Saturday, January 22, 2011

This Week's Ideabook On Houzz: Bedding Trends

While sipping on my early morning cup of coffee last week, I came across an enjoyable post on Good Life Of Design. Inspired by an article Kathysue had read from the Wall Street Journal, she was compelled to write a post entitled: The Demise of the Duvet?


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Apparently duvets are too poufy, too heavy and hot, and will no longer be what is in vogue for bedding. A sleeker look is on the horizon. (And most certainly fewer pillows, for goodness sake!) Well, not having given bedding trends a whole lot of thought recently, I decided to take a closer look at what homeowners and designers have been up to when it comes to bedding choices. The bedrooms I found on Houzz tend to indicate that indeed a change in is the air. Take a look at the Ideabook here, and come back if you will and tell me...thumbs up or thumbs down?

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  1. I think fewer pillows area a good thing and a simpler color palette is always welcome in a "sleeping environment", but I would be lost without my down comforter. Poofy, yes, and very cozy. A nice replacement for the comforter would be the fleece throw you made a while back. Love that.

    -Rene

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  2. Major thumbs down on the loss of the duvet. A big giant fluffy down comforter tucked inside a soft duvet is the best part of my bed! I'm on board with fewer pillows. Mine always live permanently on the floor anyway

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  3. Wow, I was just thinking about this very thing as I was laying under the part of the duvet that no longer contained the down filler (it was bunched up on my husband's side).

    Darn, I just purchased a non-refundable duvet from Restoration Hardware!

    I was thinking about getting a lighter filler for the summer...

    I am always one step behind.

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  4. I love the clean, streamlined look, but I LOVE a fluffy down comforter. I don't even use mine to sleep, but it just makes the bed look so inviting. I'm not ditching mine, yet! As for the pillows, I got rid of "too many pillows" a while ago--more as a compromise in my marriage!

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  5. Funny how you mentioned fewer pillows. I got euro shams made for my bed and after putting them on, I took them off. Too much of anything bothers me.

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  6. Love the comforter look and feel. I don't think most people will ditch them, just too comforting. Pillows, yes I like those too. Guess I am not very trendy. Hugs, Marty

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  7. I can't see getting rid of our duvet & comforter. It's too cold here. Last summer I tried making the bed without it & it made the bed look hard. Not soft & comfy.
    But I haven't tried the compromise of having it folded at the foot of the bed and having the coverlet tucked in for a more tailored look.

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  8. I have to confess, I'm conflicted! I do love the more tailored approach to bedding-- it looks clean and calm, soothing. But I think my favorite is the combination of a tucked-in coverlet with the duvet folded at the foot of the bed. Sort of the best of both worlds. :)

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  9. I love the look of a clean, well made bed, but my down comforter has to be folded at end of the bed for easy access on those colder bitter nights. My husband forwarded the Wall Street article to me when it came out because he is not a big fan of the down comforter. I just can't cave on this one.

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  10. I personally like the look of a comforter and a quilt. I like to be super warm at night. I do like the comforter on the bed in winter and the quilt folded at the end, and changed around in Spring/Summer. I like less pillows. I don't know what to do with a lot of pillows anyway!

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  11. I certainly embrace individuality when it comes to style and also necessity...I live in northern lower Michigan, (the tattered pinky area) and turn my heat down to 55 degree's at night...trend or not, I have to live with a duvet.. daytime, my heat is at 65... not doing the trend thing here at all...
    but I like the look of clean, streamlined rooms until something pretty and fluffy comes along and makes me swoon...(yea, any way the wind blows)..just not a trend follower in the end...
    love the room you feature,btw.. colors are gorgeous..
    have a great weekend Janell...
    maureen

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  12. Janell,

    Tthere were a couple of the images I liked, however with frigid weather and more snow on the way I adore my poffy cozy down filed duvet!

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    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  13. No way I'm getting ride of our down comforter and duvet. The heat goes down to 55 degrees at night and I love to snuggle under a big blanket!

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  14. I love a clean, tailored look and yet I still use a duvet. I keep it folded at the bottom of the bed. Even in the summer months I find myself under it with the AC on!

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  15. Keeping the comforter - just too, well, comforting! Do like the less pillows as they end up on the floor anyway.
    Cathy

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  16. Well timed post Janell. I just posted about my search for new bedding. Frankly, I think that duvets are beautiful but such a hassle to wash!! I haven't had one in years.

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  17. It's freezing where I live, like sub-zero temps plus wind chill so if you used some of those wimpy blankets shown you would freeze to death! I like my duvet and pillows, the less is more look just isn't my style. :)

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  18. I`ll never be able to lose my comfy duvet, but love the look of it folded at the foot of the bed, with a beautiful matelesse underneath. I`m afraid I`m a more is more girl with regards to the pillow situation too.

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  19. Janell, first thank you so much for the mention. This subject was way more controversial than I had ever imagined. The over all take on my post was my readers still want their duvets.

    I personally love my duvet, but I do a sleeker look with less pillows than most a no pattern. Although my bed looks pretty comfy, or so I have been told.

    I do think a new look is on the horizon in the design world. It will be interesting to observe as time passes by.
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Kathysue

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  20. I love, love, love the clean streamlined look...the folded matelasse at the foot of the bed, tucked in linens with nothing hanging down. Everything looks crisp and clean and well, just well designed. BUT...I don't know if I could live that way because 1)I use the space under my bed for storage, and 2)It looks to me as if I would need clean fresh sheets every day to keep the look. I might try the matelasse look though with a bedskirt...The winter blues are setting in and a face lift is in order. And since it can't be on my face I'll put it on my bed!

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  21. I love my duvet...I love the feeling of sleeping in a big pillow of clouds. And I love the look of one folded at the end of the bed, with a thin, sleek coverlet over the remainder.

    PS -- i just nominated you for a Homie on Apartment therapy! xo

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  22. While I definitely think that a very understated and tailored look is beautiful in photographs, in my own room I definitely prefer falling into a bed with lots of fluffy pillows and a big cushy down comforter. It's a personal preference sort of thing I suppose.

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  23. I like the look of the more tailored bed and the puffy duvet look. I think less pillows are a good thing,the bottom line is,its your home it has to be comfortable for the way you live.It annoys me when people make proclamations about what is in and what is out...I think its just a marketing strategy to get people to feel bad about themselves and to keep buying new things.

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  24. I thought I had come up with this idea independently but perhaps I was influenced without knowing it, because I recently donated all my duvet covers and comforters in favor of blankets and quilts. Blankets and quilts, for me, are easier to store flat because they are less bulky, and we can pile as many or as few on as we need. Also, for laundry time, pulling off one blanket and tossing on another is easier than washing a duvet and waiting for it to dry before you can use it again.

    That was my motivation, or so I thought.

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  25. Oh, this is an easy one for me! I could never give up my duvet. I LOVE a clean, simple look. Especially with white. But I could never transition to the last image of the idea book. Not inviting to me. {although I have learned to never say never, right.} I just commented today as we woke up how much I love our fluffy, soft duvet. Funny timing. As long as the over all look is still tailored I love it.

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  26. i love duvets, and the best thing about them is you don't have to fill them with a big thick comforter. i myself have a thin coverlet on my bed and a big thick comforter folded neatly at the end of my bed that we remove at night. they are too hot, but i love the look.

    i checked out the idea book and pic #5 was my favorite, and they are doing what i am.

    great post as always.

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  27. My duvet is a must..it is so cold here. I like a more tailored look and I fold my down to show a coverlet with just a few pillows. I do notice that bed scarves are popular and I see this in some hotels as well. Great post!

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  28. I have not given this much thought either. I love my duvet even if it's a pain to put on and take off. Although, I think people go completely overboard with pillows.

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  29. I can't sleep without my duvet.
    Some things defy trends! xoxo

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  30. I most definitely will not be getting rid of my comforter but I do fold mine at the end of the bed and have a coverlet exposed. I like having the option of more or less covers during the night. As far as the pillows go I am at a crossroads on that one. The husband hates them but he's not one for making the bed so it doesn't really matter what he thinks, right? I like a simple color palette- it seems more calming and spa-like.

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  31. BOO to no duvet and comforter, but YAY for less pillows!
    I will never give up my down comforter. I have had imy current one for 10 years, and i refuse to sleep without it.

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  32. I live in New York where I think a duvet is a must. It's 11 degrees here this morning...you kinda need some warmth on these January days. I'm also a pillow lover...my husband on the other hand would be happy with the less pillow idea. Great ideas.

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  33. I switch it out with the seasons. Right now we're having a brutal winter, so a duvet is a must. Then in the summer, I just have a more streamlined quilt. It's fun to mix it up!

    I hope you're well. I'm sorry I've been such a bad commenter! I can't read blogs at work now! Anyway, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new design of your blog. It's just gorgeous. Now, I'm off to catch up on all your posts!

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  34. Thumbs down! The tucked-in look is nice & tailored, and yet I like the comfort that a duvet brings...even if it is folded at the foot of the bed. A thin bed-top looks cold and uninviting to me.

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  35. Glad to see that there are still many who love their comforters, 'cause I am definitely one of them! But I don't see how it is mutually exclusive with a "tailored" look. If you have a solid color, and it's on the bed with rails or a streamlined skirt beneath, that can still be "tailored" in my book. But I do have to say I never understood having so many pillows on the bed that they just end up on the floor and then back on the bed in the morning. Why? Definitely less is more to me there. Thanks for the discussion, and thanks to Kathysue, too!
    - Michiganhome

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  36. Get rid of my white down duvet? NEVER!

    Those beds were pretty to look at, but they didn't have that soft, wanna jump right in look. I wouldn't be able to give up that wonderful, fluffy goodness :)

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  37. I like the look--almost Scandinavian in appearance. However it would not work with the bed I use. I just have a spring type platform--not a real bed!

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  38. Love Love Love this new trend. Love tucked in covers. Love simple pillows and calm colors.

    That being said, I live in Hawaii...we'd be perfectly fine with just a sheet. ;) Not sure how others are going to give up a duvet?

    Aloha,
    charlie

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  39. Just found your blog and I love it1 i shall enjoy following your blog and waiting for your new mag. Very exciting! Fiona

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  40. Wow, interesting topic! Dare say, get rid of the duvet???? Yes! Granted, I live in toastie AZ but I cannot stand the comforter 'movement' all around the inside of the duvet! And, for whatever reason, I buy the same size comforter and duvet and they don't seem to match up. LOL It really is a love hate with my comforter and duvet.

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  41. Streamlined pillows are definitely in now.
    Mary Ann

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  42. I guess I'm going to be out of style. I love the look of the puffy duvet at the end of the bed and at least 6 pillows!
    I guess that means I have old lady tastes oh well!

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  43. I like the pared down look, but I think it needs some pattern and/or texture to add interest.

    We definitely have way too many pillows on our bed. Well, actually, they're on the floor 99% of the time! So I'm all for cutting back on bed pillows!

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  44. I am all for fewer pillows but I am never giving up my duvet! I love the comfort of it.

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  45. I personally don't like the thinning out of the bedding. Sure I could use less pillows, but I'll NEVER NEVER NEVER give up my duvet. It's perfect. I have a winter weight and a summer weight one that I switch out at the change of the seasons. I might be able to take away one of the throws on the bed, but if I am taking away anything from this new wave of of tailored bedding, it's to edit more. Edit, not delete. Although, I do like a tailored look. But I want my bed to be a nest that I can fall into :)

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  46. Oh no I am addicted to pillows and cushions! Love you blog , just found it! Letitia

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  49. I've tried a duvet and comforter, but it was just too puffy for me and too hot for South Texas weather. But I don't really care for all that tucking the new look would require-- that is too much work for as early as I have to be up and out the door! I like my quilt and coverlet look-- similar to some of the pics in the lookbook, minus the tucking. :-) Can you imagine the time spent to get those tucks just right? Life is too short!

    When I did try the duvet/comforter, to keep the comforter in place, I used diaper pins on the inside seams, and it worked well. The diaper pins seem to stay better than regular safety pins.

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  51. For me it completely depends on the season. I'm fine with a more sleek look for summer, but come cold and dreary winter there is no way you will find anything on my bed other than a big, fluffy, comfy duvet.

    As far as pillow go I am 100% behind the less is more movement. There is no reason to have pillows that aren't being used on the bed. Beds need pillows, but they don't need 50 pillows. 2 or 3 will usually suffice.

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  52. Hmmm... I think I dress my bed very European. Simple and good quality linen. Few pillows and NOTHING polyester! I like a crisp and fresh feel. Not much color in my bed, I am afraid!

    Warm hugs to you,

    Mon

    P.S Your magazine button leads the small row on my blog of MUST READS.

    http://www.splendidwillow.com

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  53. I am definately for fewer pillows, and agree the less is more. We have a coverlet with a duvet folded at the end, plus two sets of King pillows. It all ends up on the floor every night, and I have to throw it ALL back on each morning. I do love the option of having a light coverlet and throwing on the duvet during cold nights, so we opted for a light duvet filler.

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  54. I got rid of my duvet about 2 years ago and now we just stick with a coverlet. So much easier to make the bed in the morning.

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  55. I love the duvets on our beds. We need them too in Canada. In the summer I take the duvet out of the cover and just have the cover on the bed. We have pretty plain beds - white duvet covers on them. I love white with a touch of colour in a couple of pillows. Unfortunately the bedrooms were all recently repainted with new accent pillows on the beds, so I won't be getting rid of them soon.

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  56. I love a sleek bed set, but I don't think I could give up the fluff!

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  57. For Home Improvement specially in Bedroom Hawaiian Comforters are the Best Option.It makes you feel near Hawaii Beach.

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  58. i love duvets, and the best thing about them is you don't have to fill them with a big thick comforter. i myself have a thin coverlet on my bed and a big thick comforter folded neatly at the end of my bed that we remove at night. they are too hot, but i love the look.LOVELY! Make me want to REDECORATE my house!! :)

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  59. Yup, all throw pillows are to be thrown in the storage compartment please. They might look cozy but too many of them can just be too annoying and totally redundant though. I like this particular pastel tones used in this setup as I believe they evoke a very calming aura which is definitely important in a sleeping environment.

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