How to create the ultimate cheese board

 

In preparation for holiday hosting season, we’re on a mission to achieve a better cheese board. We asked our friends at Cabot Cheese and New York-based food stylist Judy Haubert to share their tips for the ultimate fast and easy cheese board. Here are their suggestions…

Cheese Board Assortment

Select a wide range of cheese flavors and shapes.

This is the most important element of the platter, so select your cheeses with care and diversify the style. Cabot makes these great little cracker cuts that are pre-sliced – ideal for entertaining.

Cabot Cheese: Vermont Seriously Sharp Cheese

It’s important to add dimension. You can round out the platter by cutting cubes or triangles of Alpine Cheddar rather than just serving the traditional rectangles.

Last, add a spicy or bolder option to the board, like Cabot’s habanero cheddar.

Assorted Cheese and Fruit for a Cheese Board

Add color to your board.

If you don’t already have a presentable serving board, now’s the time to make that investment. We love the marble look, which was the inspiration behind our Marble Tabletop Collection (pictured below).

Once the board is ready to be designed, place sprigs of rosemary in the corners and nestled under layers of cheese. Fresh fruit slices are beautiful to the eye and delicious. Sliced apples and pears pair nicely with cheese, and can be easily added to a cracker.

Fruits and Meats for a Cheese Board

Sprinkle in savory accoutrements.

Don’t forget the salty accompaniments! Nuts and baguette slices are must-haves for any cheese board.

Items for a Cheese Board

It’s all in the details.

The difference between polished and amateur cheese boards lies in the attention to detail. Label the cheeses, and position small bowls for jams and mustards for guests to enjoy. 

Cheese Board

That’s all there is to it! Serve with an assortment of your favorite wines, and enjoy.

Finished Cheese Board

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!

Small Space, Big Inspiration with California Closets

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

“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
Eileen Fisher Washed Linen Bedding - Reading My Tea Leaves
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

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)

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?

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.