Small Space, Big Inspiration with California Closets

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Garnet Hill Mobile Boutique
As you know, we recently designed and launched our mobile boutique, an artfully crafted shoppable boutique on wheels. We couldn’t have made this upcycled shipping container into a tiny home without some help from our esteemed partner, California Closets.

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California Closets used their organization savvy to transform our space, adding smart, customized storage solutions for both shopping and transit.

Read on to see how our friends designed innovative organizational and space-saving pieces for our mobile boutique.

Remodelista Reimagines the Eileen Fisher Bed

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It excites us when someone styles our bedding in a fresh, new way. Remodelista recently did just that (not once, but twice), using luxurious all-season layers from the exclusive Eileen Fisher Home Collection for a sponsored post featuring two seasonal beds. We’re so taken by the final looks, we want to share them with you.

For a little inspiration, please take a peek.
Remodelista + Garnet Hill

Ode to “Rumpled” Sheets: Reading My Tea Leaves on Eileen Fisher Washed Linen

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“I love a good sheet wrinkle. No, let’s use the word rumple. Rumpled sheets, smoothed as best as possible and tucked neatly around the mattress, are the stuff that summer dreams are made of.”

— Blogger Erin Boyle, Reading My Tea Leaves
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Recently, Reading My Tea Leaves highlighted our Eileen Fisher Washed Linen Bedding. We’re so pleased with the finished piece, we would like to share it with you.

Enjoy.

What do you call a group of…

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What do you call a group of…

  • A group of Kashmir goats is called a herd.
  • A group of Garnet Hill cashmere sweaters is called a good start.
  • A group of parrots is called a pandemonium.
  • A group of colorful Garnet Hill tops is called a delight.
  • A group of flamingos is called a flamboyance.
  • A group of Garnet Hill shoes is called not enough shoes.
  • A group of bitterns is called a sedge.
  • A group of Garnet Hill flannel sheets is called a snooze.
  • A group of mosquitoes is called a scourge. (The mosquito is sometimes said to be the New Hampshire State Bird. In actuality that is the Purple Finch.)
  • A group of random, unmatched socks in the drawer is called inevitable.
  • A group of guinea fowl is called a confusion.
  • A group of Garnet Hill linen tops is called a summer.
  • No official word on what a group of groups is called. Probably a group.

Stripe a pose:
the story behind nautical stripes

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Nautical Stripes Trend - Essential Sailor Tee

 

Originally called a marinière or Breton-stripe shirt, the classic navy-and-white-striped tee has rocked the boat for decades as a timeless design that’s reminiscent of a seaside resort.

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Here are some fun facts about everyone’s favorite seafaring stripes:

  • The Breton-stripe tee was born in 1858 as part of the Act of France that named the navy-and-white striped knit part of the uniform for French navy seamen in Brittany.
  • The original design had 21 stripes to signify each of Napoleon’s victories.
  • After a visit to the French coast, Coco Chanel was inspired by the iconic stripes and introduced them to the fashion world as a design element in her collection.
  • Celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Pablo Picasso, Brigitte Bardot, and Jean-Paul Gaultier helped put the style on the fashion map.
  • Hollywood spotlighted the tee on James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Cary Grant in Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief (1955), and Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face (1956).
  • In 1965 Andy Warhol filmed Kitchen. It starred Edie Sedgwick, who wore the striped top with black tights. The outfit became synonymous with Warhol’s signature style throughout the ‘60s.

These clean, simple stripes remain a classic go-to pattern in our women’s apparel, kids’ clothing, and home collections. What memories do nautical stripes conjure for you? How do you wear your sailor stripes?

How to make a grand entrance(way)

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Garnet Hill - Decorating an Entryway

First impressions are important. The entryway, mudroom, and foyer greet visitors as they enter your home, and are ideal spots to make lasting first impressions. Here are a few of our favorite tips for making an entranceway inviting.

1. Start with the right rug and make a big, bold statement.
Color and pattern are crucial, but don’t forget to maximize the impact by selecting the right size and shape. Go long and lean with a runner if your room is narrow, or maybe something round to dress a square space. Let the proportions enhance your decorating scheme; fill the space with a single rug, or use multiple rugs to selectively highlight design elements.

2. Treat the walls next, adding key focal points to define the space.
A large-scale piece of artwork, a series of smaller photographs or prints, a mirror with a distinctive shape and frame — all command attention and dress a stark wall with style. We recommend a chunky-framed mirror because it adds an architectural element while refracting the light and making the space appear larger.

3. Selecting the right furniture pieces does more than enhance the look.
Something with cabinets, drawers, or space underneath will catch and corral clutter and provide a place to keep shoes neatly out of the way. We love a bench with storage baskets under the seat to keep things conveniently within grasp right by the door — and it provides a spot to sit and put your shoes on.

4. Think form AND function — you really can have the best of both worlds.
Copper-finish boot trays and patterned Water Guard doormats not only keep the area neat and clean, they’re attractive and they work with other decor to complete the look.

5. Change things up to greet the season at the door.
If you want to give your home a new look for the season or maximize the impact of holiday decorating, focus attention on the entryway. The fresh greens of a spring floor plant, autumn foliage on a wreath, or an Advent calendar and garland around Christmas time…it’s all fresh and festive.

For more decorating inspiration, explore our entire home collection. What elements would you add to your dream entryway to make a grand entrance?

King vs. California King – What’s the Difference?

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Garnet Hill Wrinkle-Resistant Sateen Bedding on a King Bed

Asked “What’s the difference between a King Bed and a California King Bed?” the easy punchline would be,

The King rules with a scepter; the California King rules with a Hawaiian shirt, sandals and latté.

But no.

The King is four inches wider than the California King.

The California King is four inches longer than the King.

A King Bed (sometimes called an Eastern King Bed) is 76 inches wide and 80 inches long. That’s six feet, four inches of width, for two people who really like to spread out. Or one person who REALLY likes to spread out.

The California King is 72 inches wide – still a magnanimous six feet. And it’s 84 inches long: seven feet. Size 18 shoes are often tucked under beds this long. In other homes, kids and dogs have been known to sleep at mom and dad’s feet without waking them. Much.

If you put two extra-long twin beds together, they are the same dimensions as a California King.

Signature Wrinkle-Resistant Sateens are among the most popular bedding we offer in King and California King.

And while you’re checking out our king sheets, check out the season’s latest apparel, too. We’d hate to think the emperor had no clothes.

Garnet Hill Heads to the Hamptons

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Garnet Hill Store in Bridgehampton, NYThis year, we’re summering in the Hamptons! We’re opening our retail doors for the season in Long Island’s enchanting east-end enclave of Bridgehampton. The store will give Garnet Hill fans a touch-and-feel experience with our best products: rich bedding in soft linen, crisp cotton, and woven silks, plus cashmere robes, airy cotton fashions, distinctive accessories, and more.

Customers will be able to peruse Garnet Hill’s bedding and home decor, as well as favorites in sleepwear and apparel. The store will offer everything from the authentic European cotton flannel sheets that launched our company, to the full array of beautifully designed products that we’re known for today!

“We’ve put a lot of thought and care into our premiere store’s design and location. And Bridgehampton — with a charming downtown that is both low-key and a destination for home design resources — felt like a perfect fit for us,” says Claire Spofford, Garnet Hill president. “We think customers who know and love us will be excited to ‘meet’ us for the first time and we’ll be a pleasant surprise to new customers as well.”

Located at 2424 Main Street (also known as Montauk Highway) in the center of Bridgehampton’s downtown district, the interior of the 1,700 square foot store juxtaposes the honest simplicity of our New England roots with the comforts and casual glamour of the modern coastal lifestyle.

The official grand opening of the store will happen Saturday, June 27. We’d love to see you there!

Brahms Mount:
Beautiful Blankets Made in Maine

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Brahms MountModern Comfort, Traditional Maine Design
Synonymous with outstanding quality, timeless details, and Maine craftsmanship, Brahms Mount weaves textiles with a signature design based on classical elements grounded in tradition.

Since 1983, customers have been enchanted by the beauty and comfort of Brahms Mount fabrics. Woven on antique shuttle looms in a historic Maine mill and crafted by seasoned artisans, these fabrics evoke a sense of richness and resilience reminiscent of handwoven heirloom textiles.

Brahms Mount remains passionate about this vision. They are American artisans, weaving the finest natural fibers to deliver luxurious fabrics with superior construction that lasts and lasts.

Learn more about Brahms Mount. For more layering pieces, check out our latest home collection, including blankets and throws.

Essential Elements for a Beautiful Bedding Ensemble, Declassified

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Garnet Hill Bedding Guide - Signature Flannel Bedding

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.