Girls Weekend Getaway – Make It Personal

Whether you’re celebrating an empty nest, an autumn wedding, or just extending a homecoming celebration because you want to, girls’ getaway weekends are the perfect way to kick back, relax, and let your inner circle know how much you appreciate them. A special gift to commemorate your weekend getaway; a matching nighshirt or scuffies for poolside, or even a cute cosmetic bag can be a reminder of a fun weekend away, and let your friends know how much they mean to you.

Who Needs a Reason for a Weekend Getaway

There is an endless list of reasons to getaway with your besties:

  • Bachelorette Party
  • Last Child Leaving the Nest
  • Bookclub Retreat
  • Returning to the Working World
  • Milestone Birthday Celebration
  • Old Friends in Town for the Weekend

Abby Draper of The Huffington Post’s Blog reminds us, “every woman needs a good ‘girls weekend’ every so often.” The one thing all the above ideas have in common is a shared history or experience among the guests. If you’re the weekend planner, don’t sweat. It doesn’t need to be a “destination weekend” and can even just be a slumber party in your own neighborhood, as long as everyone is getting away from home, work, and a break from the norm.

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10 Reasons to Sleep in Cotton

Do you ever have those mornings when you wake up and just feel so…good? Don’t you wish you could feel like that every morning? There’s a way that you can! The lush feel and ageless beauty of cotton has been used for centuries and there is nothing else that can beat sinking into the sleek and effortless feel of soft cotton sleepwear after a long day. So why not luxuriate in the timeless sophistication of Jacaranda Living cotton as you wind down, relax and go to sleep?

Why Sleep in Cotton Jacaranda Living

10 reasons why cotton is the only choice for sleep:

  1.   Cotton is a lightweight, seasonal material. It is a fantastic conductor of heat and helps transfer unwanted body heat away in the summer months but also easily insulates and keeps your body warm during the cold winters.
  2.    Cotton is hypoallergenic. This means it is not associated with any allergies, it won’t irritate your skin, it is great for asthmatics.
  1.    Cotton is low maintenance. Unlike many other popular materials, cotton can be both machine washed and machine dried.
  2.    Cotton benefits your skin. Cotton is commonly used for facials and applying lotions because of its smooth and soothing powers on the sensitive skin of our faces. Why deny our bodies the same luxury?
  3.    Cotton lives a long time. The lifespan of cotton can be up to twice that of other materials. Cotton is durable and strong but it is also very soft and smooth and can be relied on to last a long time without pilling.
  4.    Not too much stretch. There is such thing as too much stretch, but you can count on cotton to keep its shape and to not stretch out over the years. Unlike many thinner fabrics, cotton also will not cling uncomfortably to your body.
  5.    More wear, less wash. Because cotton is a breathable material and retains smell easier than oil based synthetic fabrics, it takes longer for the material to take in bad odors, so it does not need to be washed as often.
  6.    Cotton is smooth and comfortable. Cottons fibers are wound very tightly resulting in the super smooth feel that won’t irritate skin or cause static.
  7.    Cotton absorbs moisture easily. Cotton can take up to its weight in water before it starts to feel damp. At night the cotton will absorb body moisture and evaporate it into the air allowing you to feel clean and cool in the morning.
  8.  Finally, it’s professionally recommended! Cotton materials are recommended by dermatologists for maximum comfort and minimum skin irritation.

Need I say more?

6 Reasons insomniacs should use cotton rich sheets

 

Insomniacs Should Sleep in Cotton

The most common suggestion given to insomniacs is to make their sleeping environment more appealing, relaxing and comfortable. This can be accomplished simply by providing your bed with luxurious cotton rich sheets. The benefits far outweigh the cost as you find yourself sinking into luxury as you remove yourself from the distractions of your day and into the comfort of your opulent bedding.

Six reasons to sleep between cotton rich sheets:

  1. Cotton fabrics have a wonderful matte luster, soft drape and are smooth to the touch making your bed more visually inviting.
  2. Cotton fabrics have excellent absorbing capabilities, keeping you more comfortable, releasing perspiration quickly, allowing the fabric to breathe.
  3. Cotton wears well, will not pill and stands up to abrasions.
  4. Cotton can be machine washed and dried.
  5. Cotton is a great conductor of heat, providing warmth in the winter and coolness in the summer.
  6. Cotton is soft, hypoallergenic and does not irritate the skin.

Changing your bedding may positively impact your sleeping habits and your overall health.

Cotton is the Best Choice for Insomniacs

 

Everyone functions better after a restful night of sleep.

Make your bed as inviting as possible, sleep in luxury, comfort and style with Jacaranda cotton sheets and bedding.

5 easy ways to care for your bedroom

We all spend a lot of time in our bedrooms, be it sleeping or checking Facebook on our phones in the dark. That’s why it’s important to know exactly how to care for and maintain your nest. Here are five pro tips to keep your bedroom clean and fresh.

 

1. Wash your sheets the right way

Bed linens need to be pulled off and washed every one or two week. With cotton sheets, it’s important to use warm water when cleaning, as hot water could shrink some of the fibers. If you have any special embroidery or other delicate flourishes, such as some of our sheets, make sure to read the care instructions.

Some embroidery requires gentle hand washing. In those cases, don’t scrub with a brush or rub parts of the sheets together. Instead soak the material to loosen stains and unwanted smudges.

Chlorine bleach may be too gruff for most bed linens. Instead try an oxygenated bleach for white sheets. Gentleness is the main idea to keep sheets in tip-top shape as long as possible.

 

2. Seal it up

Make sure to use a vinyl mattress cover to protect against spills or leaks. If given the chance, mattresses will sponge up any mess, including ones from human bodies. These are extremely difficult to clean and it’s much easier to prevent the problem in the first place. The vinyl cover will act as a barrier to keep the mattress unsoiled.

 

3. Vacuum the bed

You have probably heard from time to time that skin cells and dust mites build up inside the mattress and will double the weight over a decade. That’s actually an urban legend, but even though the dramatic scale is wrong, there is still a real problem with shed skin and dust mites. To help combat the menace, every time you strip or rotate the mattress, pull all materials off the bed and use your vacuum cleaner’s upholstery to clean the top and sides of the mattress.

 

4. Use a duvet

Comforters are difficult to clean, and their bulk requires a commercial-grade washing machine to avoid compressing the item and leaving pockets unwashed. The comforter will still need to be cleaned now and then, but wrapping it in a duvet cover will keep it much cleaner during the stretches of time between cleanings. Duvets should be cleaned in a similar manner to bed sheets.

 

5. No plants and animals

Constant contact with human bodies already presents a large amount of exposure to bed linens. There’s no need to add on additional problems with animal contact. Cats and dogs leave dander behind, so if you want a clean bed then you need to banish your pets from the bedroom. Even having plants in the bedroom can create some airborne debris, so keep them out of the room too.

Spring Break Sale!

Now through April 5th Jacaranda Living is holding a sale on all our items!  From custom embroidery, to monograms, baby gifts, white cotton nights, custom sheets, home decor, coastal living decor and more!

Use coupon code “SPRINGBREAK” at checkout to save!

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Creating A Welcoming Guest Room for All Ages

The holiday season is quickly approaching.  As we prepare for dinners, drinks and laughter, one thing we sometimes forget is hosting family members in our home overnight.

Here are few ways to create a welcoming guest room for you out of town relatives:

1-Clean, crisp sheets and fluffy towels
Nothing says comfort like a bed made up with clean crisp sheets, warm comforter and throws.  Place fluffy towels and face cloths at the end of the bed for your guests to use.  If you want to be even more accommodating, provide them with  a nice soap.

Cotton Sheets for better sleep

For kids staying over, make them a towel animal for the bed using these tutorials.  Towel Animal Tutorials
Place some bubble bath or cute molded soap with it for them.

2-Provide refreshments
We have all stayed at a relatives house and been hungry or in need of water.  Provide your guests with a few bottles of water and some snacks in their room.  This will make them feel more comfortable and will be much needed after a long flight or drive.  Show off some local items in your guest room from a local chocolatier or snack maker. Place it into a basket or a decorative bowl like this to display it nicely.
guest room basket
Use tips from the blog 7th House on the Left to create the perfect guest room refreshment basket.

3-Reading material
When the family is in town, they may be there for extra time around the big holiday events.  So providing them with something to do will keep them from getting bored.  Provide a few good books, maybe a book about the area, guidebooks, magazines and of course children’s books for kids.  If you have the space, create a small reading nook for them with a comfy chair and throw blanket.

Guest Room Reading Nook

 

4-Fun things to do
Not everyone loves to read or will want to watch television.  Provide your guests with some small games, toys for the kids or a deck of cards.  For more tips on what to add to your guest room check out Celebrations at Home’s Blog.

5-Electronic Connections
We are a very connected society now.  Your guests may forget their phone charger or may want to access your wi-fi.  Provide a card in their room with your wi-fi login for them get online.  Leave your guests additional chargers for their cellphones if they need it.

6-Fresh flowers or plants
To brighten any room, have a potted plant or a bouquet of flowers.  Just make sure the flowers aren’t overly fragrant in case of allergies.  Plants will help clean the air and also provide a natural look for your room.  Try low maintenance plants, like air plants, spider plants or succulents.

Succulents and Terrarium for Guest Room

7-Adequate lighting and shades
There is nothing worse than stumbling around a room to find a light switch.  Make sure your guests have lamps and lights to help them find their way.  Also, add in some curtains and shades so they have privacy and can sleep in if they desire.

8-Additional comforts
Provide your guests with ample pillows and blankets.  A small fan may also be helpful for keeping air circulating, cooling the room down and noise cancellation.

extra pillows for guests

9-Leave them plenty of room
Provide empty drawers and closet space to allow your guests to unpack.  They will appreciate being able to hang up their nice clothes and jackets.

10-Consider their sleeping arrangements
You may want to create a room for the kids to enjoy that has toys, stuffed animals and unbreakable stuff.  For guests with physical limitations, consider putting them in close proximity to the bathroom and on the first floor if possible.

kids guest room

 

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Creating a Bedroom Oasis for Better Sleep

We tend to think of making our beds as a routine morning chore, but it turns out the ritual may be more meaningful than that. The results of a recent Bedroom Poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that many people believe clean, neat and comfortable elements of the bedroom environment are important to getting a good night’s sleep.

Not surprisingly, over 90 percent of people said a comfortable mattress and pillows are important to the sleep experience. But more than three quarters of people also believe that the comfortable feel of sheets and bedding are important to a good night’s rest, and 62 percent said that a clean bedroom makes the difference.

People who reported making their bed in the morning were 19 percent more likely to get a good night’s sleep every night. It’s not clear why this is, but perhaps there is a connection between feeling good about where you sleep and your tendency to sleep through the night.

Sleep better inforgraphic

(From SignatureMD.com)

Here are a few ideas to get your bedroom looking and feeling as comfortable as possible and help you feel your best!

1-Use some of our fine embroidered cotton sheets for your bed that are 200 or 400 thread count.  Crisp, clean cotton sheets are a great pleasure in life.

Cotton Sheets for better sleep

2-Match with a duvet cover that is inviting and comfortable.

3-Throw pillows add a special touch to your room and can really make you bed look like a one from a luxury resort when you make it up each morning.

Throw Pillows for a beautiful bedroom

4-Use a comfortable throw blanket for extra cool nights.

5-Keep your room clean and organized.  You’ll sleep better when every thing is put away and you don’t have to worry about stepping on something or tripping in the middle of the night.

Simple nightstand in bedroom

6-Minimize electronics in your room.  In order to signal your body that your room is for rest and relaxation, keep computers, TVs and even cellphones out of your room for more restful sleep.

7-Keep your room dark and cool.  Light blocking curtains are helpful for creating a dark environment for you to sleep in.  Even the street lights can be disruptive to your sleep cycle.  Temperature is also important.  Keep your room a little cooler at night.

8-Use aromatherapy.  Keep a lavender sachet by your bed, or use an oil diffuser.  Just make sure that you use soothing calming scents that aren’t too strong.

Aromatherapy for the bedroom

For more inspiration, check out our pinterest boards! 

Decorate a Bedroom like “Chrisley Knows Best”

Reality TV has allowed us a glimpse into homes we could only dream of owning, but that doesn’t mean that you have to spend a ridiculous amount of money to get the same look.

chrisley knows best bedroom

Antique furniture:
Dark wood 4 post bed and dark wood dresser and china cabinet.

Check out this great bed from BernHardt

Chrisley knows best, get the chrisleys multi million dollar mansion bedroom

You can get many of these items at a local antique or consignment store for less than $100/piece if you like to bargain hunt and pick up do it yourself pieces.  If they aren’t the color you want, you can always strip them and refinish them.

The nice thing about pieces like these is that they are made of solid wood, last forever and have lots of character, you can change them up over and over. Great for those who love DIY projects.

Accents and decor:
Once again you can get the sitting chairs, antique plates, and vintage lamps for an inexpsenive price at an antique or vintage store. We also found some great reproductions from Ballard Designs, the Bergere Chair is the perfect match. You can also pick from all the fabric choices on their website.

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To find the beautiful shelves, try a local supply store for finish carpenters and paint them the color you want.

Wall Decor

We found these really great plates from Pier 1 Imports that will look great in your Chrisley bedroom.

White Dolly plates to hang on your Chrisley Inspired Bedroom

Bedding:
Crisp white sheets with person monograms or designs embroidered into them give a luxurious feel to any bedroom.  Add in a comfortable comforter set, complete with decorative pillows to match and you have a enticing and beautiful bedroom.  Use the following items available at Jacaranda Living to complete your bedroom. Jacaranda Living offers monogrammed sheets, sheet sets, and variety of pillows, hand towels and even bath and spa product for that extra luxurious Chrisley touch!

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If you want the same look of a guest room without the monograms try out some sheets like these with patterns embroidered into them.DG78_Boudoir_Pillow_Covers

Toile Bedskirt

We found a really great Toile bedskirt at Country Curtains

toile bedskirt like the Chrisleys

Good Luck with your Chrisley Inspired room, if you use any of our ideas let us know!!! we would love to post your pictures.

How to Create The Perfect Little Girls Bed from Jacaranda Living

Are you looking for that perfect bed for your little girl, with the perfect amount of pink, a little bit of puff and a crisp cool feel she will love to plunge into.

Here is the “perfect little girls bed” from Jacaranda Living, with just the right amount of pink and puff. Read below to find out how to create this look! Girls room pink bed

The Sheets – Queen Fitted Sheet

The most important part of the bed are the sheets. These embroidered sheets from Jacaranda Living are available in 200 or 400 Thread Count quality on our website (click here to order). Select the sheets here and scroll down to view children’s embroidery designs. Choose “Baby” under designs and “BAT Ballerina and Teddy”.

Throw Pillow Cover – Cotton Percale (Embroidered)**

Once you have the sheets chosen, now choose each of the pillows and accessories that finish the “perfect little girl’s bed”.

The first pillow to the left is our Cotton Percale Baby Pillow located under the “baby” section of our website. Choose again under designs and “BAT Ballerina and Teddy”.

Pink embroidered baby pillow, Pink ballerina embroidered pillow

The two larger boudoir pillows are more rectangular shaped and available under “baby  pillows.”

Boudoir Pillow Cover 12″ x 16″ – Cotton Percale (1 Design)**

Made from soft cotton percale, your selected embroidery design is placed in the centre of the pillow with a satin stitch border and sham edge. There is a convenient envelope closure at the back (no metal zippers!) For this “little girls perfect bed” choose the designs baby boudoir pillow, Sleepy Ballerina in pink and pink satin stitch “Rosebuds” designs.

Pink ballerina embroidered baby boudoir pillow, pink baby linens, ballerina embroidered linens
Girls room pink bed-rosebud-pillow

Flying Fairy (Pink) Toothfairy Pillow

The “pink toothfairy pillow” is the final touch will make your little girl’s bed extra special. She will always have the excitement of that next tooth and being able to hide it in this adorable baby pillow. Pillow size is 10 X 10″ in White Cotton Percale (with Gingham Pocket for tooth). This is also a great little girl’s gift on it’s own.

Tissue box cover for little girls.Embroidered Tissue Box Cover

A delightful gift or accent for any bathroom, bedroom, kitchen or office.

 

Our Tissue Box Covers slide easily over the standard sized US cube. They are made from the finest linen or cotton/linen fabrics for a crisp, refined look. Available in Natural or White cotton linen, with or without embroidery. Select our BAT Ballerina and Teddy in pink or FFPK Funky Fairy – Pink.

Now go ahead, create this look for your little girl and know that she will love these designs and this bed until she is old enough to enjoy something more grown up!

About Jacaranda Living: Jacaranda Living is a wholesaler and retailer of fine embroidered waffle linens for home and spa, as well as bedding, cotton sleepwear, and baby layette and pillows. The company was founded in 2004 and is based in Wellesley, Massachusetts. To find out what Jacaranda Living can do for you, visit JacarandaLiving.com