SLEEP ON IT: SUMMERY BEDDING

by Marisa Marcantonio

Switching out the warm, winter bed for fresh, new bedding in the summer is part of many people's changeover routine. Away goes the thick duvet and out comes the coverlet and thin blanket. If you are by the ocean, the duvet may be a necessity, so folding it into thirds at the end of the bed looks nice and neat. Perhaps your master bedroom needs reviving, and sometimes the guest linens need a refresher. Block prints, tiny patterns and solids in hot pink, blue and lavender were big spring news.

Here are some colorful new patterns, prints and solids to get you started!

 Photos courtesy of Serena and Lily

The new block-printed Ramona duvet and Euro sham from Serena and Lily is a robust take on a damask, Indian-style.

The coordinating Kerala sheet set in bright and soft pinks is an abstracted Indian floral that looks boho chic without going off the deep end.

 Photos courtesy of John Robshaw

John Robshaw introduced a bridge collection called JR by John Robshaw that is perfect for dorm rooms and the like. At a 200 thread count, it offers a lot of style for an approachable price point.

Perhaps a fresh spring green damask calls to you. Ludoli, all-over bedding pattern from John Robshaw adds visual interest without overwhelming other prints in the room.

 Photo courtesy of Allem Studio

If you can't get enough of block printing, geometrics and fish, then Allem Studio is for you. A varied Sea Green feels right at home with the fish pattern. The bedding is made by Sewa, a women's collective in India.

 Photos courtesy of Matouk

As usual, Matouk's creative collaboration with Lulu DK yields phenomenal results. This spring saw the introduction of Lyford, a white solid fireworks-of-a-floral on perfectly hued Crocus (lavender), Ocean (a French blue) and Geranium (a coral) ground.

The Lyford in Crocus

And as usual, patterns co-mingle together. Here we have from top to bottom: Star, Cove, and Lyford.

And in Geranium with coordinates.

If florals make you happy, this tight bloom called Petals also from Lulu DK for Matouk is a great choice.

The freshness of this Star and Cove combination from Matouk in pale blue and white is wonderful.

Stella, a tiny compass-shaped design comes quilted, also from Lulu for Matouk

Photo courtesy of Garnet Hill

Sometimes adding a ditzy, small pattern can re-invigorate and freshen existing white bedding. This small geo is Frette's Orchidales print through Garnet Hill.

Photo courtesy of Plover Organic

A small undulating pattern, Pink Waves, from Plover Organic is a pattern that also mixes in well with all white.

Bedding designer Katherine Ferran loves her prints and geometrics and this spring was no exception, as she introduced a charming large bloom with climbing stem and leaves.

Another angle

Summer and seersucker just go together, so thank goodness Ferran has their new spring green seersucker with coral edging.

 Photo courtesy of Haute Home

Haute Home also understands the need for relaxes resorty basics, so their seersucker with lace detailing.

 Photo courtesy of Julia B

Details! Bows abound on these darling custom monogram Nice shams from Julia B. with side ties of grosgrain ribbon. 

Photo courtesy of Sferra

If you are in a seaside setting, why not go nautical with Sferra's Orlo bedding with a chic inset wide banding?

Photo courtesy of Haute Home

There's nothing likea bold border to add life. Here, Haute Home pairs orange and turquoise, two colors that speak to summer living.

 Photo courtesy of Sferra

Linen bedding has earned converts for breathability and softness. Sferra's Classico Vintage offers a lived-in look that captures the essence of a European bed. With classic lines and casual appeal, the soft color palette is oh-so soothing.

GIVEAWAY! LAUREN RALPH LAUREN PRINTED NOTEBOOKS

by Marisa Marcantonio

Crisp, timeless and classic. Black and white is so right. And so right now. From Celerie Kemble's latest book on the subject to everything chic in the monochromatic combination, it's striking impact is making a comeback. From classic black and white photos of a bygone era to the magic of a black and white striped wallpaper, the allure of the combination is undeniable. Lauren by Ralph Lauren's charming Port Palace bedding is no exception.  A printed field of hand drawn flower blooms on alternating white and black grounds come together for a festive match. The inclusion of stripes and polka dots adds another graphic dimension to the mix, for an ensemble that carries from season to season. What a charming garden frolic. 

With summer's arrival, flowers are probably on your mind. They are certainly on mine, as floral inspiration is all around. If you want to have a bit of floral chic with you at all times, I have just the thing. I have teamed up with  Lauren Ralph Lauren and you can win custom Port Palace Notebooks from Stylebeat! All you have to do is register with Lauren Home, enter here no purchase necessary, and the rest is fate. (Sweeps details here.)

Winners will be selected at random and notified after July 15th, so register now!

Couldn't you use a little black and white floral fabulousness in your life?

 Celerie Kemble dives into the subject of pairing black and white together in her second book, Black and White and a bit in between.

THREE WAYS TO DRESS YOUR BED:

 photos courtesy of Lauren Ralph Lauren Home

With an elaborate carved French headboard and relaxed arrangement, the Port Palace linens bring to mind summers in the South of France.

 If a country idyl is more your speed, a bucolic getaway with three suro shams at the headboard and propped up standard shams is the way to make it. Available through Ralph Lauren and  Bloomingdale's

 If crisp modern calls to you, then jazz up a contemporary setting with a neatly tucked in coverlet and blanket, stacking the standard shams flat and deck pillows in front. Available through Ralph Lauren and Bloomingdales.

 These little printed darlings will add some spring blooms and snappy black and white dots to your tote bag, making sure you never forget an important thought.