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While the dog days of summer are upon us, nothing lightens up the look and feel of a bed, like a bleached white matelassé coverlet.  I just love the look.  Crisp.  Clean.  Summery.

Matelassé, from the French word matelasser, which means to pad, cushion or quilt, is actually a single layer of fabric.  Through the process of weaving the intricate designs, and then shrinking the yarns, the fabric achieves its beautiful, characteristic puffy appearance.

Go ahead. Don’t be shy.  Use ‘em as a blanket.  We always sleep under our matelassé coverlets in the summer.  They’re just the right weight, and launder beautifully.  I even think the texture improves with each wash.  I love using vintage linens, and find the addition of a crisp, cool cotton sheet makes an oh so perfect end to a hot summer day.

Happy decorating!

Love, Nora


  1. Cheryl on July 11, 2015 at 5:44 pm


  2. Ronda on July 12, 2015 at 10:39 am

    So light and airy…beautiful!

  3. Nancy Parrish on October 15, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Beautiful! Who made the top cover with the white background and blue flower? I want one!
    Thank you

    • Nora on October 15, 2016 at 8:32 am

      Hi Nancy! That’s an old Ralph Lauren quilt. I love it too….it works everywhere! When I spot a true classic…I grab it! Thanks very much! Love, Nora

  4. Tate on May 29, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    This is so beautiful / do you have more info on the buffalo check or the white cover / that cute striped sheet! I wish I could recreate this!!

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