Introducing Agra… Inspired by the Taj Mahal

Outstanding design begins with an inspirational spark, and our new Agra rug is no exception! Of this textural masterpiece Christine Chapin, our Chief Color Officer and lead designer remarks, “A trip to the Taj Mahal in Agra, India inspired our Spring 2016 Collection. We were so enamored by the Mughal emperor’s romantic display of love for his wide that he built this magnificent architectural wonder in her honor.”

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And while a statement of love twenty-two years in the making, and a true wonder of the modern world, the Taj’s inherent architectural beauty has never been surpassed. Constructed of white marble, and accented with a scrolled floral design of inlaid precious gems including agate and jasper, The Taj seems to glow in the light of the full moon. Part of a vast complex of outbuildings and gardens, the Taj and its environs were designed around the principle that each piece of the monument would stand on its own while constituting the whole. This is the same philosophy that guides arabesque ornamentation, and the design of our thoroughly modern interpretation, Agra.

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Five Tips: Coordination and Pattern Play

We love to mix it up here at Company C, especially when it comes to patterns! We are often asked for advice on mixing and matching motifs, and it is the easiest way to create a custom and personal look. There are no hard and fast rules, but these five tips should help you embrace pattern and forget about solid neutrals for a while…

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  1. Select one favorite pattern to be the monarch of the room. Work in two more patterns designed to highlight and accent the dominant motif.
  2. Scale your pattern sizes. Select one large, one medium and one small pattern if you are brave, one medium and one small pattern if you are just getting started with pattern…..you can always accent with a larger pattern later!
  3. Let color provide the continuity. Choose patterns that share a common color to create unity, or that share a less significant color as an accent.
  4. Use a solid element to create harmony. For bed design, a flat sheet or shams in a coordinating solid color can be used to separate and delineate two bold patterns.
  5. Add unrelated pieces to bring it all together. Decorative pillows with artisanal accents and design elements differing from everything in the room will add pop, and a throw will bring textural dimension.

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And we know some of you will never give up your solid and perfectly matched sheets. You can still add pattern to your bed with a duvet cover and shams, or a quilt and quilted shams. Both add warmth and design dimension, yet each has its special nuances to consider when picking the perfect piece for you.

  • A duvet cover is intended to encase a down or poly-filled comforter, and in the true European tradition, serves as the equivalent of a flat sheet as well as the warm bedding layer. While many use a flat sheet in conjunction with a duvet cover, the cover itself is easily removed to be washed with the other sheets. Matching shams are available.
  • A quilt is also a warm top layer with insulating batting sewn into place between a front and a reverse layer of cotton. Often detailed with intricate stitches, quilts are an easy way to add warmth and interest to a bed.

Toute Suite: Designing your bedroom from the floor up.

Creating an inspired master bedroom or a restful haven for guests just requires a little planning. Here at Company C, we of course love to start with art for the floor! And while not all bedrooms require a rug, the following six tips will help you get your master bedroom project started.

  1. Give the bed the prime real estate. The bed is the focal point of the room, and its placement will guide the rest of your design process. Once the bed’s location is determined, consider rugs to help anchor the room….it’s always nice to start a chilly day with a few steps on a warm rug, and our rug planner helps make selecting a bedroom rug(s) easy!bedroom-size
  2. Dress the bed. Layer on sheets and pillows, quilts, matelasse, or a duvet cover for the top of the bed…this is where the fun begins. Apply a heavy coat of your personal style.. …match and balance symmetrically, or mix patterns with abandon and pile on the pillows. Don’t forget tailored bed panels to dress up the bed’s foundation.

  3. Tie your spaces together. If your bedroom has an adjoining bathroom, select a shower curtain that matches or coordinates with an element from the bed such as the duvet cover or quilt. This is an easy way to add color and pattern in the bath and create harmony throughout the entire space.

  4. Think beyond the dresser. As bedrooms become retreats, people are spending more time reading and relaxing in a space once designed primarily for sleeping and dressing.  A chair upholstered in fabric to accent bedding (or a rug) provides a spot to rest or reflect, and adds design depth to the room. Add accent pillows or a throw, and you’ll always work from home!

  5. Don’t overlook the windows. Draperies that coordinate with bed-top layers (see our dynamite new Echo collection) extend pattern and texture to the windows and diffuse direct light to ensure your space is serene and calming.

  6. Barely made it past the diagram?   Don’t give up!   Visit your local Company C retail partner or designer for advice , or call us…we love to help!

How to Decorate with Pillows This Spring!

Decorative pillows add a dash of wow and visually pull together colors in a room, and can be easily changed out as the seasons transition. With increased daylight, we all have spring fever…use some lighter, brighter pillows to transform a sofa, bed or chair.

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Chelsea Rug with Deja vu and Lupine Accent Pillows

Placing accent pillows requires following a few simple rules…..your own! Tossed together or perfectly balanced and symmetrical, accent pillows make it easy to bring your personal style to life.

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Succulents Rug with Braided velvet, Macrame and Starboard Accent Pillows

We have collected some of our favorite studies in symmetry, and contrasted them with a selection of perfect pairings that coordinate, but don’t matchy-match. No matter your style, pile on the pillows for texture, seasonal interest, visual impact … and a comfortable place to relax.

To see the artisanal detail that makes Company C pillows so unique, click here.

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Catwalk Rug with Prism, Moonstone and Equinox Accent Pillows
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Cream of the Crop Rug with Deja vu and Cream of the Crop Accent Pillows

New Year’s Resolution—Get More Sleep!

At Company C, we love color. And we love the mix… layers of colors and patterns that come together effortlessly and not too “matchy”. Whatever your style, we have the bedding layers you’ll need to design your own oasis, and a place to retreat as winter takes hold. Here are our top five layering tips, sure to entice you to keep that resolution to get more sleep!

  1. Select sheets that reflect your personal style—percale or sateen. Some prefer cotton percale’s crisp cool feel, while others love cotton sateen for its softer, smoother hand. Either way, we use only 100% GOTS certified organic cotton to create our luxurious solid and printed bedding so you can sleep more soundly.
Finley 300 tc percale, 100% organic cotton sheets
Finley 300 tc percale, 100% organic cotton sheets
Prism Red 300 tc sateen, 100% organic cotton sheets
Prism Red 300 tc sateen, 100% organic cotton sheets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Add warmth and texture with cotton matelasses. These heavily-stitched “blanket” layers are a nice way to add lightweight warmth. Select a matelasse color to accent your sheets or to anchor any other elements you add to your bedding design.

Ellora Matelasse in 100% Egyptian Cotton – white, platinum, & driftwood
Ellora Matelasse in 100% Egyptian Cotton – white, platinum, & driftwood

3. Layer on a duvet cover or quilt, or both…for warmth and contrast. Quilts and duvet covers are your bed’s topcoat, and highlight everything underneath. Duvet covers encase a down, cotton or poly-filled comforter. Duvet covers can be used without a top sheet—where the duvet cover is washed with the fitted sheet. Like our European ancestors, this is a great way to stay warm while keeping bed layering simple. A quilt is used with a full set of sheets, where the flat sheet protects the quilt from frequent laundering.

Fountain Bedding – layered with sheets (ivory), quilt (lake), and pleated duvet cover (driftwood)
Fountain Bedding – layered with sheets (ivory), quilt (lake), and pleated duvet cover (driftwood)
Echo Duvet Cover & Shams in 100% European Linen featured with Fountain Sheets & Quilt
Echo Duvet Cover & Shams in 100% European Linen featured with Fountain Sheets & Quilt

4. Pile on the pillows…watch them bring everything together! We love European squares in the back to anchor the pillows and shams (and to prop yourself up for pre-slumber reading). Pillows create visual interest between your sheets and all your top-of-bed elements. Decorative pillows that contrast with your bedding placed near the front of the cases and shams add dimension. Position them as you like, there are no rules…use concepts of symmetry only if they apply to you. For even more visual interest and warmth, add a complementing throw.

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Fountain Bedding with Parasol Linen European Shams
Peony & Prism Bedding with Edie Stripe & Dabney Pillows
Peony & Prism Bedding with Edie Stripe & Dabney Pillows

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Remember to conceal the box spring to keep your bed from being woefully underdressed. Our Waterfall linen chambray bed panels come in six shades that coordinate with all our bedding and are oh-so-easy to attach to box spring. It’s a tailored finish that will compliment your style!

100% European Linen Waterfall Bed Panels Available in six colors: White, Ivory, Lake, Sun, Capri Blue & Willow
100% European Linen Waterfall Bed Panels Available in six colors: White, Ivory, Lake, Sun, Capri Blue & Willow

Seasonal Sensations…Celebrate With Colorful Accents!

Hol15_SariMulti_roomWhen the weather outside is chilly, create an indoor winter wonderland. It starts with our Sari Stripe Rug which is dramatic yet peaceful at the same time, this unique rug immediately commands attention with its ombre border created by subtle stripes that blend from ivory to an array of grays and black.

Our Murano Pillow adds a nice accent with the exquisite colors and shapes reminiscent of world-famous Murano glass from Venice.

Finish it off with our Park Throw. The delicious textures and delightful colors of the Park Throw make it an inviting accent for any room. Variegated yarn is hand-woven in a popcorn-like stitch, giving this throw its distinctive texture and coloration. It’s finished with a long hand-knotted fringe.

Wrap It Up – Great Gifts Ideas

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It is hard to believe Thanksgiving is almost upon us… and with that gift giving season. Your home is a reflection of who you are, what you love and what matters most to you.

Whether you are drawn to our bedding, rugs or home accents… we have some great gift ideas for everyone on your list and don’t forget to treat yourself!

Top 10 Gift Ideas

First Tracks Rug – for the ski-lover
Our fun vintage ski scene comes alive with wonderfully twisted, chunky yarns in three different handcrafted techniques, adding lots of multidimensional texture.

Tweedy Rug – Reminiscent of the iconic tweed jacket made famous by Coco Chanel in the 1950s, we hooked six beautiful colors together to achieve a tweedy, textural and altogether stunning effect.

Fair Isle Pillow – This season we’re cozying up to bright-as-can-be Fair Isles inspired by the 18th century originals found in Northern Scotland. The geometric design is completely hand-printed on 100% cotton and adorned with festive embroidery and piping. From ski house to urban oasis, this pillow is the perfect blend of vintage and modern. Includes a feather/down insert.

Balsam Napkins – Bring the beauty of nature to your table with napkins festooned with a beautiful balsam hand-print atop 100% cotton. A great gift idea for everyone on your holiday gift list (including you!).

Jewel Beaded Platter – Add a festive dimension to your holiday get- together with this attractive platter regally banded with stunning beads. Handcrafted in solid aluminum with a nickel plated enamel inlay finished with translucent enamel.

Jewel Mercury Glass Candle 2.75″ – Packed with panache not to mention color, our shimmering candles may be used in countless ways to bring warmth and style to your home. Votive candles are crafted of mercury glass with our signature colors on the interior finish and filled with unscented paraffin wax.

Elsa Throw – No doubt about it, this cozy throw is a handmade hand knit beauty, all lush New Zealand wool and fluffy warmth. Tossed over your sofa or your shoulders, it’ll bring nothing but comfort and joy (oh and texture when draped over a sofa or bed).

Park Throw – The delicious textures and delightful colors of the Park Throw make it an inviting accent for any room. Variegated yarn is hand-woven in a popcorn-like stitch, giving this throw its distinctive texture and coloration.

Let It Snow Accent Rugs – Move over mistletoe, how about a little HoHoHo for your floors this holiday season? Our very merry accent rugs add a colorful helping of holiday flair anywhere you place them. Hand-hooked from polypropylene, they are durable, fade-resistant and easy to clean.

Blizzard Bailey Pillow – Inspired by our beloved canine companions, this fetching pillow in 100% cotton features a wonderful hand-print of Bailey, a happy pup decked out in his holiday hat against a snow-inspired geometric background. Finished with piping and a hidden-zipper closure.

Plus don’t forget you save 15% Off plus free standard shipping on all regular priced merchandise.

Spruce Up Your Space with Our Holiday Pillows!

Accent pillows are a quick and inexpensive way to refresh your home for the holidays. They provide a comfy and stylish way to wow your guests.

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Blizzard Bailey Pillow – Inspired by our beloved canine companions, this fetching pillow in 100% cotton features a wonderful hand-print of Bailey, a happy pup decked out in his holiday hat against a snow-inspired geometric background. Finished with piping and a hidden-zipper closure. Reverses to hand-printed geometric pattern. Includes a feather/down insert.

Daphne Pillow – Pretty and practical. Brilliant blooms embroidered on scrumptious velvet transform the bed-while adding plenty of lumbar comfort too. Adorned with a pretty side flange that matches the solid velvet back. With feather insert. Imported. Measures 16″ W x 28″ L.

Fair Isle Pillow – This season we’re cozying up to bright-as-can-be Fair Isles inspired by the 18th century originals found in Northern Scotland. The geometric design is completely hand-printed on 100% cotton and adorned with festive embroidery and piping. From ski house to urban oasis, this pillow is the perfect blend of vintage and modern. Includes a feather/down insert.

Frosty Pillow – Ho Ho Ho! Look at Frosty go…Our cheeky snowman in his dashing bomber hat is just right for the time of the year that calls for a little something extra festive around the house. Entirely hand-printed with bold colors and details on 100% cotton-including the geometric background. Finished with festive red piping, and a hidden-zipper closure. Reverses to same geometric handprint. Includes a feather /down insert.

Watch the art of pillow making to see the craftsmanship behind these colorful accent pillows!

Relax in Style with Our Ikat Flokati Rug

relax-FBFall ushers in cooler weather that invites you to spend more time indoors. Our new Ikat Flokati Rug is a bold beauty with origins in Greece, where soft, fluffy rugs have been a tradition for centuries. Using 100% pure New Zealand wool, our plush pile flokati is meticulously woven by hand. Its irresistible palette of red, blue, green, toffee and ivory is achieved thanks to ‘gabbeh’ dyed wool that produces subtle shades of color within each yarn. The combination of vibrant Ikat and an invitingly warm texture make this rug a great choice for ski house or urban oasis.

It pairs perfectly with madison chair, accented with our daphne pillow in bittersweet. Complete the look with our sierra side table to hold your favorite book or small decor item.