‘Tis the season for parties, festivities, gift giving and … overnight guests!
We asked Annie Selke, founder of Pine Cone Hill, Dash & Albert and now Fresh American for her take on how to prepare for the holidays. For those of you who have kids who have moved out and are in need of a proper linen closet or perhaps your own sheets are shot and you KNOW you had better replenish before your family descends upon you for the holidays – this one’s for you!
Making the Perfect Bed!
by Annie Selke
1. Thread count is important, but it’s not the most important consideration. A whole lot of marketing dollars go in to hyping sheets and duvets that have a high thread count but poor fabric quality. Look for fine cotton sheets, which have stronger, softer threads that hold up wash after wash, even at lower thread counts. Percale sheets are crisper and sateen sheets are silkier, it is a matter of personal preference. My go-to basics are our crisp, clean 400 thread count Classic Hemstitch percale sheets and duvet covers.
2. Buy three sets of sheets and rotate them regularly. Of all bedding, sheets weather the most abuse and last the shortest amount of time. Buy three sets at the best quality you can afford and put them into a regular rotation—one on the bed, one in the linen closet, and one in the laundry. Wash weekly to extend the life of your sheets.
3. Pick a palette and then give yourself some outer bedding options for different seasons. In the summer I use a lightweight voile quilt and in the winter I switch to velvet in the same color. I usually like to have two matelassé coverlets in the mix as well. They wash easily, don’t wrinkle – keeping the bed looking great all week!
4. Mix, don’t match. Pick a focal piece—a gorgeous quilt, a luxurious duvet, or a printed sheet set—that has lots of pairing possibilities. This will allow you to change up your look by the season simply by switching out companion items. I to use a quilt or duvet as a starting point and once I have the color palette established, it becomes easy (and fun!) to mix patterns for a more sophisticated look. Having layers allows you to peel or add depending on your desired degree of warmth.
5. Pump it up with pillows. I always use European Squares —two for queen and three for king – they make reading in bed more comfortable and they hide the wrinkled sleeping pillows from site during the day.
6. Throw it together. For a quick layer I like to have a cozy throw at the ready. It can be pulled up for a quick nap or reading or it can be wrapped around your shoulder if you are sitting up in bed.