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Slumber in Style
by Gloria Tai on Sep 04, 2004
There's nothing like climbing into a tall, cozy bed to catch some ZZZ's. Imagine snuggling up under a European goose down comforter and into 500 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets over a cloud-like feather bed. It's enough to keep you in bed all day. Considering the fact that you spend a third of your day sleeping (if you're lucky), it makes sense that your nest should feel like cloud nine. Making it resemble cloud nine renders it all the more inviting for a noontime, or anytime nap.
Finding the right foundation and bedding for your bed can be a hefty investment, but it's worth its weight on your wallet for a good night's sleep. For starters, even if you already own a nice, sturdy mattress, a featherbed adds extra cushion for that euphoric feel underneath. "Baffled box" feather beds compartmentalize feathers or down so the filling doesn't bunch up in one corner. In fact, goose down bedding is becoming ever more popular for its lightweight feel and excellent warmth factor.
And when it comes to all things goose-down related, Warm Things is the place to go. In business for over 30 years, Warm Things specializes in high quality down bedding at very reasonable prices, from feather beds to down comforters to even goose down robes and vests. The factory headquarters resides in San Rafael, with several storefronts around the Bay Area. Originally focusing on goose down merchandise, they have expanded their wares to sheets and blankets, displaying their own line as well as a few specific designer lines including Area and Peacock Alley. The knowledgeable staff is well versed on everything from the different types of downs to types of fabric weaves and thread counts.
Goose down comforters here are broken down into light weight (great for summer), medium weight (perfect for Bay Area weather), and heavy weight (suited for slumbering in a Tahoe winter). For an all-out splurge, try out the Supremium Baffle Box down comforter ($250-$400). Covered with a 390 thread count sateen cotton, the comforter contains a high 700 fill power (typically fill power ranges from 500-750, with the higher the fill power, the more luxurious the feel).
In the sheet department, Warm Things carries a selection of cotton lines including sateen weaved sheets (cotton weaved so that the final product has a silky sheen and feel) with thread counts from 250 threads per square inch all the way up to 500 for that indulgent, soft feel. Sheet sets range in price from $50 (twin size) to $160.
To really dress up your sleeping haven, a visit to Nest is required. The large array of gorgeous hand-stitched quilts and shams direct from France will add a decadent touch to your place of slumber. A beautiful block-printed silk and cotton quilt by Shades of India goes for $300 (queen size). The duvet cover that caught our eye was one in a rich burnt red and sky blue batik floral print with a polka dot underside ($278 for queen size). For blankets, Nest carries a wide range by David Fussenegger in bright fun colors ($125). Any of these pieces will add artistic accents, giving a rich Mediterranean feel to your bedroom.
With warm, luxurious bedding topped with beautiful accessories gathered from these two coveted carriers of fine linen, you'll be sure to have sweet dreams!
by Gloria Tai on Sep 04, 2004