This post is all my favorite bedding.. I wrote this pre-pandemic, but I keep it updated as we are all always looking for good sheets and better sleep quality! We spend so many hours asleep, nicer bedding is one of the best investments in your quality of life.
Cleaning out the linen closet is something to do at least once a year and for me it’s usually around the fall, or the new year when things slow down and I notice the bedding needs some perking up. I did it in October this year when it started to turn cool and was time to put our down comforter back on the bed. I noticed our white sheets (I love white), looking a little sad and our comforter was also in bad shape. We had it at least a decade and it wasn’t so warm.
I also had my eye on a yummy duvet cover made by Pine Cone Hill that was on display at a local furniture shop. It was white and soft and had a nubby texture. I am all about making my bed more cozy and this felt amazing. I found it online and it’s called the Montauk Duvet Cover.
They had me at the name! After I finally decided to go for it the next thing was to get a better comforter or duvet insert itself. Pine Cone Hill had duvets in three weights- summer, fall and winter. I had no idea what would be best for Northern California and there was not much information about that in the reviews. I decided to go for the fall weight Savasana Duvet and it has been perfect. It’s light and yet this is the first winter we haven’t needed a blanket on the bed at all and it has been cold!
I cannot tell you how thrilled I am with this new Montauk cover and the comforter and I am wished I did it sooner. You are in your bed so many hours of your life, this is one place money is well spent. A good night’s sleep is everything!
If you read my post about the lovely Ojai home I stayed in, I may have mentioned the sheets. The beds were wonderful in that home and the owner had terrific sheets. When I returned home I started looking for percale sheet reviews online and based on the glowing reviews I ordered this percale set from Parachute..
I also got something similar to these Cloud Shams at Pottery Barn ( my original nearly identical and no longer available.)
They also have a matching Cloud Duvet Cover in many soft colors and it’s a bit more affordable than the Montauk.
Some of the other pretty colors of the PB Cloud..
Parachute also has a Cloud Cover Duvet set with shams…
Two years ago I splurged and bought Serena & Lily Linen sheets. We love them so much I bought another last year when they were 20% off. I find them so soft and especially warm in winter, though a lot of people love them for summer. They just get better with every wash. I lightly dry mine on medium and take out and smooth before they are fully dry and they look beautiful. These are my all time favorites.
For pillows I use two down alternative king size pillows for myself from Pottery Barn. I do wash them, but they need to be changed out after about 2 years or so.
During summer I replace the duvet with a light soft quilt over the sheets. I love it so much I leave it on the bed in winter now under the our duvet comforter in place of a blanket as it’s so soft.. It also makes it easy to make the bed- just smooth this over the sheets and it all looks perfect. This PB one is nearly identical to mine..
Going through the linen closet I realized we had sets of twin sheets for kids beds we do not have anymore and extra king sets that have seen better days. I donated several of the nice sets. Did you know blankets and towels are also welcome by most animal rescues and shelters? Some pet stores have a box to drop them in. Fabric can also be put in the recycling bin if too worn to donate.
Paring down the linen closet, wiping it clean with a natural lavender cleaning spray (I like this Mrs Meyers or the Method one) and then stacking the sheets by sizes and wrapping the sets together the Martha Stewart way with the cases over the sets makes it look and smell pretty.
It is nice to put soaps on the shelf or small lavender sachets in there. I also like pretty papers on the shelves. If your linen closet is jammed like mine was and you have no room, you might try using an armoire for your bedding or an extra chest. I did this a while back with an armoire that used to house a television. It has been a great space for the linens and I feel fancy when I open the doors and it smells dreamy.
About a year and a half ago we got a new Aireloom mattress which is from California, and we love it. They are often on sale at Bloomies as I linked above..It has helped my husband with his back issues so much and I rarely wake up sore anymore.
I can’t wait to jump into bed at night now with my comforter and sheets I feel like I’m sleeping on a cloud.
Do you have certain bed sheets or things you need to sleep well? I also have to have things totally dark and never ever run the heat at night…I also have to read before bed on my side and I usually conk out after a few paragraphs. I try to stay away from screens once I’m in bed.
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Absolutely love your bedding choices. Like you I really love my bedroom and I am a big sleeper. I buy bedding and duvets from Au Lit in Toronto, they manufacture in Toronto and use dreamy cottons. For my kids beds I buy flannel and quilts from LLBean, and I often sew the duvet covers and pillow covers myself.
I am super picky about pillows, I use two down pillows that I wash every couple of weeks. They go right in the front loader and then in the dryer, they end up perfectly plump every time. I have another two down pillows for my hubs, although his are larger.
Love the armoire up top, so pretty I had to pin it on my Laundry and Pantry board!
Laughing because I am the same, I have to “read” at night but I always fall asleep after a page or two! xx
Thank you I will look into Au Lit! I like LL Bean too. I wonder if the flannel is on sale yet?Isn’t this the time of year for white sales? I would love to get a set for my son. Dani I don’t think many people ow you can wash your down pillows! I think they all come out so nice. Have a wonderful weekend. I’m going to try to read more tonight. I have a good book! xx
I love your choices.
You might like to look at Warm Things, local company, San Rafael I believe. They make AMAZING down pillows. Best ever IMO:).
Lisa I have never hear of Warm Things. I will look at their pillows. Thanks so much!!