“I love a deep nest of pillows,” says interior designer Celerie Kemble, while arranged atop an abundant stack of them. “I have three Euro pillows to prop up and read, two king pillows, two standard—and a few baby or neck rolls to push around. My favorite sheets are long staple cotton. I’m less of a snob about thread count than I am the quality of cotton. The most important thing about my bed, of course, is how it feels. As my son says, one of life’s best feelings is the cool side of a pillow.”

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A principal at Kemble Interiors, beloved for her masterful approach to color and comfort-driven sophistication, Kemble is no stranger inventing dreamy places to recline. Her own bed is just that: a layered, comfortable place of rest, leisure, even work. Presently, it’s layered with Kemble’s own percale sheets, part of her new line of bedding for Chairish. “It’s hard to find embroidered bedding beyond a simple hotel stripe,” she says. “I love that this design will always pick up various colors around your room.”

Some mornings in bed, Kemble brings the French press in, complete with a fuzzy wool cozy. She’s “embarrassingly trendy” with caffeine; right now, it’s Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee. Occasionally, she’ll carry in an oversized tray. “The bigger the better, so it sits flat while I wriggle between reading my newspaper, book, and iPad. Layering it with pretty linens can make me feel especially ladylike.” 

Which bed adornments are worth splurging on? Outside her collection made just for us, Kemble has three suggestions: quality down, patterned Euro square shams, and flanking lampshades that serve a bit of color.

Photo by Brittany Ambridge. Prop and bed styling by Anna Surbatovich. Food styling by Sue Li.

January 26, 2022

Dennis Sarlo is the executive editor of Chairish and a lover of all things design-related. Prior to joining the team, he served as the executive editor of Dering Hall and was the first site director of Architectural Digest. He was also part of the founding team of travel startup Jetsetter. He lives in New York.