Week of requests: Duvet covers

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Anthropologie duvet cover

“I’m in the market for a duvet cover and would enjoy seeing what you find,” writes a reader named Nancy, and I’m happy to oblige, because the right duvet cover can really transform your bedroom with a minimum of effort. (Also: I’m curious what other home/design posts you’d like to see here. Anything you’re in the market for? Please let me know in the comments.) I think this chevron-patterned number is really nice and subtle and quite chic too.

Holli Zollinger duvet cover

Here is a really good print that makes a statement but won’t overwhelm the room, which is pretty much exactly what one wants to achieve with a duvet cover.

Brooklinen duvet cover

I buy most of my bedding from Brooklinen because it’s cheap and well-made, and because my big dog likes chewing on linens so much that it’s pointless go for anything fancier. Their basic cover, which I like in grey, goes for a pretty-damn-unbeatable $95.

Calvin Klein duvet cover

Broken stripes are nice and bold and a little preppy.

Anthropologie duvet cover

I like that this sort of looks like a very contemporary quilt. I also like the dog.

John Robshaw duvet cover

I am a big fan of duvet covers (and quilts!) by John Robshaw, and this is just so elegant.

Eskayel duvet cover

Another fantastic, dreamy pattern by Eskayel, who make some of my favorite prints.

Anthropologie duvet cover

I like the light-on-dark embroidered business here so much that I’m considering going for it, chewing dog be damned.

Marimekko duvet cover

A bright, happy, slightly loud number from Marimekko that I would acquire in an instant if it wouldn’t clash so violently with my headboard.

Marimekko duvet cover

Another fine choice from Marimekko. I like that the dots are all irregular in shape—if they were straight-up polka-dots, it wouldn’t work so well.

Liberty of London duvet cover

And finally, a little Liberty of London cuteness from Anthropologie’s Liberty of London capsule collection, because, knowing of its existence, how could I not?

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38 Thoughts on Week of requests: Duvet covers
    Candy
    11 Jan 2018
    8:01am

    I just bought a new duvet cover from West Elm, which I like, but wish I had seen these first! Love the gray-and-white dot one from Marimekko.

    As for home decor requests: Towels! Many had said better quality bath towels had made all the difference in their 2017 life. Would like to find ones that stay soft and absorbent and don’t fade after 6 months.
    Also, been fruitlessly looking for more than a year for an eye-catching mirror for above the fireplace.

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    Stella
    11 Jan 2018
    8:15am

    I have Eileen Fisher washed linen sheets and duvet … big fan

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    Stella
    11 Jan 2018
    8:18am

    I have Eileen Fisher linen sheets and duvet … big fan.

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    Alix
    11 Jan 2018
    8:22am

    Ah, maybe this is where I can get my duvet-cover mystery solved!

    No matter what cover I’ve bought — in the same size as the actual duvet, of course — I’ve always found there to be excess fabric on the sides, making it look like the cover is way too big. Rearranging the duvet never helps. Is it because my duvets tend to be thinner, not fluffier? Should I be buying a full instead of a queen? I’ve pretty much given up on duvets for exactly this reason. Any advice?

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      Jaimie E
      11 Jan 2018
      9:15pm

      I have this problem too. Also King size is always too short for the bed. I just have a matelasse cover over the bare duvet now.

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      Jeanne
      12 Jan 2018
      12:28am

      It’s ridiculous that there’s not a standard manufacturer’s measurement (grr). These are not magical suggestions but they’ve helped for me.

      1) Buy both the cover and the duvet from the same company
      2) Check the details to make sure the measurements for both are close to the same
      3) Buy one size bigger duvet for the cover but the downside is that it won’t lie flat. However this is a great trick for throw pillow inserts to make them fuller

      In any case I use duvet clips to keep the cover and duvet corners together.

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    Helen
    11 Jan 2018
    8:31am

    Funny! I just bought the bright Marimekko one but haven’t opened the package because I wasn’t 100% sure about it. This post convinces me. I also stickied the Anthro one. We have good taste!

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      Kate B.
      12 Jan 2018
      12:40am

      I have the Marimekko colorful one and I LOVE it. I feel like I don’t need to decorate anything else in the room because it’s all the excitement I need!

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    Valleyoftheshoes
    11 Jan 2018
    8:31am

    I need a coffee table and keep changing my mind right before checkout!

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      Valleyoftheshoes
      11 Jan 2018
      9:25am

      So weird, I actually submitted my comment asking about home office design and your suggestions for organizing one’s closet with some accessories/jewelry storage ideas. It wasn’t me that asked for coffee tables, although it’s a great question.

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        Hannah
        11 Jan 2018
        10:53am

        I have no idea why my coffee table decision paralysis comment came up with your info!

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    Susanna
    11 Jan 2018
    9:05am

    Since you asked for home design requests and also mentioned your chewing dog: I’d love to see a post on pet-friendly home items of all sorts. I’m about to get a rescue dog, and it’s with some trepidation that I’m trying to decide on a new sofa at the same time. I’d also love to see more design products for pets. Highest on my list: an attractive dog crate. I don’t think it exists, but the rescue I’m probably adopting from requires that I use one (I’d been hoping for a dog bed instead).

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    Julia
    11 Jan 2018
    9:32am

    I would love to see a post on comforters. Duvet covers just aggravate me. They never seem to look…neat! I also would like to see a post on pet accessories!

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      Elisa
      11 Jan 2018
      4:03pm

      I am with you on the comforter front. I don’t like duvet covers. I always end up doing Calvin Klein because I don’t know where to find others. Help!

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    Nandini
    11 Jan 2018
    9:50am

    Lighting please! Specifically kitchen pendants and/or wall sconces (that don’t cost a fortune) – I’m overwhelmed by the choice out there and end up never pulling the trigger. Would love to see your picks!

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    Hick from Styx
    11 Jan 2018
    10:02am

    Exactly what I need: new bedding to replace the previous dog-destroyed items. Any suggestions for a reasonably-priced, warm, yet dog-resistant duvet? Fluffy white bundle ruined the duvet itself, which is a bigger investment. How to keep warm and avoid unnecessary cost: that is the question. Down and wool duvets seem irresistible to my pe(s)t.

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      c.w.
      11 Jan 2018
      10:22am

      I found a warm non-down comforter at Ikea (of all places). It was NOT expensive, needless to say, and my dog ignores it––don’t know why––and it’s washable.

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        Viajera
        11 Jan 2018
        12:01pm

        I think that’s interesting, c.w. I hope this doesn’t sound icky, but I would guess that synthetics maybe have more of a neutral smell, so dogs aren’t as interested? Just a guess. It’s relevant to dogless me only bc … and it’s possible I imagined it but … I used to have one of those synthetic hotel-y blankets. Like if you made velvet out of fleece? Plush. Some kind of poly or other.

        And it may have bothered my eyes a bit, so I went back to wool and down. (And then there’s the goose question too.)

        Soooo many variables. Maybe I will explore silk. But then, the worms. Oh dear.

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          c.w.
          11 Jan 2018
          1:23pm

          I did wonder if it had to do with some sort of no-feather-smell. I can’t use down because it makes me sneeze (and sneeze and sneeze) so I’m always looking for hypoallergenic whatever. And, like you, I prefer natural fibers (particularly in my clothes!), but there does always seem to be SOMETHING!!

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        5Hick from Styx
        16 Jan 2018
        12:54pm

        Done. Dog seemed to know this one is different and has left it alone in the days since it arrived.

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    c.w.
    11 Jan 2018
    10:26am

    I love both Marimekko’s.

    Just bought a duvet cover for my guest room yesterday at West Elm. Brightens up the whole room and was on deep discount (their new spring stuff was coming in the door). Still, I’d purchase three or four of these you show. I like to change out my duvet every once in a while just to keep myself from getting bored so it’s good to have one or two spare stuffed into the linen closet.

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    Jen
    11 Jan 2018
    10:45am

    I have the bright one from Marimekko, and I love it, but a word of warning: it is actually a duvet and not a duvet cover. That means that you need a super huge washing machine to clean it…I have to take it to the laundromat (it won’t fit in my washer) and put it in the largest machine they have and then it takes forever to dry.

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    Maureen
    11 Jan 2018
    11:11am

    I’ve been very into the washed linen bedding that is everywhere. Super nice in both winter and summer. The sheets I have from West Elm have held up well, but have discolored. I was about to buy a new linen duvet from them, but then I found that Ikea has them too – good quality and much cheaper.

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    Mary Alice
    11 Jan 2018
    11:47am

    I have avoided duvet covers and gone with a straight coverlet or bedspread because it’s so hard to get the damned comforter back into the duvet cover after washing. I got sick of wrestling with it every time I changed linens. Is there some trick I’m missing? There is much more of a choice in the duvet cover world.

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      c.w.
      11 Jan 2018
      1:26pm

      Ah, you need to watch the video on youtube

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRPfudNNd8Y

      or

      duvet cover trick meredith vieira

      (that’s the title)

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    Viajera
    11 Jan 2018
    12:04pm

    So, apparently I too am becoming a little into this Liberty thing. The teacups!!!! Adorable. I gotta stay out of that store.

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    Ann
    11 Jan 2018
    12:14pm

    Great post! I need a cool looking floor lamp, for next to a couch, but to light up a room.

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    Judes
    11 Jan 2018
    12:24pm

    I need a bed skirt. I have a great cast-iron bed, but it really needs something to hide the box spring and crap underneath. I hate whites and beiges, and would love something with a cool, yet unobtrusive, print.

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      eliza
      11 Jan 2018
      12:58pm

      we used fitted sheets as bed skirts-ish to hide the box spring – doesn’t help with the “crap underneath” part though….

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    eliza
    11 Jan 2018
    12:57pm

    Kim – Our dog chews up our bed linens too, mainly sheets. I wish I knew what void that filled for him… do you have any ideas? I’ve started only buying sets that I can mix and match — love the Brooklinen stuff!

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      KimFrance
      11 Jan 2018
      1:01pm

      Eliza, I sprayed Bitter Apple on my bed linens a few times, and that seems to have cured my dog from chewing.

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    Lori
    11 Jan 2018
    6:25pm

    Love Coyuchi for bedding! It can be pricey, but really lasts, and I’m a huge fan of the organic-cotton thing. Colors and fabrications change with the seasons; and they do have good sales:
    https://www.coyuchi.com/bed/duvets-shams.html

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    Mae
    11 Jan 2018
    8:35pm

    My “duvet cover” needs to get washed at least twice a week because my sweet black cat sleeps on the foot of the bed and he leaves a grungy spot. I hate wrestling with a
    duvet cover, so I just lay a flat sheet on top of the bed — I use a king-sized sheet on a queen-sized bed. Easy to put on and pull off, available in every conceivable color, and way cheaper than a real duvet cover.

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    elise k
    11 Jan 2018
    9:36pm

    Ohhh I’m so glad you asked about home decor requests!! Would so love to see cocktail tables and cool office furniture (chairs/desks)!

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    Kay Erikson
    11 Jan 2018
    10:36pm

    Trash Cans please! This item vexes me, and since you posted one in your “money no object” post would love to see some budget friendly options.

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    Liz Armbruster
    12 Jan 2018
    5:21am

    Powder room hand towels please. I just don’t have the knack – I either have what looks like a kitchen towel or a bath towel in there.

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    Laura
    14 Jan 2018
    12:05pm

    I’d also love to see a post on high quality towels that last and ideally in some brighter colors. Thanks!!

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    Sherri
    15 Jan 2018
    10:36am

    Post request: Stylish but comfortable desk chairs. I work from home and have a bulky executive swivel chair on wheels (faux Aeron) that’s butt ugly and now the foam armrests are disintegrating. It’s got to have wheels and have an adjustable height. Thanks!

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