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Giveaway: Win $200 at BeddingStyle


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 G  S 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!

*  Excludes Marimekko and White Goods.


Vera Wang Puckered Diamond Matelasse Coverlet
compliments of BeddingStyle, on our bed in Florida.

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B E D D I N G  S T Y L E  
C O M F O R T E R S  +  D U V E T S


Clockwise: City Scene Wisteria; City Scene Ink Wash; Vera Wang Shibori; City Scene Amelia.


Clockwise: City Scene Treetop; Grove Hill Silhouette; Candice Olson Cross My Heart; City Loft Good Vibes.


Clockwise: Not Neutral Pom Pom; City Scene Radius; Teen Vogue Something Blue; Candice Olson Rise and Shine.


Clockwise: Perry Ellis Asian Lily; City Scene Arlo; Not Neutral Half Moon; City Loft Honeycomb.


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Shopping Trip: Serena & Lily East Hampton

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 >


I’ve had my eye on the swirly rattan woven mirrors for a while, not to mention the rattan South Seas bar cart being used here as a side table. Serena & Lily has a ton of aqua bedding, which goes great with that coral Brahams Mount herringbone throw.


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.


Bamboo and nylon Sailing Ship kites are handmade by Balinese artisans. I love the powdercoated steel cobalt blue Avery bed for a boy’s room, and have been coveting those studio task lamps made from oak, with red cords.


Get creative with fabric by the yard. The store also has items by other designers. Look at the bottom of the photo—Tina Frey resin ice bucket and Champagne bucket with leather handles. J’adore.


Harbour cane bed has clean lines reminiscent of French antiques. The cheeky sun pillow by Christopher David Ryan  says, “Lovely To See Your Again My Friend.”  The pattern on the dotty pink quilt and shams are made from tiny hearts.


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.


As you know, I’m a huge fan of the original artwork curated and sold by Serena & Lily. They’ve got the best dreamy landscapes and cheerful abstracts.


More abstract artwork.

Serena & Lily, East Hampton


Big thanks to Meredith Barnett & Cristina Miller for stopping by!

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Montage: 25 Bedrooms with Patterned Bedding

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.


Alexandra Angle Interior Design


Home of designer Leah Bartholomew of  Beneath the Sun
Photo by Toby Scott  •  The Design Files


Birch Tree Duvet Cover   •  Urban Outfitters


Hilary Thomas Designs  •  House Beautiful 


Comforter by Hay  •  Photo by Tim Bjørn •  Bo Bedre


Home of More Than Living blogger, Cindy Keur-Rijckenberg


Home of Finnish photographer, stylist, designer Riikka Kantinkoski


&Tradition Trash Me lamp  •  Est Magazine


Photo by Mona Gundersen


Magical Thinking Altiplano shams at Urban Outfitters


NYC home of Lauren Moffat  •  Photo by Alice Gao  •  Design Sponge


Home of designer Sam Sacks  •  House & Home


Josef Frank print  •  House to Home


Kyle- & Erin’s U Street home  •  Apartment Therapy

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María Lladó


Ripple bedding by Lulu DK for Matouk


Styled by Kim Timmerman


Pottery Barn Kids mini polka dot bedding and gold unicorn
Sixth Street Design


Hay quilt   •  Kayser-O Photography  •  Femina




Mexican Otomi print bedding  •  Domino


Dip dye bedding  •  Artwork by Andrew O’Brien


Bedding by Luhta Home AW2013  •  Krista Keltanen Photography


Philadelphia home of painter Nicholas Santore &  designer Valerie Ferus
Design Sponge


Lulu De Kwiatkowski’s home  •  Photo by Patrick Kline  •  Lonny 


Lulu De Kwiatkowski’s home  •  Photo by Patrick Kline  •  Lonny 


Albert Hadley “Fireworks” wallpaper  •  House Beautiful

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Design Diary: Kids Room Spruce Up

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.





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Thanks to Marshalls & T.J. Maxx for the $150 gift card!


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Just In: IKEA PS 2014 Collection

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.

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IKEA PS 2014 storage table $69

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IKEA PS 2014 cushion cover $15

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IKEA PS 2014 wall shelf with 11 knobs $49.99

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IKEA PS 2014 hat and coat stand $29.99

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IKEA PS 2014 clocks $14.99

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IKEA PS 2014 tray with handle $12.99

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IKEA PS 2014 decorations $19.99/set of 3

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IKEA PS 2014 plant stand $14.99

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IKEA PS 2014 greenhouse $29.99

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IKEA PS 2014 twin & full/queen duvet cover set  $39.99 & $49.99

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IKEA PS 2014 mirror

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IKEA PS 2014 table $199 /  folding table $129  /  bench $99  /  balancing bench $49.99

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IKEA PS 2014 pendant lamp $69.99

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IKEA PS 2014 corner easy chair

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IKEA PS 2014 storage module $34

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IKEA PS 2014 magnetic board
wall rails and knobs

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IKEA PS 2014 wardrobe $179

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IKEA PS 2014 rugs, $79.99 & $129.99

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IKEA PS 2014 mirror $12.99 & tray $9.99
wall rails $4.99

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IKEA PS 2014 LED stool lamp $69.99

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IKEA PS 2014 corner cabinet $99

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IKEA PS 2014 table mirror $19.99


IKEA PS 2014 secretary $189


IKEA PS 2014 side table with lighting $99

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