dressing a fall bed with parachute.

October 24, 2017

dressing a fall bed with parachute | reading my tea leaves

This post is sponsored by Parachute, makers of modern bedding and bath essentials for a more comfortable home.

In most New York City apartments, the heat is either on, or it’s not. And when it’s on, it’s really on. Our apartment, like many, tends toward too hot through most of the winter. We’ve largely dealt with the heat by keeping simple summer-weight bedding on our bed all year long, but there are nights when it’s tempting to close the radiators altogether and snuggle under warmer bedding instead. 
dressing a fall bed with parachute | reading my tea leaves

With that in mind, I accepted the challenge to style a cold weather bed, simply, with bedding from Parachute. Designed in Venice Beach and responsibly produced in factories around the world, Parachute bedding feels luxe and looks beautiful. Their cotton bedding is made from 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton, their linen is made from 100% European flax. Their designs? Simple and considered.dressing a fall bed with parachute | reading my tea leaves

I’ve written before about how much I appreciate simple bedclothes. I prefer a bed in any size space to be minimally dressed, but that feels especially important for a bed that hangs out smack dab in the middle of our busy apartment. With help from Parachute, I was able to find improvements that maintain a beautiful bedroom space in an understated style that works with the rest of our tiny apartment.dressing a fall bed with parachute | reading my tea leaves

For the warmed-up version of our bed, I started with a fluffy duvet. Outfitted in a white linen duvet cover, the billowy layer is the cornerstone of this cold weather update. dressing a fall bed with parachute | reading my tea leaves
I layered the duvet atop the percale sheet set in one of Parachute’s new fall colors, Light Gray. I typically tend toward white bed sheets, but Parachute has managed to nail a terrific natural color palette and this gray is soft and subtle (not too purple and not too green!). (Parachute designs its bedding to be used with a duvet cover in lieu of a top sheet, in the European style, but you can purchase top sheets separately if you’d like.) dressing a fall bed with parachute | reading my tea leaves
For a bit of texture, a bit of additional warmth, and a bit of structure, I chose a pebble gray matelassé and matching shams. In warmer weather, the 100% cotton matelassé would be perfect to use all by itself, but I also like how it lends a tidy and cozy element to the duvet-topped bed.
dressing a fall bed with parachute | reading my tea leavesBecause there’s no such thing as being too cozy, I finished the bed with a ridiculously soft cashmere throwdressing a fall bed with parachute | reading my tea leaves


What do you think? What’s your favorite way to warm up your bed for cool weather?

This post was sponsored by Parachute. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Reading My Tea Leaves.

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  • Reply kelly October 24, 2017 at 9:58 am

    I swear that I live in the wrong country as I read this: “Parachute designs its bedding to be used with a duvet cover in lieu of a top sheet, in the European style”. I hate top sheets and they always end up all twisted and eventually on the floor. Extra washing for no good reason.

  • Reply Lexie October 24, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Lovely to look at, but duvets are the worst! All that bunching and scrunching inside the cover! Even with clips and ties it never seems to look right after a single night’s sleep. Gimme the Blockshop quilt over a duvet any day!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE October 24, 2017 at 10:43 am

      Ha! Love our beautiful Blockshop quilt, but on the coldest days it definitely needs an extra layer or two underneath it. James and I never slept under a duvet regularly in our adult life together but I always slept under when when I lived in France…and I may or may not be just a smidge competitive about how fast I can get the duvet into the cover. The ties inside this one really do keep the duvet in place! No bunching or scrunching! 😉

      • Reply Leticia November 22, 2021 at 10:50 pm

        Hi Erin, Where did you get your headboard? It’s gorgeous.

        • Reply ERIN BOYLE November 23, 2021 at 1:09 am

          Thanks! It’s an antique I painted myself!

    • Reply Lauren October 24, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Just had to say- in the UK we use duvet covers and I had no idea it was different elsewhere. Once the cover is on I have never ever known it to move inside the cover! Perhaps you have a troublesome duvet…

  • Reply Joanne October 24, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Talk about bedroom goals; what a gorgeous setting! Your apartment is all I aspire mine (in the future) to be like, I love how you keep things very simple and tidy. I’m not sure how cold weather bedding works because our seasons don’t change so drastically in my country, but this looks like it definitely adds that much needed warmth and comfort. The cashmere throw is a nice touch! <3
    Have a lovely week.


    • Reply ERIN BOYLE October 24, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Thanks so much!

  • Reply frannybrownpetty October 24, 2017 at 11:27 am

    as always…a breath of fresh air.

  • Reply Léa October 24, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Hi Erin, everything’s looks lovely. I am due for new bed sheets and other bedding items. Can you let me know where are your pillows from?

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE October 24, 2017 at 11:36 am

      Our pillows are from Pacific Coast Down. We love them, but if you’re in the market, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Parachute for their pillows. They’re a little more affordable than what we have, come in three density options, and they’re responsible-down certified!

      • Reply Léa October 24, 2017 at 7:01 pm

        Thank you!

      • Reply Léa March 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm

        Hi Erin, I ordered the pillows from Parachute and I like them. Thank you! Since you mainly have white sheets. Could you please let me know or do a post on caring for the sheet and how to keep them white and how long realistically do they stay white? Thank you.

        • Reply ERIN BOYLE March 26, 2018 at 7:39 pm

          Been meaning to do a post for a long time! Good topic for spring cleaning 😉

  • Reply SEM October 24, 2017 at 11:57 am

    OMG. Over in NJ here, experiencing the same moody day and thinking how fab it would be to read atop that comforter, tea in hand. I was wondering how many sets of bedding you have per bed and how you store off season stuff. We have two sets of cotton percale sheets and a linen duvet and comforter we use year round (window ac and radiator heat).

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE October 24, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      We keep two sets of sheets per bed, too! Until now we’ve never had off-season bedding, so storage TBD…though I’m sure the old mantra will apply: where there’s a will, there’s a way 😉

  • Reply Bridget October 24, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Beautiful styling, thanks so much for sharing! Just curious, did you wind up getting some type of base or box-spring for your Leesa mattress? We have the same mattress and we tried to go the platform bed route, but wound up having to add a base to get a really comfy night’s sleep. I miss the cleaner look of the platform bed in our own space but I love your set-up here! Any tips for good box-spring covers? Thanks Erin!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE October 24, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      So interesting! I’m sure it depends a bit on the type of frame you have! We have our mattress on a slatted platform frame and we love it! No box spring!

  • Reply Dana Leigh Lyons October 24, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    I purchased Parachute’s white linen sheets a few months back (after reading your post recommending them). LOVE these sheets – totally transformed my bedding + comfort situation. A Parachute duvet cover was already on my wish list…now I’m also adding a matelasse. Adore Parachute’s colours and so appreciate your reviews here, Erin!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE October 24, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      So glad to hear that! Many thanks for the kind words!

  • Reply Trish O October 24, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Very timely post. It is 32 in Peoria IL tonight, my 115 year old house can get drafty, and I am NOT turning the heat on yet. I told the kids (2 teen boys) to find more layers and a blanket. This cozy bed looks perfect.

  • Reply katie October 24, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I purchased a set of Parachute linen sheets about 6 months ago as none of our sheets fit on our brand new bed. They’ve been on the bed every day since (except washing day, of course). I’m looking to pick up another set soon! Love them. They were by far the most expensive sheets I’ve ever purchased but have washed beautifully and have withstood newborn pee and puke and a 130lb german shepherd 🙂

  • Reply Jen October 25, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Parachute bedding is so dreamy! I have them saved on my list of ‘big girl home’ goods to buy once we’re back in the States. xx

  • Reply thefolia October 25, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Sweet dreams!

  • Reply christina October 25, 2017 at 11:21 am

    I love the cashmere throw. the gray is beautiful. Not to be nosy, but were all these ‘gifted’ to you by parachute?? Very nice. I’m going to check out the sheets as we need a new set.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE October 25, 2017 at 11:29 am

      Agreed! And yes! This is a paid campaign to promote Parachute’s fall line and to finance the running of this site!

      • Reply christina October 26, 2017 at 10:25 am

        Yours is one of the few blogs I follow anymore. So I thrilled you’re able to partner with a company as fine as Parachute.
        I like that your blog has a wonderful simplicity and is always heartfelt.

  • Reply Diane October 25, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    So beautiful. Well done, Erin!

    (I love Europe, but I love my top sheet too! It makes it easy to doff the comforter if we are too warm. And, makes it easier to keep the bedding fresh.)

  • Reply Susan November 12, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Ah, too bad they don’t make the linen duvet cover in a twin. It looks simple but luxurious. Just my style.

  • Reply Amelia December 2, 2020 at 6:40 am

    Such a belated comment, but…cozying up season, and I remembered that your family used and loved Parachute bedding! Could you share – if you recall – whether your duvet insert is the lightweight or all-season?

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE December 2, 2020 at 5:23 pm

      I think we have the lightweight!


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