When luxury linen company Frette approached me to be featured in their Designer Dialogue for August, I was thrilled. Frette has an incredible history, with its linens featured from the altar of St Peter’s Basilica to the dining car of the Orient Express. In fact, more than 500 European royal families have slept on its sheets. It’s also a company that I believe in. I recommend Frette bed and bath linens to my clients for their own homes. Once you’ve slept on their luxurious bedding, you’ll never want to sleep on anything else.
In the Q&A, I give you a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at my business and how I got started. Spoiler alert: I started out in software sales and commercial real estate before following my passion to be an interior designer.
I also reveal the designers who I consider icons in the industry. They include Vicente Wolf for his restrained style of design. David Hicks for his mastery at mixing antique and modern furnishings. Ralph Lauren for bringing his iconic fashion style to home design. And Brad Ford for his modern aesthetic and love of handcrafted work. They give me so much inspiration – just as a recent trip to India also did. You can see my own blog post on that amazing trip here.
Frette also asked me for my go-to designer advice. The first thing that’s key is that function should drive the design. In other words, the room must work for your lifestyle. And then I always say you should choose quality over quantity – like Frette. Always buy the best that you can afford. The saying “you get what you pay for” is so true.
There are also a few fun questions in the Designer Dialogue, like what is on my own bedside table. I always have fresh flowers in a cut-glass vase and my favorite scented candle. At the time I answered the questions, I was also reading Born Free by Joy Adamson, in anticipation of my trip to South Africa. I can’t wait to tell you more about that trip in an upcoming post!
The key to my interview with Frette, though, is how important a good night’s sleep is to your life. We spend over a third of our lives sleeping, so we must have a welcoming and comfortable bed. The headboard, pillows, and bed linens should create an oasis that contributes to the overall quality of sleep. And if you’re looking for fabulous new linens for your own oasis, my favorite Frette collections are Across and Grace.
Be sure to read the full Designer Dialogue on Frette’s website here. And sweet dreams!