Octagon Pondering

So, with the bed in place, the new mattress, and curtains, I have been pondering duvets covers.

There will be a fabulous Hungarian goose down baffled-quilted duvet, of course, and this will need a cover.

The priority is that whatever I select….


…needs to complement the triple stained-glass windows. So, green, salmon, and blue will work.


I like this peacock cover. Green, blue, and salmon!


And this Chinese-style pattern. Green, blue, and salmon!


What I really want though is a classic chenille cover. The white though? It seems too harsh for the room. Sigh.


I have looked for green/red/blue chenille covers but without success so far.

Whatever I pick MUST be 100% cotton. I fell in love with one cover until realizing it was rayon or something. Oh, the horror.

I am not in any hurry, and being able to focus on something other than, well, you know, is nice.

Your thoughts?


I might though change direction.

Rather than do a colorful room, with green curtains, rich blue walls, and a salmon ceiling, I might repeat what I did in the stairhall niche:


The walls are a rich taupe, with a pale golden ceiling.


The niche colors were intended as temporary but I have grown fond of them.

If I painted the Octagon Bedroom as such, I think a white chenille duvet cover would work well. But none of this would complement the stained-glass. However…maybe the stained-glass might look better as stand-alone objects?

So, much pondering is in order.

Your thoughts?




  1. Miriam R Righter on November 21, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    My mother always had a cotton matalesse bedspread that was ecru and very elegant looking. It is a similar idea to the chenille, not fluffy tufts that, quite frankly, catch cat hair and get icky looking quickly. My quick search didn’t find a comparable one, but I only spent a second looking since I am not certain I know how to include a photo here anyway. You might look in to something like that.

    • Miriam R Righter on November 21, 2020 at 7:19 pm


      • Ross on November 21, 2020 at 8:09 pm

        That is lovely, Miriam.

        But that is a bedspread. I will need a duvet cover.

        • Miriam R Righter on November 22, 2020 at 7:03 am

          A good seamstress could easily turn two bedspreads in to a duvet cover.

  2. Sharon Brause on November 21, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Just Home Depot but 100% cotton chenille in various colors.

    • Ross on November 21, 2020 at 8:10 pm

      All delicious, Sharon.

      But all are bedspreads. I will need a duvet cover.

      • Sharon Brause on November 21, 2020 at 8:15 pm

        Gotcha. That is a bit more challenging, huh?

  3. Sharon Brause on November 21, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    This nice, too. Mellow hues.

    • Ross on November 21, 2020 at 8:10 pm

      Again though, a bedspread.

  4. Sharon Brause on November 21, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    I like the soft green.

  5. Paul on November 21, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    I am by no means skilled in this area, but my first thought was that too much pattern in the room might detract from the stained glass windows.
    It is just amazing how far you have come, I am so excited for the bedroom!

    • Ross on November 21, 2020 at 8:13 pm

      Hi, Paul!

      I did a lot of patterns in the parlor, and the stained-glass windows are still VERY prominent!

  6. Sherrill on November 21, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    If you are looking for bedding for and Airbnb, you’ll need to think about washability. A simple ivory cotton duvet cover with colored or patterned accessories would be easy and fun. If you paint the walls the colors in the stair hall, you could go totally wild with pillows, chair upholstery, throws, rug, etc.

    • Ross on November 21, 2020 at 8:15 pm

      Thank you, Sherrill!

      In the early 1990s, I ran a small B&B, so learned the value of easy washability!

      Also upkeep. A patterned duvet cover will not easily show stains. A solid cover will. Hence, my choices above, and another reason why I’m way of the white chenille cover.

  7. [email protected] Ridge on November 21, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    Sherrill’s suggestion of an ivory cover would be a softer look than the white and complement either of the paint color directions that you mentioned. The niche colors with your lovely green curtains framing those dear windows would be quite stunning as would your more dramatic wall/ceiling color ideas.
    One comment regarding the Airbnb and the down comforter: you might consider using a hypoallergenic comforter instead because some guests might be allergic to down. I’ve got a couple of Lands End Pure Loft blankets and comforters in the linen closet for visiting family members and they are a great substitute for the down coziness without the sneezes and wash up well. So exciting to see this room coming together!

  8. Patsy on November 21, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Love the peacock one thecolours are so so close to stained glass. I am sure you’ll find something always like the choose you make.

  9. Jenine on November 21, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Personally, I’d go with the white chenille duvet cover and accessorize with the colors that match the window. You can always see if you can get the duvet cover dyed?

  10. Ken on November 21, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    How about a coverlet? Look at Bates Mill Store.

  11. Kerri on November 21, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Hey Ross,

    Have you looked at Wayfair? They have a huge selection,
    including at least a couple of chenille covers that come
    in white, but also in taupe.

  12. Karen Spencer on November 21, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    OMG green chenille below. But a bedspread. What about a layers? Chenille over a duvet? But Wayfair and some others do seem to have chenille duvets. I like you dragon and peacock choice, but too love chenille.

    These are fun to look at anyway…




    Looking forward to see your choice.

    Happy Thanksgiving Ross!

  13. Dodi on November 21, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    From back in my Hippie days….https://www.thecompanystore.com/positano-medallion-duvet-cover/50586D.html
    Cotton, picks up the colors of the glass AND the curtains, washable. But then, I always was slightly eccentric.

  14. Karen Spencer on November 21, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    OMG I am buying one that I have been eying since the summer. Blue, white and with pink flowers and white bows. Very girly. $48 This will replace a vintage one I have that is in tatters.

    Not sure if you received my previous post with three links, one to a fabulous green chenille bedspread. I suggested perhaps layering on top of the duvet.at

    If I don’t see that post tomorrow, I will resend .Maybe the links need to be checked..

  15. Linda A. on November 21, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    I think the ceiling color of the niche would look great with the peacock duvet for the octagon room.

  16. David Franks on November 22, 2020 at 1:56 am

    I like that Chinese-style bedding. The pattern stands out like stained glass.

    Do you have a friend who is familiar with dyeing large items and can dye a chenille duvet cover?

  17. Nancy McPherson on November 22, 2020 at 4:14 am

    I think I have a solution for the Duvet in your bedroom. Pottery Barn (bedding section) has an Alesandra Scroll 100% organic cotton percale Duvet Cover and matching Shams in blue. This 200 thread count Duvet has a floral textile 250 year old hand blocked design. It is machine washable. It is currently on sale, at a very resonable price. I think you would just love it on your bed in the Octagon bedroom. Please won’t you take a look on-line, or maybe Emporia has a Pottery Barn near you. You can order on-line. Let me know what you think.

  18. Christine on November 22, 2020 at 6:29 am

    It’s a snowy morning here in Indiana and I’m watching the flakes tumble and thinking about the octagon room. Thank you for asking for input on this. It’s fun to shop for the just right items to make a space unique, homey, and elegant.

    Ikea has inexpensive, durable, cotton duvet covers in several colors, but they’re plain. My immediate first thought was some kind of jacquard or embroidered design. I guess, for washability, silk is out of the question. Too bad. It’s such a luxurious, durable fabric. On Aliexpress, there’s a dealer called “Sheang Hotel bedding” with beautiful white (and other colors) 100% cotton embroidered duvet covers. MAYBE they can do a custom embroidery design that matches the window??? That might be too mathchy-matchy for you, but they do offer custom designs. They’re elegant, beautiful and seem very reasonable.

    The patterned covers you pictured aren’t what I would envision when walking into a room in a grand house like the Cross House. I see something more glamourous.

    Are you going to put up any wallpaper in the octagon room? The walls could carry the pattern while the bed cover be more understated and let the bed frame stand out. On the other hand, if the walls were more subdued, like the niche, you can easily pair some very interesting linens to create a knock out room.

    I’ll bet it’s such a relief to be able to shift your focus inside for the time being. It seems that in the Cross House, you’re never at a loss for something to do!

    Cheers to you, Ross, and happy Thanksgiving. Looking forward to the big reveal!

    • Christine on November 22, 2020 at 6:44 am

      Something else just occurred to me. If you find a chenille spread you like, it would be v. easy for a seamstress to add a bottom cover and zipper to convert it into a duvet cover. Actually, I don’t know how *easy* it would be, but I would think it would be possible.

  19. Marcia on November 22, 2020 at 8:21 am

    I agree with you that a white chenille would be too harsh. I love the peacock duvet and like the idea of using salmon colored walls. I’d calm the print somewhat with a blue or green lap robe at the bottom of the bed. Have you decided on whether there will also be a rug in this room? That might alter what you decide to put on the bed.

    • Ross on November 22, 2020 at 10:38 am

      Yes, Marcia, there will be an octagon-shaped rug, and an octagon-shaped “oculus” on the ceiling.

  20. elin noller on November 22, 2020 at 11:00 am

    I hate to be the typical Swede here…but IKEA?




  21. elin noller on November 22, 2020 at 11:07 am


  22. Arkay on November 22, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Buy a white one, grab the Rit dye in the desired color, dye it in your washing machine according to the directions, lock the color in with white vinegar. Put it in your dryer, then run the washing machine to clean it (according to Ritchies directions). Simple, easy, you’re done — colorful, washable, and you can always dye it again if it fades over time.

    • Arkay on November 22, 2020 at 4:33 pm

      That’s Rit, not Ritchies… Stupid autocorrect.

  23. Kristine on November 22, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Another commenter above recommended the Bates Mill Store / Maine Heritage Weavers. 150+ year old made in the USA company. Look at their “Spirit of America” bedspread in Sage — they also have coverlets that are closer to the duvet cover you are lookin for. I saw this company on an episode of Maine Cabin Masters —- they manufactured a bedspread from scratch on the episode —- I believe it was for a member of the band Fish that they were renovating a cabin for. Who knows given the age match one of their bedspreads could have been in the Cross House.

    Found your blog earlier this year during the first shut down. Have not had anything useful to contribute, but thoroughly enjoy your adventure and your writings. I live in a 1929 Tudor Gothic in the Midwest —- still have a number of what I believe are original light fixtures, original laundry chute, an old fashioned telephone niche (not nearly as interesting as yours), original textured plaster walls, black and cream tiled floors, depression era colored stained glass windows (nothing like yours), and an interesting indoor water fountain in our sun room.

    Fan of old houses and the people who appreciate them.

    • Ross on November 22, 2020 at 5:20 pm

      Very nice to meet you, Kristine!

  24. JJ on November 22, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    The chinoiserie duvet set is the right choice. It is appropriate for the time period of the house, it looks like luxury for your modern, potential AirB&B guests. Plus it will wear better as you said. Just my opinion though, and you know what they say about those…

  25. Julia Chennault on November 22, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    No advice Ross, just an expression of faith. I held my breath a few times with the parlor way back when but then I learned.

    Whatever you come up with will be spot on perfection with an injection of whimsy. I look forward to the ride!!

    • Ross on November 22, 2020 at 10:49 pm

      Awww, thank you, Julia!

      I, too, held my breath a few times with the parlor!

  26. Blair B Carmichael on November 23, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Hello Ross,

    I highly reccomend white bedding. It is easiest to wash, spot clean, and sterilize if this room is to be a rental.
    That way, your blankets quilts, pillows, etc. can emphsize the collors you want.

  27. Nancy Sutton on November 24, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    I have no opinion on what you do, just please keep writing! Nothing makes me more crestfallen than to hit the refresh button only to find there is still no “next” button! Your blog is one thing that keeps me going in these dark times! To know that somewhere deep in Kansas a guy is doing cool stuff to an old house somehow heals my soul.

  28. Sofia on January 27, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Simply I was spell-bound diving the deep into your bedding ideas and duvet covers thinking. Those were so elegant in design and color implementation.. I found some great ideas to follow. My eyes got inexpressible contentment seeing the peacock cover, green, blue, and salmon, Chinese-style pattern, classic chenille cover. The pale golden ceiling was not less luxurious. Love all the stuffs you delivered to us.

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