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One Duvet, Three Bloggers:
Styling The Soft-Washed
Linen Bedding

It’s no secret that we can’t get enough of our Soft-Washed Linen Bedding—in… >

One Duvet, Three Bloggers:
Styling The Soft-Washed Linen Bedding

It’s no secret that we can’t get enough of our Soft-Washed Linen Bedding—in fact, many of us here at the Home Office have snatched it up for our own master or guest bedrooms. With its softer-than-soft feel and rainbow of hues, the styling possibilities are truly endless. To get a few ideas, we turned to the experts—lifestyle and interior design bloggers from Lark & Linen, Shop Sweet Things and Amber Interiors—and asked them to share their vision for incorporating this versatile bedding into a room.

 Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors

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Two of your looks incorporated fur, as well as other varied textures. Do you have any tips for mixing textures atop the bed and in the bedroom?
Yes, yes, yes! I get asked often how to mix patterns and textures. Here is what I do: I take the pillows I think I like and I throw them all on the floor. The ones that seem to work the best together are the ones I end up using. Another tip is to use neutral bedding as a base, like we did in all these looks. It gives you some freedom when choosing your accent textiles. 


Want to see all three of Amber’s looks? Read the full Q&A.


Jacquelyn Clark of Lark & Linen

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Who do you imagine would love this bedroom? 
The best part about this room is that, at its core, it’s quite neutral which means most anyone can get on board with it—and it’s easy to switch out little details should your vision change down the line. The soft blue bedding is fresh and inviting, and the gold accents feel glam, yet the entire vibe has a modern edge. If you’re looking for some serious brownie points, it could easily work as guest bedroom. But if you ask me, I’d be tempted to keep it all to myself!  



What did you think about the bedding itself?
The linen is of the utmost quality and feels timeless, yet casual in the most perfect sense of the word. The best part is I know it will only get better with age.

Tell us about the artwork you chose.
The artwork is actually my own! It’s a series of photos that I’ve taken through my travels and then manipulated in Photoshop. They were shot in India, Halifax, British Columbia and Spain. 

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What inspired you to select and arrange the items on the bedside table?
Though I’m an interior designer, I have trouble coming to terms with the idea of unnecessary tchotchkes. These items are all things that I use regularly, and lend to my every day life: a stack of really great design books, a utilitarian (yet beautiful) lamp and a hot cup of tea!


Jeanne Chan of Shop Sweet Things

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What inspired you to layer the bed the way you did? 
I love bright colors, and the way to make a bold color pop is to surround it with lots of neutrals. Adding different textures with neutrals also makes the room more interesting and gives dimension to the space. It’s all about finding the right balance. 

What did you think about the feel and weight of the linen bedding?
I love it! I’ve never had linen bedding before, but this set feels very soft against my skin. The weight is great—not too heavy or light. I also love the relaxed look of linen. It’s different from the crisp and clean look I’d normally go for, but this is a good change, especially for the summer.

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What inspired you to select and arrange the items on the bedside table?
All the items I selected are things that help me wind down for the day. A scented candle with a hint of floral and citrus helps me relax. I also like having a variety of lotions nearby—it’s nice to pamper myself each day with a scent that suits my mood. I love keeping my fine jewelry near me. My wedding band, my favorite pair of gold studs, my dainty necklaces—it’s great to have a tray that corrals all my favorite pieces together. 

What’s your sleep style?
I’m definitely a side sleeper. One who loves to curl up and snuggle with my blanket! 



 

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Blogger-Styled Bedding with Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors

Oh, linen—so soft, so breezy, so very versatile. We could sing the praises of our… >

Blogger-Styled Bedding with
Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors

Oh, linen—so soft, so breezy, so very versatile. We could sing the praises of our Soft-Washed Linen bedding all day long, but since a picture is worth a thousand words, we asked interior designer Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors to style and photograph our all-star duvet for us (and for you).

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What’s your design philosophy behind each look?
The goal was to make each of the rooms tell a different story. The “Cali cool” look has a laid back sensibility—a little beachy, a little bohemian, but very collected and effortless. The “Mid-century” look is a really loose interpretation—I don’t ever like to take a style too literally, so I designed this room with Mid-century-style table lamps, side tables and slat bench, and then threw in some fun textures and patterns. The “Boho” room is really just meant to be a funky and colorful space. I added bright blankets, pillows, and a one-of-a-kind rug to show how color can add life.

We noticed each room included seating at the end of the bed—why is that?
I love layers! Be it textiles or furniture, adding cool items to a room give it character. An extra bonus: a bench or a stool is a great place to put on your shoes or just chill out.

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You hung mirrors above the bed in one look and a tapestry in another. Tell us a little bit about your choice of above-the-bed wall art.
I wanted to show how you can totally transform a look with small changes. If you noticed, we did not have a headboard, so I used different methods to create visual interest above the bed.  Adding mirrors gave the room one feel and hanging a tapestry gave it a completely different feel. I love options!

Two of your looks incorporated fur, as well as other varied textures. Do you have any tips for mixing textures atop the bed and in the bedroom?
Yes, yes, yes! I get asked often how to mix patterns and textures. Here is what I do: I take the pillows I think I like and I throw them all on the floor. The ones that seem to work the best together are the ones I end up using. Another tip is to use neutral bedding as a base, like we did in all of these looks. It gives you freedom when choosing your accent textiles.

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What inspired you to use the colors that you did in each look?
The rugs had a lot to do with it. I chose colors based on the colors in the rugs. The neutral linen bedding allowed flexibility to really layer on the textiles.

Who do you imagine would love each bedroom?
I would hope all different types of people would love the spaces! I feel like everyone should have a fabulous place to wake up to every morning, so your bedding is really important. I love this new linen line and it’s affordable enough for a guest bedroom or a master. I say put it in both rooms!

What’s your sleep style?
I take sleep really seriously. If I had to give my sleep a style I would say, “effortlessly relaxed.” I like a down comforter with a linen duvet cover, no flat sheet and two down pillows—simple and cozy. 

What’s the last thing you dreamt about?
I had a dream that I was teaching my four-year-old how to drive—weird since she is only four, but it’s a reminder that it all goes so fast so enjoy every second of life!

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Meet the Maker:
Melissa Herrington

In need of an armchair wander? The pages of our catalogs, shot in some of the world’s… >

Meet the Maker: Melissa Herrington

In need of an armchair wander? The pages of our catalogs, shot in some of the world’s most colorful locales, are made for daydreaming. Such is the case with our July book, which was inspired by the laid back attitude and eclectic vibe of SoCal, and photographed in the seaside studio of painter Melissa Herrington. Here, we spoke with Herrington about the serenity of her workspace, her own faraway travels and mornings with her pup.

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What is it like to live and work in Venice Beach?
Venice is a community of iconoclasts. People here are eccentric and creative in every way. This diverse setting, so close to the sea, is very important to me and my work. There are more than 60 artists’ studios within a few blocks of each other, so collaboration is a way of life.

What’s a normal day like for you in the studio?
In the morning, it’s coffee, a walk with Finn—my mini Aussie—and often a bike ride on the beach to gather ideas. Then I’ll head to my studio, I write down some notes, sketch and begin to paint. When I start a piece, I usually have no idea where it will go, so it takes on a life of its own.

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What’s your go-to outfit when you’re painting? How about for a gallery show?
I generally wear comfortable jeans and a t-shirt. Flowy, simple…and replaceable! And I can’t forget my painting apron. It’s very meaningful to me—I’ve had it for 16 years and when I wear it, I feel my history on me.

I adore my collection of accessories. Sometimes, for a night out, I’ll go monochromatic so I can layer with scarves and jewelry. Each one is a memory of a trip or an experience. I like my clothing to feel like my travels—sometimes peaceful and simple, but other times, a total adventure!

Tell us about your most recent series of paintings, “Daughter of the Wind.”
These pieces have a sense of optimism. The name comes from the Greek flower, anemone, which is thought to open only when the wind blows. To me, that is a beautiful metaphor for change. I began a number of them using sea fans as templates and using new pigments on raw canvas. The collection has been described as a kaleidoscope, which I love.

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What is your personal style at home?
I love a clean palette of white that leaves room for me to see and think, and to display my collections of art and ceramics. When decorating, I like white on white—it manages to be both serene and chic, while open to the possibility of more color, texture and improvisation.

You’ve also traveled quite a bit. What places have you found most inspiring?
Traveling, whether alone or while working, has become part of my creative process as an artist.

I fell in love with the horizon on the Aeolian Island of Salina, the reddish, earthen landscape of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, and the most perfect, pink floating stone stairs in Greece. Of course, there’s always inspiration at home in Southern California, where jacaranda petals create a purple carpet in spring, and the beaches, mountains and desert meet in an amazing collision of nature.

I love this quote from Emily Dickinson. “The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”

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Meet the Maker: Mara Hoffman

It was written in the stars: one of our most beloved swimwear designers chose… >

Meet the Maker: Mara Hoffman

It was written in the stars: one of our most beloved swimwear designers chose us to introduce her inaugural home goods line. Featuring the signature otherworldly prints born of her love for mysticism and astrology, each piece in Mara Hoffman’s Anthropologie-exclusive collection has us over the moon. Listen in as the designer dishes about stag heads, third eyes and her personal decorating style.

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How have you incorporated elements of your daily lifestyle into the collection?
"I’m a pillow person. My couch is covered with an eclectic mix of pillows my husband and I have picked up over the years from around the world."

What’s your living space like? How does it reflect your personality and aesthetic?
"Our home is like a big collage. My husband is an artist so we have styles that blend together really well. We love to collect things that have special significance. We also have a kid now so our house has changed, but we try to integrate everything."

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Are there any pieces in your home that you find particularly inspiring or meaningful?
"We have a carved wood stag head hanging on the wall in our living room that my husband and I bought together as a wedding gift to each other."

How is the process of designing for the home different than designing apparel or accessories?
"The biggest difference is that we don’t have to be concerned with how things fit. That being said, it’s important that pieces in a home collection can live with other designs on a daily level, unlike clothes that you can constantly switch out."

Some of your new pieces feature the third eye. Tell us a little bit about the significance of this symbol:
"To me, it symbolizes another realm of awareness that has the ability to connect us on a deeper level. We usually sneak an eye or two into every collection."

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Falling For Flax: Six Reasons
We Love Linen

Our love affair with linen goes way, way back. After all, it’s one of the oldest… >

Falling For Flax: Six Reasons We Love Linen

Our love affair with linen goes way, way back. After all, it’s one of the oldest natural fabrics known to man. This season we’re sprucing up our linen bedding with contemporary hues and color-drenched dip-dyes, but the reasons why we’re head over heels for this time-honored fiber remain true.

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Strong and mighty
Woven from supremely durable flax fibers, linen is two to three times as strong as cotton.

Year-round luxe
Its excellent air permeability and heat conductivity keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

A style chameleon
Linen complements both classic and more modern bedrooms, depending how you launder it. Laid flat after washing, your duvet will have a casual, rumpled look. Steaming or ironing will create a crisp and clean style.

Next-level softness
It gets softer with every wash, which means the texture will become lovelier—and more luxurious—with time.

Breathe easy
Flax fiber is dust and bacteria resistant, making it a natural non-allergenic choice.

A storied past
Linen dates dates back to 30,000 B.C., when it was first used to wrap Egyptian pharaohs in their tombs.

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Now That’s Entertaining:
Our Favorite Kind of Fiesta

When we went to Mexico to shoot our May catalog, we were pretty darn excited… >

Now That’s Entertaining:
Our Favorite Kind of Fiesta

When we went to Mexico to shoot our May catalog, we were pretty darn excited. Besides the beautiful weather and can’t-stop-staring scenery, what we were really looking forward to was getting our fill of one of our favorite cuisines, straight from
the source. Back home, we couldn’t get Mexico’s fresh tortillas, savory salsas and succulent slow-roasted meats out of our cabezas, and thanks to our friends at
The New Potato, we didn’t have to. Danielle and Laura whipped up a dinner party
menu of can’t miss Mexican crowd-pleasers, a fiesta in the making for a group of amigas to enjoy together on a warm May night.

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Danielle in the Slub Scoop Tank and Paz Joggers, Laura in the Estrella Maxi Dress.



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Amp up the party vibe with a colorful table featuring lush flowers, mini-cacti and textural place settings (like the Pearl-Drop Dinnerware and Whitley Napkins).


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The Reina Chair is a perfect place to sip a cocktail.


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What’s better than mini pork tacos, spicy-sweet mango salsa and fresh guacamole?


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Pre-party prep: avocados in the Loreto Mixing Bowl and the
Sun Palette Barware at the ready.



Ready to get cooking? Get all of our dinner party recipes here. Need a soundtrack? We’ve got the perfect playlist, ready to go.


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Thinking Pink
(and Mint and Lavender, Too)

Could be the warming temperatures, the brightening sun or the blue-again sky… >

Thinking Pink (and Mint and Lavender, Too)

Could be the warming temperatures, the brightening sun or the blue-again sky, but suddenly everything in our world is coming up pastels. To find out who else was feeling similarly peachy-keen, we asked our pals around the Home Office to share some of their personal pastel thingamajigs. Here’s the happy-go-lucky scoop.

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"My favorite pastel items remind me of home: these mini paper lanterns are from a Savannah flea market." 
— Halligan N., art director

"The stamps have been passed down through my family; most have come from old letters and postcards that my grandfather, who traveled quite a bit, sent to my grandmother. Some of the letters are mine now, and I have loved learning about my grandparents through their correspondence." 
— Christine K., prop stylist

"Mint reminds me of summers growing up on the beaches of Southern California. After playing in the water all day, we’d go to the ice cream parlor and I’d get two scoops of mint chocolate chip goodness in a waffle cone. It was a race against the heat to eat it before it melted all over my hands."
— Jen B., studio coordinator

"This vintage radio was handed down to me by my great auntie. She used to have fabulous dinner parties where it played all night in the background."
— Bryanna M., content marketing manager

"Every Easter, I look forward to two things: scouring our family room for handpainted eggs, and nearly cracking my teeth on handfuls (and handfuls) of Jordan almonds. The pink ones are the best!"
— Emily F., copywriter

"I used to live next-door to a woman who had an amazing collection of vintage things. I used to go over for tea and admire everything. Once, I told her I liked this comb and mirror set and she sent me home with it! She was very generous, and it always reminds me of that way of being in the world."
— Allison D., copywriter

"I lived on Lake Erie growing up, and almost every evening in the summer my parents and I would take a walks on the beach to collect sea glass. I keep jars of it in my apartment as a reminder of home."
— Maddie B., merchandiser

"About five years ago my older sister moved from Pennsylvania to Colorado and my mom and I drove her out there. We found the milkshake blender at a vintage shop on the way. Just so happens I love ice cream!"
— Katie H., stylist




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A Collection Most Curious

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We’ve seen some pretty nifty collections from our magpie employees so far—travel pens, brooches and even faux food—but today we bring you the most curious one yet: flower frogs. Flower what? Yep, we had the same question. Flower frogs are what florists used to hold stems in place before floral foam was invented. Spiky, patinated and strangely beautiful, our creative director Carolyn has dozens of these antiques on display in her New Jersey lakefront home.


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“The obsession began with my grandma. She had a glass flower frog that she passed onto me. Since then, I’ve picked up one every time I’ve visited an antiques
shop on my travels.”



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“I love that they look like medieval torture devices, but are still somehow strikingly pretty. All of the different greens are just gorgeous.”

 

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“They are incredibly versatile. I use them as toothbrush holders, office organizers, jewelry stands, photo frames and, of course, for displaying flowers.”


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“Everyone has a collection in this house, even my dog, Mr. T. I’ve lost count of how many toys he’s in amassed in the four years he’s been a part of our family.”

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A Is for Art, Latte Art

Mmm, lattes. Typically we’re so bleary-eyed before that first sweet-and-smoky wave… >

A Is for Art, Latte Art

Mmm, lattes. Typically we’re so bleary-eyed before that first sweet-and-smoky wave of milky espresso hits our lips that we don’t take a moment to appreciate the laurel leaf or swirly heart gracing the surface of our morning cuppa. Well, at least not until we had a latte made by the one and only Michael Breach while shooting our April catalog at The Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. True story: this coffee wunderkind made us lattes featuring the faces—yes, faces!—of famous folk. (Too bad we drank ours much too quickly before realizing “That would make a killer snap.” Curses, caffeine-free brain!)

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Regardless, having seen and tasted Michael’s work firsthand got us all charged up (literally), so we just had to dabble on our own. Yes, indeed: A is for Arabica.

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Meet the Maker: Michelle Morin

Former garden designer Michelle Morin abides by classic wisdom and… >

Meet the Maker: Michelle Morin

Former garden designer Michelle Morin abides by classic wisdom and paints what she knows—each of her compositions is inspired by nature. Lucky for the New England artist, she rarely needs to look further for subject matter than her own backyard. Tag along as the creative mind behind our Garden Buzz Collection gives us a glimpse into her new home and studio space.

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"Happiness last year was moving into our new home and slowly becoming acquainted with the flora and fauna living in our backyard."


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"My work space is on the third floor of our house. It is very quiet and filled with afternoon light. There is a large birch tree outside my window, which makes the space feel like a tree-house."


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              "I found this drafting table from the ’50s on the side of the road."


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      "It’s important to have a really good sable brush. They are worth every penny."


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        "I’ve carved out a space in our barn for pottery—it’s a nice change of pace."



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"Being out in the field, gathering references, making quick sketches, observing—these are the most rewarding moments of design."

 

Photos by Jesse and Allison Stansfield



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Drawing April: A Home
Office Doodlefest

In honor of our April catalog shoot at the Brooklyn Art Library, we decided to… >

Drawing April: A Home Office Doodlefest

The Brooklyn Art Library, where we shot part of our April catalog, is home to The Sketchbook Project, an amazingly huge collection of artists books, crowd-sourced from around the world. How cool, right? It gets better: contributors to the artistic undertaking will have their books displayed not only at the Brooklyn Art Library but also at museums and galleries across North America, once the mobile library hits the road next summer. In that spirit, we decided to throw a sketch party of our own here at the Home Office. We asked three of our favorite doodleistas to create an off-the-cuff work of art around the theme April. We hope the results inspire you to sharpen your pencils, dust off your paintbrushes and create a spring masterpiece!

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    “Wouldn’t it be fun if all the colors dripped from your umbrella on a rainy day?”

                                           —Lauren W., retail visual merchandising manager



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                “This is an Italian phrase that translates to April sweet sleeping.”

                                         —Margherita U., catalog production designer



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“This is a $4 watercolor set and it’s my absolute favorite. Any time I see one I snatch it up because they’re hard to find.”

                                                   —Lauren W., retail visual merchandising manager


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“I love collage as a medium because it lets the materials speak for themselves. I tend to keep things abstract—perhaps a vague sense of terrain, a hint of horizon, but nothing too literal.”

                                                                  —Audrey R.,  junior graphic designer



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   “I’m excited for spring to come because it brings a lot of good light for drawing.”

                                                      —Margherita U., catalog production designer

 

 

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