7 tips for a comfy guestroom

Guests are pulling into the driveway any minute now; are their rooms ready? Are your accommodations stocked with lofty bedding, fresh towels, and the necessities for a comfy stay? We polled our stylists and home team to provide these seven tips for creating a comfortable and welcoming space for guests.

1. The art of layering textures

Comfy Guest Room Tips: Sheepskin Pillow CoversStart by layering the bed with different fabrics and textures. We always have a soft spot for cashmere layered over flannel. Top with inviting-to-the-touch accents like faux-fur pillows, a plush velvet quilt, and a nubby knit throw. The layered bed doesn’t just look luxurious and rich, it allows guests to adjust their coziness and choose the layers that they prefer.

2. Tips for making a five-star bed

Capture the look and feel of resort-style luxury while adding that distinctive style that makes a house a home. Build a neutral foundation; we recommend a fresh, white set of sheets and cases. Add a touch of sophistication with a subtle design on the duvet cover, shams, and quilt or coverlet. Top with a bold pop of color to make the look your own — think, fringed throw or decorative pillow.

3. Tray chic

Comfy Guest Room Tips: Wood Ottoman Traybedside tray is invaluable in a guest room as it is truly multipurpose. Set one, or two, on the bed or nightstand and fill it with welcome treats like tea and chocolate, a mug of their own so they’ll never need to go searching through the cabinets, and books or magazines you think they might enjoy. Later they can use it to bring coffee, snacks, or other necessities back to the room for a little downtime.

4. Storage at a glance

Wire baskets are great organization tools. They add to the decor, and you can easily see what’s inside them, making them handy for visitors to help themselves. We like to fill ours with extra towels or throws. If there’s a fireplace in the room, wire baskets are a great place to display firewood and hold the kindling.

5. Well-organized drawers and closet

Go beyond just making sure there’s room in the drawers and closet. All storage areas should be neat, clean, and equipped with unexpected essentials. Many guests will be reluctant to trouble their hosts if they find the room chilly or their bed short a pillow. Stock the room with extras and be sure to show them where to find them. Consider including blankets in different weights and extra pillows in a range of firmnesses to customize their sleep comfort.

6. Reflect on lighting

Candles, lights, lamps, and reflective surfaces amplify light. Strategically placed throughout the room, they add ambiance and coziness. Metallic finishes and rustic glass pump up the glam. Tiny lights on branches add a festive twinkle. Make sure there’s enough light in the room to read comfortably, as well as functional window coverings to block out light, so guests can nap or sleep in.

Comfy Guest Room Tips: Travel Blanket KitBONUS TIP: Sleeping in a room you’re not used to can be a challenge. Make it a little easier for your guests to catch some ZZZs by gifting them with an eye mask and cozy throw. We love this set because it comes in a small zippered pouch that can easily be packed for future trips.

7. A nod to the holidays

Subtle holiday decor will set the mood without overpowering the décor and detracting from the restfulness of the space. A knit pillow nestled among the bedding, a touch of greenery, a collection of holiday poems or short stories on the night stand, a felt bird on the mantel… It’s the little details that make guests smile.

Shop our latest home collection for more ideas to make your guestroom warm, inviting, and comfortable.

How to design a shared kids’ bedroom: three easy steps inspired by Garnet Hill home stylists

Mix-and-Match Flannel Bedding. Shared Space? Here's a Tip: Play with Solids and Patterns to Create a Design that's Unified Yet Uniquely their Own!
Whether you have children sharing a room or a bunkhouse for the grandkids, crafting a space that looks unified while still reflecting different personalities can be a challenge.

We love this technique used by our Garnet Hill home stylists for photo shoots: incorporate mixing, matching, and layering for a room that feels well–coordinated yet full of individual personality.

It’s also a great way to get more mileage out of your favorite bedding sets!
Garnet Hill Kids' Bedding

Here’s how to get the look:

Step 1:
Decide how closely the sheets should coordinate. Are the kids similar enough in age and interests to enjoy a matching pattern, or would different designs in complementary colors better suit them? Once you know that it’s easy to build the rest.

Enlist their help if you can — the more involved they are in the decision-making, the more delighted they’re likely to be with the result.

Step 2:
Choose comforters, quilts, pillows and blankets. Now mix and match away! Try splitting sets between the beds (ie. orange blanket on one, orange sham on the other). And take liberties when deciding what to pair. Stripes with patterns, solids with dots, dots with stripes — get creative, and use what you already have on hand when possible.

Step 3:
Use accessories to define each space. If one child is an art lover and the other on the sporty side, accessories are a great way to showcase that.

Another approach could be to choose a brighter mix of colors and a playful rug for one, a more subtle color palette with sophisticated accessories for the other.

That’s it. And one of the best things about designing a room this way? The possibilities for mixing and remixing are endless.

Have fun!

The legacy of our Signature Flannel

For us, flannel is where it all began.

In December of 1976, on a quest to share the bliss that is a European flannel sheet, we launched a business. At the time, we had only a couple of tiny magazine ads and brochures with flannel swatches to drop in the mail.

Times have changed, but our customers’ love of flannel has only flourished. Today our Signature Flannel Bedding is still made in Europe, using the same traditional methods we used so many years ago — it’s flannel made the way we think flannel should be made.

And it’s still pure cotton. Signature Flannel has a denser weave than most, creating a weightier, more durable sheet. Brushed multiple times on both sides (a rare thing), it has a plush, thick finish that is supremely cozy and resistant to pilling.

A warm layer in winter and cooler than a blanket in summer, Garnet Hill Signature Flannel is simply heavenly. But don’t take our word for it; check out the reviews written by customers who’ve already fallen for it.

Signature Flannel launched our business. We hope the next great customer review it receives will be yours.

How to style your bed, by Domino + Garnet Hill

Inspired by our latest collection, Domino wrote this instructional guide to help you style your bed for the season. We enjoyed the simplicity and timelessness of the styling tips so much, we wanted to share them with you. Enjoy!

Written by Anna Kocharian. Photography by Michael Wiltbank.

HOW TO STYLE YOUR BED

Come fall, as the weather cools and we begin to embrace a cozier approach to making our beds, we turn to one tried-and-true technique that guarantees a well-made look: layering. The concept itself may seem easy enough, but throw in textures, contrasting colors, or a mixture of prints, and things can get tricky. We turned to Garnet Hill’s upcoming collection for a little inspiration in the form of autumn-friendly bedding and textiles. Here, a few of our expert-approved tips for layering your bedding with ease, while maintaining an approachable look you can recreate on the daily.

Start with a neutral base.

How to Style Your Bed: Start with a Neutral Base

Photo by Michael Wiltbank

Nothing quite compares to clean, crisp, white bedding. When it comes to the basic set of sheets, stick to soft neutral tones to allow for a versatile foundation on which you can easily build with color and texture. Whites and delicate creams are ideal. Keep the sheets void of busy patterns or prints, reserving them for the duvets and throws.

Introduce color.

How to Style Your Bed: Introduce Color

Photo by Michael Wiltbank

Here’s your opportunity to set the chromatic tone for the overall look. Introduce a pop of color through an unexpected element. We opted for a lightly textured top sheet in a moody shade of vintage indigo. Although it’ll remain mostly covered in the end, the sliver of it that shows will impart the bedding with a dynamic finish.

Tie in pattern.

How to Style Your Bed: Tie in Pattern

Photo by Michael Wiltbank

A neutral base, achieved by way of the sheets, provides flexibility to go bold with patterns and colors, when it comes to the duvet and shams. Here, the delicately patterned duvet cover boasts a reserved palette that complements our indigo top sheet, unifying the chromatic tone of the setting. A pair of coordinating shams go without saying.

 

Complete with texture.

How to Style Your Bed: Complete with Texture

Photo by Michael Wiltbank

Here is where the seasonally charged decorative elements come in. Think along the lines of patterned quilts, cozy throws, and textured throw pillows—design components you can easily swap out and refresh. Drape a mohair throw at the foot of the bed and complete the look with an additional sham or throw pillow, which either embodies or complements the color scheme of the bedding.

To find your ideal bedding combination visit GarnetHill.com

Spruce up your space for spring

Spring is the season to refresh, reboot, and reenergize. While it’s easy to feel inspired to take on big projects at the sight of melting snow and blossoming flowerbeds, we always prefer to start small and update our home décor as a way of kicking off the new season.

1. Swap out wintery sheets and linens.

Who says the beginning of spring means the end of crawling into a cozy bed with a good book? Lauren from House of Hire showed us a beautiful way to give the bedroom a clean look using this Brushstrokes Supima Cotton Bedding. She recommends these texturized and neutral sheets for both their comfort and aesthetic appeal.
Judy Ross Textiles Brushstrokes Supima Cotton Percale Bedding
Judy Ross Textiles Brushstrokes Supima Cotton Percale Bedding
Michele from Hello Lovely revealed that she is also a fan of the Supima Cotton Bedding look, dubbing the design “hip and young”. To complement the crisp pattern of the sheets, she chose a neutral throw pillow and added some fresh flowers to her nightstand.
Judy Ross Textiles Brushstrokes Supima Cotton Percale Bedding

2. Redefine spring cleaning on your terms.

If you are overwhelmed by the thought of spring cleaning, try out spring storage instead. Bring in a couple of lively pieces to brighten and declutter your household. Sarah Tucker turned the Elements Printed Canvas Storage Bin into the perfect accent piece for her bedroom.

3. Brighten up your bins.

Many of us associate the first breath of spring air with finally being able to spend some time outdoors. If you have kids, chances are your little ones will be playing outside and returning with plenty of that spring mud on their clothes. So since you’ll spend a little more time here, brighten up your laundry room like Monica of Lavin Label. We love how she added a vibrant pattern to her white laundry room with this canvas storage bin.
Judy Ross Textiles Elements Printed Canvas Storage Bins
Judy Ross Textiles Elements Printed Canvas Storage Bins
Judy Ross Textiles Elements Printed Canvas Storage Bins
How are you sprucing up your space for spring? We want to hear your tips!

6 Hygge Tips for All-Season Coziness

When we think hygge (hoo-gah; Danish coziness), we often think of winter, hibernation, curling up in a big, thick blanket — but it’s a lifestyle, something to embrace all year long. We’ve come up with a list of ideas to keep that cozy, happy vibe going season after season.

1. LIGHT & AMBIANCE

Hygge Design Tips - Signature Toile Flannel Bedding
A crackling fire, the glow and sophisticated scent of candles, the shimmer of metallic and glass, fairy lights in branches… Whether it’s a gathering of family and friends or some well-deserved alone time, these things create a warm, inviting atmosphere.

2. COZY TEXTURES

Hygge Design Tips - The Blue Moon Bedroom
Soft cashmere, baby alpaca, New Zealand wool, lustrous silk, rustic linen, brushed cotton… Texture adds comfort and makes you feel relaxed and well rested. Surround yourself with what you love by layering your bed and wardrobe with pieces that make you feel good. Cocoon away!

3. INSPIRED BY NATURE

Hygge Design Tips - The Organic Cotton Bedroom
By all means, get outdoors as much as you can, but when you must be inside, bring the nature into the space. Soft botanical prints, a knotty wood grain, driftwood, seashells, fresh flowers, house plants, and artfully arranged branches can add natural elements to a room. And don’t stop at home — infuse nature into your office or workspace, too.

4. CREATE BOOK NOOKS

Hygge Design Tips - Interlocking Box Shelves
Build and share mini libraries around your home. A collection of your favorites arranged on a nightstand in the guest room, a couple shelves in the living room, a basket of books in the breakfast nook or in the dining room. Engage family and guests (and spark conversations) with a wide array of topics and stories ranging from epic fiction and biographies to history and fine art books.

5. CHUNKY CERAMICS

Hygge Design Tips
An ideal blend of practicality and art, there’s something truly special about hand-thrown ceramics. Eating warm noodles or oatmeal from a stoneware bowl, hot tea, coffee, or hot cocoa from a favorite mug, fresh flowers carefully arranged in a beautiful vase — all bring joy and comfort to daily routines.

6. SOOTHING COLORS

Hygge Design Tips - Eileen Fisher Ombre Cotton and Linen Duvet Cover
There’s quiet power in color. Selecting the right palette and tones can help you find comfort, energize your wardrobe and home, and elevate your mood. We recommend shades inspired by nature: a sea of deep-blue hues, lush greens, the soft blush of a sun-kissed morning sky, earthy neutrals and undyed fibers that communicate the lay of the land.

For more inspiration and special picks, explore the hygge-inspired corner of our collection.

Sharing Covers: How to Pair your Book with your Bedding

Sofia Wrinkle-Resistant Sateen Bedding

We know what you’re thinking: “People actually remake the bed when they begin reading a new book, so the two share a theme? Really?”

Well, no. At least not anyone we’ve encountered.
The idea seems very Old Hollywood, like a challenge actors Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Mary Pickford might have given the housekeeper up at the PickFair Estate in the 1920s.

Still, people do pair wines with food, and wardrobes with home décor, so…
what if?

A novel idea. And with that, ideas for novels …


The Book

Moonglow by Michael Chabon. The memoir of an elderly veteran.

The Look

Garnet Hill Blue Moon Quilt and Sham
Lunar blue sheets would seem to be in order here: indigos, midnight blue, robin’s egg, ultramarine.


The Book

The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews. Riley Griggs waits for her husband to arrive on the island ferry for a summer break. He doesn’t, but a process server does, and off we go.

The Look

Eileen Fisher Washed Linen Sheets
Washed Linen sheets are the answer here, with their casual, colorful, I’m-not-making-the-bed-on-vacation cottage aesthetic.


The Book

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes. Inara Erickson finds a beautifully stitched piece of fabric in her aunt’s estate. It holds secrets that will change her family forever.

The Look

Eileen Fisher Seasonless Silk Comforter
Easy: a silk comforter, all night long.


The Book

Wake in Winter by Nadezhda Belenkaya, Andrea Gregovich. Nina’s graduate studies at Moscow University lead to a path of benevolence.

The Look

Garnet Hill Signature Flannel Bedding
If you’re in bed on a frosty winter night in Russia, the layer closest to your skin should be soft, warm, cotton flannel.


The Book

In the Light of the Garden by Heather Burch. Charity Baxter inherits her grandparents’ island estate on the Gulf Coast of Florida. A nostalgic homecoming soon brings the return of other exiles, each with a fresh secret.

The Look

The Botanical Bedroom - Botanical-Border Quilt and Sham
Turn your bedroom into a greenhouse-full of floral patterns: sheets, pillowcases, comforters, shams.

What about you? Read any good books in bed lately?

Coverlets Uncovered: Rules for a Beautiful Bed (and How to Break Them)

Recently, at a creative design meeting a discussion started about what “the rules” were for making a bed with a coverlet. There was a strong debate and a ton of laughter—and at the end of the day, we determined that any rules that were established were made to be broken.

There are two camps of thought: one says that the coverlet should go on top of the bedding ensemble and the other feels that you can layer it under the duvet like a blanket.

Dahlia Cotton Coverlet and Shams

COVERLETS VS. BEDSPREADS

“The major difference between bedspreads and coverlets is size. Bedspreads are designed to drape down to almost touch the floor. Our coverlets are smaller, but still oversized. They are ample enough to tuck in and use as a blanket layer. Coverlets are meant to be casual, quick cover-ups that make it easy to keep the bed neat and tidy.”
—Angela M., Director of Home Merchandising

Honeycomb Organic Cotton Coverlet and Sham

CAMP 1: COVERLET ON TOP

“If you top the look with a coverlet, you don’t need to use a top sheet with a covered duvet. It’s the European way to sleep. If the coverlet’s under the covered duvet, then a flat sheet should be between you and the coverlet.”
—Katie S., Merchant Assistant

Mina Floral Organic Cotton Percale Bedding

CAMP 2: COVERED DUVET ON TOP

“The benefit of layering the coverlet under the duvet is that the lofty down (or down-alternative) layer is on top. Down should be allowed to breathe.”
—Sarah Z., Home Merchant

Hable Dot Coverlet and Sham

CREATIVE STYLE TIP

“Here’s a styling tip… Try folding and draping the coverlet over the end of the bed like a bed scarf. It will accent the bed like a throw, but provides a full layer of warmth when needed.”
—Angela M., Director of Home Merchandising

Leaf Matelasse Coverlet and Sham

MATELASSÉ DEFINED

“The term matelassé comes from the French word “matelasser” which means quilt. It’s an embossed compound fabric that is woven on a dobby or jacquard loom.”
—Ellie B., Home Merchant

Finding Hygge: Danish Coziness, the Garnet Hill Way

Finding Hygge: Danish Coziness, the Garnet Hill Way
By Shawn Anderson, Garnet Hill Copywriter

Hygge (pronounced hue-gah or hoo-gah) is the Danish concept of sublime coziness. It highlights simplicity, nature, quiet moments, and creature comforts as a path to happiness.
As I explored that sentiment for this post, I realized that hygge (though I’d never called it by that name) has always been an integral part of Garnet Hill. It’s not only in our designs; it’s part of our culture.

Today, I arrived at the office a little later than usual due to what meteorologists would call a wintery mix. By the time I pulled into the lot, blue skies and sunlight poked through the silvery storm clouds. It was quiet, still, and calm. Everything was encased and glimmering in ice. I took a couple of photos with my phone and listened to the Gale River as it flows by the lot. The ice on the shallow rapids made a chilly, clinking sound, serene yet haunting.
Franconia, NH Winter
I walked into the office, the original gambrel barn that housed the company when it outgrew the sugar shack down the road. It’s been remodeled, refurbished, and expanded over the years, but its charm is well preserved. It made me stop and wonder how it was back in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Who occupied my workspace at the front of the building back in the day?

In the reception area, tufted furniture, embroidered Nordic pillows, and a mix of soothing neutral hues — warm beiges, cool grays, and winter whites — greeted me.
Nordic Diamond Embroidered Pillow
I entered the Art Department and noticed a wonderful smell. Moira, one of our web designers, baked this morning, and had placed two ceramic dishes of scones on the meeting table. They were still warm, and their glaze resembled the latticework of icy branches outside the window. Golden scones with raisins and just a hint of orange, they were sunshine on this cold wintry day.
Scones
As people came in from the cold, they gathered at the table, savoring their morning coffee and scones. I observed their signature-Garnet-Hill garb: a coworker layered in a thick marled turtleneck sweater, another in sleek black yoga pants dressed up with a rosy cashmere wrap, and yet another in a simple yet chic black shift by Eileen Fisher.

Our spring catalog sat on each desktop, fresh off the press. The cover, simple yet striking, did not feature a product, which is another Garnet Hill signature. This issue was dressed with a cluster of verdigris succulents and fresh lemon to symbolize the coming of spring. The image was an artistic moment, a reflection of things to come, a hint of the tone we wish to set for the season with the new collection.
Garnet Hill Spring 2017 Catalog Cover

The office was a bit chilly, so I lifted the cotton-fleece throw draped over the back of my chair, the throw we have sold forever, and tossed it over my shoulders while my Mac booted up.

I thought about how much I like this throw: its deep shade of blue, its thickness, its softness, and its warmth. So cozy on cold winter mornings like today, and just as dependable in the summertime when the air conditioning is cranked up high.

Cozy. Happy. This is what hygge means to me. This is what it’s like at Garnet Hill.

Designer Judy Ross on India, Inspiration, and Collaboration with Artisans

Judy Ross in India

In the early days of her career as a designer, Judy Ross commuted between her houseboat and her artisans’ homes in a shikara, a slender skiff with palm leaf paddles used in the lake region of Kashmir. Every element of her life in India was fresh, inspirational, a creative journey.

From her start back in the ‘80s in India with a team of artisans, designer Judy Ross continues to produce intricate work, and now brings those designs to Garnet Hill with a distinctive home collection.

The quality and originality of Ross’s textile and rug collections remain definitively out of the ordinary, and her graphic designs are unmistakably hers. She’s forever evolving her sensibilities, but there’s a constant thread that has run through her beautiful designs for decades.

We recently caught up with Judy Ross to discuss her creative vision and her connections to the artisans that she works with.

Judy Ross in India

“My first trip to India in 1989, I remember walking into a little mud-brick production hut in Srinagar where an early collection was being prototyped. The artisans had put my full-size paper collages up on the walls to show placement and coloring. With all the motifs hanging on the walls, it looked like a gallery show. The artisans support me in what I do, and I support them. It takes a lot of loyalty and the wonderfully collaborative spirit of working together.”

Judy Ross in India

“I have a fine-art degree and studied painting in school. My painting style was always decorative, so it was easy to move back and forth between painting and textiles. Working with artisans, they get to translate my brushstrokes into stitches. This creates a collaborative vision.”

Creation of Handmade Textiles in India

“From hand-dying the color and hand-weaving the fabric to embroidering and embellishing pieces with print, it is a luxury to work with artisans since 1989. I love things that are made in this fashion. All the products I have done with Garnet Hill have that same care and attention to detail in the way they are made.”

Judy Ross in India

“I love India and cherish the relationship I have with my artisans all these years. I really love the colors, the culture, and the spirit of the people. There’s a great sense of humor there and I love to laugh when I am working!”

Judy Ross in India

“I love creating the pillows with artisans and seeing what they come up with and how they interpret the vision with their stitch work. I still to this day enjoy the surprise when I receive my first prototypes.”

Judy Ross

“When I create, I usually use a sketch, a watercolor, or a pen-and-ink drawing. I choose the application: the type of embroidery, the colors, the stitch work. I primarily work with chain-stitching. I love the straight simplicity of it, the feel that it creates — the texture. That’s my medium of choice in terms of how I interpret my work. I approach all my designing in that manner, and hope to get the simplicity and texture in other mediums like printing and weaving.”

Judy Ross in India

“I realized early on that I had an original design voice, and I followed this passion throughout my career, working with artisans in India and Nepal. From my sketches to their careful handwork, a collaborative vision is created.”

About Judy Ross

Judy Ross Textiles® is a NY-based design studio known for its distinctively clean and modern design of products ranging from pillows, rugs, throws, and curtains, to upholstery and bedcovers. Judy Ross brings together color, detail, and texture to create distinctive home textiles. Attracting a loyal clientele, Judy Ross has designed custom pieces for interior designers, architects and major hotels around the world, among them the Hyatt, Hilton and W Hotels. Her heirloom-quality hand-embroidered textiles are included in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Garnet Hill is thrilled to launch our exclusive design collaboration with Judy Ross. The collection includes bedding, rugs, towels, storage solutions, and more. It’s an ideal partnership, balancing Judy Ross’s fresh, modern aesthetic with Garnet Hill’s signature quality.
Judy Ross in India