About this time of year people are starting to think about furnishing their Summer homes/rentals. I always like the idea of using sheets that I probably wouldn't use in my city apartment. Pottery Barn has a couple of great options: Nantucket Organic and Seaside Organic.
It's made with 300 thread count single ply sateen, 100% cotton and the prices are very reasonable... a full/queen duvet cover set that includes the duvet cover and a pair of standard pillow shams is only $79. The king set with king pillow shams is only $89.
I love the look of bamboo... if I had a yard, I think I'd want to grow a bunch of it. So of course I also love bamboo prints. Here is an interesting duvet cover from Unison Home, Reed Bamboo Cotton. It's on sale right now from $22 for a pair of standard cases to $121 for a king duvet cover. Below is the lemongrass color.
It is a bamboo (rayon from bamboo)/ cotton blend 70/30 in 200 thread count and is made in Portugal.
It also comes in water and sand colors which are a bit more subdued than the lemongrass.
It is however, quite expensive. A full/queen duvet cover is $575 and a pair of euro sham is $240. (It is also available in flat sheets, fitted sheets and pillowcases.) But bedding like this can really transform a room, and with proper care it can last a lifetime (and longer)!
Just recently I mentioned in a post that I love the Chinoiserie style, well he's another good one from Garnet Hill, Emperor's Dream Percale Bedding! It is available in sheets (flat, fitted, cases) and duvet covers and pillow shams.
Shades of blue, green, red and gold make up the striking design which was reinterpreted from an antique Asian print. It is sold open stock, a queen sheet set with standard cases adds up to $130, a full/queen duvet cover is $95.
Cuddledown has a new bedding introduction: Villa d' Este a beautiful print inspired by Tivoli, Italy's famous Villa d' Este estate. You can learn more about the villa in Italy here.
The print is on a 350 thread count Italian (of course!) percale. The rich red is on an ivory ground. It is available in flat sheets, fitted sheets, pillowcases, duvet covers and pillow shams. Prices range from $49 to $249.
I love prints like this! They look best in rooms that are pretty plain however (think white or off-white walls and dark woods perhaps), rooms without too much other visual "noise" going on, or else it could look gaudy. These sheets are a statement on their own, so you want to maximize the elegant look by making them the focal point of the room.
I was so excited when I was browsing through the Restoration Hardware catalog and ran across their new Italian 50-Year-Wash Vintage Bedding. They should call it "vintage-style" really, because they're not old... But anyway the reason I was so excited is that when I was little, I had a set of old sheets that I used on my twin bed that had come from one of my grandmothers. They were percale and so soft and perfect. I adored those sheets!
These are "reproduced to feel as if it's been lovingly washed for 50 years" and hand-tailored by Italian artisans. They are stone-washed and naturally distressed and will become softer and more inviting with time.
They are available in both sheets and duvet covers/shams. A queen sheet set is $219. A full/queen duvet cover is also $219 and sham are sold open stock, for example, a euro sham is $79. They are available in dune, ivory, mist, shore and white.