Garnet Hill wants to dress up your summer home. They have some quilts available now and we had access to them for a photo shoot. For our guest room setting we used their Johanna Quilt. It is modern but with a look to the past; they call it, “A modern take on traditional piece quilting.” And it is hand-quilted for depth and added dimension.
My friend Sonia and I put together the Garnet Hill look using the quilt, shams and sheets. We like it for a guest room for several reasons: It is made of pure cotton, it is lightweight with a cotton flannel fill and it is backed in a secondary mini-floral print. We paired it with their Dot to Dot percale sheet set because it combines the patterns in a fun, almost whimsical way. Double and Queen sets include 1 flat sheet, 1 fitted sheet and 2 standard cases.
Using a lightweight quilt allows your guests to fine-tune their sleep comfort level. For example, they should be cool enough with just the flat sheet and quilt topper; yet, if you have older guests, they might need an added summer blanket. Point is, with quilts you start light and can always add warmer linen. Whereas if it’s too heavy in spring and summer, it winds up on the floor.
” …the Garnet Hill look using the quilt, shams and sheets.”
Here are some other ideas we have on adding layers in the form of linen decorating:
(By the way, the king of this technique was Christopher Lowell, who had a book about decorating in layers called, Christopher Lowell’s Seven Layers of Design—we have always loved that book.)
Interior design involves a lot of different elements. There are many things to think about: spatial planning, color, texture, furnishings—like layers, all these items add on to make a room that is pleasant, functions well and represents you.
Interior environments need a blend of textures, shades of color and contrast pieces to create extra layers of beauty in your rooms. You will probably not even start with a blank slate or new-house room, so pull everything out of the room to redesign. Perhaps you are not able to change the flooring or are renting—you can always work with what’s there, either by cleaning it thoroughly or layering on rugs.
To begin layering guest room linens for example, decide on what colors you want for the main look and, what colors to use as accents; just make sure to add elements that can mix and match. Even multiple patterns can be used, remember that if you have a large scale pattern in mind, your secondary print should have some of the same color or hue in it and be a smaller scale print; or use a small check or other linear pattern for a second or even a third choice.