Monday, October 4, 2010

My Bedding Picks-Comforter vs. Duvet

IT's always a great day when I meet a new client.  Today I headed out to Nazareth PA to talk about putting some 'OMMPPPHHH' into a four year old home for a family of three.  One of the spaces I will be working on is the master bedroom and that got us talking about bedding.  'So which should I use-a comforter or a duvet?'  There is no right or wrong answer....just preference.  There is a lot of thought that goes into making that decision so kick off your shoes and get on your jammies.

A comforter is a blanket filled with natural or synthetic insulative material and encased in a shell/covering. It gives a cleaner look because it isn't as bulky as a duvet.  You can use your comforter all year round but may wish to add a blanket at the end of your bed if you want more warmth.  If you are looking for an affordable quick bedding purchase, you can find a 'Bed In A Bag' in bedding stores everywhere.  The downside is that washing it is difficult because it is bulky; may require a professional dry cleaning.

A duvet is a soft flat bag traditionally filled with down or feathers, or a combination of both, and used on a bed as a blanket  It is usually placed in a duvet cover to keep it clean (like a giant pillow case!).  This combination gives an overall fluffier look.  Makes me want to dive right into it. Two great advantages of this bedding is that you can change the duvet cover to suit your decor and you can wash the cover  real easily (without all that pounding and pushing of a comforter into a washer and dryer).  Disadvantage is that it can get hot under that cover (you may want to put it away for the summer).  They also require a little extra fussing when making your bed.

Here are a few bedding looks I put together that I adore:

For a luxe coastal hotel suite look, this coral bedding from R. Jabbour & Sons is crisp and chic.  Looks fabulous with dark wood toned furniture.  Use a creamy white paint like Benjamin Moore™ OC-17 White Dove or wrap the room in a hug from a teddy bear using Behr PMD-51 Cardamom and add beachy accents (buy some hurricane vases and fill them with seashells & coral you pick up on vacations).  Can you smell the ocean?


For a bedroom with feminine flair try this Urban Outfitters look. I love the ruffled bedding because it reminds me of a wedding dress.  And the wiener dog pillowcases keep it fun and young.  The Sherwin William Calico paint will keep the space relaxing and calm.

This look is fun and flirty.  I dig it against the black.  Its from Target.  You can liven it up by painting Valspar 253-6 Still Tidewater on the wall behind the bed.

Want a spa-in-a-box complete bedroom makeover with one click? Try this new Athena 10pc. Comforter Set with Bonus Ottoman from JCPenney (for an extra $10 get a brand new master bathroom-just kidding!) Paint this mushroom Benjamin Moore™ HC-125 Cushing Green color on the walls for an earthy soothing feeling.

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And if you are looking for over-the-top, cotton candy-meets-leopard bedding for Teresa Giudice of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, this would be it!! Its from Horchow.

'Is this pink and frou-frou enough for you Teresa?'


R. Jabbour & Sons has a great selection of luxurious bedding. They first opened its doors in New York City over 80 years ago.  Passed through four generations of family, R. Jabbour & Sons continues to be a trusted and highly knowledgeable resource for the finest bed, bath, and table linens.  Its loyal following of customers rely on the utmost attention to detail and service.
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