They say Katharine Hepburn slept 14 hours a night. Of course, she burned like a klieg light when she was awake! Must have been some bed ... and some set of sheets. Our continuing “New Year, New You” series includes “New Home” too. This week, the accent is on accessories for the bedroom and bath. With the January white sales in full swing, it's time for you to get going on the Internet or into the stores. The latest looks — casual, classic, trendy and luxe — are all right here in this week's edition of the Trend Report!
Forget extreme makeovers — how about extreme elegance? A throw (placed ever-so-carefully at the end of the bed) is a must-have on practically every decorator's list. Not only does it add a finishing touch ... it's downright comforting (curl up in one while reading or relaxing and see!). Throws are available in all kinds of fibers, blends and colors. If you can, splurge on cashmere — it will last for decades. Or look for throws in mohair, faux fur or soft microfibers. While you're at it, why not sprinkle on some color? What's trendy right now are all shades of greens and blues, from pale to bright.
Trend tip: For a bit of “to the manor born” style, spend a few extra dollars and have your throw monogrammed — and opt for fringes as well.
Trend tip: In the U.S., thread count has become the standard in determining the quality of sheeting (the higher the number, the better the quality is the theory). But there are many ways to count threads, some of which give a higher number but not necessarily a better quality. Don't judge a sheet by its cover — judge it by touch.
Trend tip: For basics, Garnet Hill or L.L. Bean are your best bets. Choose fleece or goose-down blankets for extra warmth — currently on sale, of course!
Trend tip: The addition of a few, small decorative items can really make a BIG difference. For example, an inexpensive way to dress up a shower curtain is with a set of chic bamboo hooks by Liz Victory.
Trend tip: DesignPublic.com makes bedding that appeals to both sexes in great colors like grass green, tan and chocolate brown. Their products are designed to encourage relaxation in modern or traditional environments. Check it out!
Judy Gordon is a New York-based style consultant and the “Today” show’s style editor. She has been covering the fashion and beauty beat for the past decade. To learn more about Gordon, you can visit her Web site, TheTrendReport.com, which highlights style trends in America and across the world.
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