all thing bright and beautiful #2
Something happens to me when the weather starts to change. Other people start changing their wardrobe and packing their woolies away. They start getting their summer clothes out of storage, dusting off their sandals and getting their toenails painted. I, on the other hand, start opening windows wide every morning and obsessing about bedding. I have no idea why, for me anyway, the changing of the bed linen is the like the first flowers of spring. I have said it before that I like to change the house around from winter to summer. I like to change the cushions, pack the rugs away so there are lovely bare (in my case painted) boards. But the first thing that needs to change in my house is the bed linen. We have been using the same Portuguese throw on our bed for nearly 20 years now. It is on the bed in the summer and changes for a duvet in the winter with a black velvet quilt. But finally the throw has finally started developing small holes and it is time to retire it. I am quite fussy with bedding (that could be said for just about everything really); so finding new bedding is not exactly an easy exercise. So I have spent quite a bit of time in the last few weeks trawling the internet and visiting various places to find just the right thing. I did find it in the end, but I thought I might include the other things that caught my eye in my travels.
I decided on a cotton quilt from Wallace Cotton. It is made from a wonderfully classic white and charcoal mattress ticking. It is 100% cotton so can get thrown in the wash if needed. Practical is good. We often get the whole family pile in for book reading in the evenings – we are currently reading The Hobbit (for the benefit of the smallest child in the family). The easy thing about ticking is that it works like a plain really. It is such a classic that it can be used with a more eclectic scheme or elegant modern one. It works well with just white, or in my case – a bright floral. It somehow makes the floral not too over powering for my Husband’s tastes. I got a large size for $169 and I am very pleased with it. So much so, that I included a shot of it. Wallace Cotton is available on-line here.
If I didn’t have too much budget to play with and wanted something for a teenager or someone in their first flat – or even a beach house, I love this next set from Ezibuy. This is the Exotic Duvet Set and comes in single and through to a Super King. The price ranges from $89-$129. I love the punchy neon colours and is a great bit of fun. Find Ezibuy on-line here.
A new bedding company soon to arrive on our shores is Kip and Co from Australia. With gorgeous geometric patterns, and dots & spots, velvets and cottons, quilts and duvets. What I like about it is you can buy just the fitted sheets or just the pillowcases. Kip and Co will be stocked at Collected at the Bloc and it should be in store in the next 10 days or so. I will post on FB when it arrives. If you want to have a colorful browse before it arrives in New Zealand, have a look on-line here.
Last but not least is my fantasy bedding. This would be the bedding if Anthropolgie had a store just down the road from me and I could just wander in and money was no object. Anthropologie is my favourite store to visit when I am lucky enough to get to the States to visit my Sister in San Francisco. It has the best website with lust-worthy styling that I always enjoy drooling over. For my birthday, my Sister collects a years worth of Anthropologie catalogues and sends them to me. And I am in my happy place.
Anthropologie have taken three paintings of Quebec-based artist Claire Desjardins and put them onto the Kala bedding. Starting at USD$328 for a double duvet (excluding pillows), it isn’t for the faint hearted. But beautiful none-the-less. Luckily I have already got the bed linen that I am happy with! Now I am off to open the windows and let that Spring air in. Oh and if you want to go drool at Anthropologie in all its glory, here you go.