I love to sleep. Some people may think that this is a lazy quality that one may have, but I beg to differ. I am a severe multi-tasker and there is literally never enough time in a day. So if I have the opportunity to sleep, I will take it in a heartbeat! I have always been extremely, let’s say “particular” about my bedding (and everyone that sleeps under our roof).
A couple of weeks ago we were in NYC at the Waldorf Astoria. This is our hotel of choice when in NYC for many reasons (quality, atmosphere, location-quick walk to Grand Central Station). After a great day of shopping, eating and theatre (and a long soak in the tub) I couldn’t wait to get into that bed! They really do a nice bed in this hotel. They use a system called “triple sheeting”. Many hotels have caught on to the fact that people want incredible beds and have also incorporated this bedding. The first hotel that I remember staying at with this type of bedding was the newly opened Borgata in Atlantic City many years back. Anyway.. so it consists of a thick mattress pad, cotton sheet tucked into the mattress, cotton topsheet on top of that, fluffy duvet (no duvet cover) and a top sheet to finish it off. This is no revolutionary set-up, but what I love is, you can really appreciate the duvet because it’s not hidden in a cover ( I still love beautiful cotton or linen duvet covers). The look is so inviting because the fluffiness can really be noticed under a mere light sheet.
Of course, the pillows are detrimental as well, so they must be chosen well. Not too soft, not firm. Somewhere in the middle of supportive and sink-down into it.
So last week I was on a mission to revamp my bedding. To my husband’s dismay (we have a lot of good duvets in this house) I bought a new duvet (Pacific Coast, 400 TC, 650 fill power). This is the same brand that was used in our suite at the Waldorf. I already have a really good mattress pad and so I just had to rearrange the sheets. The result was divine! Of course I had to make a big deal about how incredible it was to my husband so that he would forget to care about the new duvet purchase.
So, I know you want to revamp your bed to make it heaven on earth! I am going to start you off with a beautiful giveaway to get it going. I have an amazing giveaway for you that will run for the next 5 weeks.
In 1931, on NYC’s 59th street, Ralph Jabbour opened shop to provide beautiful linens to all. The company is still doing a great service by offering some of the best stuff out there! They carry all the good stuff. Enter now to win a beautiful boudoir sham from their classic Portofino collection, pictured at the top of this post.
Here is a grande example of how you can give yourself a blissful sleep every night.
Start off with a very good mattress pad, like this one from The Company Store.
Next, you need 1 fitted sheet and 2 flat sheets, like these classic examples by R Jabbour, which are linen.
Sandwich your duvet between the flat sheets (don’t forget to spend some time shaking and fluffing the duvet before you put it on the bed). Be particular about your duvet. Here are the basic requirements: at least 250 TC cover (I prefer closer to 400) and a fill of at least 550 fill power (higher the fill power, higher the fluff- and warmth so you may be cranking up the AC in the summer, but sooo worth it!). White goose down on the feathers. There are a variety of great goose down feathers out there, from Poland, Hungary, The Pyrenees in France.
Pillows, like I said before- very important.
This may all seem like a bit of an investment, but YOU’RE WORTH IT! You will sleep an average of about 200,000 hours in your life. I say, make it count.
Now here is the crème de la crème in blissful sleeping. I take this from a stay that we had in an amazing castle in France. At my bedside, a tray with silver tumblers, a beautiful carafe, linen napkins and a bottle of mineral water.
This breaker is from a castle collection and the pitcher from Christofle.
PS, my water of choice is San Pelligrino. We drink it by the case in this house, in fact yesterday my 2 year old asked me for it, ” Mommy can I have san pah gee no”..
So please enter to win that beautiful boudoir pillow from http://www.jabbourlinens.com/ by posting a comment to this post or by signing up to my blog on the upper right corner (sign me up).
Sweet dreams, Buona Notte and Bon Huit!
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