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Catherine is a CPA-turned-creative entrepreneur. She is the founder of Beginning in the Middle. an interior designer, photographer, writer, and business schemer.  She loves being cozy at home, miniature everything, and has a not-so-secret dream of living on an island one day.
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FALL-ing for Flannel & Tips on Creating an Extra Cozy Bed


This post is sponsored by Garnet Hill.

If you know Bryan & I, you know we love being cozy.  We have a good 5-6 months of cold weather in Ohio, so we’ve been accumulating a nice stash of fuzzy throws and pillows and bedding that we love adding to each year.  When Garnet Hill reached out about partnering this fall to promote their flannel bedding, it was an easy YES.  The nights are getting cooler and we’ve been itching to add some new pieces to our collection of cozyness.  We’re excited to show you what our bed looks like now, and share tips on how to create one for yourself.


All white bedding is our go-to 99% of the time, but there is one exception: flannel bedding in the fall and winter seasons.  There’s just something about fun plaids and holiday patterns that add much-needed comfort and nostalgia during the cooler months.  We break our own rules just about every year when it starts getting cold out, and have no plans to stop.  That said, we don’t go too crazy with color because a bedroom should promote rest and comfort and relaxation.  We chose a creamy duvet cover with small red berries that pop, but don’t take over or feel too loud.

Trailing Vines Flannel Duvet / White Plaid Pillow / White Fuzzy Blanket

Trailing Vines Flannel Duvet / Brushed Cotton Throw / Crinkled Cotton Blanket

100% COTTON flannel bedding

Flannel bedding instantly makes a bed feel cozier, but it can sometimes feel too hot.  I love that Garnet Hill’s flannel is 100% cotton, so it still has that crisp, cotton feel — just softer.  It’s brushed multiple times on both sides for softness, and is free of harmful substances that can be found in other bedding materials.  We chose a neutral striped pattern for our sheet set to tie in with our patterned flannel duvet (also 100% cotton), and love how it feels at night!

Striped Flannel Sheets / Trailing Vines Flannel Shams / Long Gray Sweater Duster

lots of layers

We like to have a variety of layers on our bed that we can pull on or off easily.  The base layer in our bed is our soft, striped flannel sheet set (confession: we usually end up pushing the top sheet off the bed every night… anyone else?). On top of that is a fuzzy two-sided blanket that’s almost heavy enough to keep us warm all night but not quite.  I love that this blanket has two different sides (one is soft and fuzzy, and the other feels like a down comforter), but also completely breathable.  At the end of the bed, we keep our flannel duvet folded in half so that we can easily pull it up over us at night if we want.  Last, a crinkled cotton coverlet sits on top of the duvet and adds another texture to the mix while tying in with our creamy color scheme.

Striped Flannel Sheet Set / White Fuzzy Blanket

Trailing Vines Flannel Duvet / Plush-Loft Fuzzy Blanket / Striped Flannel Sheets / Crinkled Cotton Blanket / Cotton Throw

CREATE BALANCE BY mixing and matching

I love that Garnet Hill allows you to choose sheets, pillowcases, and duvets a-la-carte.  It makes it easy to mix and match bedding to create a more curated, custom look.  When mixing patterns, having a consistent color scheme is important.  It helps different elements feel like they belong together, even though they’re all different.  Everything from sheets, blankets, the duvet and pillows should coordinate and have balance throughout the bed.

Trailing Vines Flannel Duvet / Crinkled Cotton Coverlet / Striped Flannel Sheets / Gray Sweater Duster

White Plaid Pillow & Throw / Trailing Vines Flannel Duvet / Cotton Coverlet / Striped Flannel Sheets / Plush-Loft Blanket / Gray Sweater Duster

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Catherine & Bryan Williamson moved from NYC to Columbus, OH in 2013.  Beginning in the Middle is a journal of the couple's design and renovation projects, real estate investment and Airbnb hosting journey, travel, and other life happenings.



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I grew up in New Jersey and always had a dream of living in New York.  There was something about the energy of the city that drew me inOur journey started unexpectedly in 2012, when we decided to make a big move from New York to Columbus. The glamour of climbing the corporate ladder was wearing off, and we knew that renting an expensive small apartment and dealing with crowded subways everyday was not going to work forever. We wanted to start creating something for ourselves, and although we didn’t know exactly what that something was, we knew NYC wasn’t the place for it.

We decided on Columbus because Bryan grew up here, and we were intrigued by all of the development going on in the downtown area at the time. We drove through many of the neighborhoods and admired the boarded up old houses, most of which were built in the early 1900s, and started dreaming about the things we could do here.

I'm Catherine, and I'm the founder of Beginning in the Middle.

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