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Summer Jacquard

I’m not one to change up my decor with the seasons but I make an exception with bedding: warmer temps call for lighter blankets and so I’ve recently switched up my heavier duvet cover for a light-weight, cotton jacquard that I purchased in India. Jacquard patterns are loomed rather than printed so the image is reversed on the underside. In this case I believe the orange (above right) is the top side but I prefer the taupe-y reverse, which goes better with the wall colour, Farrow & Ball’s Dauphin.

I know what you’re thinking: What happened to the gold? Late last year the apartment above mine opened up which allowed me to move onto the top floor of the building, so now there’s no one walking around over my head. When I made the move in December I painted the living space exactly the same as downstairs but I changed the bedroom, just because.

Bedding is about the only thing I bought in India and, in fact, I purchased four bedspreads, one of which I intend to use as a bedskirt when I get my new bed. The shop-keeper told me the coverlet above is a knock-off of a Hermes design but I haven’t been able to corroborate that. The numbers have blurred in my mind but I believe I paid around $150 CAD for the would-be Hermes; it’s reasonably good quality and it makes me think of the Portlandia skirt, “Put a Bird On It.”

My favorite Indian bedspread is also the humblest, the indestructible, cotton quilt, below. The elephant motif may be a hoary cliché and perhaps even a tad juvenile, but I simply love it! It makes me smile and it washes beautifully, and even better, it cost less than $30 CAN.

My least favorite purchase is the one for which I chose the wall colour, the quilted, silk stripe, below. It works well with the painting but I guess the wall colour is too close, the room feels meh. Next time, I’ll go with cream walls and see if the silk works a bit better.

For now, I’m down with the Jacquard which is the perfect weight for summer. A summer look is supposed to be cooler in colour but in my world it’s about the change from dark (winter, below left) to light (summer sun, right).

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Friday, May 17, 2013 by Chris
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11 Comments For This Post

  1. KarenJ Says:

    Love the summer jacquard! It has ‘the wow’ factor for me – the perfect memento.

  2. Suz Says:

    Damn boy, how is it you don’t need a linen closet bigger than the bedroom? When you get tired of any of the spreads you just let me know ;)

  3. Liza Says:

    Love those elephants, too!

  4. Magda Says:

    They are all so beautiful.

  5. Cathy Says:

    You never fail me in knowing that you have fabulous taste…as always… love each and every bed cover that you have shown today…. I am envious of your selection. We have one that is light in weight and a taupe colour anyway with it being light in weight I just change what is beneath it for each season.

  6. Lots to say Says:

    I love the “dark (winter, below left)”. Is that from your travels too? Embroidered? LOVE IT!

  7. Sue Says:

    They are all lovely!

  8. Sue Says:

    What about your 2nd
    choice, a “Royal Blue?

  9. Clare Says:

    That first one is right up my alley! Lovely! I have a fondness for the elephants too :-).

  10. Chris Says:

    Lots to Say, the winter look is a very heavy cotton duvet cover with crewel work stitching, so yes, a kind of embroidery (I blogged about it here)

  11. gayle Says:

    Hello, elephant cover hands down…Gayle of LOVE it

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