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.
In August, Jacaranda Living was thrilled to receive notification that over 1,000 photos of our products had been saved to ideabooks in the Houzz.com community. We are honored that so many people see us as inspiration for so many dreams, ideas, and remodeling/interior design plans. Not sure what Houzz.com is? If you’re into remodeling, interior design, or just decorating the home you have, (or even dreaming of a future home), Houzz.com and many other sites can be inspirational.
Inspirational Home Décor Sites You Need to See
While we love Houzz.com, there are many other sites that are similar in nature, whether you need full step-by-step articles on decorating, photos to inspire, or blogs and communities of like-minded people to connect with online and get your design habit satisfied. moreofit.com suggests the following sites:
Remodelista – From storage ideas to fabrics, and garden design trends, this is a great site to shop, dream and explore
Apartment Therapy – House tours, design ideas, and great tips for organizing and cleaning
Design Milk – Architecture, art, technology, and some great regularly columns on all of it
The Style Files – A daily weblog from Danielle de Lange with a bit of design, craft and interiors to inspire
Trendir – The latest trends in modern house design and decorating
And those are just five of the many sites out there with endless ideas to help you create the home you and your family will love. While Houzz.com is a favorite of ours, we’d love to hear about your favorites. Feel free to share in the comments.
How to Start an Interior Design Dream Book
When it comes to interior design, we know doing it yourself can take time. Whether you’ve purchased a fixer upper, have an apartment that needs refreshing, or you want to give your new home a personal touch, its a process for some and a hobby for others. To get started, set up an online file of websites, images, and ideas that inspire. Not sure of your style? Consider taking an online quiz on decorating like the decorating style quizoffered at Houzz.com. Once you know what style you’re most attracted to, start visiting blogs, decorating sites, Houzz.com, and some of those listed above to find items and looks you’d love to include in your newly designed home.
Not sure how to start? Take a look around your home. Select one or two items that you really love or feel drawn to; maybe a beautiful antique vase from a relative, or a child’s drawing that holds special memories, and don’t overlook that collection of seaglass from a favorite vacation. Whatever it is, use that as your inspiration, for color, for mood, for style. Then build your palette around that item. You may find the rooms design themselves once you’ve found the right piece that really speaks to you.
Start with Home Decor Designs from Jacaranda Living
We’d love to be a part of your home’s décor. At Jacaranda Living, we can help personalize your bedroom, or bath. Our beautiful cotton sheets and pillowcases feature 200 or 400 thread count options. We also have euro, boudoir, and bolster pillow cases, all of which can be custom embroidered with your choice of over 25 different designs. Sheets can also be embroidered to match. For the bath we offer towels, shower curtains, and even embroidered tissue box covers to give your home a clean, pure cotton look of elegance. Shower curtains come in a choice of cotton percale, or pure cotton diamond pique, and you can order them with or without embroidery.
The Important Thing in Decorating Is to Get Started
Dreaming about a beautiful home is nice, but actually having that home is even better. Don’t put off having the house or apartment of your dreams, but don’t feel bad about starting small. For most of us, taking that first step is the important part. If budget is tight, take one room at a time. Select one or two items for inspiration and design around those. One beautiful change can make such a difference. A new shower curtain in the bath can brighten up the room and get you thinking about the next step. Fresh cotton sheets on a bed can give you a better night’s sleep and maybe get you thinking about a bold new paint color or moving some furniture around to free up some space.
Create an idea book today and get started on redecorating your home. It’s invigorating, and fun. We’re happy that we’ve been a part of so many people’s dreams on Houzz.com. Hope to see you there!
College dorms are buzzing. College students are meeting new roommates, finding their way to classes, and for some it’s a first time away from home. That can result in a touch of homesickness that you as a parent can help with. Hercampus.com recommends a number of great tips to help the new college student. These can include staying connected with home. But “not too connected.”
Staying Connected While Letting Go
A great way for parents and loved ones to help with that “staying connected thing” is a care package from home. Look for snacks, photos, and dorm room decorations to include in a care package. Consider mugs, toss pillows, and even a comfy blanket to make all the difference. Having a warm, welcoming room to come back to after a long day of classes, or to hunker down in when a new student is suddenly down with a cold and far from the comforts of home, can make all the difference in the world for seeing a new way of life in a positive way.
Turning a Dorm Room Into a Cozy Space
HGTV recommends keeping the size of a room in mind. There isn’t a lot of space for furniture and additional storage. But simple things like toss pillows and comforters can give the room a welcoming, “hug-from-home” feel when its needed most. Coordinating colors can be tough with a roommate or two, but items in a neutral palette can work perfectly. And something as simple as matching toss pillows can be a sweet “getting to know you gift” that can also make a room more comfortable.
First Day College Care Package – including supporting notes, USB sticks, pens, candy, and office supplies
Things-You-Forgot Package – including bathroom essentials, snack bars, and socks
Get Well Soon Package – using a large coffee/tea mug, and including honey, cold medicine, lozenges, and a caring note from home
Winter is Coming Package – If your child is a Game of Thrones fan, they’ll get a kick out of that message, but include mittens, hats, scarfs, and even a lightweight comforter that’s large enough for a few friends to snuggle under as they talk the night away. Cute pajamas or a comfy personalized robe also make a great gift for those sharing a bathroom with others.
Being a Support Network for Your College Student
It can be tough for kids and parents during that first semester or first year away. Everyone is getting accustomed to a different life. Loved ones you’ve seen day in day out for years are now suddenly building their life without you. You may get teary phone calls, not hear anything for weeks, or have a college student anxious to come back home for a visit as soon as possible. It’s all part of the adjustment phase.
Ways to Help the New Student
Rather than supporting the tears and the visits, provide support for the child to remain at school. Greatergood.com recommends supporting your child with self-compassion and kindness. Help them accept that “their difficult feelings are part of the universal experience of leaving home.” Get them to talk about how they are feeling and encourage them to get involved in activities on campus. Set goals to explore one new place a day, or meet one new person a day. Soon they’ll feel far more at home at school! Then it will be your chance to adjust.
A first year away from home can be tough. Knowing that family is still thinking of you, and having small items around that provide the comfort of home can make a huge difference. Little items like toss pillows, blankets, mugs and a favorite stuffed animal can make a dorm room a cozy refuge when the world seems a bit too strange to handle all at once.
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:
Cotton fabrics have a wonderful matte luster, soft drape and are smooth to the touch making your bed more visually inviting.
Cotton fabrics have excellent absorbing capabilities, keeping you more comfortable, releasing perspiration quickly, allowing the fabric to breathe.
Cotton wears well, will not pill and stands up to abrasions.
Cotton can be machine washed and dried.
Cotton is a great conductor of heat, providing warmth in the winter and coolness in the summer.
Cotton is soft, hypoallergenic and does not irritate the skin.
Changing your bedding may positively impact your sleeping habits and your overall health.
Everyone functions better after a restful night of sleep.
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.
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