (hoo-gah; Danish coziness), we often think of winter, hibernation, curling up in a big, thick blanket — but it’s a lifestyle, something to embrace all year long. We’ve come up with a list of ideas to keep that cozy, happy vibe going season after season.

1. LIGHT & AMBIANCE


A crackling fire, the glow and sophisticated scent of candles, the shimmer of metallic and glass, fairy lights in branches… Whether it’s a gathering of family and friends or some well-deserved alone time, these things create a warm, inviting atmosphere.

2. COZY TEXTURES


Soft cashmere, baby alpaca, New Zealand wool, lustrous silk, rustic linen, brushed cotton… Texture adds comfort and makes you feel relaxed and well rested. Surround yourself with what you love by layering your bed and wardrobe with pieces that make you feel good. Cocoon away!

3. INSPIRED BY NATURE


By all means, get outdoors as much as you can, but when you must be inside, bring the nature into the space. Soft botanical prints, a knotty wood grain, driftwood, seashells, fresh flowers, house plants, and artfully arranged branches can add natural elements to a room. And don’t stop at home — infuse nature into your office or workspace, too.

4. CREATE BOOK NOOKS


Build and share mini libraries around your home. A collection of your favorites arranged on a nightstand in the guest room, a couple shelves in the living room, a basket of books in the breakfast nook or in the dining room. Engage family and guests (and spark conversations) with a wide array of topics and stories ranging from epic fiction and biographies to history and fine art books.

5. CHUNKY CERAMICS


An ideal blend of practicality and art, there’s something truly special about hand-thrown ceramics. Eating warm noodles or oatmeal from a stoneware bowl, hot tea, coffee, or hot cocoa from a favorite mug, fresh flowers carefully arranged in a beautiful vase — all bring joy and comfort to daily routines.

6. SOOTHING COLORS


There’s quiet power in color. Selecting the right palette and tones can help you find comfort, energize your wardrobe and home, and elevate your mood. We recommend shades inspired by nature: a sea of deep-blue hues, lush greens, the soft blush of a sun-kissed morning sky, earthy neutrals and undyed fibers that communicate the lay of the land.

For more inspiration and special picks, explore the hygge-inspired corner of our collection.

Hygge-Inspired Design Tips

With everyone scrambling to soak up as much of the Hygge influence as possible and incorporate the style into their homes, we’ve asked bloggers Kristy and Beth of Design Chic to share their thoughts on this popular trend. Below are five ways that you can instill some more soothing elements to make your home a more tranquil space.

You’ve heard of it around the web, seen it photographed in your favorite magazines and if you are like us, you couldn’t love the Hygge trend any more! Pronounced “hue-guh” – in case, like us, you were wondering – the Danish term applies to anything that is gentle, soothing, and, in a word, cozy.
Hygge-Inspired Home Decor
From candles to cashmere, sheepskin to a crackling fireplace, “hygge” is all about creating a feeling of tranquility and peace. At its core, the trend is centered around embracing life’s little moments and taking pleasure in the simplicity. But Hygge isn’t just for winter. Here are some of our favorite ways to create a more tranquil home all year long.

Make your bed everyday

Classic Stripe Jersey-Knit Bedding
Simply making your bed is a great first step toward a less cluttered, more peaceful existence. Small habits like this often clear the mess and pave the way for serenity and tranquility. And when your bed is beautifully-made with bedding that is a reflection of you, all the better!


Surround yourself with calming colors

Hygge-Inspired Bedding: Tori Wrinkle-Resistant Sateen Bedding
Surrounding yourself with colors that promote calm, restful feelings instead of those that stimulate the nervous system can provide an instant feeling of serenity. In general, colors that emulate those found in nature are perfect for relaxing our often over-worked minds.


Create a dedicated happy space

Garnet Hill Blue Moon Quilt Picnic
From that chaise in the corner of your bedroom to that perfect spot underneath the tree in the front yard, having a happy place is essential. We love this beautiful dock for resting and relaxing – and it’s the perfect spot for a picnic! This charming Garnet Hill quilt is a comfortable and super cute addition that makes for a fabulous outdoor experience.


Invest in a pair of comfy pajamas

Easy Knit Pajama Collection
Nothing is better than coming home after a long day at work and getting in your comfy clothes! The best thing about a great pair of pajamas is that not only will they help you sleep better but you can feel comfortable and cute while lounging at home.


Look for home pieces that are curl-uppable

Hygge-Inspired Home Decor: Colorful Sheepskin Pillows
You know that oversized chair that everyone in your family fights over? There’s a reason for that! Curling up in a comfortable chair can help promote feelings of relaxation and calm. It can even help your mind fall into a restful state before going to bed. A soft, luxurious throw is a must. From the couch to the boat and everywhere in between we can’t get enough of this stunning mohair throw.

Check out a few of our favorite picks from Garnet Hill to add Hygge-inspired charm to your home in droves.

Shop the Hygge Collection

Sharing Covers: How to Pair your Book with your Bedding

Sofia Wrinkle-Resistant Sateen Bedding

We know what you’re thinking: “People actually remake the bed when they begin reading a new book, so the two share a theme? Really?”

Well, no. At least not anyone we’ve encountered.
The idea seems very Old Hollywood, like a challenge actors Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Mary Pickford might have given the housekeeper up at the PickFair Estate in the 1920s.

Still, people do pair wines with food, and wardrobes with home décor, so…
what if?

A novel idea. And with that, ideas for novels …


The Book

Moonglow by Michael Chabon. The memoir of an elderly veteran.

The Look

Garnet Hill Blue Moon Quilt and Sham
Lunar blue sheets would seem to be in order here: indigos, midnight blue, robin’s egg, ultramarine.


The Book

The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews. Riley Griggs waits for her husband to arrive on the island ferry for a summer break. He doesn’t, but a process server does, and off we go.

The Look

Eileen Fisher Washed Linen Sheets
Washed Linen sheets are the answer here, with their casual, colorful, I’m-not-making-the-bed-on-vacation cottage aesthetic.


The Book

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes. Inara Erickson finds a beautifully stitched piece of fabric in her aunt’s estate. It holds secrets that will change her family forever.

The Look

Eileen Fisher Seasonless Silk Comforter
Easy: a silk comforter, all night long.


The Book

Wake in Winter by Nadezhda Belenkaya, Andrea Gregovich. Nina’s graduate studies at Moscow University lead to a path of benevolence.

The Look

Garnet Hill Signature Flannel Bedding
If you’re in bed on a frosty winter night in Russia, the layer closest to your skin should be soft, warm, cotton flannel.


The Book

In the Light of the Garden by Heather Burch. Charity Baxter inherits her grandparents’ island estate on the Gulf Coast of Florida. A nostalgic homecoming soon brings the return of other exiles, each with a fresh secret.

The Look

The Botanical Bedroom - Botanical-Border Quilt and Sham
Turn your bedroom into a greenhouse-full of floral patterns: sheets, pillowcases, comforters, shams.

What about you? Read any good books in bed lately?

Coverlets Uncovered: Rules for a Beautiful Bed (and How to Break Them)

Recently, at a creative design meeting a discussion started about what “the rules” were for making a bed with a coverlet. There was a strong debate and a ton of laughter—and at the end of the day, we determined that any rules that were established were made to be broken.

There are two camps of thought: one says that the coverlet should go on top of the bedding ensemble and the other feels that you can layer it under the duvet like a blanket.

Dahlia Cotton Coverlet and Shams

COVERLETS VS. BEDSPREADS

“The major difference between bedspreads and coverlets is size. Bedspreads are designed to drape down to almost touch the floor. Our coverlets are smaller, but still oversized. They are ample enough to tuck in and use as a blanket layer. Coverlets are meant to be casual, quick cover-ups that make it easy to keep the bed neat and tidy.”
—Angela M., Director of Home Merchandising

Honeycomb Organic Cotton Coverlet and Sham

CAMP 1: COVERLET ON TOP

“If you top the look with a coverlet, you don’t need to use a top sheet with a covered duvet. It’s the European way to sleep. If the coverlet’s under the covered duvet, then a flat sheet should be between you and the coverlet.”
—Katie S., Merchant Assistant

Mina Floral Organic Cotton Percale Bedding

CAMP 2: COVERED DUVET ON TOP

“The benefit of layering the coverlet under the duvet is that the lofty down (or down-alternative) layer is on top. Down should be allowed to breathe.”
—Sarah Z., Home Merchant

Hable Dot Coverlet and Sham

CREATIVE STYLE TIP

“Here’s a styling tip… Try folding and draping the coverlet over the end of the bed like a bed scarf. It will accent the bed like a throw, but provides a full layer of warmth when needed.”
—Angela M., Director of Home Merchandising

Leaf Matelasse Coverlet and Sham

MATELASSÉ DEFINED

“The term matelassé comes from the French word “matelasser” which means quilt. It’s an embossed compound fabric that is woven on a dobby or jacquard loom.”
—Ellie B., Home Merchant

Finding Hygge: Danish Coziness, the Garnet Hill Way

Finding Hygge: Danish Coziness, the Garnet Hill Way
By Shawn Anderson, Garnet Hill Copywriter

Hygge (pronounced hue-gah or hoo-gah) is the Danish concept of sublime coziness. It highlights simplicity, nature, quiet moments, and creature comforts as a path to happiness.
As I explored that sentiment for this post, I realized that hygge (though I’d never called it by that name) has always been an integral part of Garnet Hill. It’s not only in our designs; it’s part of our culture.

Today, I arrived at the office a little later than usual due to what meteorologists would call a wintery mix. By the time I pulled into the lot, blue skies and sunlight poked through the silvery storm clouds. It was quiet, still, and calm. Everything was encased and glimmering in ice. I took a couple of photos with my phone and listened to the Gale River as it flows by the lot. The ice on the shallow rapids made a chilly, clinking sound, serene yet haunting.
Franconia, NH Winter
I walked into the office, the original gambrel barn that housed the company when it outgrew the sugar shack down the road. It’s been remodeled, refurbished, and expanded over the years, but its charm is well preserved. It made me stop and wonder how it was back in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Who occupied my workspace at the front of the building back in the day?

In the reception area, tufted furniture, embroidered Nordic pillows, and a mix of soothing neutral hues — warm beiges, cool grays, and winter whites — greeted me.
Nordic Diamond Embroidered Pillow
I entered the Art Department and noticed a wonderful smell. Moira, one of our web designers, baked this morning, and had placed two ceramic dishes of scones on the meeting table. They were still warm, and their glaze resembled the latticework of icy branches outside the window. Golden scones with raisins and just a hint of orange, they were sunshine on this cold wintry day.
Scones
As people came in from the cold, they gathered at the table, savoring their morning coffee and scones. I observed their signature-Garnet-Hill garb: a coworker layered in a thick marled turtleneck sweater, another in sleek black yoga pants dressed up with a rosy cashmere wrap, and yet another in a simple yet chic black shift by Eileen Fisher.

Our spring catalog sat on each desktop, fresh off the press. The cover, simple yet striking, did not feature a product, which is another Garnet Hill signature. This issue was dressed with a cluster of verdigris succulents and fresh lemon to symbolize the coming of spring. The image was an artistic moment, a reflection of things to come, a hint of the tone we wish to set for the season with the new collection.
Garnet Hill Spring 2017 Catalog Cover

The office was a bit chilly, so I lifted the cotton-fleece throw draped over the back of my chair, the throw we have sold forever, and tossed it over my shoulders while my Mac booted up.

I thought about how much I like this throw: its deep shade of blue, its thickness, its softness, and its warmth. So cozy on cold winter mornings like today, and just as dependable in the summertime when the air conditioning is cranked up high.

Cozy. Happy. This is what hygge means to me. This is what it’s like at Garnet Hill.

Designer Judy Ross on India, Inspiration, and Collaboration with Artisans

Judy Ross in India

In the early days of her career as a designer, Judy Ross commuted between her houseboat and her artisans’ homes in a shikara, a slender skiff with palm leaf paddles used in the lake region of Kashmir. Every element of her life in India was fresh, inspirational, a creative journey.

From her start back in the ‘80s in India with a team of artisans, designer Judy Ross continues to produce intricate work, and now brings those designs to Garnet Hill with a distinctive home collection.

The quality and originality of Ross’s textile and rug collections remain definitively out of the ordinary, and her graphic designs are unmistakably hers. She’s forever evolving her sensibilities, but there’s a constant thread that has run through her beautiful designs for decades.

We recently caught up with Judy Ross to discuss her creative vision and her connections to the artisans that she works with.

Judy Ross in India

“My first trip to India in 1989, I remember walking into a little mud-brick production hut in Srinagar where an early collection was being prototyped. The artisans had put my full-size paper collages up on the walls to show placement and coloring. With all the motifs hanging on the walls, it looked like a gallery show. The artisans support me in what I do, and I support them. It takes a lot of loyalty and the wonderfully collaborative spirit of working together.”

Judy Ross in India

“I have a fine-art degree and studied painting in school. My painting style was always decorative, so it was easy to move back and forth between painting and textiles. Working with artisans, they get to translate my brushstrokes into stitches. This creates a collaborative vision.”

Creation of Handmade Textiles in India

“From hand-dying the color and hand-weaving the fabric to embroidering and embellishing pieces with print, it is a luxury to work with artisans since 1989. I love things that are made in this fashion. All the products I have done with Garnet Hill have that same care and attention to detail in the way they are made.”

Judy Ross in India

“I love India and cherish the relationship I have with my artisans all these years. I really love the colors, the culture, and the spirit of the people. There’s a great sense of humor there and I love to laugh when I am working!”

Judy Ross in India

“I love creating the pillows with artisans and seeing what they come up with and how they interpret the vision with their stitch work. I still to this day enjoy the surprise when I receive my first prototypes.”

Judy Ross

“When I create, I usually use a sketch, a watercolor, or a pen-and-ink drawing. I choose the application: the type of embroidery, the colors, the stitch work. I primarily work with chain-stitching. I love the straight simplicity of it, the feel that it creates — the texture. That’s my medium of choice in terms of how I interpret my work. I approach all my designing in that manner, and hope to get the simplicity and texture in other mediums like printing and weaving.”

Judy Ross in India

“I realized early on that I had an original design voice, and I followed this passion throughout my career, working with artisans in India and Nepal. From my sketches to their careful handwork, a collaborative vision is created.”

About Judy Ross

Judy Ross Textiles® is a NY-based design studio known for its distinctively clean and modern design of products ranging from pillows, rugs, throws, and curtains, to upholstery and bedcovers. Judy Ross brings together color, detail, and texture to create distinctive home textiles. Attracting a loyal clientele, Judy Ross has designed custom pieces for interior designers, architects and major hotels around the world, among them the Hyatt, Hilton and W Hotels. Her heirloom-quality hand-embroidered textiles are included in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Garnet Hill is thrilled to launch our exclusive design collaboration with Judy Ross. The collection includes bedding, rugs, towels, storage solutions, and more. It’s an ideal partnership, balancing Judy Ross’s fresh, modern aesthetic with Garnet Hill’s signature quality.
Judy Ross in India

Sheets 101: Bedding Fabrics Explained

Garnet Hill Mums Hemstitched Supima Percale Bedding

There’s no question about it: better fibers and fabrics make a more beautiful bed.
Below is a guide to help you select the bed linens that are right for you.

The Fabrication 4-1-1


FLANNEL

Bed Sheet Types: Flannel. Garnet Hill Signature Flannel Bedding.
Warm, soft, exquisitely cozy — flannel bedding is a signature at Garnet Hill. Our flannel sheets offer comfort in soothing colors and distinctive patterns and prints. Woven from top-quality 100% cotton with a loose texture and a napped surface, our flannel is brushed for enhanced softness. This bedding is not only a great way to ward off winter’s chill; it provides warmth and a velvety touch all year long.


PERCALE

Bed Sheet Types: Percale. Garnet Hill Solid Hemstitched Supima Percale Bedding.
Our 100% cotton percale is a smooth plain weave, offering a cool, crisp finish that’s ideal for people who tend to get too warm when they sleep. This bedding is comfy any time of year, but especially in warmer weather. Quality percale sheets have 200-400 threads per square inch. They take color beautifully, making them the ideal background for our most original prints.


JERSEY KNIT

Bed Sheet Types: Jersey-Knit. Garnet Hill Solid Jersey-Knit Bedding.
Jersey sheets are knit, not woven from 100% cotton, making them highly breathable; they are more substantial than percale yet cooler than flannel. Their comfy T-shirt-like feel makes them a great choice for all seasons. Our jersey-knit bedding is designed not to torque or twist on the bed, it drapes beautifully wash after wash. Jersey is an ideal pick for every bedroom from kids’ beds and dorm rooms to inviting guest accommodations.


SATEEN

Bed Sheet Types: Sateen. Garnet Hill Sateen Sheets.
Luxurious and elegant down to the last detail, our 100% cotton sateen sheets are specially woven to create a silky, subtly lustrous finish. Whether it’s washed for softness, wrinkle resistant, or adorned with an intricate original print, this bedding tends to have a higher thread count than percale. It’s a sophisticated choice for a master suite or guest bedroom.


Cotton 101: Back to the Luxurious Basics

ORGANIC COTTON

Bed Sheet Types: Organic Cotton. Eileen Fisher Rippled Organic Cotton Coverlet and Shams.
This cotton is grown with fewer synthetic fertilizers and pesticides than conventional crops, making it a welcomed choice for clothing, home textiles, and bedding. Certified-organic cotton’s quality either matches or exceeds that of non-organic cottons, yet it supports biodiversity, and healthier ecosystems.


EGYPTIAN COTTON

Bed Sheet Types: Egyptian Cotton. Garnet Hill Washed Sateen Bedding.
Strong, lustrous, longer staple — Egyptian cotton is largely produced in the Nile Valley, although it is grown elsewhere in the world as well. Egyptian cotton staples tend to range from 1 1/8″ to 1 1/2″ long, making them a preferred fiber for quality bedding.


PIMA COTTON

Bed Sheet Types: Pima Cotton. Garnet Hill Hemstitched Supima Flannel Bedding
A superior variety of cotton named after the Pima tribe of Native Americans, Pima is grown primarily in Peru and the southwestern United States. Pima cotton has a smooth, extra-long staple that has a sophisticated silky quality to its hand.


SUPIMA® COTTON

Bed Sheet Types: Supima Cotton. Garnet Hill Bittersweet Supima Flannel Bedding.
A trademark name used for American-grown pima cotton, Supima® is an acronym for “superior pima.”


The Rustic Elegance of Linen

Bed Sheet Types: Linen. Eileen Fisher Washed Linen Bedding.
Pure linen or blended with cotton, linen bedding is synonymous with all-season comfort. This soft, textural fabric is made from flax, a fiber of the Linum plant, and is treasured for its strength and breathability.

VIDEO: Introducing Judy Ross Textiles® by Garnet Hill


Thank you to Editor at Large for hosting the interview and shooting the video.

Judy Ross Textiles is a NY-based design studio known for its distinctively clean and modern design of products ranging from pillows, rugs, throws, and curtains, to upholstery and bedcovers. Attracting a loyal clientele, Judy Ross has designed custom pieces for interior designers, architects and major hotels around the world, among them the Hyatt, Hilton and W Hotels.

Garnet Hill was inspired by Judy’s use of centuries-old artisan chain-stitch techniques. We’re thrilled to launch our exclusive design collaboration with Judy Ross. The collection balances Judy’s fresh, modern aesthetic with Garnet Hill’s signature quality.

SHADES OF SPRING: Judy Ross Textiles Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win three Judy Ross home designs and a $100 Gift Card by choosing your favorite spring shade!

Ideas for a Simple and Cozy Valentine’s Day

Garnet Hill Cashmere Wrap

Photo Credit: Chuck Olu-Alabi

Valentine’s day is fast approaching, and if you’re looking for style tips or gifting inspiration, you’ve come to the right spot. We’ve asked Charlotte Betts, blogger at Milk n Honee to share two simple tips on making this Valentine’s Day one to remember. This year’s theme? Cashmere.
They say that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication and I wholeheartedly agree. Here are some simple outfit and gifting ideas that could make all the difference this Valentine’s Day.

1. OUTFIT: Keep it stylishly simple.

This year, I dare you to step outside of that “conventional date night look” and try something simple yet stylish. We’ve all heard that less is more, and the same goes for personal style. The secret to upping the ante on basic pieces is to accessorize them the right way. A white button down blouse paired with a cashmere wrap, your favorite trousers, and a pair of heels provides effortless style.

Garnet Hill Cashmere Wrap

Photo Credit: Chuck Olu-Alabi

2. GIFTING: Thoughtful and cozy.

Valentine’s Day gifts are synonymous with jewelry. While there’s nothing wrong with another pair of earrings, I dare you to think outside the box this year!
My husband and I recently took an online quiz to help us discover our love language and I was surprised to find out that mine was receiving gifts. Everyone loves a thoughtful gift. I personally prefer intangible gifts – like an experience, a trip or an adventure – as they create special memories. Presents can be thoughtful as well, and simplicity is again the key.

Garnet Hill Mohair Throw

Photo Credit: Chuck Olu-Alabi

Who wouldn’t love to receive a soft, cozy blanket? Whether I’m working in my office, or on the couch catching up on my favorite shows, there’s always a throw somewhere nearby. This mohair throw in soft pink is my new favorite gift idea!

Hopefully these tips will spark a little inspiration this Valentine’s Day. Got any advice you’d like to share?