Shop Tour: Finding Inspiration at Valerianne

I've been searching for a fabulous fabric or some beautiful bedding to serve as my jumping off point for the master and guest bedrooms. We'll be sleeping in the guest bedroom while I work on the master, so I jump back and forth between thinking about the two spaces.

One image that I keep going back to when thinking about the guest bedroom is this space designed by Kelly Keiser. This image is all over Pinterest and it took me quite a while to track down the source and information about that fabric. The image was originally published in Better Homes & Gardens in March of 2011. BGH's website doesn't even identify Kelly as the designer.

Isn't it interesting that the bed has the same silhouette as ours?

Image originally from Better Homes & Gardens | Design by Kelly Keiser Spledid Interiors

After a lot of searching, I found out that the gorgeous fabric used to make the bed linens and window treatments is by Raoul Textiles. Raoul is sold in the company's Santa Barbara store and to the trade. The fact that I couldn't find much mention of the company online makes me think those beautiful fabrics are made in very small lots.

I also found a space designed by Holly Mathis using the fabric. I love it!

More searching led me to a very different, but beautiful duvet cover by luxury brand SDH. The pattern is Ruby and the Chili color seems to be discontinued.

Image from SDH Online

I thought that maybe, just maybe, a retail location might have that pretty chili color in stock or be able to track it down. When I looked up retail locations that carried SDH, a shop called Valerianne in Vienna, VA came up. I had seen Valerianne from a distance while shopping at a store near it on a cute street just off Vienna's main shopping street. It's a stunning little shop, full of gorgeous, fluffy beds that make you want to dive into them for a luxurious nap.

My iphone photos don't do this store justice!

I decided that since I wasn't finding anything I liked in my internet searches for great bedding, maybe it was time to step things up and go to that beautiful store on my way home from a conference last week.

I am so, so glad I went into the store. I spent over an hour with Valerianne's Trish Murphy that day. She was able to confirm that SDH had discontinued that pretty Chili color in the Ruby bedding, but that they had enough fabric left over to make a cover for the guest bedroom. They didn't have a swatch of the fabric anymore, but I was able to see a sliver of it. I wasn't totally sure about the color and making the duvet would cost a bit more than I was hoping to spend on the guest room. So, I decided to switch gears and look for something that would work for the master bedroom.

As soon as we switched gears to look for a fabric for the master bedroom, I got really excited. Trish pulled out one stunning book of fabrics after another. As soon as I thought I had found a pattern I liked, she'd show me another that would become my new favorite.

That pretty aqua fabric with the embroidery on is was a strong contender for a while, but I eventually landed on some amazing linen from an Austrian company called Leitner. We laid out the fabric for the duvet and then "assembled" the bed around it.

I loved that creamy fabric with all the texture on it and thought it would be a coverlet, but Trish suggested another fabric that was more durable and more practical for us, since we let our dog sleep on the bed. The coverlet she suggested reminded me of subway tile and came in dozens of pretty colors.

I was having a hard time letting go of the coverlet fabric with all that texture, though. Isn't it pretty?

Trish suggested I take the swatches with me to see them at home and show them to Marc. When I got the swatches into the master bedroom, I loved that pale, aqua fabric we were thinking of using for the duvet cover even more. The similar, aqua fabric was Trish's pick for over sized shams.

The smooth cream and beige swatches  on the right are color options for the coverlet with the "subway" pattern. The pebble textured fabric is the coverlet option that I probably won't use, but I love the feel of it!

It may seem like I've put the cart before the horse, but this fabric is the inspiration I needed to start thinking about paint and furniture for the master bedroom. My paint fan decks are out and I'm starting to zero in on some colors! I'm hoping that my next visit to Valerianne will be to place an order.

  211 Mill Street N
Vienna, VA 2210
7033 E. 1st Street
Scottsdale, AZ 5251
Vienna Hours: M-S 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Want to see more from inside Valerianne? Check out Jennifer Sergent's post about a visit there!


  1. Luckily, the linen is machine washable and it seems very durable. it sounded like every fabric we considered was machine washable!

  2. @Mariel C. I think I'm going to have to bring my camera the next time I go so I can really show the place off. It's gorgeous!!!

  3. I know that store. It's very nice!

    How will the linen hold up with the dog?

  4. So glad you had a better experience than at RH! That store is a major SWOONFEST.


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