What do you call a group of…

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Tulip Bouquet

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.

Nautical Stripes Trend - Essential Sailor Tee
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 Mount
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.

Made in the USA: Our Hand-Selected Bed Collection

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Garnet Hill Beds Made in the USAWe 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).

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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.

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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.

Garnet Hill Beds Made in the USAON 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.

The Men’s Journal Pick for Best
Synthetic-Fill Pillow

Garnet Hill Primaloft® Comfort Pillow

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We’re so proud — our Garnet Hill Primaloft® Comfort Pillow recently received another top honor. It was named “Best Synthetic-Fill Pillow” by Men’s Journal.

This pillow is designed with precisely the right amount of loft and a 2″ gusseted side to support your neck and spine, making it an ideal choice for side sleepers. And the Primaloft poly fill beautifully mimics the plush comfort of down, providing a down-free hypoallergenic alternative to sleepers with sensitivities.

Not only is this pillow the best in the industry, it’s currently the number one pillow in my house…As far as down alternatives go, we love Primaloft. The allergen-free fibers mimic the loft, adjustability, and resiliency of down, plus, you can throw it into the washer and dryer.”

— Ellie B., Product Manager for Bedding Basics

From featherbed toppers to mattress pads — and of course, more pillows — check out our bedding basics section online for more options and inspirations to build the complete bed.

What do you look for in a pillow? What other bedding essentials feather your nest? Let other Garnet Hill readers know your ideas and tips for a great night’s sleep!

We Went to Germany So You Could
Go to Sleep

Garnet Hill Signature Flannel Bedding

Garnet Hill Signature Flannel Bedding

 

Sleep is the last refuge of the over-busy soul. As long as you don’t bring your smartphone to bed (you don’t, do you?) it invites you to escape today long enough to recover for tomorrow.

So if you’re going to splurge anywhere, splurge where you snooze. On Garnet Hill Signature Flannel Sheets from Germany.

They’re 6.1 ounce flannel, a weightier, denser weave than most. Brushed an extravagant 10 times on both sides to be about as soft as soft gets.

When we first sold them, our European manufacturers (English blokes at the time) felt it was wasteful to make a fitted sheet that was brushed on both sides, since the underside would not be slept on. In pursuit of quality we persisted, and the nice folks across the pond eventually accommodated.

That was during the energy shortage of the 1970s. You look like you weren’t even born then, but trust us, after the price of oil spiked, thermostats were turned down faster than the volume of dad’s station wagon radio when “Jive Talkin’” came on.

So we invited customers to warm up in flannel. And they’ve indulged ever since. Lately, in Grandstand Floral and Heathered flannels, too.

Still, before you join the bedding connoisseurs, a few cautions.

GARNET HILL FLANNEL SHEETS CAN MAKE YOU LATE FOR WORK.

Soft, soft, soft. Hard to get up in the cold mornings wrapped up in these.”

OR SCHOOL.

The only complaint I have about them is that they are so cozy my teenage son cannot get out of bed in the morning.”

THEY MAY CHANGE YOUR OPINION OF WINTER.

The BEST bed to climb into on a cold winter’s night is one made with Garnet Hill Flannel sheets! I’ve been buying them for years and it’s one of the only things I actually like about winter.”

THEY MAY CHANGE YOUR SPOUSE.

My husband even commented on how nice his sleep has been since putting them on the bed … now that’s results! :)”

BUT THERE ARE TWO THINGS THEY WON’T DO.

They don’t pill like every other flannel sheet I ever met.”

Little or no shrinkage.”

ALSO, THEY WON’T ENCOURAGE YOU TO CHANGE THE BED VERY OFTEN.

I am almost ready to pass on Garnet Hill flannel sheets that I bought in 1991.”

 

The customer comments here are from garnethill.com. We’d love to hear yours, too.

But please, don’t call us from bed. Goodnight!