Buying High Quality Bedding

You spend one-third of your life in bed. Having a good sleep is an essential part of being a healthy person. Your body recovers and repairs itself while you sleep. Therefore, you need to make sure you are as comfortable as possible while you are in bed. This will make it easier for you to fall asleep and feel rested and refreshed when you wake up. One of the best ways to do this is to buy bedding that is made of the best materials. Here are some things to think about as you go shopping for high quality bedding.

1. What materials are used to make the bedding?

It is crucial that you know exactly what materials were used in the production of the bedding you are sleeping on. Otherwise, you might have an allergic reaction. Also, certain materials are not as strong and will not last as long as some of the higher quality materials. You will pay more up front for high quality bedding. However, it is a worthwhile investment because you will not need to buy bedding again for a very long time. Do some research and find out what the bedding is made out of. You might be able to find this info on the manufacturer’s website.

2. Test out several different types of bedding.

It is in your best interests to try out a wide variety of bedding styles. This will allow you to see which one is the most comfortable for you. Do not simply buy one style of bedding and assume that all of the other brands are basically the same. This is not true at all. You will find that there is a very different feel between the various bedding brands. Test each brand out for a few nights to give your body a chance to see how you respond to it. Which brand allows you to sleep the best? Hungarian down pillows have a reputation for being very comfortable.

3. Get recommendations from people you trust.

It would be a good idea to talk to friends and members of your family. Ask them if they are satisfied with the quality of their sleep. Find out the brands of bedding that they use. You might be able to discover a few new brands that you never knew existed. You can also believe their recommendations because you trust all of these people.

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Are goose feather pillows worth it?

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This might sound a bit trivial, but the great pillow debate is hugely troubling our household. We keep buying pillows only to throw them out a year or so later as they’ve gone soft, or are a bit manky. A friend has suggested that 

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Decorating Dilemma: Janet's Open Living Room – Southern Hospitality

I’m back again with another decorating dilemma and I am going to count on all of YOU to help me out with this one.  Janet’s living room is large and open and has a lot of angles and she’d like to cozy it up without changing out all the furniture.
Janet’s own words about what she would like to change in her space:
Suggestions to update the color palette, wall color, accessories, wall décor. lighting…the list goes on and on.  Basically, I loved our other home and not this one.  It is too modern/linear for my tastes.  If I could make it look more farmhouse or casual traditional, that would be great. 
The focus is on the grounds and views outside the French doors, so that is why there are no window treatments.  However, as I mentioned it does get hot in the summer as it faces west (great for watching the sunset), so perhaps some sort of light control might be nice.  But then how would I work that in with the huge plate glass window over the fireplace that would also need to be addressed.
So, let’s get busy and see what we can come up to help Janet with her room.

She’s got traditional furniture which looks very nice and that is not going anywhere, so keep that in mind.

With golden yellow on the walls, it works, but I could also see if with a lighter palette, something in the cream family, like my Moderate White or Natural Choice by Sherwin Williams.  It would be a pretty backdrop to all the dark woods and she could bring in any colors with that.  I’m sort of in love with lighter walls these days.  That creamy backdrop is so soothing.

With gold on the sofa and a blue chair, I could definitely see adding a pretty area rug on top of that pretty wood floor. Area rugs warm up a space so much and this one really calls for an area rug.  Janet has some nice wood pieces, so those could all stay and the focal point for updates could be rugs, throw pillows, lamps and artwork. That would go a long way towards giving Janet’s room a fresher look.

Check out these soaring wood ceilings, this sort of has a coastal feel, which would be great in here.

Dining room, living room combo is very big and I can see why furniture placement would be a problem.
I’m not going to give a lot of suggestions on moving furniture around, but I really think the addition of rugs, pillows, artwork and some updated lamps could really bring this room a fresh new outlook.  Here’s the Olioboard I came up with, for a few new ideas:

I thought adding some navy and white in with the gold sofa and blue chair would be a great way to give it a little more modern feel.  Janet mentioned casual traditional and this would fit the bill. See how updating the pillows and artwork would change the look of the space?  Adding a touch of red in with the blues and golds would be a nice accent too.  There are so many modern and updated fabrics that could be added with her existing gold sofa, so I do think this would be easy to update.
So, what do YOU think?  All of you can chime in and give Janet ideas too!  Have fun!

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Decorating Styles Changing with the Times (and my new love for …

I used to hate the color blue.
I wonder if it stemmed from the fact that I had to endure wearing a polyester blue uniform to high school every day?
Seeing blue may have subconsciously reminded me of the scratchy fabric (not to mention the calculus)!

But then something happened to make me change my blue hating mind.
I spotted these mid century blue velvet chairs at a consignment shop.  Loving their shape, I scooped them up thinking I would reupholster them.
I brought them home and put them in their place by the fireplace and slowly they started to grow on me.
One thing led to another and the next thing I knew I was buying buying blue pillows.

Before I could stop myself, I painted my outdoor dresser planter an electric shade of peacock blue.

I’ve got the blues and I never thought it would happen to me.  Goes to show you that tastes change and grow over time.

I think I’ll keep the blue coming …
as long as it’s not polyester.

Is there something you never thought you’d learn to love?
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