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Ritz Carlton

One of the reasons why people stay at high-end hotels is to get pampered. 5 star hotels mostly use Egyptian cotton sheets. For instance, Ritz Carlton uses Frette brand bed sheets. They are an Italian brand. In fact, Frette, Pratesi, Sferra, and Bellora are considered the top European linen makers .Now if you look up their site, sheet sets go from $550 to $3000. Yes, I am talking about bed sheet sets, that come with flat sheet, fitted sheet and two pillow cases.
If you are still reading, it means you are a smart buyer. Now if you look around, there are other high end bed sheet brands. But I am sure; you are familiar with the routine that, they sell you the brand name (mostly), without caring much for the quality. Here is an example, if you go to Frette’s site and look up bed sheets, they don’t tell you the thread count, which is one of the factors that determines the quality of a fabric.

Now if you want to pamper yourself ‘hotel style’, at your home – you don’t buy what hotels use. The key thing is the thread count. The higher it is, the softer/finer the sheet is. A luxury sheet, according to industry standard starts from 350 thread count and up. Please keep in mind that hotels do not necessarily buy the best sheets out there, because they have to balance between profit and luxury. They use a maximum of 300 to 400 thread count sheets. Please keep in mind that there are other factors that also determine the quality of a sheet, which is the type of fabric used in the bed sheets – those are Egyptian cotton, Italian cotton, satin and silk.
Here is our collection of luxury hotel style sheet sets, which come in 1000 thread count. Starting at $109.99. Compared to the same sheet that Frette’s make for $400 plus.

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Percale Vs. Sateen

3/26/2012 11:29 PM

We often get the question, whats the difference in percale and sateen bedding. Percale and sateen are two types of fabric often used for bedding. These fabrics are determined by the way they are woven. There is a different arrangement of warp and weft threads to create the fabrics. The warp threads run up and down the fabric, and the weft threads run across the fabric. Percale is is stronger fabric than sateen because of the weave structure

Percale's Weave Structure:
Percale is a fabric made with plain weave. Plain weave is created by weaving over, under, over, under with the warp and weft threads. Percale is typically at least 200 thread count (200 threads per inch). It creates a tightly woven fabric.

Sateen's Weave Structure:
Sateen fabric is woven with long floats to create a smooth, shiny surface. Floats are created when long areas of yarn (either the weft or the warp) are exposed on the fabric's surface. Sateen fabric is generally woven four over, one under. The weft thread is over four warp threads before going under one warp thread. The weave structure varies depending on the twist of the yarn and the material.

Percale Material

  • Percale can be made with cotton or a 50% cotton/50% polyester blend. 100% cotton percale is a more expensive, higher quality fabric than a cotton/polyester blend.

 

Sateen Material

  • Combed cotton yarn is used in high-grade sateen. Long staples of cotton are combed and twisted to make the yarn, creating a softer, shinier yarn. Mercerized cotton is commonly used. The cotton is treated with a chemical to add shine to the yarn. Rayon is also used in sateen fabrics.


Considerations:

Percale and sateen fabrics have the same function with different qualities. Percale is a stronger, crisper fabric. Sateen is a shinier, softer fabric. Sateen appears to be a higher quality fabric because of the sheen. The material content and thread count contribute to the quality of the fabric.

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Stress Free Bedrooms

1/18/2012 4:55 PM

Did you know that your bedroom can play a major role in how you sleep and wake up? From the room decor, the colors and the actual bedding itself, every aspect of your bedroom can effect the way you sleep and feel. A bedroom should be a calm and peaceful space. Everyone struggles with stress from everyday life, the problem is when the stress follows you into the bedroom. Stress can lead to sleep issues, illness and insomnia. Your bedroom should be free of stress triggers. Remove any distractions. For instance, the television, computer and any other electronics that could potentially distract and keep you from falling asleep.

Color plays a major role in mood, cool colors provide a calm feeling, while warm colors can make a room feel more cozy. You want to choose a color scheme that will make you feel most relaxed.

Make sure you have something to cover the windows. A window treatment will not only add to the coziness of your bedroom but they also serve a purpose to block out light and keep cool drafts from coming inside.

Choose bedding that is not only comfortable, but makes you happy. Loving the look and style of your bedding, comforter or duvet can put a smile on your face every time you get into bed and every time you wake up.

Let me know how you, make sure your bedroom space is comfortable and free of stress. 

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Are we getting enough sleep?

1/10/2012 4:54 PM

Sleep, it’s our bodies natural way of recharging. Unfortunately, you probably take better care to recharge your cell phone than you do your own body. Or at least that is what the National Sleep Foundation has found; reporting that lack of sleep is the most common complaint amongst Americans today. I’m guilty of it too. Despite a busy day, once I try to hit the sheets, I can’t seem to drift off easily.

We all know that the obvious drawback of not getting enough sleep is that you will be tired, which isn't the best feeling. But researchers are now finding that there are some pretty serious health risks that come along with a lack of sleep. For instance, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and high blood pressure are the major ailments you put yourself at risk for. Not only that, but your immune system also takes a hit from lack of sleep. And guess what does that mean? More colds and infections. Beyond that, lack of sleep can actually mess up your plans to diet as well! Some experts say that sleep deprivation causes your body to boosts production of the hormone that makes you hungry. And it makes sense: your body is probably trying to shore up missing energy from another source.

Fortunately, just one extra hour of sleep per night can make a huge difference. Logging that extra nightly hour will not only improve how you feel during your daily routine, but you will reap the long term health benefits as well.

Start trying to develop a healthy routine that should be practiced before bed. Your kids probably have a bedtime routine to keep them alert and active during school, so why shouldn’t you take care of yourself in the same way?

This might seem hard, but for at least four hours before bed, avoid consuming any sort of stimulant. Coffee, soda, and even chocolate are major culprits to avoid. I started switching out my late night coffees with caffeine free peppermint tea after dinner. Also think about stimulants for your mind, the TV, radio, computers, and your cell phone. Unplug yourself from all of these distractions and let your mind start to wind down.

Exercise three to four hours prior to sleep is also a bad idea. Exercise won’t tire you out instantly; it will actually get your energy levels up. If you are committed to your workout routine, trying hitting the gym before work, you might even find this keeps you more energized during the day!

And while it is a good idea to get on a routine with your sleep, your body also craves a certain amount of variety. So don’t feel guilty about sleeping in on a Saturday morning! You might have to answer the call of the alarm clock during the week, but if you can, find a weekend morning where you can let your body decide when you are ready to rise.

This is it for now. In the coming weeks, I'll be writing about addressing our bedding needs and how having a proper, clean and comfortable bedding space can make a difference in your sleeping habits. For now, I'd suggest checking out www.homeapparel.com for a variety of bedding options.


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