Monday, February 29, 2016

Luxurious Bed Linens

Back in this post, I reviewed fellow blogger Tracy Lee's wonderful eBook Ideas for Creating a Luxurious Home on a Budget and showed you how it inspired me to enhance my home's curb appeal. I agree with the author that one's bed linens should be as luxurious as one an afford. I mentioned that I was dealing with bed linens of poor quality and planned to upgrade, even setting a deadline of Christmas, in that mid-July post. This post finally serves as an update.


I believe sometime during August, I accompanied my mother to the local mall to help her pick out a bed in a bag (you know, comforter, bed skirt, shams, decorative pillows kind of set) and a sheet set for my old childhood bedroom that she was transitioning into a guest bedroom (mainly for her three children). She needed something to match with the dark purple carpet that I had picked out when I was 10 years old. She fell in love with a nice floral comforter set at department store Sears. At the register, we noticed that there was an extra discount on the sheet set already on clearance making it like $15. So mid-transaction, I quickly ran to pick up a white queen-size sheet set (including a fitted and flat sheet with two standard pillowcases) for myself and my mom actually added it to her transaction, treating me. (I believe in mainly crisp white sheets and towels.) I am pleased to report that they are an excellent value. From my job in the Home Department at JCPenney in between semesters throughout most of college, I know a thing or two about linens. (Fairly loyal to Penney's, my four bed pillows are from this store.) First, I learned that a high thread count is luxurious, high quality both in feel and durability. This particular set is a 425 thread count, which is pretty good. I also know that a nice cotton, like Egyptian or Pima, makes a significant difference. This set happens to be neither. Sometimes those nicer cotton are manufactured in a way to achieve a silky touch and a shiny look, like sateen. I actually greatly prefer a cotton touch rather than a satin one. The tag on my set reports that the flat sheet and cases are made of plain cotton, but the fitted is sateen fabric. It's not glossy at all though. These crisp cotton sheets are like sleeping in a favorite t-shirt. Just what I like. These sheets also fit my plush-top deep-pocketed mattress very well. I just laundered them yesterday and although they are not wrinkle-free, they certainly do not wrinkle horribly. They are rather plain and lack special little tailored touches, but I certainly don't need those when they're covered up most of the day. I am very happy with this product as it is such a major upgrade to the mismatched sheets that I was dealing with before.

Plain cotton, perfect for me.

Not too wrinkly...

Simple Sheets

It is a similar story with my comforter. I had purchased a white comforter to go inside my new duvet right before moving into my apartment four and a half years ago. It was a cheap one from HomeGoods that cost $50. This product didn't fill out my duvet cover well. Most of all, it was extremely lumpy. For years, I made my bed everyday and everyday the bumpy surface looked awful. As one who strives to make everything as beautiful as I can, I knew that I needed an upgrade. Happy with my previous purchase of a nice twin comforter that I use as a throw (and to replace my worn out comforter from college) from Garnet Hill, I installed a mid-level white Core-Loft comforter from the brand on my amazon wish list. It sat there for a while since I didn't have the money myself. Eventually, I asked for it for Christmas and my parents graciously gave it to me as my big gift last year. It is such an improvement! This upgrade truly fills out my duvet and best of all, when my bed is made, the surface is completely smooth, from all of its stitching across it and quality materials used. It's also not too light nor too warm. I love it.

A smooth surface in the sunlight. 

(The duvet and shams were picked up from Z Gallerie years ago. 
The gray decorative pillow with the red felt rose is from Etsy shop BedBuggs Boutique.)


I am truly enjoying my bed linens now. If only for sleep, you still spend a lot of time in bed, thus this is an area where quality reigns supreme. The ones I just wrote about are simply not top of the line. You do not need to spend major money for decent quality. I advise you to buy the highest quality you can afford. Or make like Michelle, and ask for it as a Christmas gift, as a last resort. Learn from me, certainly examine what is on clearance (hint: January and August)! Plus, my bed looks much better than it did. The bed is such a major piece in the room that its visual impact is huge. Overall, my new items are a major improvement. They are divine luxury to me.




8 comments:

  1. I actually prefer crisp 100% cotton sheets too, rather than the sateen/satin. I even like the sound they make!

    Your room looks great!

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    1. I'm not alone! :)

      Thank you so much! I still have a home tour on my list of posts to write.

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    2. Ooo looking forward to your home tour! I need the inspiration to tidy up my place.
      I love your bedding! That bit of red on your pillow and boxspring is nice.

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    3. Thanks! I think after some spring cleaning, I will. The box spring is actually covered in a red fitted sheet, not a bed skirt. I have red accents throughout the room, which will be more evident in my home tour photos. I might break it up into a few posts actually...

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  2. Another vote for matte cotton sheets. I really dislike shiny sateen sheets. I recently replaced my sheets with a pima cotton set and they are thick and soft and I absolutely love them. Because they are not slippery like sateen, they seem to stay in place, especially at the bottom of the bed so they are not becoming untucked all the time. I love how you go about patiently upgrading your environment. It is inspiring!

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    1. It is hard when I prefer things finished, but I am incredibly patient. Thank you!

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  3. I prefer regular crisp cotton instead of the sateen sheets. Your bed looks lovely!!

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    1. I seriously thought that I was in the minority. Grazie!

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