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Jan 24, 2014   |  0 comments

Bedding Care 101

How often should you really change your pillows and bed linens?

Pillows
Recently Dr. Oz reviewed Kathie Lee's pillow on the Today Show, and the findings were pretty disturbing. Did you know that the reason pillows get softer over time is because of the bacteria buildup? In fact, it's the droppings from the dust mites that make it soft... I know, eww!
So how often does Dr. Oz recommend that you change your pillows? The answer: every two years.


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We recommend pillow covers for the longevity as well. They will protect against makeup and body oils, preserving a clean surface on your pillows.

Sheets & Linens
Generally it's recommended that you wash you sheets once week using warm water. (If your sheets have delicate embroidery check the label first). Hot water can make the fibers shrink and fade color so stick with warm water and turn your pillow cases inside out to preserve colors. Personally I prefer white sheets, nothing says relaxation to me like crisp, white linens! In addition you can easily bleach them if you should get a stain and they'll look brand new. Use an oxygen based bleach that will be gentle on the fabric. Tumble dry the linens on low and remove them before they are completely dry to minimize wrinkles. Then take the extra time to iron them, it's so worth it!

I like keeping my linen closet neat and organized so it's a pleasure to take out a clean set. Line your cabinet with tissue paper that will keep your linens from yellowing. Fold all linens neatly and store sets in linen bags (one of the best inventions ever!). You'll never have to search for a missing pillow case again and your linens will stay fresh  longer.

xo,
Elizabeth

Your bedroom is your sanctuary and a quiet space for you to rest after a long day, and re-energize for the next one. But occasionally the bedroom can take on a neglected look, making it feel drab. Here are some easy tips to instantly refresh and recharge the energy of your bedroom!

Flowers
Seasonal fresh flowers bring instant life and color to your bedroom. Cut flowers short and arrange them in a small mercury vase to create a luxurious hotel atmosphere. For an arrangement that lasts longer, consider Forever Orchids – they are a beautiful touch that will instantly transform a room.

Bed Linens
Luxurious bed linens are a way to pamper yourself and create visual interest in your bedroom. Change up your linens by season with light colors for spring and summer. January is a good month to invest in new bed linens since many stores will hold white sales with heavy discounts on fine linen. Look for high thread counts or a sateen weave where the weft thread goes over more than one warp thread, creating a luster on the front side of the fabric and a silky feel that drapes gracefully. I prefer using color on duvet colors and accent pillows against a crisp white sheet backdrop.

Throws
A draped throw creates and inviting mood and sets the scene for relaxation. Heavy faux fur throws against crisp white linens create a nice juxtaposition and is inviting to curl up under for a nap or to read a book. Lighter throws in linen or alpaca are perfect for an fresh spring or summer look.

Candles
Candles are another great way to create a sense of luxury and relaxation in your bedroom. Look for lighter scents like lavender or floral candles so you don't overwhelm the senses. Then grab a book and curl up under a throw to enjoy your latest book.

Accessorize
A quick fix to update a room is to move in a piece that you would normally keep in another room. Take a look around your living room for a piece that would bring a different look to your room - a buddha statue, picture frames or an unusual lamp can change up the look of your bedroom and inspire you to do something new in your living area in place of it.

Ultimately your bedroom should be a place where you can retreat at the end of the day and feel at ease. Surrounding yourself with your favorite things will create the ultimate relaxation spot that we all crave.

Some of my favorite bedroom items:

Luxurious Throws

Stop by the store for 25% - 50% off towels, comforters, pillows and many other items from January 31st - February 15th.

xo, Elizabeth

We're incredibly honored to be selected as one of the top shops in LA by LA Magazine in their December issue. What a surprise! The Best of LA feature is always one of our favorite reads so to see our own name in print was like Christmas and New Years all at once!

The article covers LA from Eastside, South Bay, Midtown, Downtown and Westside and there are a lot of our favorite stores on the lists like French Lessons in Santa Monica and Stacey Todd in Studio City. Pick up the December issue now and head out to the world of amazing shopping that only LA has to offer!

The two festive holidays of Thanksgiving and Chanukah overlap this year and you will want a good plan to make the perfect holiday party. Below is so a handy countdown check list to prepare and a few ideas of ways to combine the holidays.

  • Take out all your good silver and get it polished. This includes salt and pepper shakers, trays for serving drinks, and so forth. I'm all about keeping it simple, but the holidays are special and give a perfect reason to make your party elegant.
  • Order your turkey - personally I splurge on an all organic bird... After all he is the guest of honor! I also order a 10 pound turkey breast to cook the night before so there is plenty of white meat and leftovers for great sandwiches.
  • Review your tablecloths and napkins. Do they need freshening up? If they do, make sure to send them to the cleaners or press yourself ahead of time.
  • Check your stock for the following: cocktail napkins, serving utensils and serving spoons, cheese knives, candles, matches, turkey platter, cake plates for desert, salt and pepper bowls for the table, a runner for your bar area, cloth and paper guest towels for the powder room, and diffusers to scent the powder room. Try to think through anything you were missing last year and add it to your collection.
  • Decide your menu and write it down. Keep it simple. If family and friends have offered to help, let them know now so they have time to plan and be very specific on what you want them to bring. You don't want five plates of mashed potatoes and no veggies. Think about mixing traditional foods with Chanukah favorites, like making potato latkes as your starch for the meal.
  • Do some pre-shopping. Think olive oils, vinegars (I love apple cider vinegar, especially at this time of year) and refresh your spices. How long has that nutmeg been in your spice drawer?

As always my shop, Room at the Beach, and website, Roomatthebeach.com, have lots of beautiful accessories for your Thanksgiving and Chanukah tables. Visit us online or at my store located in Malibu Country Mart.

Happy Planning!

xo,
Elizabeth

Friday November 2nd, 4 pm - 8 pm we are holding a pre-season Holiday party to thank all
our customers for their support throughout the year.

Join us for refreshments, music, and specials to give you a jump start on your Holiday shopping. We will be taking orders for personalized Holiday gifts. We hope you can make it and look forward to an evening of celebration with you!

From the entire Room at the Beach team,

Elizabeth, Nona, Tom, Norma, Bridgette and Matthew

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