We are always looking for ways to indulge our obsession with pattern play, and the new bedding line from clothing designer Erica Tanov and artist Emily Payne makes mixing easy. Longtime mutual admirers, Erica and Emily paired up to create a line of prints based on Emily's wire sculptures, book cover collages, and lino-cut prints. The resulting four gorgeous patterns are hand-blocked and screen-printed onto quilts, duvet covers, pillows, and shams by artisans in India. Although the patterns are interesting enough to stand on their own, they take on a special beauty when layered with one another. Next month, the bedding line will be joined by tablecloths, napkins, and shower curtains! We can't wait. Click through to see the entire bedding collection.
After receiving my first set of Thomas Lee PerfectCale sheets over a month ago, they're the only sheets my mattress has seen since. Tightly woven with 500 threads per square inch of 100 percent Pima cotton, they have the softness of some of the cotton blend linens I've tried, but breathe so much better.
The extra deep corner pockets are ideal for my whopping 18-inch mattress, which can make sheet shopping difficult. By paying attention to the laundering instructions, I've noticed that the sheets are feeling a bit smoother after each cycle and haven't begun to pill, which is always a nuisance. While slipping cozy flannels into the rotation can be nice for extra chilly nights, I have a feeling these will be my go-to, year-round sheets.
Keep reading for a couple of tips on how to choose quality sheets you won't regret splurging on!
When the mercury rises in the Summer, a lot of people prefer to sleep on percale sheets because of their crispness, which feels cool in the hot weather. The fuzziness of flannel and pima just won't do when the weather is hot! I personally also like to swap in sheets that are Summery in pattern, color, or embroidery when the warm season comes along.
So I thought I'd round up some bedding that's both Summery in look and feel for you. One of my favorites is the Lulu DK Matouk Mirabella Linens ($70 and up), which have scrolling snapdragon embroidery and an allover mixed floral print. Here are some other favorites:
I've been on the hunt for a new set of sheets for the last month or so, but I'm too picky to order them online and I haven't had time to go to the store to look for some. When it comes to sheets, I need to see and touch them before I buy them — or at least have a referral from a friend. So when a set of Charles P. Rogers Shiro 400 Thread Count Circle Sheets ($119) arrived at my desk to review, I was thrilled but still wary; I can be pretty hard to please. I brought them home and gave them a thorough test (sleeping — the best kind!) for a few days, followed by a good washing. Want to hear what I think of them?
There's something remarkably luxurious about the idea of sleeping between these Kumi Kookoon Silk Sheets ($240-$1125). But given that they're dry-clean only, I can't imagine that the upkeep would be worth it. What's your take?
Sheets may not be the most exciting decorative home purchase, but you can't live without 'em, so I think a little ornamentation is due where they're concerned. That's why I'm loving the Williams-Sonoma Link Embroidery Sheet Set ($99.99-149.99). The chains of embroidered diamonds in orange, blue, or khaki give your basic white sheet a subtle hint of color and flavor, without looking overwhelming, tacky, or complicated. Like most, the set comes with one flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and two standard cases, and you can also purchase extra cases if you're a pillow person.
Yesterday I told you about how I sewed a hammock for my backyard by riffing on instructions from the Getaway issue of ReadyMade magazine. If you want to get the exact instructions from the magazine, head down to your local bookstore and pick up a copy. In fact, I urge you to do so, as there are a ton of other cool Summer projects that will keep you occupied and crafting this month.
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Ask the Decorator online home-improvement and decorating show host Meghan Carter interviewed Alan Jesseman, the creative director at Anichini, to learn the right way to wash your sheets. He offered some expert tips on the task, some of which may make you realize you've been doing it all wrong! I've summarized a few for you:
- Sheets should always be washed; you don't want dry-cleaning chemicals close to your body.
- Use a mild detergent or soap, something that doesn't have any whiteners or brighteners, and something that has minimal fragrance or colorings to it.
- Test oxygen bleaches on a corner before using to make sure it won't take the color out.
There's more where these came from and a video of the interview, so read more