November 2019

BEHIND THE DESIGN: joyful Winter Woods Bedding

This time of year, our bedding becomes as bright and whimsical as it is cozy. It’s exactly what’s needed to balance the darkness and cold. 

To celebrate our new holiday home collection, we interviewed Vanessa, a Garnet Hill bedding designer and the artist who hand-painted the original pattern inspiration for our new Winter Woods Organic-Cotton Percale Bedding. This is what Vanessa said about this festive, playful print and her creative process:

What was the inspiration for this print? What’s the story behind the design? 

Being located in New England, we are definitely exposed to every sort of winter activity. This print is a scenic look at all those things we do outside once the snow starts: picking a tree, snowshoeing, and skiing to name a few.

What are your favorite design details in this bedding?

There are many sweet moments in the print, but my favorite is the parent and child snowshoeing together.

Why did the team decide to put this print on organic-cotton percale?

Most of our holiday prints are on flannel, so it’s nice to offer something whimsical in crisp percale bedding for the sleeper who loves a cooler fabric. We are also passionate about sustainable sourcing, so it was important to offer it on organic cotton.

The collection looks fabulous. What inspired you for this winter holiday season?

We were inspired by childhood memories and the awe of the season. Parts of the collection feel like heirlooms that have been passed down through the generations.

What are your favorite pieces from the winter holiday collection?

I love the Woolen Stockings. They’re so playful and reminiscent of classic Fair Isle sweaters, and we offer so many that everyone in the family can pick their own.

What is your personal design aesthetic?

I tend to steer toward minimalism, but have been incorporating more color into my home lately. I love the Dusk Blue Bengal Stripe in the Garnet Hill Relaxed-Linen Collection paired with the EILEEN FISHER Tumbled Percale Bedding in Curry.



We love the look of Winter Woods with the vibrant prints on our best-selling Johanna Quilt. Its retro-print patchwork rounds accentuate the print’s nostalgic vibe while adding cheerful color to the bed and room. 


For added coziness, mix in an Essential Blanket or Comforter. This lofty layer is offered in down and down-free, and a wide array of colors and prints. For a more festive bed, select an Essential in a shade of red. It looks great in contrast with the brilliant white and vivid green of the trees.  


To enhance the warmth even further, top the bedding with a chunky throw. Consider the Wool & Cashmere Throw, the Basket-Weave Lambswool & Cashmere Throw, and the Cotton Fleece Blanket and Throw that’s crafted in Germany. Each of these designs looks great with the quilt and whimsical woodland sheet pattern.


Add festive decor to the bed and room as we approach the holidays. Preserved greenery, like a garland or a wreath, looks great with the green trees. A holiday-themed decorative pillow amplifies holiday charm. And don’t forget to equip the room with an Advent calendar and holiday stockings in the room. 
What are your favorite pieces in our holiday collection? For cozy designs and room inspiration, explore our latest collection of bedding and home decor.

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