another take on our bedroom

One of the reasons our linen closet is in such a need of an overhaul is because I have a bit of an obsession with textiles. I don't think I've been on a holiday in the past ten years when I haven't brought home some sort of blanket or throw or rug. Even when I'm not on vacation I'm constantly drawn to beautiful pillows and linens. It's just my thing! moroccan bedroom-6

Of course, it is nice to use all these different textiles when I have a chance. I'm a firm believer in switching up your bed linens a couple of times of year usually with the seasons. Although I didn't plan it this way, our neutral bedroom is the perfect foil for many different textile schemes. You might remember that last winter I used a Hudson's Bay Blanket as the focal point of our bedroom.

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This winter I decided to pull out a cream wool bedspread I bought in Uruguay on our honeymoon. It has a chunky fringed border that looks lovely draped over a bed. I topped it with a Kantha bedspread that I purchased at a local store here in Toronto.

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The jumping off point for this whole darker colour scheme were these amazing Moroccan pillows I found over at Baba Souk. I've been looking for pillows like this for awhile now so I was so happy to find a reasonably priced Canadian supplier. I paired them with two Kilim pillows I picked up from The Arthur a couple of years ago, a cream Mongolian Lamb pillow from West Elm and an indigo pillow cover from Haveli Home in Toronto.

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That cute little woven tajine basket with the pink and navy diamonds is also from Baba Souk. I haven't quite decided where to put it yet but there is nothing I like better than storage with a lid!

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Now on to that linen closet! It really is in need of an overhaul. I'll show you what I'm dealing with in the next post.

Do you switch up your bed linens regularly?

winter bed linens

Do you change your bed linens with the seasons? I didn't use to. For a long time, I was a fan of duvet covers and would use them throughout the year. Then a couple of years ago when I was having a hard time sleeping and a friend suggested I try using a heavier blanket on the bed to help calm me down. Amazingly it worked, like a pair of strong hands the weighty blanket made me relax and succumb to rest. I haven't looked back since.

When I was redecorating our bedroom this Spring , I didn't really give much thought to how our bed would look in winter (I was too busy worrying about other things!) Luckily, our Hudson's Bay Blanket is a fairly versatile piece. Its neutral cream colour punctuated with bands of indigo, yellow, red and green really work with a lot of palettes. In fact, it is such an iconic piece that can it can almost stand alone.

For Christmas this year, I received a pillow made from a vintage wool red and black blanket from The Arthur that works perfectly with my Hudson's Bay Blanket. The kilim pillows, that are on our bed during the summer, are fortunately covered on the back with black twill fabric and work nicely flipped over with this winter scheme.

I purchased two new ruffled cream pillow shams from West Elm over the holiday season which add a touch of femininity to the bed.

When it gets really cold we pull the gold Frette coverlet over us as well. All in all, we've been able to reuse all of our winter bed linens from our former bedroom which is a relief because I'd hate to see these things languish in a closet somewhere. How often do you switch up the linens on your bed?


an unexpected blanket

A few months ago, this image stopped me in my tracks.

Obviously, the first thing I noticed was that beautiful wallpaper but the more I looked at the image the more I realized that it was actually the deliberate contrasts between all of the objects in the room that got me excited. On paper, that striped red Hudson's Bay or Pendleton blanket should not work. If I were to say to you as a designer, I have a great idea for you master bedroom. We're going to paper the walls in the most delicate, pink Chinese wallpaper and then we're going to use a traditional nailhead detailed headboard flanked by two rose-coloured, pleated shades and then to finish it all off we're going to make the bed with a red camping blanket you would probably send me packing. But it works, it actually makes the whole room much more interesting and how nice is it to see what is traditionally considered a rustic blanket in a much more luxurious setting.

Seeing this all the time gets a little boring...

Last Christmas, I received a new Hudson's Bay blanket as a present. It is something which I have always wanted. These blankets are treated like heirlooms in Canada and often passed down through generations. In recent years, I've moved away from sleeping under a duvet at night preferring the weight and feel of a wool blanket instead. As luck would have it, many of the colours that already exist in our bedroom work well with the characteristic red, green, yellow, and indigo stripes of the Hudson's Bay blanket.

Hands down, this is the most colourful room in our house! And while I'm still thinking of moving towards an overall more serene bedroom

(all this would take is a few hard days of painting) I'm quite happy with our bright and sunny bedroom, especially during the grey days of winter.

Image Credits
1) Ngoc Minh Ngo via This is Glamarous and Fondly Seen
2) Various via Re-Nest, George Interior Design and Fondly Seen.
3) my own
4) my own from Elle Decor.

five paint colours to love

I would have to say that the question I get asked the most often is what colour is your fill-in-the-blank here. Sometimes it is my hallway, other times my bedroom and sometimes it is the living room or dining room. With so many choices out there I'm not surprised! It can be totally overwhelming. I've made my fair share of mistakes along the way and now I tend to stick with the same handful of colours. So today, I thought I would dish out my top five paint colours as used in my own home.

They are:

1. Chalkboard Paint - Black - I used this in the kitchen on the East wall and in the office on the East wall. Of course, I stole this idea from Jenna Lyon's fantastic home!

2. Revere Pewter - This colour is used on the upper walls in the hallway. It's a lovely, light warm grey neutral.

3. Cloud White - I use this colour everywhere. It is in our  hallway (chair rail), and nursery. It is great wherever you need a warm white.

4. Steel Wool - This is the colour of our bedroom. If I had the chance to paint it again I might go with something like Kendall Charcoal. It's a bit warmer and more inviting for a bedroom.

5. Raccoon Fur - This is the colour of our bathroom. This is one of those shades of black that has some blue in it. It has great depth and character.

(All colours by Benjamin Moore.)

As you can see, I'm drawn to black and white and the range of greys in between. I find they provide an interesting neutral back drop that you can play around with. It is rare for me to put colour on the wall (my guest bedroom excepted!) How about you? Any paint colours you use over and over again?