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.
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.
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.
The daily life of millennials in their late 20s and early 30s are usually in flux because they are just starting their careers and figuring out their life plan. This means it is often hard for them to get the right amount of sleep while balancing their workload and having a social life. Now that we are entering summer season, millennials will probably be struggling with sleep problems even more because of all their weekend plans, including over long weekends such as the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend and July 4th. Here’s a list of ways most millennials and other busy men and women can overcome his or her sleep issues.
Stick To One Bedtime
It can be very tempting to stay up until two in the morning, especially during the summer. But getting into the habit of going to bed by before midnight will put you in a good place. If you go to bed by 11, you’ll be able to wake up early the next morning and may even have time to fit in a good work out before the day starts. Make sure you have nice, comfortable sheets and pillowcases to sleep in that will help you get a good night’s sleep. You can keep your sleep routine in check by setting your smartphone to an alarm each night (around 11pm) and an alarm each morning (7am), which can be set to go off automatically from Mondays to Tuesdays every week. Your body will adjust to this regimented sleep pattern so you will soon not feel too exhausted during the day.
Keep a book by your bed and turn off your phone to avoid late night texting. The bright screen makes it hard to drift to sleep right before bed.
The comfier you are, the easier it will be to fall asleep. Light a candle, grab a plush pillow, some lavender, and soft, breathable pajamas like the above Pru cotton jammies from Jacaranda Living. White cotton short-sleeve pajamas are the best because they are light and keep you cool in the summer so you won’t get hot at night. If you’re not a fan of a top and bottom PJ set, you can go with some of Jacaranda Living’s flowy cotton nightgowns as another option.
The new Hannah nightgown is a favorite among women who enjoy wearing something elegant around the house but prefer nightgowns over 2-piece pajama sets.
Limit Your Naps
Many millennials are notorious for taking naps (when they have time) — and for good reason. Sometimes sneaking into a conference room and locking the door feels like the only time they can get a little bit of shut-eye in between meetings. But do your best to break that habit and cut out your daily naps. If you do need to take a nap, keep it to less than 30 minutes. That way, you’ll wake up feeling refreshed in your white cotton pajamas rather than groggy.
Sleep can be hard to come by for many of us! But keeping the above list in mind can help you catch some Z’s. So try setting an alarm to go off automatically every night and morning from Monday to Friday, read before bed and turn your phone off once you’re in it, wear soft cotton sleepwear, and cut out excess naps. Once you stick to your new sleep routine during the week, you can enjoy the long weekends celebrating with friends without always being the “tired friend.”
Do you have a friend that is inviting you to their home for Memorial Day Weekend? If they invite you over to explore their digs, don’t forget to bring a gift! If you’ve already spent some time trying to come up with the best idea for a gift but have had no luck, here are some ideas below that can help you out.
Instead of just getting them funky cutting boards or candles, try something a bit more unique. Pick up some fun embroidered cocktail napkins like the below lobster ones from Jacaranda Living. They are not only decorative but they’ll also get the host and other guests excited for summer and the festive long weekend. These cocktail napkins just scream summer, and there are plenty of other nautical embroidered designs to choose from if your host doesn’t like lobster.
You may think getting your friend gift cards is impersonal or maybe even a bit tacky. In reality, it’s actually one of the best gifts you can give them. Give them gift cards to restaurants near their home, grocery stores, or even a specific gift card to their favorite store. If they aren’t fully happy with their home decor yet, you should look into getting some beautiful embroidered guest towels or unique boudoir pillows for their living room. Your host will be able to pick out exactly what they want and it’s not going to cost them any of their own money.
If you’re running late to meet your friend at their house and have yet to give them a gift, a bouquet of flowers is never a bad idea. Flowers liven up any space and give it a welcoming vibe. You can even pair the flowers with a bottle of wine or terry guest towels so it’s a quick gift for both the house and host or hostess!
First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is one of the most practical things you can buy your friend for their new home, and it can really come in handy. Especially for a long weekend like Memorial Day Weekend or July 4th where your host will likely be hosting more than a few people. Anyone can easily knock into something or fall while enjoying a few cocktails or doing fun outdoor activities like corn hole and bocce. A first aid kit can be a big help in these situations, as the host won’t be scrambling realizing they forgot to pick up some band-aids before his guests arrived.
Getting a gift for your host is a nice gesture. If you’re struggling trying to come up with a gift idea, take a look at few of the suggestions listed above!
If you’re a woman in (or near) your 30s, it’s time to stop looking like you still live in your college dorm room. Since you’re a hardworking professional now, you should start thinking about improving the way your home or apartment looks. You don’t have to make any of these changes if you don’t want, and you certainly don’t have to make any of these changes for anyone other than you. But getting rid of some of your old items and purchasing some of the finer things in life can actually help you feel more productive about being that thing you already dreaded: an adult.
Here are some great times that every adult woman should have inside her home:
Quality bed sheets — If you have been sleeping on the same bed sheets since college, you might want to think about upgrading them… like right away. Having nicer sheets won’t just help you feel more like an adult, but they will actually improve your sleep habits as well. In fact, roughly three-quarters of people admit that they regularly get a more comfortable night’s sleep on freshly scented sheets.
Turkish bath towels — We all enjoy showertime, but luxurious turkish bath towels make it that much more enjoyable. These luxurious 100% Turkish Cotton Bath Sheets are made with 600 GSM-carded yarn. They combine super-absorbent quality with a soft, luxurious, rich feel. Look forward to stepping out of the steamy hot shower and wrapping up in these elegant, cozy towels. So much better than those thin towels you used in college.
Victorian pajamas — You don’t have to get rid of all those larger college shirts that are comfy to sleep in, but purchasing some cute pajamas for nights you want to feel a little more elegant is a great idea. Get some white Victorian pajamas and toss them on before bed whenever you want that comfortable and luxurious feeling.
Decorative pillows — Decorative pillows are great fixtures to have inside an apartment or home that will drastically improve its look and feel. You don’t have to go overboard and purchase dozens of these pillows, but simply placing a few decorative pillows on your couches and your bed can give your home or apartment a much needed boost in elegance.
Victorian mirror frames — Since you’re starting to thrive in your professional life, you should think about upgrading the type of mirrors around your home — as well as the number of mirrors. Your rickety old door mirror might’ve gotten you through college, but it’s time to find some high quality Victorian mirrors that not only serve a functional purpose, but are also excellent accent pieces for your home’s interior.
If you’re hosting guests in the near future, make them feel more comfortable by spicing up your guest room a bit. In order to do this, there are a few things you need to include in the bedroom and bathroom. Here is what you’ll need.
Guest Towels, Linens and Blankets
A room can never have too many linen guest towels or blankets. Some people tend to get cold throughout the night, so it’s important to always keep their room stocked with extra blankets so they can bundle up without asking you for any spares. You can place them right on the bed and spice up the look of where they’re going to sleep by including boudoir pillow cases, an embroidered tissue box cover, and embroidered pillows. Seven to nine hours of sleep per night are generally recommended, so you want them to get the best night’s sleep possible. The linen guest towels are also important because your guest will be able to get ready for bed or for the day whenever they want, without having to wait for you to hand them towels.
Keep an Empty Closet If you’ve ever been to a hotel, you know that all of the drawers and closets in the room are empty. This is so anyone can hang their clothes up without feeling like they have to live out of their suitcase. The same concept should apply to your guest room. Leaving an empty closet with a few hangers will allow your guest to hang up their clothes for easier access. Plus, it’ll prevent their clothes from getting wrinkled, which can be a big help if you don’t have an iron on hand for them to use.
Provide Entertainment If your entire house is ready to go to bed but your guest is not, leaving things in their room to keep them entertained is a really great idea. Put a few books and magazines on the nightside table or bring in a TV (and make sure you explain how to use your remote and navigate the different channels, as well). Your guest will love the fact that you took the time to pay attention to what they might need, even if they don’t end up using any of it.
Hosting guests can be very stressful. However, if you have a well-prepared guest room, their stay will be more than enjoyable.
There is something undeniably enchanting about the pages of a Jane Austen novel. The elegant female leads go about their days with grace, entertaining and engaging in literary dramas. And they certainly go to bed with the same poise. With the right decor and nightwear, you too can rest in typical Jane Austen fashion. All it takes is some classic white cotton nighties and classic decor. To make your Pride And Prejudice dreams come true, consider the following bedtime ideas.
Feeling like a proper Jane Austen character is all about how you carry yourself, and this starts with how you dress. By having a set of white cotton nighties in your wardrobe, you can pull on these pieces out every night and welcome luxurious comfort.
Boudoir Pillow Cases
Once you dress yourself in lovely nightwear, then you can lounge on some elegant bedding. By decorating your sleeping area with boudoir pillow covers, you are sure to feel like a Victorian woman. You can even design the rest of your bedding with these covers at the center, draping your bed with pretty details.
From embroidered dinner table and cocktail napkins to the handkerchiefs on your bedside table, these embroidered details will take you back in time. Only one in five Americans are happy with their decor, but with sweet details like these, you are sure to love yours. Especially when hand-crafted, embroidered decor can put the finishing touch on a traditional room.
Jane Austen ladies surrounded themselves with rose and lavender, so find ways to include these scents in your room. You might even want to cut some fresh flowers to place next to your bed. These smells will lull you to sleep each night.
Speaking of flowers, try to include these small details into the overall decor, as floral patterns were a staple of Victorian homes. Whether you go all out with traditional wallpaper or add smaller details such as candles, you are free to be creative.
While we are certainly far from the Victorian society represented by Jane Austen, we can borrow elements of this literary life. From your clothing to bedroom decor, every detail counts when you want to snooze like the heroines of this day.
The holidays are just around the corner, and you are likely searching for the perfect gift for everyone on your list. You know your loved ones better than anyone, so you want to find a present that they will use and enjoy.
What better gift than a luxurious night of sleep?
Sleep accessories are a thoughtful gift for anyone on your list. Whether you give these gifts individually or as a gift basket, the following are some ideas to impress everyone on your list.
Boudoir Pillow Cases: A pretty pillow case makes the bedroom a more inviting place to be. Your loved one will look forward to crawling in bed every evening and resting their head on this soft cotton fabric. You might also consider adding a matching throw blanket.
Essential Oils: An essential oil diffusor with relaxing oils will put the finishing touch on your loved one’s bedtime routine. This aromatherapy will help them wind down during the evening and get a full night of restful sleep. You can also add oils that will help them wake up in the morning as well.
Victorian Pajamas: White cotton pajamas are some of the most luxurious pieces of clothing that your friend or family member will own. Victorian pajamas could be a white cotton nightgown or nightshirt.
Nightstand Accessories: The physical space where you sleep can make or break your restfulness. A beautiful, calming nightstand can help your loved one unwind every night. A tissue box cover, plant, candle, and other small items can help them craft a welcoming space.
Books: Among comfy pajamas, a relaxing nightstand, and other bedtime accessories, books are the perfect addition. Consider giving your friend or family member several of your comforting favorites. This way, they can be lulled to sleep by quality literature.
By gifting the above gifts, you can help your loved one find more restorative sleep. We need seven to nine hours of sleep per day, and the right sleep accessories can encourage this rest. To make these gifts even better suited for your loved one, consider how you can personalize them with monograms and floral details. This will make the gifts that much more thoughtful.
There is no question that your external environment affects your internal environment. When your bedroom is neat, comfortable, and decorated well, you are more likely to feel rested while inside. And a beautiful nightstand is part of all of this. While you are lounging in your Victorian pajamas, you will have everything you need for true relaxation right next to you.
Why does nightstand decor matter? In the grand scheme of bedroom decor, the nightstand may not be the central focus. And for a good night’s sleep, your bed, mattress, and pajamas matter more. But the items on your nightstand can make or break your relaxation. Your bed and the surrounding area is your sanctuary, so you want it to look as luxurious as you feel. High quality decor items and other useful objects can help you sleep and feel rejuvenated every morning.
What should I include on my new nightstand?
The following items will make your nightstand perfectly complete.
Embroidered Tissue Box Cover: A tissue box can be a true eye sore in even the most beautiful bedrooms. An embroidered cover will make it blend in perfectly to the rest of your decor.
Books: Reading before bed is certainly a good habit to form, and a good book can also make your nightstand look that much more charming.
Scent Sprays: About three-quarters of people say that they sleep better on sheets that smell of fresh linen. Keep a spray bottle next to your bed to give your sheets that extra boost of freshness. A hint of lavender can also boost your rest.
Flowers: A vase of fresh flowers will tie a traditional decor scheme together perfectly. Whether you have a favorite or change the flowers with the season, these buds are sure to lift your mood. They might even match your boudoir pillow cases.
Vintage Alarm Clock: A classic alarm clock is much more charming than a cell phone. And it will help you keep technology away from your bed.
Curl up in your white cotton nightgown and get ready for a cozy night at home. With embroidered tissue box cover and other sweet decor by your side, you are sure to wake up in the morning feeling well rested and luxurious. Sniff the flowers and reach for your book. You don’t have to get out of bed just yet.
Of all the rooms in your home, your bedroom is certainly your safe haven. By creating a restful and comfortable environment in your bedroom, you can feel completely at ease while lounging, dressing, or sleeping. For those with more traditional taste, you can create this atmosphere by adorning your bedroom with tastefully delicate details. This guide will focus on how to add some sweet touches to your color scheme, bedding, furniture, and wall art.
Every decor starts with the right color palette. A recent survey found that over a third of respondents would choose a neutral color palette if redecorating. In this case, a soft color scheme will lay the foundation for delicate details. White is always a safe bet, but you may also consider light beige. Alternatively, you could create a darker background for your boudoir pillow cases and throw blankets to stand out. Navy blue is particularly popular right now.
Once you select a color scheme for your bedroom, choose the right bedding to act as the room’s centerpiece. Consider selecting a simple white comforter to pair with elegant boudoir pillow covers. A knit throw will create a cozy look on the bed. And of course, you will feel right at home while lounging in your Victorian style nightgown.
Antique lovers, this is your chance to curate your dream room. Rustic wooden furniture is best for classic styles, so look for unique pieces at flea markets or vintage furniture stores. Remember that you can refinish or paint a piece to fit your home decor. You can also purchase an embroidered tissue box cover, antique ring dishes, and other delicate trinkets to display on this furniture. Just be sure to keep it simple, as you could overcrowd the room otherwise.
Simple paintings and antique mirrors are lovely touches to any classic style bedroom. Whether you commission original pieces or purchase them from an artist pre-made, take the time to select pieces that you truly love. Also be careful not to overpower details like your boudoir pillow covers. Every piece should work in harmony.
By creating your ideal bedroom, you will feel that your home decor truly matches your taste. This way, you will feel at ease and rested while spending time in this space. And as your taste evolves, you can switch up the decor.
As we get ready for winter weather, we start thinking about cozy warm bedding for ourselves and our family. But you may be asking yourself, what’s a duvet? Do I need a duvet cover? Or maybe a comforter would be better. Are they the same? If you’re shopping for bedding it’s a good idea to understand the difference.
When is a Duvet Cover Not a Duvet
It’s not a trick question! A duvet is not the same thing as a duvet cover. Duvets are a wonderful way to stay warm and make the whole task of making a bed easier, but it is important to understand how they work together. Houzz.com explains a duvet as “a soft flat bag filled with down, feathers or a synthetic alternative.”
In most cases, you’ll want to use a duvet cover with your duvet. You can wash the cover, and it allows you to include color in the room’s look since most duvets actually come in plain white or beige. With a colored, embroidered or patterned duvet cover, you can match a bedroom’s décor. Duvets are made to be used without a top or flat sheet, or blankets/quilts. This is why you want to make certain your duvet cover is washable. Jacaranda Living sells a beautiful line of simple, elegant duvet covers to match any décor.
Another added benefit to duvets is that you can use them without sheets. Without sheets to worry about, making the bed is so much easier! Perfect for a child’s room, and wonderful for a guest room too, since when your guests leave, you just have the duvet cover to wash up.
So Why Use a Comforter?
Comforters are sometimes less expensive, usually come in patterns and multi-color without embroidery. They are filled with layers of insulating material (polyester batting is common in the less expensive ones), or down feathers, wool or silk. Comforters are always stitched to secure the filling, unlike duvets which can sometimes be just a loose sack of feathers. Comforters also fill double duty, acting as both a bedspread and something to keep you warm, so no need for an additional bedspread on top of a comforter.
A nice lower loft (thickness) comforter is a great option for a guest room. It’s easy to add when a guest is cold, but remove if the weather warms up or you have a guest who doesn’t want that extra warmth. It’s easy to throw on or off the bed, and a simple way to also change up the look of a room since many comforters are reversible.
While We’re at It, What About Quilts and Coverlets?
Quilts are made of three layers of fiber/fabric: a cloth top, a layer of batting, and a woven cloth back. All three pieces are stitched together using decorative designs, and patterns, and sometimes embroidery is also used to add a personalized touch. Most quilts are also made of multiple pieces of cloth, all different designs, either placed together randomly (a crazy quilt), or using very specific color schemes, patterns, and designs. Today quilts are also used as wall hangings or to commemorate a special occasion, with wedding guests signing a quilt being given as a wedding gift, or family and friends signing a quilt being given to a high school graduate as a gift to take with them for their first year of college. Looking for new quilt block patterns? Try JinnyBeyer.com for free block pattern downloads.
A coverlet is more like a bedspread. The difference here, according to Cuddledown, is the actual size of the piece. “A bedspread is usually designed to cover the entire bed, up over the pillows, and down to the floor. Whereas a coverlet is smaller, designed to just cover the top of the bed and barely past the box springs, and is accompanied by matching decorative pillow shams and often a bed skirt.” Jacaranda offers a range of embroidered diamond pique coverlets for twin, queen and king size beds. You can choose from the starfish or scallop design in pure cotton and in beige or blue.
The Choice is Yours – What Type of Bedding Do You Prefer?
Today, home decor leaves decisions up to the individual. You decide whether to go with a comforter, a duvet, a blanket or all three! You may live in Florida and choose lighter weight but lofty comforters to make a bedroom look luxurious and welcoming. Or you may live in a New England home with modern linen sheets, a duvet and an antique quilt to give some character to a room. It’s up to you and your taste and desires. From modern to classic to antique to a mix of them all, whichever you choose, we wish you sweet dreams, and hope you choose bedding from Jacaranda Living.