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Early last year, bedding website BeddingStyle.com was in touch about partnering on a bedding giveaway. But first, they wanted me to try out a set of bedding for myself. Since we didn’t need (nor could we store) more bedding in Boston, I chose a white quilted coverlet by Vera Wang for the bedroom in Florida. (Photos of the Florida beach bedroom makeover here.)
Now it’s your turn to pick out new bedding and give your bed (and maybe your entire bedroom) a makeover. BeddingStyle is offering one StyleCarrot reader, chosen at random, to win $200 worth of bedding at BeddingStyle. Read below for the two requirements of this $200 bedding giveaway. (And don’t forget to include your email address so I can get in touch if you win!)
E N T E R to W I N $200 at B E D D I N GS T Y L E*
1. Tell me in the comment section of this post: What color is your bedroom?
2. Sign up for the BeddingStyle.com newsletter. (Use the widget below!)
Enter by Friday, January 16, 2015 at noon EST. One winner will be chosen using random.org. You MUST include your email address!
Serena & Lily invited me to it “Sign, Sip and See” party at its new “Beach Market” boutique in East Hampton. Domino co-hosted and their were lots of top interior designers on hand to sign their design books. Since I’m no longer a Hamptons-ite, having given it up for the Cape, I sent my friend and colleague, freelance writer/editor Meredith Barnett, her mom, news correspondent Rita Braver, and Meredith’s best friend Cristina Miller, head of North American Dealer Relations at 1st Dibs. (I met Meredith & Cristina through Craigslist when I applied to work for their previous business, Store Adore.)
The Serena & Lily Hamptons boutique, on Montauk Highway in Wainscott, is the company’s second retail store. The other is in San Francisco, and they are planning to open more stores soon. Meredith reports: “It was absolutely beautiful—very beachy and whimsical, but also very sophisticated.” Lobster-printed beach towels were stacked amidst hand-painted trays, and colorful artwork on the walls. She (half) jokes, “They should have hosted it with a real estate company because being in that store made you want to buy a house in the Hamptons, just so you could fill it with their stuff!”
I’m jealous that they got to go and sip yummy fresh peach vodka cocktails, and thankful they took time out to snap these photos. Let’s take the tour >
Scandinavian inspired hanging rattan chair works indoors and out on the patio. Handcrafted basketweave wood Bamileke side table from India is modeled after ceremonial stools used by Bamileke tribal chieftains. Peek through the window to see the Riviera bench, made of sustainable rattan and woven plastic.
Throw pillows galore—great for adding a personal touch to a summer rental. The screenprinted cotton canvas leaf pillow covers in coral are my favorite. The coral and blue botanical print pillows up top are Serena & Lily’s palm leaf pillow covers and the neutral geometric print on the bottom right is the diamond pillow cover.
Cutting boards and trays with colored edges make great hostess gifts.
Like most things in my house, I tend towards simple with clean lines. While it’s true that in my living room in Boston, I have a bold Angela Adams rug and smattering of patterned pillows by Jonathan Adler, Kelly Wearstler, Hable Construction, and Judy Ross Textiles, the sofa and upholstered cushions on the vintage Scandinavian chairs from eBay are slightly textured solids
In the bedroom, I always keep colors and textures more subdued. When we lived in a bungalow in Chevy Chase, we had the loveliest bedroom, with pale lilac walls, a creamy wrought iron bed, and a beautiful quilt that my mother-in-law made for us as a wedding gift. The windows looked out on a magnolia tree in the backyard.
Our Boston bedroom, by contrast, is a dungeon. To lighten things up, we have a tall tailored headboard from Pottery Barn, upholstered in white cotton duck. The sheets and duvet are pure white. Not exciting, but the best we can do as everything else seems to have taken priority for the last dozen years. Happily the all white bedroom on the Cape is bliss.
The condo in Delray Beach is currently being painted white. White, white, and more white. The cork floor should go in later this month(!!!). If you’ve been following, you’ll know it’s decorated with white and pale wood furniture from Ikea (sofa, chairs), CB2 (nightstands, dining table), West Elm (bed), etc. and punctuated with pops of color.
The boys’ beds, of which i did a staged makeover, are back to its original style. While the bold graphic bedding looked better, it wasn’t the aesthetic I was going for. So they once again have the Ikea duvet covers in teal and grass green with organic patterns. While the fabric is slightly rough, I love the quality of the duvet inserts, pillows, mattress pads, and other bedding basics.
BeddingStyle.com was in touch recently about doing some sort of makeover using my choice of bedding from its site. There are a few great modern bedding brands, including Marimekko, so I’ve been contemplating whether to try one out in the Florida master bedroom. I had planned on using a sea glass colored Matouk coverlet I bought at the Matouk Factory Store in Fall River, Mass.
In trying to determine whether to go with a subtly colored solid duvet or comforter, or one with a pattern, I thought it best to pull together some examples. (The sheets will remain white; always white.) Here are 25 bedrooms with patterned duvets, comforters, or quilts.
It’s spring break again (I get three), so I’m in Florida. I’ve had little luck finding a contractor (we want to swap the wall-to-wall carpet for a plywood floor, paint everything white, and a few other fixes), so yesterday I decided to do some freshening up to tide us over, at least in the boys’ room. Between the blah walls and carpet, it was getting a tad depressing.
Spending a lot of money wasn’t an option, so I ran into Marshalls and T.J. Maxx (luckily they both happen to be in the same complex). I found great on-trend, brightly, patterned bedding. The aqua and turquoise cotton quilt looks like John Robshaw, with its Indienne pattern. Plus, its really soft. Considering the very reasonable price, I was thrilled with the high quality. The charcoal grey and white trellis pattern sheets are amazing smooth; they’re all cotton but really satin-y. The “smile” pillow is done in an almost nautical canvas, very cheerful and preppy.
I also found a durable little area rug with a Moroccan-inspired pattern. For a toy storage solution, I got a cute charcoal gray nylon fiber basket that’s large enough for the balls, books, and other random toys that seem to magically materialize. (I may steal it to hold towels in the entry though.) Lastly, I got him a glass water bottle with a silicone cap and grip to leave by the bedside.
Plucking from other parts of the condo, I finally framed and hung the artwork. All three are prints by Cathy McMurray that I had purchased last year. I also moved in a better lamp and a stalk of bamboo. HUGE improvement, I think.
I might not keep the bed dressed like this ultimately, (I’m thinking it would also be perfect out on the Cape), but I love the look right now. What do you think? Scroll down for the “before” photos too.
B E F O R E
Thanks to Marshalls & T.J. Maxx for the $150 gift card!
This April IKEA presents its IKEA PS 2014 collection, its eighth iteration. The range, created by 14 young designers from around the world, is for people and homes on the move, with limited space and the need to easily pack up and go. IKEA PS 2014 collection includes pieces for every room in the home, with lightweight materials, bright colors, and multifunctional design. Corner cabinets, a side table with built-in lighting and magazine racks, a standing wall shelf with knobs, and a wardrobe that can be personalized are among the practical offerings.
In addition to writing content for the newly launched Matouk blog and creating the Matouk Pinterest boards, the Massachusetts-based Matouk bedding company has asked me to participate in its blogger giveaway extravaganza. Each week over one month Matouk will be giving away a sheet set (top and bottom sheet) through a different blog. Marissa Marcantonio at Stylebeat kicked it off, and now it’s StyleCarrot’s turn. So scroll down, see what you need to do, and hopefully you’ll win!
While I was at the new Marimekko Boston flagship to see the Spring 2012 collection, I also photographed a ton of its amazing home furnishings. I love the jewel-tones of the glassware, and the punchy patterns of the dishware that still seem as fresh now as they did in the 1960s. Here’s an Instagram tour of the shop, from a home decor perspective. It should give you some good idea for holiday gifts, but stay tuned for Marimekko gift guides in the coming days too!
Marimekko storefront on Newbury Street in Boston
Christmas tree with handmade origami ornaments
Half flight of stairs to the upper level
Glass dividing wall with gorgeous glassware
A Marimekko holiday table
Socks Rolled Down stemware atop Frekvenssi fabric
Closeup details of Socks Rolled Down glasses
Fabrics by the yard
Mugs in stripes, dots, branches, and the iconic Unikko florals
A plywood tray as wall art
I have my eye on this gray and ivory bedding
Red and black bowls and cute fish napkins
The wrap desk; love how her polka dot shirt matches the wall!
I haven’t done a giveaway in quite some time, so I was psyched when Bedding Style emailed me last week. To celebrate its seven-year anniversary, Bedding Style will give away a free Marimekko Unikko bedding set to one StyleCarrot reader. The oversize floral pattern is classic Marimekko, designed by Maija Isola in 1964.
Bedding Style carries bedding from a variety of labels at great prices, including Vera Wang, Nicole Miller, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, and of course Marimekko. In addition to sheeting, duvets, and comforters, the site also has bathroom accessories (shower curtains, towels, mats, etc.). I hear the customer service is good too.
To enter pick your favorite item from Bedding Style and leave a comment on this post telling us what it is. Scroll down for deadline & instructions for a second chance to win.
* a bedroom inspired by marimekko unikko *
S H O P P I N G
Marimekko Unikko Bedding, $39.95—$169 at Bedding Style. Annika Pierced Resin Chandelier by Oly, $3,175 at Hudson. Palm Springs Block Pillow by Trina Turk, $140 at Clayton Gray. Italian Double Cone Wall Sconce, $1,595 at BG Galleries., 1st Dibs. 1950s Danish Teak Sideboard, $3,450 at 1st Dibs Paris. Draper Stripe Woven Rug, $250—$450 at Clayton Gray. Limited Edition George Nelson Ball Clock, $335 at Hive. 1960s Bakelite Grape Bunch, $500 at Gris, 1st Dibs. Favn Sofa by Jaime Hayon for Fritz Hansen, $10,239 at Hive.
One year ago, in the midst of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, Diane von Furstenberg launched her DVF Home collection of textiles, bedding, and tabletop. The VIP lounge was decked out with her goods, which are sold through Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus. This week, a new, lower-priced line, DVF Studio, debuted at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Scroll down for a sampling of her bold, mixed prints.
Diane von Furstenberg shows off her new textiles at Fashion Week last year.
Native River Inspired by Diane von Furstenberg’s travels to Bali. 100 percent cotton duck ‘Native River’ print in green, yellow, white, and taupe reverses to 100 percent cotton sateen ‘Hearts of Palm’ print.
Chain Link Balances retro glamor with contemporary graphic punch; pure DVF. 100 percent cotton duck ‘Chain Link’ print in navy, yellow, and white reverses to 100 percent cotton sateen ‘Shibori Flowers’ print.
Palm Florida meets India in the colors of sea and saris. 100 percent cotton duck ‘Palm’ print in aquamarine and white reverses to 100 percent cotton sateen ‘Rhombus’ print.
‘Palm’ and ‘Summer Paisley’ sheet sets. 100% cotton sateen with a 250 thread count
In case you missed them over the last year, Bloomingdale’s still stocks DVF Home bedding (and tabletop).
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Vintage DVF print duvets are available at DVF.com. I love these. The patterns are from the ’70s, and were resurrected last year in clothing and accessories. I just discovered these duvets. She’s actually introduced a another Vintage Collection for spring (dresses, pants, tops, jumpers, etc.), in a whole new crop of patterns from 1974.
Finally, for those of you who made it to the end, in DVF bedding, tabletop, and luggage happens to be on sale at One King’s Lane today! If you need an invite, email me at stylecarrot [at] gmail [dot] com.