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Family🧡Friendly, Designer Friendly

My longtime friend and colleague, interior designer Rhonda Lusco of RLDesign in Oxford, Miss., is a proud stickler for quality.

That means she would never include products in her clients’ homes that she wouldn’t use herself.

Lucky for us (and her clients), TL at Home’s luxury linens meet her rigorous standards.

In one of her latest projects – a spacious vacation cabin in Mentone, Ala. that Lusco’s firm was hired to redecorate, she dressed all of the beds (which in total sleep 12 guests) with our sheets and coverlets.

“I like using Shari’s products because they are so well made and so soft, and they launder so well,” Lusco explained to a mutual colleague. “And the colors feel so natural. I am her customer and I use her products because I wouldn’t sell something to my clients that I wouldn’t use in my own home, on my own bed.”

Another plus about our products, she noted: “Shari’s coverlets are kid- and family-friendly.” The proof is in her master bedroom, where Lusco’s granddaughters cuddle up and cozy together in our Tracey coverlet (seen above in the sage colorway).

Back at the client’s cabin, three-tier bunk beds (left) feel blissful bedecked in our Alexa coverlets (in white and ivory) and our popular Camp blankets.

Louisa coverlet

When she isn’t sure which linens to use for a particular space or needs something made to order, Lusco knows she is welcome to pick my brain for ideas and suggestions – one of my favorite parts of my job as creative director and owner of TL at Home.

“Shari is fabulous – if I need help customizing something, she is always ready to help,” Lusco added. “I sent her a Schumacher fabric I wanted to use for a bed, and she custom-made it for me into a duvet cover.”

Lusco continued:  “TL at Home offers fabulous customer service. Their response is always quick, and thorough. And they care. Shari really enjoys working with her clients, happy to offer her help and make great suggestions that really put a bed together perfectly.”

Thanks, Rhonda! We’re always happy to help!


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“Swan-Dive Worthy”

Georgia treehouse resort founders add Silo/Greenhouse; launch to air on Discovery Network

Master suite, guest bedroom, treehouse, silo….

At TL at Home, our bedding is specially designed to add luxury effortlessly to any sleep setting without detracting from the space where our linens reside – wherever that may be.

Take the Mountaintop Luxury Treehouse at Selah Ridge – owned and operated by Ringgold, Ga.-based couple April and Daniel Phelan.

This lofty and leafy getaway on Airbnb is a one bedroom/one bath treehouse situated on (and overlooking) a private, 19-acre property nestled within the Appalachian Mountains near Chattanooga, Tenn. and the Tennessee Valley.

The young couple – who work together as product specialist for Toyota – conceived it and built it on their free time, as a personal project.

Sound familiar? You might recognize the Phelans from their TV fame. They were featured in 2019 on cable network Discovery’s “Building Off the Grid” (Season 6, Episode 3), which followed the couple as they created their dream treehouse retreat in Northern Georgia. (The program also aired on fellow Discovery channels HGTV and DIY Network.)

“[Discovery Network] came along for the journey, and it was really fun,” April Phelan told me recently.

And now they are back, she added, this time to capture the Phelans’ latest project: the Silo/Greenhouse – their second Airbnb retreat on the same land tract as the treehouse, but four acres apart.

“Daniel wanted a greenhouse and I wanted a silo, so we married those together to make this new build,” April explained. “And in a big way, it was oddly thanks to the pandemic that we were able to make it all happen in just three months – a lot quicker than it took us to finish the treehouse.”

You can watch the property come to life – from concept to construction to completion – on the 10th season of Discovery’s “Building Off the Grid.” Their production crew followed the Phelans (now with newborn baby girl Selah in tow) while they created their newest “peaceful space.”

The Silo/Greenhouse episode is scheduled to air in early 2021 (most likely, January) – STAY TUNED here for details.

And be sure to follow April Phelan on her two accounts on Instagram – April Phelan and the Selah Ridge Resort – for more updates and beauty shots.

In a coup for us, the Phelans’ go-to bedding for both properties is by TL at Home.

“The first time I tried Shari’s bedding, I said, ‘Oh my goodness! It’s so good, and most of all, swan-dive worthy!’” she said. “It was love, immediately. The feel of it, the coziness, the beautiful designs – that kind of quality is hard to find.”

In the treehouse, the TL at Home bedding featured (far right) is Camp Sunset  and Brooklyn Grey.

For the Silo/Greenhouse, which is scheduled to open to guests in early 2021, April said she opted for TL at Home’s Salisbury Sterling, Couture Grey and Riley Grey.

BACKGROUND:
I met the Phelans through Daniel’s mother, Lisa, who worked with me in our Atlanta showroom.
She was a big help to us with our showroom, and with sales in Atlanta. Lisa understood our product and our quality, and was the perfect combination of employee, customer and friend.
And over the course of many years, our families became good friends. I knew her kids because she homeschooled them and sometimes brought them along to help when we were putting together the showroom. In fact, her daughter Olivia worked with us for a time.
Getting to know April and Daniel is a beautiful continuation of a relationship with deep roots. I’m so impressed with what they’re creating and it’s an honor that they want to have TL at Home be a part of their vision. 

New Possibilities, Exciting Discoveries

Snow has landed here in Hudson, NY, and I don’t know who is more excited – me or Poppy!

Its gentle drape on my garden and friendly commingling with the fallen maple leaves strewn across my driveway create a snowy sight from my window that delights me with feelings of snuggling and warmth – chunky blankets, hot cocoa, and the company of my sons.

Since I was a kid, the first snow of the season has always thrilled me. It inspires in me new possibilities, exciting discoveries.


Keeping it C O O L

In mid October, I worked on one of my favorite ongoing projects: TL at Home’s photo shoot for our newest collections.

Created for our seasonal catalog, the images are the result of an effortless, all-around special working relationship between me, my good friend and stylist Hilary Clauss Eutzy, and renowned photographer Michel Arnaud.

(You have surely come across his work over the past 40 years in many major publications, including Vogue, House & Garden, Instyle, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country and Architectural Digest. Most recently, this year he released his latest design book, Cool Is Everywhere.)

The three of us make such an exceptional team. Our dynamic is so much fun. We form a perfect triangle – each one of us focused on his or her expertise to then collaborate to create something that really works.

No egos here. Hilary does a great job of helping me style the shots and of keeping me happy. And Michel is up for anything. He never rushes us, always engaged in making each shot as beautiful as it can be.

As the artist in this setting, his eye is focused on shapes to ensure the shots are interesting. Hilary pushes the envelope to present ideas that might not have occurred to me but that make sense (even when I need some convincing). My job is to make sure we get the images we need to showcase our new products.

And every time, we end up with inspiring photography. I always feel so good about every picture. That especially includes this season for our latest catalog, which will come out in December.

Michel was kind of enough to share his own thoughts on the experience, for your benefit as our customers:

TL at Home’s product is terrific. It’s about color and texture, very dimensional and special. We’ve worked together as a team for a while now and spark creativity in each other, which is very nice. I’ve developed a good understanding of what Shari needs so that I can then translate her ideas into photography that tells her story.” – Michel Arnaud


“Cool is Everywhere”….

…But in particular, cool is abundant at 14 of America’s emerging “second cities,” some third-tier, too.

These locations are appreciated by renowned photographer/videographer/producer (and TL at Home photographer) Michel Arnaud, who turned his admiration into celebration in his newly released, image-packed design book, Cool is Everywhere (Abrams, $35).

“Basically, the premise for the book is to show what is happening today in America’s medium and small cities, where young people coming out of big cities are relocating to try to find and establish a new life,” he explained to me. “A lot of them are artists and creative people who tend to prefer the old buildings for their easy access and affordability.”

The 272-page book took about 18 months to assemble, including travel to all of the sites – “some of them, I went more than once to get the best pictures,” he added.

Released in June amid the pandemic, Cool is Everywhere “is especially relevant now,” Arnaud noted.

For more information about Cool is Everywhere, peruse a preview on the website of publisher Abrams, and check out recent reviews in AD Architectural Design and Fast Company.

Personal note: One of the book’s coolest sites, in my opinion, is Mass MoCA, a museum close to home not just geographically but to my heart as a place I go to seek inspiration.

Check out photos HERE from my most recent visit, earlier this month. AND while you are taking a look, please be sure to start following us on Instagram.


Cameo at The Caumsett Designer Showhouse 2020

A set of our luxury sheets are making a special appearance this season at The Caumsett Designer Showhouse (presented by design media sponsor NYC&G and benefiting the Caumsett Foundation).

For the project, a group of 17 top designers recently transformed the Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve in Lloyd Park, Long Island, “into a modern decorating masterpiece.”

Among them: local firm LGC Interior Design, which selected our 280-count printed cotton Riley sheets (a customer favorite!) for their assigned space – the guest room and en suite bath.

Take a virtual tour of the Showhouse HERE.

Interesting fact about the historic property: It was once owned by retailer Marshall Field, founder of department store chain Marshall Field’s (parent company of Target Corp., Macy’s Inc., and May Department Stores Company).


Birthday Blessings, Covid-style

Like so many of you, my birthday (Oct. 22) arrived amid the Covid-19 pandemic, making for an unusual milestone.

But lucky for me, blessings abounded.

Upon my arrival to our offices that morning, I was greeted with a fresh, fall bouquet of flowers from my wonderful staff.

Later that afternoon, my pup Poppy and I took an adventurous walk with my friend Bonnie and new friend Kelly Mackerer on the grounds at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century – including a visit to the artist house where six in-residence dancers from American Ballet Theater are staying and using lovingly donated bedding by TL at Home.

And topping off my special day was a romantic dinner with my husband of 23 years at John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant in South  Egremont, Mass.

Thanks for the memories, everyone!