This summer, Garnet Hill and Designer Previews hosted an intimate book signing at the charming outdoor patio behind the Garnet Hill Store in Bridgehampton, New York. Attendees perused the India Hicks collection, enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, and participated in a meet-and-greet and book signing with India Hicks herself.
Summer has faded away, but there’s still much going on at the store. For the latest events, visit us on Tumblr.
Bedding 101: as purveyors of luxurious bedding, we’d like to share some need-to-know information about the different layered elements that make a bed shine.
QUILT VS. COVERLET
Both are intended as a top layer for the bed. They provide decoration and add warmth. The main difference between the two is that quilts are always filled with either a thin layer of batting or flannel, and quilted to hold this fill securely in place. Coverlets tend not to have fill. They frequently get their depth and texture from a jacquard or matelassé pattern woven right into the design.
COMFORTER VS. BLANKET
Comforters are always lofty and quilted whereas blankets can be lofty or woven flat. Our Essentials Collection allows you to pick a blanket or a comforter. The primary difference here is size and fill. The blankets have less fill and are larger, designed to drape beautifully or tuck under a mattress. They are versatile layers any time of year. The comforter is sized to skim the top of the bed, allowing you to turn it down on warmer nights. Comforters can come in a color or print to dress the top of the bed, or as white bedding basics, designed to be inserted into a duvet cover.
DUVET COVER VS. COMFORTER COVER
TomAto, tomato…to us, they’re exactly the same thing. They are fabric enclosures for a comforter (or duvet) to fit neatly inside, so you can change the look of the bed without having to purchase a whole new lofty layer.
Duvet is actually the European term for what we call a comforter. In Europe, if you protect your duvet with a cover, you might not use a flat top sheet. The cover acts as the barrier between you and the comforter. Over the years, we’re become accustomed to incorporating a flat sheet into our bedding ensemble for use with a duvet cover. If you tend to sleep warm, you can peel back the covered duvet and use the flat sheet as a cover.
The important thing to remember is that these covers are designed to have something inside. Our covers have a button closure that runs along the bottom edge. They also have ties in all four corners to anchor your duvet/comforter neatly in place.
Now you can style your bed by selecting the right layers for you. What pieces do you work into your bedding ensembles? For more inspiration, check out our featured room designs and explore our complete home collection.
We are proud of our bed and furniture collection — and are happy to say that almost all of our beds are made and finished by hand in the USA. Current trends, strong lines, and beautiful finishes — we look for distinctive pieces that will help you put your decor together.
Feel free to use our rooms and bedding ensembles as inspiration to plan your space. The right bed can make the room, so we edit our collection of beds, storage, and furniture to bring you pieces with which to create your own look (or recreate one of our signature decors).
ICONIC IRONCLAD DESIGNS
The Kensington Iron Bed is one of our longest-running styles. Its details and finishes work well with any decor, modern eclectic to classic vintage — and the trundle option makes it a great choice for guest rooms and sleepovers. Over the years, we added the more stately Wheatland Iron Bed and the four-poster LaSalle Iron Bed — both elegant twists on traditional wooden designs that are worthy of master-suite status.
WOODEN’T YOU LOVE THIS?
Our wooden beds range from the ultra-sleek and minimalist Portland Platform Bed, always a customer favorite, to the elegant turned shapes of the Tulip Wooden Bed and the classic cutouts of the Alistair Wooden Bed. For an option that melds traditional lines and finials with the contemporary stature of a platform, we recommend the Windsor Wooden Bed.
The only bed that’s not made entirely in the USA is the Swedish Wooden Bed — and it’s absolutely beautiful. It’s made in Mexico, and hand-finished in the USA. This bed blends traditional Scandinavian design elements with rich vintage-inspired details like gracefully turned finials and antiqued distressed finishes.
ON THE SOFTER SIDE…
There’s nothing like plush loft and fabulous fabric to soften the look and make the bed appear as inviting as the bedding. We chose the Hubbard Tufted Upholstered Bed and the Fairbanks Upholstered Bed for their gentle curved shapes and hand-applied nailhead detailing.
What type of bed best suits your needs and design aesthetic? Compare styles and zoom in on their distinctive details and finishes: view our latest bed collection and browse our Home Gallery.