Mountain House Ready

The first day of Fall is finally here! We can’t wait for the leaves to start changing, the crisp nights ahead, an abundance of cozy throws, and of course, everything pumpkin. The change of seasons has got us thinking of where we’d most like to spend the cozy Fall days to come, and we couldn’t think of anywhere better than a mountain house. If you’re fortunate enough to have a space in the mountains that you can to retreat to, we’re here to get your mountain house ready for Fall! These schemes and products can obviously be used in your own home to freshen up for the season, too! Let’s take a look.

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We love these two schemes that we came up with for a relaxed, yet chic, space. The muted hues and neutrals create an aesthetic that’s fun, but still very comfortable and easy to live in.

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Since cooler weather is upon us, it’s definitely time to stock up on comfy throws! We can’t think of a better throw for cool weather than our go-to faux fur throw. They’re luxurious in the way they look & feel! We’re also loving these cable knit throws in our favorite muted hues, too.

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To us, Coral & Tusk just screams mountain house! These sweet embroidered pillows on a soft linen are perfect your spot in both the mountains and in your own home to refresh for Fall. The feathers lumbar is a favorite, and how cute is this bison portrait pillow?! We’re also crushing on this Dash & Albert woven wool rug with tassels that’s the perfect way to tie together your space. We have a 3×5 and 2.5×8 runner in stock in the store!

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Fall hasn’t really begun for us until we’ve started burning the best candle around: Pumpkin Chai by Nest. It’s absolutely delicious!

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This scene in the shop has so many components that would be great in a mountain house- the marbled tray, faux fur throw and mudcloth pillow/throw are great additions for your cozy space!

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We hope you enjoy the first days of Fall, and that this gets you in the mood for the season ahead!

New in the Shop for Fall

September is flying by and Fall is right around the corner! We’re stocking up for our favorite season and wanted to share a few new items that are available in the shop now. Take a look!

 

We are IN LOVE with this rattan chair / faux fur combo- would look great anywhere, but especially as an accent chair in a bedroom or living room!

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New August Morgan Cocktail Napkins- we love these hilariously cute sayings. Perfect for any occasion!

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As always, we’re stocked with our favorite Fall staple- Pumpkin Chai candles! Available in the Classic 8 oz. and the Votive 2 oz. Also be sure to check out another great fall scent, Cashmere Suede, by Nest!

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New pieces by Stephanie Johnson- we love these colors & patterns.

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The new Compagnie de Provence White Tea Hand Soap is quickly becoming our new favorite! We love the scent and the minimal bottle.image004-1

 

These lamps are everything- they’re the perfect neutral lamp with a little shine in the gold paint splatter! Put them on a console in your entry or on your nightstands.

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Of course we’ll have lots of comfy & cozy throws for Fall..
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And John Robshaw has patterns that are perfect for any season!

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Are there any pieces you can’t live without when the seasons are changing? We’d love to know!

Sheets 101

Sheets are one of those broad topics that consist of so many different factors, and we know it can be confusing! When looking for new sheets for your bed, you must take into account the different brands that are available, thread counts, type of cotton they’re made out of, color choices, what type of sheet they are, how to wash, etc. Making a decision based on all of these factors can be overwhelming, so we put together this quick guide to help you the next time you’re buying sheets to make the process a bit easier for you!

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Brands:

There are tons of different brands to choose from when you’re looking for sheets, but when you come into Isabella, you’ll notice that we only stock a few brands in the shop at all time. This is because of the above average quality and durability of their linens. Although there are lots of quality brands that we order from, our favorites are Matouk, Peacock Alley and NC Souther (Bagni Volpi Noemi).

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These three brands are great options if you just want a basic sheet set for your bed, but they are also very customizable- especially NC Souther and Matouk. Both companies offer a wide variety of embroidery patterns and color options to best fit your personal preference and the style of your room.

 

Color:

In our opinion, you can never go wrong with a good set of white sheets! White is an excellent base color because it goes with anything, and from there you can add different embroidery patterns in a complimentary color to match the rest of your bedding.

Although we prefer white for our everyday bedding, we can definitely appreciate a fun set of colored sheets! We love John Robshaw for anything colored and patterned for the bed.

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Sateen vs. Percale:

Here’s a great explanation from Peacock Alley on the differences between Percale and Sateen sheets:

“Percale sheets are plain in weave and characterized by a matte finish and crisp hand. Just like your favorite crisp white shirt, percale sheets are a bedroom must-have, especially during the hot summer months. Cotton percale linens are light and invigorating yet incredibly soft. Percale fabric is lighter in weight and more breathable making it perfect for summertime or warmer climates.

Sateen fabric is woven to create a silky smooth surface with a luminous sheen and is known for its luster and drape. Sateen is usually a little thicker and more tightly woven. It has a soft, inviting touch, perfect to to snuggle into bed with during the cold winter months.”

Our go-to is percale because we love how crisp it is, but if you’re looking for a smoother finish and a more elegant, luxurious feel, then go with sateen.

Our pick for a sateen sheet would be Peacock Alley’s Soprano sheet, and we love their Boutique line for a solid, affordable percale option.

 

Thread Count:

We’re here to put the myth of the ‘higher number thread count means a higher quality sheet’ to rest. This is just not true! There’s no need to go above 500-600 thread count. Companies will strip the yarns used in making the sheets to make the thread count appear higher, but you’ll notice that most high quality linen brands will not offer sheets with a thread count higher than this.

 

Caring for Your Sheets:

Check out the tips below for laundering your sheets:

  • Wash them in cold water, on a gentle cycle
  • Dry in a warm dryer, not hot
  • Never use anything with added bleach or softeners; this breaks down the fibers in your sheets
  • To prevent wrinkles, dry the fitted sheet separately- this prevents the sheets from clumping together in a big ball

We recommend The Laundress detergents for laundering your sheets. We use the Whites Detergent for white sheets, and the Signature Detergent for everything else.

 

 

We hope this was helpful! If there’s anything else you’ve ever wondered regarding picking the perfect sheet, leave us a comment below!

Color Crush: Muted Hues

We’ve been using a lot of neutrals and muted hues recently in the shop and in a few projects, and we can’t seem to get enough! The use of this combination of hues creates a soothing aesthetic for any space. We were really drawn to this one setup in the shop and it inspired us to pull some muted color inspiration, both in individual products and in complete spaces.

 

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Incorporating accents of blush, soft grays, creams and whites to your palette can give a room a calming vibe, making this a great scheme for bedrooms in particular. Whether in fashion, home decor, or floral design, these muted hues always work well together.

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We’re seriously crushing on all of the rooms below. The balance of colors used in these spaces were executed perfectly! We especially love incorporating a harsh contrast with this scheme- since everything is so muted, adding pops of an extreme color, such as these black frames with white mat, really makes a visual impact.

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A muted scheme also allows for your plants to really pop, as you can see below!

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Whether you’re accessorizing a room or your wardrobe, these pieces from the shop would fit perfectly with this muted scheme!

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What colors have you been crushing on lately? We’d love to know!

New York Market Finds

We were in New York this past weekend for NY Now searching for the perfect additions to the shop. Going to market always provides so much inspiration for our designs and for the shop, and the New York market is definitely one of the best! Take a peek at our favorites from market, and be looking out for a few of these goodies in the shop soon 😉

 

New pillows from John Robshaw- We’ve already received some in the shop from ATL market and can’t wait for these to drop in at any time! JR always has the best color & pattern combos in his textiles.

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These beauties below are from a new company called Walter G and they’re headed our way! We love the mix of hand-blocked prints and simple colors. These will definitely be a staple in the shop…and our living rooms!

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Here’s another new company out of Atlanta, GA to look out for- we’re totally crushing on these tassel pillows with matching zippers!

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New items below from Abanja. We bought everything from bathmats to throws, and we can’t wait to see these in the shop!

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Love the new mute tones (especially the blush!) and textures in these towels! They’ll be making their way to the shop, too.

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White Tea will be a great addition to our already best-selling hand soaps from Compagnie de Provence! We love the minimal black & white bottles.

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Isabella Holiday Preview:

It’s time for more than just reds & greens during the holidays…we’re dreaming of a neutral & blush Christmas 😉 How cute are these butterfly ornaments and decorative trees?! They’re sure to make a statement during the most wonderful time of year.

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Be looking out for these goodies to start rolling into the shop soon, and be sure to stay up to date with our latest arrivals on our Instagram!