Late last year, we traveled to Marrakech, and it was a revelation. Behind dusty doors, we got to peek inside lavishly planted courtyards full of bright pink bougainvillea, olive groves, and lemon trees. Imagine waking up to this after hours and hours of flying:
There’s an old Scandinavian tradition that when a woman got married, her parents would give the couple a new down duvet and pillows made by her mother, with a coin sewn into the duvet for good luck. At St. Gèneve, this charming tradition continues. All St. Gèneve down duvets have a coin sewn in, with the same spirit of good wishes.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR DUVET
Higher quality duvets are more versatile: they will be warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer than lower quality duvets. This is because higher quality down is better at insulation, lightness, and breathability than lower quality down. The table below illustrates how this works.
If you live with pets, we bet you’ve had to part with a rug or two after the why-didn’t-I-see-this-coming happens. But you’re not alone, and we promise you there’s a way to keep both your adorable pets happy and your home looking stylish.
Here’s our primer on how to pick the perfect pet-friendly rug.
1. Indoor/outdoor rugs are the best choice. They’re virtually chew- and scratch-proof, can handle lots of foot traffic, and easily wash up with a little detergent and water. And don’t worry, the new ones are so soft, you could easily walk on them with bare feet.
My den had a problem.
Even though it had gorgeous views and comfortable furniture, everybody just walked right past it. This seemed like a great place to spend an afternoon, but nobody — not even I — was tempted to do that:
Fortunately, there’s an easy, step-by-step process to turning a den or family room into an inviting, stay-for-a-while space. Here’s the recipe:
Walk into any room. Does it feel comfortable or unfinished? Does everything tie together, or does it feel jarring?
Chances are, the difference is in the rug. As one of the biggest items in any room — larger than all the furniture and the art — the rug defines the room. The right rug can define your space, bring your design together, and warm it up for people to relax and linger. The wrong rug can look oddly out of place or contrast harshly with the rest of your room.
But choosing a rug could be a bear, with all the materials, sizes, colors, and patterns. And choosing rugs for a whole new house? Ugh! After doing that numerous times, I decided to jot down what I’ve learned, spoke with several rug makers, and looked at how we live today. Finally, I also read up on what the world’s top designers suggested (which I summarized here).
In the end, I came up with these simple, room-by-room guidelines on how to choose an area rug for your new house.