Sex and the City can be in your City

Carrie and Big’s bedroom is a striking blend of pattern and texture. The custom-headboard is covered in fabric by Kravet and pops against the neutral Rococo Stripe wallpaper by by Cole & Son from Lee Jofa. The bedding is from Anichini. All available through GoreDean

Photographer: Craig Blankenhorn

Samantha’s Bed:  Palladio 200tc white/black, Bamboo white coverlet and shams, Verona natural/bone throw and Lucrezia truffle shams

Carrie’s bed:  Lorraine 500tc white sheeting, Waves platinum coverlet and shams, and Taffeta aurora borealis pillows

Charlotte’s bed:  Lucrezia ivory sheeting, Siddhartha dark eucalyptus blue coverlet and shams, Kyoto beige/ivory throw and Rupia eucalyptus blue pillows

Bedding Accessories

SWEET DREAMS

Every outfit deserves the right accessories, including your bed.

CASHMERE BLANKETS Cuddle up under MUSE’s  luxe Naga cashmere blankets.  Or go natural under Homesource’s Bamboo Quilted Down Blanket.

ACCENT PILLOWS Try Anichini’s raw silk boudoir pillow in spicy citrine with beaded fringe ($365) or an oversized crimson-and-gold brocade cushion with tassels ($430).

LUXE THROWS  Try Anichini, Muse, or Oyuna- all on www.goredean.com

musecashmere

Allergy Season is Almost Here

Allergy Season is almost here. Sensitive eyes and noses need all the help they can get- especially the kids. These sheets should help-100% cotton – organically grown cotton certified by Skal International 300 count percale. Crisp, natural, and comfortable. Grown without chemicals, the cotton is 100% eco-friendly. No chemicals are used in the finishing of the fabric, including softeners and fabric performance enhancers. Machine washable.

Check out care instructions on this blog…1/2 the detergent, 1/2 the drying time, no additives, no softeners or bluing agents. This will also help the eyes and noses that suffer in the Spring!

Purity organic Sheeting
Purity organic Sheeting

bamboo-quilted-down-blanket

Favorites for Spring

I love new linen for Spring!  Just anything that smells and looks new against the warming sky.  No velvets and chenilles for me after April 1. I want cotton and linen- even if i do have to run to the linen closet for a blanket every now and then. 

A new line of linen “packages” is being offered. You get everything but the sheets and you know I sell those too!
For the past 15 years, this woman-owned company has designed and produced beautiful bedding defined by quality, spirit, and a modern sensibility. Their fabrics are rich and sophisticated, the  colors are fresh and unexpected, and the  styling is unique. They too are proud and committed to manufacturing in America. Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Couture sewing is at the foundation of their designs. All of the work is crafted with integrity by experienced sewers who love to sew. Every detail is important to them, from the most elaborate piecing to the simplest seam.

for more styles and pricing: go to www.goredean.com and click onto bed linens.

The Mia Package
The Mia Package

 

The Trudie Package
The Trudie PackageThe Pandora Package
The Pandora package
The Pandora package

 

PLUS- Old Favorites for the Bath

52 Colors in towels, rugs and shower
52 Colors in towels, rugs and shower

100% Very long-staple, very fine cotton 600 GSM Exceptionally soft, super absorbent, quick drying, no linting. 100% natural ( no chemicals used except eco-friendly azo free dyes). Rated Best Cotton Towel by Real Simple Magazine, June/July 2002. Machine washable.

Bed, Mattress and Sheeting Sizes

  • Mattress Sizes
    • Twin–39 x 75 inches (or 99 x 190 cm)
    • X-Long Twin–39 x 80 inches (99 x 203 cm)
    • Full–54 x 75 inches (137 x 190 cm)
    • Queen–60 x 80 inches (or 153 x 203 cm)
    • King–76 x 80 inches (or 198 x 203 cm)
    • California King–72 x 84 inches (or 182 x 213 cm)

     

  • Fitted Sheet Sizes
    • Twin–39 x 75 inches (or 99 x 190 cm)
    • X-Long Twin–39 x 80 inches (99 x 203 cm)
    • Full–54 x 75 inches (137 x 190 cm)
    • Queen–60 x 80 inches (or 153 x 203 cm)
    • King–76 x 80 inches (or 198 x 203 cm)
    • California King–72 x 84 inches (or 182 x 213 cm)

     

  • Flat Sheet Sizes
    • Twin–66 x 96 inches (or 167 x 243 cm)
    • X-Long Twin–66 x 102 inches (or 167 x 259 cm)
    • Full–81 x 96 inches (or 205 x 243 cm)
    • Queen–90 x 102 inches (or 228 x 259 cm)
    • King/California King–108 x 102 inches (or 274 x 259 cm)

     

  • Comforter Sizes
    • Twin–68 x 86 inches (or 173 x 218 cm)
    • Full/Queen–86 x 86 inches (or 218 x 218 cm)
    • King/California King–100 x 90 inches (or 254 x 229 cm)

Laundering Fine Linen

 There has been a lot written in the last few years about “thread count” in sheets and the quality that it represents. You seldom read that thread counts differ country to country or that the type of thread used is more important than the number. So we will dispense with the subject and concentrate on how to care for linens that are an ” investment”. Everyone’s pocket book is defferent, but everyone knows the difference between linens that are worth taking care of and the ones you know will not be in your closet two years from now.

Good linens can last for thirty years with the proper handling. Thay can withstand childern, dogs and champagne in bed if they are cared for. However it is important to realize first how they are constructed and to know the difference between what should be expected to withstand wear and what will never be able to last beyond summer camp or a year in a college dorm.

Linens are constructed on a grid; horizontal threads and vertical threads. If the threads are pure cotton and not cotton peices, they should be able to withstand a great deal of wear.  If however, you cut into the grid to make a fitted bottom sheet, you cut dramatically the strength of the weave and the sheet will tear. So the first rule of sheeting: ALWAYS USE A FLAT BOTTOM SHEET.  And because stains and wear are usually sustained by the bottom sheet, I always recommend purchasing a second bottom sheet.  In a set that can cost into the hundreds and thousands of dollars, this is a good investment. If you can use sheets nicely for 30 years or pass them on to your children as an heirloom; you have actually saved yourself money.

The care of sheeting, however, is a bigger challenge than the expense. Though lesser quality sheets give us the freedom to go from dryer to bed, beautiful sheets from Leron, Anichini, Frette, and Gayle Warwick look their best when ironed. I have been called in to replace lovely sheets that the owner thought were dowdy, when all that was required was an iron for them to look as they did the day they came home.  Ironing sheets is a chore,  but for this excercise, let’s say it’s worth it.

TO LAUNDER SHEETING:

1.  Machine was in warm water, not hot.

2.  Wash in the gentle cycle.

3.  Use a mild detergent Do not use bleach, stain removers or detergents with a “bluing” agent or lightener. Always dilute your detergent or pour it into the automatic dispenser, never directly on the sheets.

4.   Fabric softeners are not necessary. Save the money.

5.  If you cannot air dry ( does anybody do that anymore?). Put your sheets on the lowest possible setting of the dryer. It is the dryer that causes the most damage to good linens. Remove the linens while they are still slightly damp and place them on a bed or rod. It is very damaging to repeatedly dry them in a dryer.  It breaks down the cotton and the fabric becomes dull and brittle.

6.  Try and leave the linens somewhere flat before pressing. It makes it so much easier to iron. Try and iron when the linens are slightly damp, if possible. And pressing from the underside of a pattern is better, just like clothing.

7. Store your linens in an airy place. Don’t place in plastic. Fold them simply and store.

8. If your sheeting has a monogram, iron it from the underside onto a terry cloth towel so that the monogram stays three dimensional and doesn’t flatten out over time.

Good luck! And remember that a cup of white vinegar in the rinse water will remove all soapy residue and leave your fabrics smelling better than any product on the market.

If you own expensive sheets and don’t want to launder them yourself, Anichini Fine Linens recommends BlancPlume 1-800-307-0229 for a professional water cleaning.  If you use a professional laundry service, copy these instructions and ask them to follow these guidelines. For any further help, feel free to comment on this site or contact us through www.goredean.com