French Country Bedding – Perfectly Pastoral!

Écoute! It’s time for a lesson in French—French country decor, that is! A pastoral yet elegant decorating style, French country decor is characterized by its vintage accents and emblematic color schemes. You can preen a bedroom to Parisian perfection with French country bedding. Floral patterns and primary colors offset by timeworn neutrals make for a beautiful, rustic bedspread.

Named for a French country manor, the Chateau bedspread is a rubicund palette of red, blue, green, and off-white. Its sister, the Chalet, receives its moniker from the Alpine cottage with a wide, sloping roof built to divert heavy snows. Appropriately, an arctic assortment of blue, cream, tan, indigo, and off-white tinges this bedding. Both are dappled with an allover vertical diamond pattern, and the vermicelli quilting provides a distinctly provincial look. Spanning the off-white bands at the top and along the bottom edges, a parade of flowers ties in the flourishing fields of the French countryside.

Chateau Rouge and Chalet Bleu are cultured without being too frou-frou or fussy. Gusseted, split corners keep them compact and low-key, but the Old World patterns and pleasing colors are what lend these bedspreads their quaint appeal.

Whether it is charmingly pastoral or luxuriously opulent, French bedding will awaken your bedroom and give it a fresh new look.

 

Embark on a Tropical Decorating Adventure

The tropical decor theme bursts with all the vivacious mystique of the rain forest—and you won’t even have to break out the machete! With a few choice accents, you can replicate the lush embrace of the forest canopy right under your own roof:

1. Color: To the surprise of no one, the dominant theme pigment here is green. Get creative and invoke cool, jungly shadows with muted greens like olive or sage. More saturated greens are reminiscent of sunbeams trickling through vivid leaves. Neutrals like ivory, beige, khaki, mocha, and brown can temper brighter, “floral” pops of color; think corals, reds, russets, oranges, and yellows.

The Bali Palm Tropical Bedding, with its succinct color scheme of green, copper, and beige, introduces a streak of balmy elegance into the bedroom. Binding the edges of the comforter and shams, the twist cording resembles forest vines.

Bali Palm Comforter Set

2. Balance: Like an ecosystem, your decor should maintain some semblance of balance and order. You can mitigate the often vibrant prints of the tropical theme with casual, island-inspired furniture. The Leikela Dining Set is leather-wrapped rattan, a texture that exudes easygoing appeal. The warm pecan stain is coated in a glossy finish, and the Wailea Coast print features green fronds feathering a black background. Touches of red provide interest.

Leikela Round Table with Caster Chairs  Set of Five

3. Your Tropical Vision: A careful arrangement of home accents will refine your tropical vision. Fewer colors and simpler designs make for a neat, minimalist look. Tropical candleholders and wall mirrors can be combined to fashion an inviting foyer. But if you really want a bold and refreshing look, go for a colorful wall sculpture, like Caribbean Sunset. Molten orange is offset by placid blue in this sultry sculpture, its silhouette free-form and loose, its palm trees languid and curvaceous.

Caribbean Sunset Wall Sculpture

Laid-back though it is, tropical decor seizes attention in a way more conventional decorating styles cannot. The tropical theme arms the bold decorator with lively patterns and bright colors and sends him or her marching into the undergrowth. To what end? No one is quite sure. But the reward for those with an adventurous heart has always been great.

Create Your Own Coastal Retreat

Coastal decor invokes that mystic murmur of a shell pressed against your ear or the brackish sting of salt on your tongue. Whether your home is firmly landlocked or neighbor to the sea, the coastal theme fits swimmingly into any room—bedroom, kitchen, or bath. Keep your indoor slice of paradise simplistic and light with some basic coastal decorating tips.

1. Color: A coastal color palette includes mostly cool tones, like soft blues, light aquas, and greens, mitigated by sandy neutrals. Peach or coral can bring unexpected pops of color, like an ocean sunset, but deep colors should be used sparingly. The Tides Bedspread makes impeccable use of the coastal palette, featuring a wavy blend of light blue, cerulean, celadon, light steel blue, and aqua. Its rounded corners swell like waves, and the cotton fabric is fresh and breathable.

Tides Grande Bedspread

2. Patterns & Textures: Like those on a piece of saltwater taffy or a beach parasol, stripes are a staple pattern of the coastal theme. Scalloped borders and lines call to mind the ebb and flow of waves and (of course) the scallop shell. Most of the Natural Shells Table Linens utilize both stripes and scalloped edges, as well as a machine-quilted surface reminiscent of rippling water. With a napkin set, table runner and topper, placemat sets, and a quilted apron available, Natural Shells will give your kitchen the quaint appeal of a seaside cottage.

3. Moods & Motifs: The coastal theme is remarkably versatile; you can put your own unique spin on coastal decor by invoking certain moods. With shell motifs, you can conjure a vivacious atmosphere as well as nature’s beauty. The Spa Shells Shower Curtain and coordinating Bath Collection utilize shell designs and simple lines and shapes to make entering your bathroom like stumbling upon a hidden cove.

The sticking point of the coastal theme is to keep decor as uncomplicated as possible. By avoiding overly-elaborate decorations and eliminating clutter, your new coastal room will emit a sense of floating along, rather than battling the current.

Unique Daybed Bedding

As far as daybeds go, less surface area doesn’t always mean less impact. A well-decorated King bedspread is certainly lavish but risks overwhelming a small room. Those with dorm rooms or studio apartments, fear not! With the proper daybed bedding and a decorator’s eye, you can concentrate the sheer gravity of a decked-out King into a bed only half its size.

The romantic Springfield Floral Daybed Bedding Set, with daybed cover and three shams, is a little island of pastel flowers quavering on a light cream ground. Reminiscent of plump petals, a rippling flounce kisses the floor below. The daybed cover and shams are accented with twist cording that traces their edges like vines.

Springfield Daybed Set

The Chateau Rouge Daybed Bedding Set includes two shams and a crisp yet cheery spread. The daybed cover is “no-nonsense” with its tailored fit, yet boldly proclaims its ripe-red color scheme. The diamond motif swirling throughout its vermicelli quilt pattern is recollective of a wild, cottage-side strawberry. Off-white borders, top and bottom, exhibit floral patterns. Tidy and compact with its split, gusseted corners, this fitted daybed cover is pleasing to the eye as well as to wayward feet.

Chateau Rouge Daybed Set

Finally, the quintessential Color Classics Hollywood Daybed Cover is truly a spread you can make your own. The lustrous polyester provides striking contrast when coupled with your matte decor. Its solid coloration boosts creative potential, allowing you to effortlessly mix and match pillows. Diamond loop quilting provides interest, making for an elegant bedding—or seating!—arrangement. A cap on the back edge helps to hold the Hollywood cover on the mattress.

Color Classics Hollywood

Back cap of Hollywood Daybed Cover (Camden shown)

View this video to learn more about Hollywood covers (Camden featured).

A regular twin bed frame, with its head and footboard, is not always ideal for a daybed cover. Invest in a daybed frame that accentuates your chosen spread and surrounding decor, and you’re well on your way to a beautiful room, no matter how big or small.

Romantic Ruffled Home Accents

These aren’t your garden-variety home accents! Ruffled embellishments are remindful of flower petals in spring bloom. Curb your winter blues and rejoice in the beauty of spring by introducing a bit of this flouncing flair into your home.

Ruffled bedding turns even the most tired mattress into an unfurling blossom. Pastel hues of coral and light cream rollick in alternating bands along the Melody Ruffled Bedspread; floral and polka dots are cheerful prints recurring throughout. Peppered with flowers, a vining motif traces an intricate circle on the light cream face. Even the round pillow resembles a wildflower taking root among your other pillows and shams.

Melody Ruffled Grande Bedspread

For more blossoming beauties to add to your ruffled bedding, the Sophia Rose Pillows are a chiffon spray of rich, colorful swirls.

Sophia Rose Square Pillow

Windows beautified with ruffles are eye-catching in the spring. Light and crystalline, the Jessica Ninon Priscilla Curtains will easily admit the warmth of the sun and the chirrups of birds. The ruffled edges lend this ensemble a frothy airiness, almost like a cloud. Included tiebacks neatly bind these ruffled curtains and create a lovely, hourglass shape in each panel.

Jessica Ninon Wide Priscilla Curtain Pair

April showers bring May flowers—or a more attractive shower curtain, at any rate. The Flamenco Shower Curtain in Charcoal Ombre is ten ruffles of a lovely white-to-black gradient, like spring rain cascading from plump thunderheads. Recreate that natural drizzly atmosphere with these tumbling, ruffled shower curtains. Springtime, after all, is not a season to be enjoyed outdoors only.

Flamenco Ruffled Shower Curtain

With ruffles, you can imply the soft edge of a petal or the contours of a cloud anywhere in your home.

Home Decorating Ideas for 2013

The start of a new year prompts us to look ahead, but maybe we need only to look to the past for a little inspiration. In the home, little accents go a long way toward a fresh start. A memento from years gone by may be just the thing to jump start your home decor for 2013.

The Dameisele Figurine is a throwback to the Roaring Twenties, age of juice joints and fierce femininity. This beauty lounges in an opulent chair, pink gown swishing about her ankles. She wears the modest half-smile so common in early photographs, but don’t let her fool you. Packed behind that dainty expression is a lot of moxie and a desire to live unbound. For vintage flair, let her lounge about on your vanity or accent table.

Dameisele Figurine

Friend to flapper fashion was the peacock—inarguably, the most fashion-forward bird in the animal kingdom. Its stunning plumage is a major staple of an art deco theme. Draped over a lounge or chair, the Peacock Feathers Throw Blanket is timeless elegance. Greens, purples, and blues fan magnificently across a black backdrop. Black fringe skirts the ends of the throw, while multicolored fringe borders the sides.

Peacock Feathers Throw Blanket

The Cosmic Firestorm Clock captures the retro essence of the Space Age. Celestial bodies twirl about a dark brown face with old-fashioned gold numbering. The earth-toned color palette is evocative of the 1960s fascination with nature. Mirror accents embedded in some circles provide an unexpected touch, making for a truly one-of-a-kind relic.

Cosmic Firestorm Wall Clock

Finally, for a contemporary twist on old world Arabic flair, look no further than Casablanca Bedding. Colorful medallions and florals in sizzling pinks, lime greens, and baby blues are true to the intricate, geometric designs of this Moroccan style. This lively color palette will jazz up your bedroom and give it a distinctly antiquated look, without being too stuffy.

Casablanca Medallion Quilt

So this year, don’t struggle to keep up with the “next big thing”; inspiration is only as far away as a simple glance to the past.

Cold Weather Solutions for Your Home

As temperatures plummet, thermostat wars are being waged in homes everywhere. The chronically-cold, bedecked in their battle armor of fuzzy slippers and throw blankets, will inch the temperature up by one degree. Ever vigilant, the penny-pinchers will tick the temperature back down to a tolerable sixty-five. And so it goes, on and on, an endless wintertime battle. Sound familiar? The right wintertime products can put a stop to this madness! Look for cold weather solutions like thermal curtains, heated mattress pads, and cozy blankets that exude warmth without wasting money.

The Weathermate Insulated Thermalogic Curtains are a great first step toward easing thermostat war tensions. With a unique, insulated fabric construction, these thermal curtains keep the cold out of your home and your hand out of your wallet. The solid colors make for a low-key, elegant look that will not interfere with your current layout. From terra cotta to khaki, there’s a color for every room!

Weathermate Grommet Curtain Pair
Weathermate Curtains
“[We] noticed an immediate difference in room temperature – it was like we added another layer of insulation!”
-Anonymous
If you’re unwilling to part with your original curtains, the Thermalogic Curtain Liners can be slipped between your curtain and window for the same money-saving effect.

Ultimate Blackout Curtain Panel Liner
Ultimate Thermalogic Curtain Liner
“I like that they can be hidden behind my current white curtains and they don’t feel like plastic, so the curtains still hang nicely.”
-KS from CT

Wintertime bedding also has a way of eliminating trips to the thermostat. The Soloft Microplush Sheets will indulge you in ultrasoft polyester. The fitted and flat sheets and even the pillowcases are enveloped in this plush material, engulfing you from all sides in a pocket of warmth.

Soloft Microplush Sheet Se
Soloft Microplush Sheets
“These are without a doubt the most comfortable sheets I have ever owned…so snuggly soft you won’t believe!”
-Carolina Girl from SC

Toss the Cyprus ComfortTech Blankets atop these for a lightweight, down-alternative cover that traps heat but will not suffocate you.

Cyprus ComfortTech(TM) Bla
Cyprus ComfortTech Blankets
“The best blanket [I ever] bought. Soft and warm…”
-Linda from LA

A heated mattress pad nestled below will radiate heat up from your mattress into your sheets and covers. Five heat settings and two controllers (for Queen and King sizes) mean fewer skirmishes over temperature. In addition, a 10-hour auto shutoff will prevent fire and will, at the very least, conserve energy and save you a few bucks!

Simmons Beautyrest(TM) Heated Mattress Pad White

So, keep the peace! Insulate your curtains and your bed with these cold weather solutions, and you’ll be well on your way to a warmer (and cheaper!) winter.