Some people watch TV to decompress; we gaze at lookbooks. True story. Bedrooms in particular seem to have an ultra-calming effect—whether it's because of their subliminal messaging or the fact that we long to make over our own. Or maybe it's just that we've reached that point when you realize that quality bed linens are one of life's finest—and most attainable—luxuries. Whatever the reason, whenever we need a good excuse to daydream, we find ourselves perusing the current Fall/Winter lookbook from luxury bed linens brand SFERRA.
This season, an Italian villa served as the transportive setting for rooms that evoked the essence of each collection. The image at top, for example, features Larino, SFERRA's Italian-made Oxford weave; it's clean-lined and contemporary, a modish interpretation of the good life. "The bedding is inspired by the style of Oxford shirting, for which this weave is so popularly known," says Mary Shields, the company's director of marketing. "Our designers give a nod to the shirt's classic tailoring with Larino's minimalist flanges, which are sewn with double-needle top-stitching." The overall vibe of the space is youthful and chic; picture it as the weekend retreat of a perfectly groomed Milanese socialite, perhaps a young Tilda Swinton in I Am Love.
Above at left, the cashmere-and-Merino-wool Celano throw makes a major style statement on a statuesque figure. "Its soft warmth lends itself nicely to curling up with a good book," says Shields. At right, the Riccio throw—made of printed Italian-woven silk and backed with a lush cashmere—is one of the most opulent comforts imaginable. Never underestimate the power of a good drape.
The Giza 45 Lace bedding takes an unabashedly romantic approach: ultra-fine Egyptian cotton embellished with Italian-made lace. It's luxuriously indulgent without being over the top—a mood echoed by the surroundings, which feature gilded accents and a wallcovering of jacquard fabric (from the same mill that produces SFERRA's jacquard bedding). The dreamlike atmosphere is further underscored by the trio of fanciful birdcages that call to mind an elaborate bower.
Out-and-out glamour rules the day in the final setup, featuring the company's Micca collection. The subtle, snakeskin-inspired jacquard pattern, woven in a lustrous silk and Egyptian cotton, is for the worldly sophisticate—a collector of rare books, antique globes, and historical prints. We may never live in an Italian villa, but with a little help from SFERRA, we can sleep like we do.