When we moved into our house we upgraded our bed to a queen size and I ran out that day to grab some plain white sheets to use. They were fine — it was just a simple set to hold me over until I found the perfect new bedding to design a room around. I hunted and hunted for inspiration and never quite landed on a look that I love, so I just put it off — for FOUR YEARS. Until recently when our duvet cover started to rip (like, it’s been washed so many times it’s basically disintegrating) and I realized it was probably time to get that hunt started up again. My friends at Serena & Lily (who just opened the most gorgeous store in Boston!!) offered to help me with a big bedding refresh and I jumped at the chance to finish what I started 4 years ago.It’s the perfect time of year for a bedroom refresh — the changing of the seasons means pulling out warmer linens and blankets, and getting our house ready for holiday guests! Serena & Lily’s bedding is perfect for making all of the bedrooms in the house feel like cozy, welcoming retreats full of luxurious layered linens. One thing that I really love about these pieces is that they’re really easy to mix and match. When I was starting to plan this bedding look, I started with a color as my inspiration — Serena & Lily’s french blue, and then looked for ways to layer the different patterns and pieces that coordinated. I’ve always wanted a crisp white duvet cover (it feels like you’re in a hotel!) but I’m also a person who needs bold color surrounding them. I started with the Soho duvet with a french blue border and then brought in the same french blue tone with more color and pattern in the Grenada shams and Grenada quilt. I used the more graphic pattern in the Jetty Pillow to bring more of that blue tone to the front of the bed. to It’s a perfect balance for my style — a serene duvet to create an escape, but a pop of pattern and color to reflect my personal style. Whether you’re getting a guest bedroom ready for visitors or building a retreat in your bedroom, the base of any good bed is really quality sheeting. I have found those dreamy linens, and I honestly want to live in the York Sheets that are on my bed right now. Besides being a delightfully¬†crisp cotton percale, I also love how they look. They are inspired by men’s shirting so the pattern has sort of a masculine touch, and the scalloped detail on the flat sheet is so cheery and feminine — it’s a perfect balance. One thing that I love to add to guest bedrooms is a spot to easily access extra pillows and blankets. And frankly, with our wild New England weather, it’s helpful to have in our bedroom too since we’re constantly shifting temperatures. The rolling Riveria storage bins are so nice for corralling those extra throws, and the wheels make them easy to store out of site when you’re not using them. I’m actually so in love with the bins I’m thinking of other ways to use them, like for hampers or to store projects I’m working on in my office — they’re so versatile!

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