What is the difference between a Quilt and a Coverlet?

To Quilt it… or Coverlet it…?

I had a customer ask me this question today and I’m sure she’s not alone;  I’m going to try my best to describe the difference but when it comes down to it, it’s a personal preference!

What is a Quilt?  The dictionary say:  A bed cover made by stitching together firmly two layers of cloth or patch work with some soft and warm substance (as wool or cotton) between them.

"Grace" by Taylor Linens

Grace by Taylor Linens @ The Trendy Bed.com

Quilts like the one above are so beautiful with elegant quilting with beautiful antique inspired designs they are often used as the top layer of your bed.  During those cooler months this bedding style would be good combined with an electric blanket as some people prefer that to using the heaver comforters.

Nantucket Quilt & Duvet Cover by Taylor Linens

.Nantucket Quilt & Duvet Cover @ The Trendy Bed

In the picture above the Nantucket Quilt is used along with the Nantucket Duvet Cover.  Layering your bed like this makes it useable in all weathers, during your warmer months flip your duvet cover back and just use your quilt for a light weight cover.  When the nights get colder your layered to keep the heat in and that chill out!

Heartland by Lasting Impressions @ The Trendy Bed

Heartland by Lasting Impressions @ The Trendy Bed

Where did quilts come from?  They were usually made from left over scrapes of material sewn together to make a pattern; and that is where we get the term “Patchwork Quilt” .  Today these  “patchwork” quilts are too beautiful to cover up.  What I am seeing is these patchwork quilts being combined with a solid matelasse quilt to add texture and color to the bed.

Patchwork quilt & Solid Matelasse by C&F @ The Trendy Bed

Patchwork quilt & Solid Matelasse by C&F @ The Trendy Bed

What is a Coverlet? In the dictionary is say’s “Bedspread”  In a way that is correct;  Bedding by Maine Heritage Weavers (Bates Bedspreads) makes beautiful Matelasse and Candlewick bedspreads along with Coverlet, which is a shorter version of a bedspread.  Below is their Martha’s Choice inspired by George Washington,  he chose the original of this bedspread for his bride.

Martha's Choice Bedspread by Maine Heritage Weavers

Martha’s Choice Bedspread by Maine Heritage Weavers

Martha's Choice Coverlet by Maine Heritage Weavers

Martha’s Choice Coverlet by Maine Heritage Weavers

 

Another great sample of this is the Bedspread and Coverlets by Ellery Homestyles in their Historic Charleston Collection.  Their King Charles collection offers bedspreads, coverlet, bedskirt, shams, and decorative pillows giving to the original meaning of a Coverlet.

 

King Charles Matelasse Coverlet by Ellery Homestyles

King Charles Matelasse Coverlet by Ellery Homestyles

King Charles Matelasse Bedspread by Ellery Homestyles

King Charles Matelasse Bedspread by Ellery Homestyles

I truly feel that was the vision behind the coverlet,  just the shorter version of the Bedspread;  not everyone wants their bedding to lay on the floor to get caught in the vacuum, kids to step on and pull off the fringes. (I remember all those from when I was younger and my parents had a bedspread very similar to Martha’s choice)

I hope you enjoyed my little blog today;  To coverlet it… or to quilt it…?

What do you think, do you prefer the Quilts, or do you prefer the Coverlets?

Have a great week.

Cathy

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Bedroom Decor from The Trendy Home…

Make a Statement…

Elevate your bedroom to new heights with this beautiful Canopy Bed.

Making A Statement...

 

If privacy is your objective add sheer panels to wrap your bed in gorgeous folds of fabric.

You may find this room beckons you to  retire earlier at night when you make your space more than just for sleeping;  by pairing a chair and table to create an intimate space to share a night cap or your first cup of coffee.

This look can be easily created with a White Duvet Cover, White shams, and White Curtain panels all from Taylor Linens at The Trendy Bed.com.

Hope you enjoyed this tip and thank you Better Homes and Garden for your beautiful bedroom pictures.

Have a great week and make your home:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cathy

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Tips for Remodeling A Bedroom

The Trendy Home has the pleasure of another guest blogger,  Megan Gates;  Megan Gates is an active blogger who provides written work to the blogosphere pertaining to NY Rentals . The Hamptons, home improvement and the latest architecture, design and fashion. Follow her on twitter @MEGatesDesign.

Whether people remodel bedrooms for upgrading resale value of the house or just for their own comfort and pleasure, remodels can be fun.  Showcasing the room’s shape and aura with a mixture of color and texture not only adds beauty, but it adds personality to the room.

Transforming a bedroom with classical overtones or pure whimsy reflects the bedroom’s tenant in all his imaginative glory. It makes the people who enter the room want to remain to enjoy its effects.

Windows

Aside from space, the focus of any room will be its windows.  Windows allow light into a room while letting you enjoy the outdoors inside.  Window treatments are going to be important, therefore, in highlighting the beauty of the windows.

Conservatory blinds:  These are produced with reflective backing to block the sun’s harmful rays while letting in the light.  They can be made to order in any color, in addition to a variety of styles,  from roller blinds to woven to pleated blinds.

Folding shutters:  Unlatch the hook, fold back the shutters, and let the sun shine in.


Swags:  Swags can be arranged in pleats, folds or multiple hangings over rattan blinds, sheers or curtains.

Lighting

Since bedrooms aren’t usually lit brightly for specific purposes, such as reading or sewing, the lighting is generally soft.  Lamps will be found typically for this purpose, or perhaps the light attached to a ceiling fan.

Recessed cans:  Recessed lighting provides the softness generally found in bedrooms, and they can be brightened with a twist of the switch.

Track lighting: This, too, can be brightened or dimmed as desired and adds panache to any room.

Tree lamps:  If you’re going to have a lamp, make a statement.  The cans or arms can be positioned to light up corners for reading or sewing, or just add a glow to a room.

Flooring

Carpeting: Any upgrade to a house includes carpeting. But you can also think outside the box
Hardwood floors: Sprinkle them with area rugs in matching shades to your bed linens and watch the room come together.


Vinyl tile: This, too, can be strewn with area rugs, but you might not want the pretty pattern of the tile to be covered up.

Walls

Walls are fun. They can be outlined with a border, cut a niche into them for any purpose at all, such as holding a few books or collectible dolls, or walls can be built out to contain a corner fireplace/entertainment center. Walls can be lit with sconces to showcase paintings or they can support candelabra for a romantic evening.

Furnishings

Lighten up a room sporting dark woods in dressers, chests of drawers, armories or headboards with champagne satin coverlets for the bed and matching hangings for the window treatments.  

Area rugs on the hardwood or tiled floors can add the freshness of a garden with floral patterns in light colors. Fabrics and pretty blankets can be mounted on walls like a tapestry. If the room’s tenant aimed the lighting at these things, the room would look fresh and lovely.

Remodeling a bedroom,  for comfort or for resale value, is all about focus. Making the room look fresh and new is about color and texture, woods and fabrics, lighting and imaginative combinations. It’s about aura and personality. You might not even want to sell the house.

Thank you Megan for your blog, great tips and ideas for The Trendy Home readers, thanks to Better Homes and Gardens for some of the great pictures  I used to showcase Megan’s tips.

Would love to hear your thoughts on this blog, what did you take away from it and did it inspire you to make any changes to your bedroom?

Thank You and come visit us also at The Trendy Bed,  and remember to make your home:

 

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Top Ten Decorating Tips

Decorating by Numbers!

Getting your measurements right the first time will make everyone happy!   How many times do we do something and then say,  “That doesn’t look good!”   or it needs to higher, or lower?  I know I have done it more than once.  I came across this Decorate by Numbers! – Get your measurements right in the House Beautiful magazine and wanted to share it with my readers,  Thank you House Beautiful – you are an awesome magazine and great decorating tips and articles.

36 inch wide rectangular table

1.  Know your tables:  A 36 inch wide rectangular table is perfect for conversation.  A Round table with a diameter of 48 inches seats six;  a 60 inch round will handle eight standard dinning chairs or 10 ballroom chairs.

48 Inch Round Table

 

2.  How big should an overhead light fixture be?  Just add the length and width of the room in feet, and whatever number you come up with is, in inches, your guide for the fixture’s diameter.  So a 15-by-20 foot room would need a 35 inch wide chandelier.

3.  One gallon of paint will cover about 400 square feet of wall.

Mount Curtains as high as possible to add height to any room.

 

4.   Mount curtains as high as possible to give the room more height, and let them break 1 1/2 inches on the floor.

5.  Kitchen island should be about 38 inches high – a little taller than the counter tops to be comfortable for food preparation.

6.  Curtains should be  2 1/2  to 3 times the width of the window.  So if you’re doing two panels, each should be 1 1/4  to 1 1/2 times the window width.

Curtans - perfect Height and Width.

Purchase a curtain rod that is 20 inches wider than your window so it extends 10 inches on either side.  Your window will seem much wider than it really it.

Dining Room Chandelier 36 inches above the table

7.  The bottom of a dining-room chandelier should hand 36 inches above the table.   This is actually my  home and I checked my chandelier and I was 35 7/8″ – got lucky on that one!

8.  Install light switches 36 inches above the floor and 1 1/2 to 2 inches to the side of the door trim.

9.  For a standard 84″ inch sofa with exposed legs and a tight back, you’ll need 14 yards of plain 54 inch wide fabric.  Add two yards for skirt.

10.   From Classical times to today, the golden ratio has always been the perfect proportion:  1 to 1.62.   At least since the Renaissance, many artists and architects have proportioned their works to approximate the golden ratio—especially in the form of the golden rectangle, in which the ratio of the longer side to the shorter is the golden ratio—believing this proportion to be aesthetically pleasing.

Hope you learned something new about decorating, I know I did when I read it.

Would love to hear your thoughts on this blog, what did you take away from it and did it inspire you to make any changes in your home?

Thank You and come visit us also at The Trendy Bed,  and remember to make your home:

 

Cathy Campbell

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Wall Art Styles for Your Living Room

The Trendy Home would like to welcome our first guest blog,  Reyna Ramli from Arcadian Home Decor.

Wall art is the most common way to breathe life into an empty wall. These simple pieces are easy to install and require almost no maintenance whatsoever, apart from the occasional dusting.

The only real problem, however, is the choice of wall art.

It is said that all art is beautiful – except not all the time. This can’t be truer for wall art, since picking the wrong kind of wall art to go with your living room can actually make things cluttered and tasteless instead.

So what kind of wall art will you add to your living room?

Canvas Wall Art

Paintings are probably the first thing to pop up in most people’s heads when it comes to decorating the walls of a living room – and for good reason too.

James Rixner Interior Design (Canvas Wall Art)

‘Design Shuffle: James Rixner Interior Design’ (via)

Canvas opens a wide array of artistic possibilities, all within the confines of a symmetrical rectangle. Mismatching an artistic style with the living room’s décor, however, is a pretty common problem for those who fail to grasp the basics of artistic pairing.  Make sure that you have a solid understanding of your living room’s theme before picking out a painting and you should do just fine.

Wall Art Tapestry

Woven cloth has always been a favorite medium of art in many countries, and the exotic air about a tapestry piece will definitely add much to a living room’s design.

Fine Art Tapestries Formal Residences Italian Villa Wall Tapestry / Wall Hanging

‘Fine Art Tapestries Formal Residences Italian Villa Wall Tapestry / Wall Hanging’ (via)

Wall tapestry is something that adds an earthy, tribal feel to a wall – even if the tapestry itself is made from space-age materials. Even the manner by which art is portrayed on woven thread gives it an exotic aura, adding even more to its overall charm. Just make sure that the designs and colors on the tapestry will match well with the other pieces in the living room.

Metal Wall Art

The toughness and solidity of metal gives it an oppressively powerful aura, making it an ideal material for centerpieces meant to draw a person’s full focus.

Metal Wall Art

‘Butterfly Metal Wall Art’ (via)

There are many designs for metal wall art, but the material they are crafted from will never remove that powerful effect. This makes wall art very effective in filling up large chunks of space on the wall; providing a lot of aesthetic benefits even when only one piece sits on the said wall. This is something that you have to remember, lest you congest your living room’s wall with too many metal art pieces.

Abstract Wall Art

Are you fond of being unique? Do you like moving away from convention? Do you like to tickle people’s thoughts with baffling art? Then abstract art is just the thing for you!

Design Shuffle: Chris Judy Abstract Wall Art

‘Design Shuffle: Chris Judy Abstract Wall Art’ (via)

The puzzling interplay of shapes and colors is what defines this particular genre of art, and this puzzling effect can be brought about in your living room with abstract wall art. Abstract art, however, clashes violently with other more conventional styles. It is for this reason that you have to be very careful with how you integrate this particular art style with the rest of your living room.

Keep these art styles in mind and you’ll be able to pick out the right one for the walls of your living room!

Content provided by Arcadian Home Decor, a site that specializes in top quality home decor items at extremely affordable prices. Come visit us today!

Thank you Reyna and Arcadian Home Decor for this informative blog.

At The Trendy Home our goal is you make your home                                                                                                     

Cathy   XOXOX

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