The Best Bedding Care and Tips

Manufacturers care labels should be followed but the tips below will help you care for your bedding and keep it looking new longer. The bedding experts have weighed in and these are the top things to keep in mind when caring for your bedding.

Frequency Of Laundering

Anything that comes in direct contact with your skin should be laundered once a week. This includes, sheets, pillow cases and  if you sleep without a top sheet, duvet covers. Duvet covers can skip a week when a top sheet is used.

Items on the bed that are decorative and aren’t touched by your skin can be laundered much less often. Cleaning throws, quilts and decorative shams every three months is recommended.

Items that are protected by covers, cases and sheets such as duvets, pillows and mattress covers should be cleaned every 3-6 months. Depending on how these are constructed, a trip to the dry cleaners may be required.

Caring For Your Down Filled Items

Protecting your duvet inserts, pillows and down filled mattress covers is quite simple. Keep them covered! Duvet covers, pillow cases and sheets offer a layer of protection for our down filled bedding from the oils in our skin, dust (think yucky dust mites!), dirt and spills.

As long as your down filled items are protected, you will only need to launder once a season. That’s only 4x’s a year! Depending on the manufacturer’s directions, some down duvets require dry cleaning because of the cover, not the fill. Check you label to ensure if it can be put in the washer.

Be Proactive!

Making your bed everyday not only improves your state of mind but it also keeps the dust mites out! Keep those pesky critters at bay!

Fluff pillows and duvets while you are making your bed. This ensures that the filling remains evenly distributed and maintains their shape. Thus saving you money in not having to replace as often.

Considering a bedroom update or renovation? Contact me today to start planning!

How to Make Your Renovation Sexy.

Ok! So, Hiring that guy would definitely help! Yes! A renovation can be sexy! Not with lace and silk pillows but with proper planning. Plan! Plan! Plan! And then plan some more!

I’ve seen a lot of renovations gone wrong. The wrong doing usually comes in the form of not blending the renovated space with existing spaces that haven’t been updated.

When planning to renovate, also plan to make small changes throughout your home so that the line between new and old is blurred. Here are my top 6 updates that you need to make in your existing spaces.

  1. Switches & Outlets – updating ALL light switches, switch plates and outlet covers to match what is being installed in the new space.
  2. Trim – Consider your baseboards, door/window trim and crown moldings. If the new space is getting new, more modern wider trim, then so should your existing spaces. What about colour? If you are installing painted trim, the dated stained trim in the rest of your home needs a sanding and a fresh coat of paint too.
  3. Light Fixtures – I do not subscribe to the matchy/matchy style but rather coordinating. Never, and I repeat NEVER find 1 light fixture and then install every member of it’s family throughout your home. Your fixture scheme should be a cohesive mix. Key word = MIX not Match. Light fixtures are so often overlooked when considering a renovation but having a cohesive fixture plan with updated styles offers your home so much value.
  4. Doors – Installing new interior doors with an updated profile? Replace all of your existing doors to match. Don’t forget the closet! I prefer solid wood doors for interiors. The weight offers a detail of luxury whereas the hollow core doors scream cheap. Once you go solid, you will never go back!
  5. Flooring – If installing new hardwood, please consider at least installing it throughout the rooms on the same floor. It is costly but you will love the update and totally worth the investment. You will also love the increase in resale value!
  6. Paint – With your newly renovated space all spiffy’d up, a fresh coat of paint throughout the rest of your home, will clean it up, update the colours and breathe new life into old spaces.

Now that you know how to blend the old with the new, contact me today to start planning your home renovation!

Her Mama Said What?!

I am often amazed at the misconception that surrounds what I do. Most people have a television idea of what exactly it is that an interior designer does. And most often that idea is incorrect or incomplete.

Plain and simple, it is my job to take the whole picture into consideration. Enabling your renovation or new build to take shape from concept to completion.

The concept is the very most important step! This is where we work on your ideas and floor plans. Map out mathematically what will work within your space. Design is 50% math, 25% education/experience and 25% creativity.

I have been working with clients who decided that they wanted to renovate their kitchen and update their home. Their first instinct was to contact a custom cabinet maker. Great! Except that they forgot the first step. The Concept. What happens when this planning stage is skipped? Well, for these clients, it meant a beautifully designed kitchen and living room with some pretty fabulous built-ins around a show stopper fireplace. But that’s just it, the show stopped there. The kitchen layout did not flow into the other spaces of the home. On its own, the kitchen was perfect but taking the whole picture in mind, and the day to day traffic that will flow in and out of this room, it was a disaster. Oh! That fabulous living room built-in, not so fabulous. When the rest of the room was taken into consideration (the whole picture) with doorways, windows and size of the space, there was no longer any room to put furniture.

Did the custom cabinet maker do something wrong?? Not at all. He executed what was asked of him beautifully. He gave the client exactly what was asked of him. His specialty is cabinets. Not Interior Design. That is my specialty!

Luckily for my clients, they called me onto the project prior to the cabinets being manufactured and we could stop their progress right away. Tweak the layouts and home saved! But here’s the thing, they had no idea that they should have called me first! They also had no idea that this was my training!! Their impression of a designer was basically that of a decorator. Someone to come in and choose the paint colour and finishes like flooring and tile. This is of course a part of my training and expertise so I am always happy to help clients with the decorating phase of their projects but my specialty is in the planning.

On another project, that was again designed by a custom cabinet maker, a new space was being carved out of an adjoining room to give the master bedroom a beautiful walk-in closet with custom cabinetry. The initial design on paper looked great until I walked into the master bedroom. The door to the closet was in the wrong spot. Looking at it from the whole picture perspective, the master bedroom was not taken into consideration. With the current plan, the clients would not be able to utilize bedside tables and the entry into the closet was cramped and awkward. Simply moving the placement of the door allowed for bedside storage and ease of movement transitioning from bedroom into closet. I always design my spaces with function as a top priority and the new ideas that I gave my clients, definitely improved the function. Home saved!

During a large scale full service project, (that means that we designed a main floor renovation from floor plans to finished space with fixtures, furnishings and decor) I was on a site visit to go over some details with my client. While we were going over particulars, a friend of the client stopped by unannounced. My client introduced me to her friend and seemed embarrassed to admit that she had hired a designer to help her with her project. The friend picked up on this insecurity and quickly reassured my client by saying that she herself and her mother always used a designer for their homes. The friend told my client that her mother always said, “We spend so much of our lives at home, it should be beautiful! It should be functional! And most of all, a home should be designed by a professional!”

Thinking of renovating or redesigning a space in your home? Contact me first to get your project designed in the most beautiful yet functional way for your home.