5 instant updates for a summer home

Garnet Hill Cape House Quilt
The onset of warmer weather compels us to throw open the windows, shed some layers, and find quick, easy updates to bring the sunshine into our homes and lives. We seek to catch that casual, carefree vibe of beach vacations and weekend getaways with our everyday surroundings. To achieve this, here are some trends, treasured finds, and design ideas to help you embrace summer in your decor.

1. THINK WHITE, THINK LIGHT, THINK BRIGHT

Garnet Hill Seersucker Duvet Cover
There’s nothing like a fresh coat of white paint. It’s like visual sorbet, a palette cleanser for the eye. White can be brilliant and stark or warm and cozy based on the shade. It draws and reflects light, and is an ideal backdrop for bright colors to pop.

2. THE CHROMATIC QUILT

In an all-white room, a vibrant quilt is elevated to artwork. Holding its own as a focus point in the room, its intricate patterns and stitching make bold statements. A vivid rug or large-scale painting can have a similar effect in the space.
Garnet Hill French Market Quilt

3. HAPPY COTTAGE STRIPES

Variegated stripes on a rug, bars of color on storage bins… Classic yet casual, jaunty woven stripes add pops of color and pattern to the decor, and they add the carefree look of a beachside cabana to the room.
Cottage Stripe Cotton Rug Collection by Dash and Albert

4. GOING THE EXTRA NAUTICAL MILE

It is easy to go nautical this time of year, but it’s difficult to do it well. Mini prints and hooked wool pillow covers lend icon motifs to the room design, but think of adding more subtle notes to finish the look. Rustic textured glass, weathered wood, sea-grass baskets all balance out a seafaring scene with a touch of sophistication.
Garnet Hill Geo Blossom Comforter

5. TAKE A GARDEN SEAT

Curvaceously shaped and brightly glazed, this versatile table-stool mimics the look of an oversized planter that one on might find on the veranda of a luxurious beachside resort. It makes a lively, sculptural statement positioned by the bed as a nightstand or next to an easy chair as a side table on the porch.

6. IT’S A JUNGLE BOTANICAL PRINT OUT THERE

Judy Ross Textiles Fauna Linen and Cotton Duvet Cover
Our exclusive Fauna Floral by NY-based designer Judy Ross is an oversized print that plays with tone and scale. It mixes warm neutrals with pops of color, conjuring the look of playful palm-like botanicals in the sunlight, casting shadows on the sand.
Garnet Hill Dahlia Cotton Coverlet
What are your tips for bringing summer into your home? Do you gravitate towards certain colors, textures, and accents?

The Coverlet That Stole Jane’s Heart

Kreta CoverletThe year was 1999. Jane was wistfully perusing a home magazine with her sisters when she found the Garnet Hill coverlet of her dreams. “I fell in love with the print immediately, because it reminded me of my grandmother’s bedroom quilts,” she recalled fondly.

Fortunately, her sisters were paying attention and enlisted her brother to chip in on Jane’s Christmas gift that year. It was a good call on their part. “The pattern is a timeless classic, and has been the cover on my bed for almost 17 years!”

Kreta Coverlet

Jane’s coverlet still looks beautiful after 17 years.

 

We checked in with our Customer Service Manager, Erin, who promptly named the coverlet. “I knew it was the Kreta Coverlet the moment I saw Jane’s photo. I joined Garnet Hill in 1996, the year the Kreta Coverlet was first offered, and it was one of the first items I owned — 20 years ago!”

The Kreta Coverlet, as featured in our Spring 1999 catalog.

The Kreta Coverlet, as featured in our Spring 1999 catalog.

Thank you, Jane, for the fun trip down memory lane. It makes us want to peruse more vintage Garnet Hill catalogs.

We’d love you to share a Garnet Hill item that stole your heart. Leave a comment here, or post a pic on Instagram @garnethill #garnethill. We may even be able to unearth it in our archives!

Essential Elements for a Beautiful Bedding Ensemble, Declassified

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.