Tips To Stay Sane and Comfortable While Working From Home

It is important to stay comfortable and sane during this pandemic crisis especially while you work from home and spend the majority of time at home. Here are tips to help you have a routine that works for you so you don’t feel flustered. Scroll through to find what might work for you and bookmark this page to come back to it.

Journaling and Writing a Daily Schedule

Have you been writing down everything you want to accomplish in the day? Working from home has taken a toll on a lot of people because it’s different, and people don’t like to adjust to a completely new way of life. There are ways to cope, however, and you can make it a lot easier on yourself if you take some pressure away and you make lists. By writing down a schedule you will be sure to accomplish at least 80% of the things you planned on getting to that morning.

Make Your Home Pretty

Get a few things for your home that make you smile. Either tissue box covers or pretty embroidered pillows that will keep you from going insane. It’s important to take the trash out and scrub the floors because no one likes journaling or living in a house that gets dirty. One little idea to add to every room in the house is this:

Decorate your home with pretty things. Our embroidered tissue box covers are the perfect addition to jazz up any room in the house.

Picking Out Your Child’s Outfits

Kids don’t like to be forced into uncomfortable outfits that will be a mission to get them in and they just want to be comfortable at home. If you want them to be dressed in something that is decent and makes them at least look nice but isn’t a pain to wash, then pick something from the children’s section on our website. There are white cotton pants and shirt sets for little boys with embroidered sailboats and then there are a dozen of cute English cotton dresses for your little girls. These outfits are very easy to be washed and will have the kids smiling as they can play around the house freely without any discomfort, and they’ll look pretty and elegant. Nothing is nicer than seeing your kids happy and smiling in something that you can toss into the wash after without worrying about wrinkles or shrinkage.

Some favorite outfits for the children are below:

 Boy’s Ship Shape Shorts Set

Einor Elephant and Wendy Whale dress

💘 stay home with your cute little ones. Enjoy cooking, doing puzzles, playing games and sharing laughs.

Lucy Dress

Lucy dress with embroidered flowers and butterflies. Just darling.

Amelia Dress

New arrival! So perfect for spring.

Yoga Pants and Meditate

Ladies, I’m sure you want nothing more than to just lounge and relax after all your chores and hustle around the house. If you’re a mom, you probably have resorted to keeping on your pajama pants for most of the morning unless you go straight into yoga pants which you’ll be wearing all day. We suggest a morning routine of working out or doing yoga to get you in the zone for the day. There’s a lot to be done especially if you’re a working mom and it’s hard enough being the teacher to your kids on top of your full time job. The world is crazy right now but remind yourself this is only temporary, and you are a boss woman.

Kick on those yoga pants and do an at home workout video to calm your mind. We suggest checking out @whitsich from Instagram or any Yoga and Pilates class from HYP Yoga (based in Needham, Massachusetts). Such a favorite and all the instructors are passionate about their practice. Don’t be shy to donate to the tip jar via Venmo after you take a class. Their classes are free but tip jars are highly encouraged to keep small businesses like these from sinking.

After you do your little morning workout and have a meditation session, your mind will be feeling at ease. You are ready to take on the day and your next list of things that are listed on your schedule. Pick out something comfortable to wear and get to it.

Lounge in Cotton Pants or Breezy Nightshirts

Once you’ve checked off a few more work or house related tasks from your list, take a shower, and get into something cozy and comfortable.

If you’re not a nightgown lady, we suggest a cotton nightshirt or comfortable cotton PJ pants and classy top. These options might seem like Pajamas but they’re really just chic loungewear. You can dress them with flip flops and a lightweight cardigan and no one will know! These days pajamas are hardly looked down upon and if you wear any of the below around the house before 5pm, no one will call you out for it. Get comfortable!

Pru PJ set

ON SALE now too!

Cute Nightshirts

Do Some Puzzles and Set the Table

It’s puzzle time. Set out a plate of carrots, homemade hummus, with custom monogrammed dinner table napkins by yours truly for an elegant table setting.

It’s important to differentiate work time and relaxing time. After most of your list is checked off and you are in your cozy little Jacaranda Living outfit and the house looks somewhat tidy, then you can unwind from your day. It’s APERITIVO TIME!

Play some music (we’ve personally been loving Rita Wilson’s Quarantine Playlist on Spotify) and put the news on in the background so you can keep up with the news on the pandemic. It’s important to be in the know so you and your family are aware but it is also important to keep to your old schedule and have a little fun and time to relax.

Set the table with elegant table napkins and proper glassware to add some sanity back into your work from home life.

After an hour or two of relaxed chilling, you and the family can get to cooking together and setting the table.

Back to Journal and Lights Out

The next few hours are time to relax, laugh, unwind to a movie or TV show (we’ve already binged Tiger King) and before bed journal a few things down. What did you love about the day? What scares you about the pandemic? What do you want to tell your future self after all of this dies down? Has this new routine given you hope or made you tap into a new creative side you didn’t realize you had? This is a crazy time for everyone but it will help you stay sane by keeping to a schedule and jotting down your thoughts along the way. I hope it helps.

xoxo,

The Jacaranda Team

 

Important Health Resources for Those in Their Golden Years

It is important to have the best health resources at hand for everyone but especially people in their golden years. Thank you to Karen Weeks for sharing this article on how to find the best health tips for the elderly. Now that we’re all dealing with a coronavirus pandemic and are forced to stay home, there are ways to make the best of this situation and it is important to be well educated on the best health resources. Karen’s article below explains everything there is to know when looking out for someone in their golden years.

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Our 90 year old fun-loving Granny Judy wearing the Botanical Garden Raincoat for a brunch at her home in Hermanus, South Africa. Looking so stylish and cute!

Important Health Resources for Those in Their Golden Years

Contrary to what you’ve been led to believe, good physical and mental health are possible for people of all ages. Lifestyle changes, paying attention to your physical and mental health, and ensuring you have adequate health coverage can help you not only stray strong, but it can also help you continue to thrive and stay independent well into your golden years. So, here are some ways you can stay healthy for many years to come.

Staying Home vs. Exploring Living Options

On the other side of the family, Jamma and Jumps, loving the outdoors in 1995. Living up their golden years as grandparents to 20 kids!

Your living situation can have a positive or negative impact on your health and well-being. Some people choose to stay at home as they grow older, while others prefer to move to retirement communities. So, consider your ability to maintain and move around your home. Additionally, determine whether you can meet the financial obligations associated with your house. Some cities have programs or grants that can assist seniors with these obligations.

Moving to an independent living facility is great for those who want the freedom to live life on their terms without the hassle of having to maintain a home. These facilities are smaller and easier to look after. They are built with the needs of senior citizens in mind and usually offer activities that help you build a community. Rules, regulations, and costs can vary depending on the location or amenities offered. In the New York City area, the monthly cost of an independent living facility usually runs between $1,500 and $17,250.

Mark Your Calendar

Chic and stylish, youthful Granny Judy exudes confidence every day up til her golden years.

Make sure you visit or call your doctor regularly, even if you are in perfect health. Everyone benefits from having a physical and mental health screening at least once per year. Before your appointment, make sure you’re ready to discuss your family’s medical history or any recent concerns. Communicate any changes in your appetite, sleep, and general well-being. Let your doctor know if you have any current vision or hearing issues, and bring a list of medications, supplements, or vitamins you may be taking. You can usually expect your doctor to check your blood sugar level and blood pressure during your regular appointment.

Medicare is a great resource for senior citizens who want to keep tabs on their health. The program covers the cost of an annual wellness visit, and your doctor can refer to a specialist for anything that requires a closer look. There is a seven-month enrollment period for people who sign up for Medicare the year they turn 65. It begins three months before they turn 65, lasts through the month you turn 65, and then three months after you turn 65; otherwise, open enrollment runs from October 15 to December 7 every year. Make sure you assess your coverage annually so you can check up on changes to costs or coverage. Finally, you can talk to your doctor about any services you feel you’ll need in the coming year.

Check Your Habits

Now that you’ve decided where you want to live, made your doctor’s appointments, and signed up for Medicare, you can boost your well-being by creating some healthy habits. Exercise is known to improve your mood, decrease blood pressure, and even sustain bone and joint health. Experts suggest strength training two to three days per week with a rest day between each session, a minimum of 150 minutes of cardio on a weekly basis, and simple stretches every day. Talk to your physician before revamping your exercise routine.

While you’re busy formulating your new fitness routine, make sure you get the right nutrients in your diet. Also, remember to stay hydrated, and make sure you’re getting healthy fats, protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Low-fat dairy is also recommended, but you can talk to your doctor about alternatives if you’re lactose intolerant.

There are plenty of resources for senior citizens who are concerned about starting or maintaining routines that will help them enjoy life, get some exercise, and eat the right foods. Follow these tips and your doctor’s recommendations, and don’t be afraid to ask for guidance.

Keeping your routine with family and loved ones at home until your golden years is key to happiness and better health.

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Thanks for the awesome article Karen, we certainly learned a lot and where to check for the best health resources. Stay mindful out there everyone, try to stay in doors and look after each other. This is a scary time for all of us and the only way through it is by staying together at home, keeping your hands washed, and constantly disinfecting your home.

xoxo,

The Jacaranda Team

 

 

Cute Bridal Ideas for Your Best Friend’s Wedding

One of my dear friends is getting married in April and I have been coming up with creative ways to splurge on her with fun knick knacks and sweet gifts. Her wedding is going to be in Florida at Jupiter Beach Club and we decided that we would have all her bridesmaids wear Jacaranda Living while getting make up and hair done. I’m so excited to help make it happen.

FOR THE BRIDE

I had the bride go through the Jacaranda Living website and pick a few of her favorite things. It was interesting to see how much she really loved all the nighties as not just to wear to bed but to wear as a beach cover up on the beach and by the pool. The Lisa dress in particular works well for her wedding because it has her wedding logo colors with the blue stitching detail on the bodice. It immediately jumped out to her.

Lisa Nightgown

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Adorable sleeveless ruffled trim nightie with blue smocking embroidery on bodice.

This will be a lovely cover up for her beach days before the wedding.

She fell in love with our new Caftan dress with embroidery and also ordered that as well as the short Kristen nightie.

The Caftan

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Effortlessly chic caftan with drawstring waist and embroidered cascading flowers in blue & green. The perfect outfit for a bride to wear at her honeymoon in Bahamas and during her wedding weekend on the beach!

Nothing gets more comfortable than a caftan especially one that has a flattering adjustment with drawstring at the waist. The embroidered flowers along the body add some elegance and character while long sleeves keep you protected from the sun. It’s a perfect item for the beach and especially for the bride-to-be.

Now something for the bride that’s a bit more romantic…

The Kristen Nightie

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What fun to twirl around in a mini nightie post wedding activities. This is a great dress for the bride’s wedding night! And just perfect for her honeymoon and romantic getaway post wedding. If you got it, flaunt it!

The last item she wants is the plain white nightshirt to monogram so she can match all her beautiful bridesmaids. The bridesmaids will be wearing nightshirts with blue piping and luxurious waffle weave slippers to keep their feet from getting dirty while getting ready on wedding day!

The Marjorie Nightshirt with White Piping

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Choose any monogramming and this blue is great for this particular wedding because it’s the same Tiffany blue she wants to match her wedding colors!

FOR THE BRIDESMAIDS

What the bridesmaids wear is very important on the wedding day for photos and to set the mood. It’s even better when bridesmaids are in the same outfit. My friend wants the bridesmaids to be in matching cotton nightshirts with the blue piping that matches her wedding colors. It’s the cutest idea and will look so nice to have all the bridesmaids in the same outfits while they get ready.

The Ginny Nightshirt with Blue Piping

All our sleepwear is made from pure, soft, lightweight, natural cotton fabric that is breathable, durable and extremely comfortable to wear. No need for dry cleaning. Our 100% cotton fabrics only need to be gently washed and cared for in your home. Keep washer and dryer options gentle and cool, not hot, to enable your fine fabric to become softer and cozier with every wash.

And lastly, the slippers and cosmetic bags. The cosmetic bags with blue embroidered holly hocks is a new design by Jacaranda Living and my friend chose it for her wedding because it’s such a beautiful flower that will go nicely with the floral arrangements at her wedding.

Bridesmaids Slippers and Cosmetic Bags

I hope these helped you when you start thinking about your wedding or a good friend’s. Jacaranda Living has so many items that work well for weddings, bridal parties, baby showers, bachelorettes, and more. What fun to choose items and then to also personally monogram them with your best friend’s initials? Have fun shopping our new arrivals today and let us know if you want to customize anything.

xx,

Gracie & the Jacaranda team

 

Our Holiday Shopping Gift Guide and 20% OFF for Black Friday

Our holiday shopping sale is coming up in a few days and we’re so excited to help deck your halls with some festive cheer. This Thanksgiving weekend enjoy 20% off everything on our site!

For the Holidays:

We created a special HOLIDAY page to help you fill your home with fun. Everyone needs to spruce up their home with a few seasonal touches every now and then, and starting this week, there’s no better time to do it. People are going to be buying their Christmas trees, singing Christmas carols, and baking holiday cookies. Everyone feels a hop in their step during the holidays. The streets are filled with beautiful holiday lights, so what’s not to love?!

 

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Happy holiday shopping!

Start getting into that festive spirit. Browse our new holiday gift guide and enjoy picking festive gifts for yourself, your home and those you love most. We want to help you pick something out that will make you smile and that you will love most.

FOR MEN AND WOMEN:

We are known for our tissue box covers….

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Natural Linen TBC with Christmas Wreath
Christmas Wreath embroidery on White Linen Tissue Box Cover

You can never go wrong with gifting someone a tissue box cover with a unique embroidery design on it. It comes from the heart, the design reminds them of you, and it’s timeless so they can use it every year to add some personality and flair to their home.

Our embroidered towels are another way to cheer up a powder room and make a great gift.

You can pick your favorite embroidery design and place it on natural linen or white linen depending on your preferences. They’re both soft, easy to wash, and are an easy way to enhance a room. What’s your favorite? Natural linen or white linen tissue box covers? Do you love terry towels or waffle weave? Have fun, get festive with your designs!

FOR THE KIDS AND LITTLE ONES:

Embroidered designs on tissue box covers and towels aren’t the only thing that keeps our customers coming back to our site. We have tons of baby clothes! Ladies’ nightgowns! And adorable children’s outfits – both boy’s PJ sets and little girl dresses. Pick out something festive for your daughter or son to wear over the holidays… like our Candy Cane dress or boy’s embroidered Christmas Tree PJ set. Pics below.

 

candy cane dress by jacaranda living

christmas tree pj set

FOR GIRLFRIENDS AND YOURSELF:

SLEEPWEAR GALORE! We live for nightgowns, we live for comfort. Don’t we ladies? Especially the *new moms* out there. That’s why we deliver 100% cotton, machine-washable, ultra soft, beautiful, Victorian nightgowns and cotton pajama sets. We love to be comfortable, and of course, just love looking cute while sleeping in ultimate luxury.

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Mandi cotton nightgown
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Caroline PJ set with Napoleon Bee embroidered trip

Browse all our nightgowns and cotton PJs and decide what you, your mom, your sister, or maid of honor needs next. There is something for everyone at Jacaranda Living so come visit, take it all in, mark your favorites, and come back from Black Friday to Cyber Monday where we will be having our big 20% off sale.

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At checkout make sure to enter GIVETHANKS20 to get your special discount. Please reach out with any special requests, personal monogramming, or other questions you may have, we’re always more than happy to help! Shoot a note to info@jacarandaliving.com.

x,Jacaranda

How to Use Throw Pillows to Spruce Up Your Home for Fall

Throw pillows are great decor items for fall that can help spruce up any room that has a couch, chair or bed. They are easy to store, are affordable and don’t take up too much room. When you are decorating your bedroom, living room, family den or guest room, you have to take into account all the different colors and patterns you’re working with so they complement each other. The wallpaper, rug color and texture, and lampshades need to work with the size, embroidery pattern and color of your throw pillow.

The great thing about throw pillows is that you can switch them out at any point in time. Jacaranda Living offer an array of embroidered pillow covers that work with any season. If you love using throw pillows to bring out the festivities of the month, you must choose your embroidery carefully. For instance, in the fall season, you might be choosing between an orange pumpkin embroidered pillow or burgundy leaf design. Before deciding, look for something that’s similar in color to a piece of furniture in the room or for something that might be different but adds stylistic contrast. Be careful of too many patterns, however, because that can be too busy and look messy.

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You can do a lot with white and beige bedding because there is room for accent pillows!

Throw pillows are an easy way to add a bit of festive flair to your bedroom but if you don’t want to change up your bedroom look too much, stick with a classic beige and white bed set and then add other festive decor around the room.  See our other options here. Try adding seasonal embroidered tissue box covers, cozy slippers, waffle weave guest towels, and table napkins.

Layer in warm wood tones, well-placed chic ceramic pumpkins, and cozy blankets. Fall foliage also creates a cozy fall vibe that works with any room, especially when adding decor items such as pillows to bring out the harvest season.

Have fun sprucing up your home with these designs. Come back for more ideas in the holiday season.

 

For All the New Mothers Out There Entering MommyHood… You’ve Got This

Hello Fall, and hello to you new moms, we are here to help you enter mommyhood with ease, grace and style. The time has gone by so quickly and September is already here – can you believe it? We’re sad to see summer has gone by so fast but we had so much fun at the AmericasMart show in July seeing old and new faces. Also had a couple wonderful visits out to some stores in Hilton Head and along the east coast in Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. But we’re looking forward to all things NEW and want to make sure we help you new moms out. A lot of our friends are expecting or just had a baby so here we are offering our two cents to help make the experience a beautiful one.

So for all those new mothers out there, we have something special for you. Some beautiful new embroidered mother’s nighties, baby onesies, children’s embroidered boudoir pillows, and much more to help you step into new mommyhood effortlessly and with ease.

What says effortlessly chic, comfortable yet romantic more than a beautiful embroidered cotton nightgown?

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Beautiful, romantic and super comfortable.. as a new mom you have an excuse to wear a gorgeous embroidered nightgown all day long. We love this one, the Cathy Nightie, with pink floral embroidery.

Being comfortable is the most important thing when you’re a new mom because you feel like you can’t ever relax. Those few precious hours when your new infant does decide to close her or his little eyes, you can take a deep breath. Maybe you have time to shower or wash your face but we all know that won’t last long. Remember to use this precious time to phone a friend or do some yoga stretches in the living room. The most important thing you can do is take care of yourself when you have the time.

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Wrap yourself up in Jacaranda Living’s soft turkish towel after stepping out of your quick shower or use to wipe your face after a thorough face wash.

Now for the more important stuff. Your new baby or baby girl has to be cleaned, fed, and treated like the prince or princess that she or he is! So spoil them rotten with cute baby stuff! We are very happy to carry an array of different styles and designs – pick from our baby section, we offer embroidered bibs, pillows, comfortable onesies, baby hats, and cotton booties. They may likely get dirty after the first wear, but everything we carry is 100% machine-washable and can be thrown in the dryer instantly without worry. Not to mention we have more effortless styles of nightgowns for you to wear comfortably around the house!

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Babies need your love! Spoil them rotten, treat them to something pretty and comfy, adore them. It’s a precious time. We love these embroidered sleep sacks, onesies and little hats. See more designs to choose from here. You can also shop this Eloise nightgown. 

Pay attention to when your baby is ready to interact and then talk, sing, dance, and play. Take a break when you need it.

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A new baby girl or new baby born like to cuddle up. Dress up their new crib or bed with their favorite embroidered animal. All our designs for baby and children pillows can be found here. 

So hopefully some of our ideas to a dreamlike motherhood will find you in hopes and ideas to get going on treating yourself and taking care of your precious newborn. There is a lot to be done but with a little bit of self-care and support from your husband and friends, you will get through it. Before you know it, your mommyhood will be drifting away and they will be onto early teens. Cherish it while it lasts!

xx,

Jacaranda team <3

 

 

Why A Good Night’s Sleep Is Essential To Your Health

No one can live without sleep, but countless Americans are trying to survive without getting enough. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to our overall health and well-being. But what happens if we don’t get enough?

Here’s how a good night’s sleep can improve your health.

Healthy weight

It’s estimated that adults are 55% more likely to become obese when they get an improper amount of sleep. Sleeping less than seven hours per night is thought to impact the hormones that regulate your appetite, so those who suffer from insomnia may be at an increased risk of obesity or weight gain. So don’t be afraid to put on your comfiest lace nightgowns before tucking in for the night.

Healthy heart

Sleep is a necessity for a healthy heart. There has been a correlation between fewer hours of sleep and increased risk for high blood pressure and cholesterol. These symptoms can lead to even worse health issues, including heart attack and stroke without the proper intervention. It’s estimated that you should get between seven and nine hours of sleep each night, though some people might need up to ten.

Healthy memory

A good night’s sleep will make you more alert and improve your memory. Though researchers aren’t sure why we dream at night, it’s thought that sleep plays a crucial role in consolidating your memories and processing new information. REM and deep sleep also serve to create links and aid in both short-term and long-term memory.

Chronic bad sleep can cause…

With chronically bad sleep, your body won’t function as well as it should. You may notice your memory begin to falter, your mood worsens, and your sex drive may diminish. Because your body isn’t repairing itself properly, your immune system will also falter, causing you to get sick more often. Your heart will also suffer and you may be at a greater risk for diabetes and weight gain.

How to improve your sleep

Improving your sleep can be difficult since it varies from person to person. Experiment with different ways of sleeping and your preferred pajamas. Some people sleep better in longjohns while others prefer the comfort of lace nightgowns as they drift off to sleep. You might also want to install a nightlight or get blackout curtains, purchase a white noise machine, or even buy a new boudoir pillow for the peak in nighttime comfort.

When you want to have a better sleeping experience, your bedtime routine will only improve from lace nightgowns and Victorian pajamas. Visit Jacaranda Living today for the best selection in cute nightgowns, boudoir pillow covers, and Victorian pajamas.

Using Nature-Inspired Design for a More Peaceful Bedroom

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Thousands of Americans are dissatisfied with their home’s interior. In fact, only one in five Americans feel happy with their home’s appearance and decor.

 

Among other rooms, the bedroom is a common cause for concern and discontent among Americans looking to redesign. Cluttered bedrooms with busy and synthetic designs can cause tension and unhappiness, and can even disrupt a good night’s sleep. Having too many harsh, synthetic fabrics and decorations can rob a space of the natural, sleep-inducing mood needed for rest.

 

Use these design tips for a more natural bedroom and more natural rest:

 

Use Natural Fabrics For Linens and Sleepwear

Sometimes, we focus too much on the appearance of a room and forget that a big part of design is how we interact with our other senses, including touch. Incorporating natural fabrics will increase the natural feel and look of the space. Choose fabrics like cotton for your cute pajamas and decorative pillows. Natural linen lampshades, curtains, and blankets will all help the bedroom seem more down-to-earth and simple, a perfect setting for stress-free sleep.

Choose Earth Tones

Colors inspired by nature can also help a bedroom seem more connected to the outdoors and more restful simultaneously. Choose colors like soft greens, mellow browns, and even pale blues for a soothing effect in any room. Don’t forget to bring the color scheme into your master bathroom with matching linen guest towels or an embroidered tissue box cover. Choosing a color scheme that avoids harsh, synthetic tones is a great step towards a restful space.

Include Plants

Not only are plants beautiful, but they also help a room’s air quality. Grow plants that are known for their air filtering properties, like peace lilies or snake plants, for cleaner and more restful breathing.

Simplify Accessories

Sometimes, less is more. Consider going through your bedroom belongings and purging unnecessary items that don’t fit with your new, more natural atmosphere. Consider whether or not you really need dozens of sleeping clothes, or if one or two sets of cute pajamas will suffice. Cutting back on belongings to live minimally will help you keep a clear closet and a clear mind.

A more simple resting space is fairly easy to come by. Focus on natural elements and colors, bring in the outdoors with plants, and purge unnecessary items for a more naturally restful bedroom.

How To Clean Your Nicest White Linens

Back when the original Victorian pajamas were in use, fancy detergent and electric-powered washers weren’t around. How did they keep their clothes clean? In fact, many pieces of clothing for children and nighttime or undergarment clothes were purely white. This was considered the easiest color to clean, as you could boil it and be rough without bleeding precious dyes. How about today when we have the technology and know-how to gently clean our nicest, whitest clothing? When you decide to purchase a pretty white lace nightgown, how do you keep it looking fresh as the day you bought it?

It turns out the internet has plenty of helpful suggestions, so a few relevant bits of washing wisdom are collected right here for you.

Material plays a big part in how you wash whites. Percale weaves, for example, are sturdy, pill-resistant and tend to get softer with each wash. That being said, you want to use cold water, not warm or hot, to minimize any shrinkage. Cotton percale especially is susceptible to shrinkage when washed in hot water. The Victorians must have made their clothes a bit on the large side to account for shrink while boiling their linens!

Obviously, a piece of cloth like linen guest towels don’t have to be coddled as much. Even if they shrink a smidge, they’re not going on anyone’s body.

So how do we wash whites without hot water? Here are a few tried-and-true tips:

 

  • Keep all white clothing separated from colors and darks for wash cycles. No red socks turning your white nighties pink!

 

  • Add a half cup of borax or a cup of baking soda to the load along with your usual detergent.

 

  • One cup of distilled white vinegar during the rinse cycle instead of fabric softener helps strip any detergent residues from white fabrics.

 

  • Use laundry bluing or optical brighteners to trick your eyes into believing your clothes are bright and white.

 

  • Dry clothes outside in the sun. The sun’s natural UV rays help gently bleach the fabric and keep it bright-looking.

 

  • Drying clothes in the sun is also a good fail-safe for leftover stains you miss after the wash process; drying stained clothing on high heat in a dryer can lock in the stain. If you notice a stubborn stain, hold off on drying the fabric. Re-treat it and wash it again.

Why Are They Called ‘Pajamas’?

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The origins of some words we use in English are fairly easy to suss out. For example, ‘nightgowns’ or ‘nighties’ for short are quite literally gowns women wear at night. The same principle applies to a ‘nightshirt’. But what about ‘pajamas’, the word most modern English-speakers use as a catch-all term for clothing worn specifically for sleeping?

You may have seen quite a few spelling variations such as ‘pajamas’, ‘pijamas’, ‘paejamas’, ‘paijamas’, and the British spelling ‘pyjamas’. The abbreviation ‘PJs’ is fairly common in the English vernacular as well. So where did this funny word come from?

It actually dates back to the Ottoman Empire, stemming from the Hindi word “pae jama” or “pai jama,” which can be literally translated as ‘leg clothing’. Originally, this ‘leg clothing’ was a kind of unisex loose pant fastened at the waist with a drawstring. Although they originated among Hindi peoples in India similar styles were popular throughout India, the Middle East, and Far East.

When the British caught on to these colorful and comfortable unisex pants in the 1800s, rich Victorians adopted the style as casual nightwear. Victorian pajamas were quite distinct from the typical long white nightshirts worn by most classes, and quite a change from simply wearing the day’s undergarments to bed. Even women would wear Turkish-styled pajama pants up into the early 1900s, perhaps becoming part of the gateway into androgynous fashion in the 1920s.

Victorian pajamas were the gateway to more beautiful nightwear. Designers began to add lace, patterned fabrics, and other accents to pajamas. While the conservative Victorians resisted this change at first, the fashion world quickly came around to pretty pajamas and cute nighties.

Fabrics, of course, range from the luxurious and impractical to the simple and sturdy. Silks and embroidery were the height of luxury, but just like today, a sturdy cotton percale is quite popular. For reference, percale is a kind of cotton woven with at least a 200 thread count. It’s more durable and less likely to pill than cotton satin, for example. If you’re looking for a pajama set that authentically mimics the high-fashion Victorians but won’t fall apart after a couple washes, percale is a nice option.

Victorian pajamas are still an influence on classic pajamas today. Classic, cozy pajama sets are a staple on American winter mornings. If you’re the type who enjoys flipping through Dickens novels on a frosty December day, consider investing in some vintage-styled pajamas to lift your spirits.