Today is Autumn Equinox, in other words the start of Autumn!
And what a perfect way to bring it to you – by continuing our celebration of Saffron Marigold’s latest masterpiece – Chasing Butterflies. And while the name may conjure up images of lazy summer afternoons chasing these ephemeral creatures and whiling your time away, the colors are shades of deep gorgeous russets, reds, oranges, ochres…..perfect fall colors!
Since we’re talking bedrooms today, here are some great ideas on how to best use their bedlinens – pillow shams, duvets and bedspreads!
Bedlinens – sheets, pillows and cushions:
Fall means cool nights which will only get cooler as winter sets in…so its time to put away the linen sheets and use these soft snuggly flannel ones from Garnet Hill. Pick from pomegranate, sky blue, ivory or wheat….but do make sure to request a swatch of Chasing Butterflies, so you end up with an absolutely perfect match! A few of these washed linen pillow covers from West Elm will make for a cozy cocoon of a bed and again you have a myriad color choices to pick from. If you prefer the crisp clean European look for your bed, then I suggest a couple of these modern/abstract pillows from Anthropologie. The blues and oranges work well with the linens and will add a fun dimension to the French Country look.
Bedroom furniture – headboard, dresser, chair:
The best approach would be to keep furniture neutral, so as not to confine the color scheme to any one particular color. This way it can be used with any of the Saffron Marigold linens you have just by accessorizing differently, and you can use them year around for all the seasons.
Headboards can make a statement! Whatever look you are trying to achieve, a headboard can add dramatically to the overall effect! Since we’re channeling Louis VI here with our French country linens, how about a washed and weathered headboard to really clinch that look??? This one from Ballard Designs has been sandblasted for that rustic effect. The printer’s chest from Country Cottage Collections echoes the same whitewashed finish of the headboard. And then finally, carrying the same French country theme, we have this chair from Ethan Allen – the Lucian chair with a distressed white carved wood frame.
Accessories – lighting and rugs:
If you are fortunate enough to be able to change the ceiling fixture, then this stunning chandelier from Ballard Designs, crafted of metal with a rust finish, will completely transform your space. If that is not possible, the scrolled motif of this table lamp with its weathered iron base and rectangular linen shade, will be equally effective. The textured wool rug from Layla Grace in a brilliant poppy hue highlights the raspberry color on the linens and provides a color punch to an otherwise monochromatic theme.
Wall decor – clocks, wallpaper and decals
This 18″ wall clock from Layla Grace , so typical of the French look, and the Fleur-De-Lis wallpaper from Discount Wallcovering, both add that timeless old world elegance and classicism of Napoleon’s era! If you want to get more adventurous, then a few wall decals in the swirly medallion pattern will do amazing things to the wall! Available in your choice of colors and combinations from Layla Grace, the pattern can be used on ceilings, doors, furniture or any surface that is flat and smooth.
Putting it all together: