Floral themed fabric is a London specialty that dates back to the 19th century. These British prints, styled in both cotton and silk, were inspired by eastern motifs and elegance; and were enormously popular with fashionstas in old-time London.
Nowadays they’re getting trendy once more, cropping up in everything from clothing to home decorating accessories. Floral print fabrics originate with the London shop of the same name, which was one of the first stores in the western world to carry eastern silks. The shop sells paisley, florals, pastels abstracts and other patterned prints sewn in a variety of ways, from fabulous silk scarves to cotton purses. Another super chic item on the menu is Floral Print bed sets. The Emilia bed set, which comes with sheets, a duvet and a pillowcase, is illustrated with light blue floral motifs, perfect for the spring and summer. Other bed sets exhibit floral patterns with soft pinks, greens, and yellows – great for lightening up just any bedroom in your home. While floral print fabrics are trendy now, they also display a characteristic vintage look that hints back at this fabric’s storied history.
Fall is coming and it is now the time to focus on the best sheet and blanket options for the season! There are so many options out there that you can choose from to make your bed a haven to cuddle in. There are microfiber, cotton, or flannel bed sheets. There are down comforters, standard comforters, or even bed throws to select from. When deciding on the best sheet or blanket options, you have to take in all of the deciding factors before making the best choice you can.
Microfiber sheets are amazing. They are incredibly soft, smooth, and are made from small polyester fibers. The drawback with Microfiber, however, is the tendency to prevent the body from breathing. I personally do not like Microfiber because it makes you sweat a lot during the night. For autumn nights anywhere, you want to be able to breathe!
Cotton sheets come in so many varieties and thread counts. In my house, we prefer sateen sheets due to the soft feel. Cotton sheets are probably the best option for fall 2014 due to the fact that it breathes well and is incredibly durable. It comes in every style and color to match whatever decorating style you are going for.
For areas where it gets colder in the fall, flannel is a great choice for sheets. It is an incredibly soft fabric that keeps you warm throughout the entire night. It also is really durable and heavy.
Along with flannel, down comforters are great for colder climates. They help hold in the heat from the bodies they cover, keeping everything warmer. We live in an area where it is really warm, so I personally get way too hot under a big down comforter, but they seriously do get incredibly warm and cozy.
Standard comforters are exactly that: standard. They are pretty much the most versatile option you can get, which makes them probably the best option for the 2014 fall season. They are great in any climate, go with all decorating schemes, and can be used in any scenario. We use two on our bed because we both like to have our own. It prevents stealing each others.
Used in warmer climates or for people who tend to get hot quickly, bed throws are thinner blankets used on beds or as decorative accents on couches. I would probably suggest these only for situations like the above as they are shorter, thin, and flimsy blankets.
Regardless of the blanket or sheets you choose, always research before you make your purchase. There are countless options for any decorative or climate situation. Make the educated decision and just pick what is best for you and your family!
Neck and back pain are two of the most common ailments that people suffer from. These problems can be experienced by young and old people alike. Many of these instances of neck and back pain can be traced back to problems during sleep. When people sleep in awkward positions, it often contributes to these issues. My uncle was one of the people that woke up every morning with a stiff back and neck. He thought that he would just have to learn to live with the pain. However, I told him to test out some new pillows to see if that might solve the problem. To his surprise, a new pillow specifically designed to help the back and neck was exactly what he needed. Let’s take a look at some of the best examples of these pillows that are currently available:
This pillow is ideal for people who do a lot of traveling and can never seem to have a restful sleep during their trip. This keeps your head from tilting over if you are trying to sleep in a sitting position. That type of tilting can put a lot of stress on your neck. It is easy to inflate to the desired amount of firmness or softness. It helps you to maintain good posture and avoid sudden jerky movements.
This is ideal for both side and back sleepers. Your neck and head will be kept cool by the ventilated foam. Because the pillow is four inches high, many people say it is a good pillow for someone with a large body who enjoys sleeping on their side.
Lumbar wedge pillow
This type of pillow is made by many manufacturers. As the name indicates, it is shaped like a wedge. This type of pillow can be used in two different ways. It can be used by people who need to sit at a desk all day at their job because it provides support to the lower back. There are also larger wedge pillows that can be used for sleeping. Their shape has been shown to reduce tossing and turning. It also enables people to get out of bed easier.
Cylinder pillows (also called a roll pillow)
This is another pillow that is produced by many companies, so a person will need to test out a few different ones to see which one they like best. You can find these pillows stuffed most frequently with either beans or foam. If a person uses them while sitting in a chair, they will provide support to the lumbar region of the back, where many people frequently experience pain. They can also be placed under your neck when you are sleeping to give your neck the amount of support it needs.
These days, it’s easy to find sheets that snugly fit your bed. But not so in the 18th century and earlier, when standardized bed sizes didn’t exist. In general, bed sizes varied depending on the furniture maker. As a result, both mattresses and bedding had to be individually fitted to the unique shape of each bed. One of the best ways to see the difference firsthand is to visit a preserved colonial house like the ones open to visitors in Williamsburg, Virginia, which have numerous colonial beds on display, complete with requisite 18th century canopies and high headboards.
Along with their unique colonial trimmings, you’ll observe that bed lengths varied from being very, very short and wide to very, very long and narrow, along with every kind of dimension in between. After the industrial revolution took place, however, standardized twin and double beds took the place of more approximated sizing. In the 1960s, standard ‘king’ and ‘queen’ sized beds also became extremely popular in the United States. By the end of the era, most master bedrooms included either a queen or king sized bed. So the next time you visit the bedding aisle, remember to be grateful that finding the right sized bedding set is as simple as looking for twin, double, queen or king -sized linens — no custom fitted sheets needed!
Depending on where you live, finding the right bedding options for the spring can entail a lot of trial and error. Your choices will depend largely on your sleeping attire and what temperature you prefer to keep your room. In my case, I love the fresh air of spring and always keep the windows open about an inch or so at night. I also sleep in a t-shirt and a pair of shorts, which helps retain a little body heat.
Fitted Sheet Options
I find silk or satin sheets to be nice and refreshing for the balmiest summer nights. If you frequently feel overheated at night, they are excellent options for keeping you cool in the Spring as well. I prefer to remove my flannel ground sheet and use a thick, 100 percent cotton percale sheet for most of the spring. Percale, which is actually a strong, plain weave that can be made of other blends, is an excellent choice for a ground sheet because it will not bunch or wrinkle under your skin as easily as a thin cotton sheet. If you sleep in the nude or with your arms and legs exposed and find wrinkles uncomfortable to lay on, give a sturdy percale a try. If you prefer a luxury sheet, polished cotton percale is buttery-soft while still laying flat. While not necessary, you can also try using a little starch to keep the ground sheet smooth beneath you. I find 100 percent cotton percale to be perfect in warmth for spring.
Flat Sheet Considerations
If you need a little extra warmth for brisk spring nights, you can always continue to use a flannel flat sheet. For those who like their bedding a bit cooler, try using a satin or silk top sheet. There is no law saying your sheets have to match! Personally, I prefer to use a flannel flat sheet until the nights turn warmer about halfway through spring, at which point I switch to using the percale top sheet as well. Of course, a top sheet is not always necessary. My son has never used a top sheet whatsoever and prefers to sleep with only his blanket covering him.
Blankets for Spring Nights
There are a lot of different options for springtime blankets. Some people prefer to use the same comforter year-round and keep the bedroom cool by using fans or the air conditioning unit. You also have the option of purchasing a light-weight comforter for the warmer months. In my family, I prefer to use an ultra-soft fleece throw as a blanket in spring and summer. My wife has a light quilt her mother made for her. We keep our micro-suede down comforter, which we use all winter, folded at the foot of the bed in spring. If either of us gets cold, we can then just pull it up when needed. My son prefers a light polyester blanket he received for his birthday because it has a picture of Batman.
How you make up you bed for spring depends on your own personal preferences. By taking these options into consideration, you can find the best method for you and get a good night’s rest.