The bedroom that felt so warm and inviting last winter can now, during the summer feel…too warm. The lush fabrics—the velvets and wools and damasks–that made your bed so cozy in January can be stifling in July. The rich colors that brightened your winter bed on your bed—burgundy and emerald green or navy and red, for example—now seem…wrong.

Enter Lacoste, the iconic brand best known for crisp and stylish sportswear. As this year marks the 85th anniversary of René Lacoste’s designs –in particular, the sporting classic L.12.12 polo shirt—the company has now added Lacoste Maison and created a line of refined, contemporary bedding.

When you think of Lacoste, you’re drawn into a nostalgic sense of familiarity which is why the brand’s  internationally known alligator logo now appears on coverlets, shams, sheets and pillowcases.

According to Lacoste, “Life is a beautiful sport.” So now sleeping qualifies as a sport, with three new top-of-bed styles with the look and feel of the L.12.12.

My favorite look for a summer bed is white, in particular the ultra-soft Lacoste Chevron coverlet and shams in a geometric pattern.

Designed in France (of course) this modern twist on a classic chevron pattern is not only beautiful, it is practical. Constructed of cotton, polyester and spandex, the bedding is machine washable in cold water.

Lacoste bedding can be purchased online or at many fine retailers.

Saaya roses from Ecuador for a summertime bedroom.

Complementing my crisp white summer bed, I use both fresh and preserved flowers, specifically the beautiful Saaya Roses, which are real Ecuadorian roses that have been handpicked to be preserved. I like the pale pink roses for my white summer bedroom, but the flowers come in 15 colors and can be ordered in custom arrangements of anywhere from one to 49 blooms. They arrive in a picture-perfect gift box, which adds a festive quality to the floral display.

Thanks to the unique preservation process, these real roses look fresh and amazing for more than a year—and never need water! Priced from $35 to $425, they can be ordered at

PS When fall rolls around, there are other Lacoste colors to brighten up a fall bedroom or dorm room.