THE PERFECT BED
The Right Sheets, Pillows and Layering Create a Dreamy Haven
Story and Photos Courtesy of Marie Flanigan Interiors
Stop dreaming about where you’re going to rest your weary heads once that Houston commute comes to an end. Although “the perfect bed” means something a little different to everyone, there are three elements every bed should have, and we’re here to share them with you.
Sheets can be a topic of controversy, but time has taught that a higher thread count doesn’t necessarily make for a better set of sheets. The type of cotton and the weave are way more significant, so look for sets crafted from pure cotton or flax that haven’t been treated with any nasty chemicals. This will give you that crisp, clean feeling without the worry.
“Our friends at Plush Home suggest seeking out sheets with long staples because shorter fibers tend to be itchy and more likely to fall out of weave, which will lead to pilling,” Marie Flanigan of Marie Flanigan Interiors says. “As a general rule, look for Giza, Egyptian and Pima cotton because they have long, luxurious fibers to create that solid foundation.”
Percale is a matte finish with a crisp, clean vibe that lends a tailored look. Home Treasures’ N 45 Classico Sheets feel like sleeping on a cloud. Their Italian percale collection is made of the finest cotton and is incredibly soft, smooth and supple to the touch.
Sateen has more yarns running vertically versus horizontally resulting in a super-soft fabric that feels heavier and warmer. While they are incredibly soft, they’re not for those who heat up at night. Check out Peacock Alley for the perfect hemstitched sateen sheets.
Linen, which is made from flax, softens with use and creates a relaxed and chic vibe in any bedroom. The fibers are hollow, moving air and moisture naturally, which is great for those hot Houston summers, but they’re also natural insulators that will help trap heat when cooler weather hits your home. Sheets from Rough Linen will lend your favorite resting space a beautiful homespun charm.
“While we love a crisp bed, it’s important to create visual interest by mixing in layers of texture through the use of throws, coverlets and duvets,” Flanigan says. “We suggest layering with the seasons, using a coverlet in the summer and switching it out for a duvet come winter for added warmth. We love Sefte throws and blankets, which are made from the fur of baby alpaca. Soft and fluffy, they’re ready to stand in for your heavier duvet when warmer weather comes to town.”
Flanigan adds: “You can’t go wrong with a classic Matouk duvet. Who can’t resist a clean, feathery white duvet piled high at the end of the bed?”
Your pillow selection tells people a lot about you and how formal you want your bedroom to feel. With so many pillow choices, it can be hard to know which ones will achieve the look you’re striving for, but beauty is most often found in simplicity.
Include Euro shams when going for a classic, tailored look. Tip: You’ll need three Euro shams for a king-sized bed and two for a queen.
Deluxe Euro shams are the height of a Euro but are the length of a king. They take up more space on the bed and provide a comfy, cozy feel. You can throw them on a king and they’ll take up the whole width of the bed, or you can put two on a queen if you’re up for playing with scale. Check out Bella Note for some gorgeous shams.
Decorative shams come in all shapes and sizes. Use them to tie in colors that can be found throughout the bedroom.
“One of our favorite pillow designers, painter Kevin O’Brien, incorporates art into his pillow designs,” Flanigan says. “They always feel rich and interesting and serve as the perfect accent to your surrounding style.”
Try laying your standard shams face up for a unique, minimalist approach that will have your space looking like a boutique hotel in no time. Added perk? Making your bed in the morning will be a breeze!
Rusty Arena of Arena Design is a skilled fabric craftsman, located right here in Houston, who creates custom printing and hand-painted fabric. If you’re on the hunt for an expert who creates custom color and digital design work, head on over and check them out.
Wishing you the sweetest dreams!
Marie Flanigan is an award-winning interior designer and allied member of ASID with more than a decade of experience in the architecture and design industries. www.marieflanigan.com
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Home Treasures Inc.
5150 Ashley Court
Marie Flanigan Interiors
2525 Driscoll St.
2233 Westheimer Road