Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Who Are You Sleeping On?

Who knew a simple question about ironing sheets could lead to so many comments! Thanks to everyone shared their ironing or non-ironing habits! The consensus seems to be that most people change their sheets once a week and there are a lot of other particular people out there who love ironed sheets as much as I do! Now I don't feel so bad!

That leads to my next question, what is your favorite brand for linens? I have a two wonderful sets from Yves Delorme that are my favorites. They are a bit of a sateen which is why I think they don't look too badly wrinkled out of the dryer and are wonderfully soft. I also own Matouk but they never look as nice. I bought the Bachelor two sets from Restoration Hardware but they didn't look too good out of the dryer, hence the ironing. But David Jimenez has the same linens on his beds and they look pristine. I think he has a little help though.

So who do you prefer to sleep on? Frette, Matouk, Leontine, D. Porthault, Calvin Klein, Sweitzer, Pratesi, Restoration Hardware, Martha Stewart, Pottery Barn, Ikea? Please tell us who and why!

27 comments:

Karen, Vancouver said...

My favorite sheets out there are the Hotel Collection that is carried specifically at Macy's. They are so soft after they have been washed and wear well over time. I have enjoyed these sheets even more than my Frette set which cost a small fortune more.

And the towels by the same collection are lovely as well.

Anonymous said...

I have Restoration Hardware. Love them, no complaints at all....and you can get them on sale 2x a year. I think you have made a really great choice for the bachelor.....they are classics.

I launder them and they put up with the abuse well. However, when I have done them myself and I don't feel like ironing them, it is better to dry the sheets separately so they have more room and don't ball up. This is especially key if you have a stacked washer/dryer as I do.

Anonymous said...

Porthault. Expensive but they truly last for ever. I keep about six sets in active rotation and some of them are over 10 years old.

My sheets are replaced twice a week and I have a lady who comes in and does the laundry and ironing. It turned out to be more cost effective to have someone come in than to send it out.

Anonymous said...

Porthault and Leontine for the most part. Some Schweitzer linens as back up. I change my ironed sheets twice a week. I second the above poster that having someone come in and do them is cheaper than sending them out

The Upstart said...

Since my mother bought a set of ridiculously expensive sheets for her guest room that I love, I've been obsessed with sheets that have modal in them. I was able to find a reasonably priced set at Linen Source, but they just aren't the same as hers. Maybe I'll snag them if she redecorates. :)

Anonymous said...

I just bought my first set of Pure 100% linen sheets from a company that specializes in Belgium linens. Sublime. Try them, they're worth every penny. And the look is almost ethereal and elegant.

Kirby said...

Restoration Hardware 464 thread count are my favorite. I have four sets. I don't iron them and they look great and feel even better.

Katie said...

I use Hotel collection 800 and love them! bonus I picked up 2 sets at TJ's for a steal. On my guest beds I use Target's 600s and I'm washing and changing sometimes 2x a week (beach house + summer = popular) and they really look great and everybody comments how nice they are. who new Target would be such a linen resource?

Anonymous said...

Pure linen sheets and duvet cover from Bleu Nuit in Montreal (I think they have a web site). Linen is crisp and and cool and if you're used to cotton takes a bit of getting used to, but once you do you'll never go back.

The Belgian company Libeco does sell in the US and they are totally worth it.

Olivia Haslam said...

I'm a newlywed, and we registered at Frette -- which I considered very sharp visually-speaking (the Hotel Collection) but not as tactile as we'd have hoped. In comparison, a set of Yves Delorme linens - very simple, white with scalloped edge, c.1980s? that I unearthed at an estate sale in Hillsborough are magnificent! We prefer them to the new sheets. Does fine cotton soften with age? Is there hope for our Frette? My mother's sheets from I. Magnin/Saks in the 1970s are my benchmark.

Motor City Jeanne said...

I'm budget conscious and have used sheets from Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond (nothing less than 300 TC). I have a 600 TC set from BB&B that we received as a wedding present and they are six years old and I'm ready to pitch them.

Like I stated before, I just bought a set from IKEA and they look fabulous right out of the dryer and are very smooth and silky. Not sure of the TC, as I got them out of a sale bin, but IKEA has a variety of choices in thread counts.

jora said...

I really do like the Hotel Collection (600 count -- the sales lady says these are, ironically, softer to the touch than the 800 count).

morrismore said...

Ralph Lauren, sateen, white. I think the thread count is 450 or more. Changed twice a week, and ironed and starched. They feel better and better as they get older.

Paisley Porthault sheets are on the wish list...

Easy and Elegant Life said...

I use white or cream sheets. I'd like some with a contrasting coloured ribbon or whatever it is, too. Mine are Ralph Lauren, about 15 years old, thread count is 400, I believe. They are not sateen (I'm not a fan.) They are remarkably comfortable and don't show any signs of giving up the ghost. I have three sets in rotation, laundering and changing once a week.

M.A. Breuer said...

I like Charisma. I can't recall the manufacturer, but the sheets get softer with every wash. They do require light ironing.

What do you think about mirrors above beds? Today your photo has one above the bed. I follow the late Billy Baldwin design opinion that mirrors should not be placed above beds or sofas.

Bebe said...

Sheet Heaven has always been visting my husband's
Cousin Cleo and sleeping on her 100% OLD cotton
sheets just returned from Snow White Laundry.
They were so starched they actually rattled when we
would turn over in bed. Absolutely divine. I have followed her lead since I was a young bride. The lower count cotton, starched and ironed, stays fresh so much longer. Please do not give me ay of that sateen crap made Lords knows where!. It goes limp
before I can turn the first page of my book at night.
Bebe

Anonymous said...

I have a variety of sheets that I love. I picked up a few vintage top sheets in France - beautiful thick cotton that keeps me cool in the summer. I also have a cotton and linen blend that feels wonderful against the skin. This week I am sleeping on a silk and cotton blend which also feels heavenly. Always, only white.

sugarwater11@gmail.com said...

I think for softness you can't beat Bellino sheets. I have a few Olatz pillowcases which are soft and beautiful, but the duvet covers etc. are just too expensive to justify. Oh, and I iron. I fantasize about getting a miele roller iron/mangle the way other people do about jewelery.

Sharnel @ The Cupcake Company said...

I love Household Linen from New Zealand. They range from 300 - 1200 thread count. Gorgeous to sleep on.

ara133photography said...

I just love your blog!
We are sleeping on Crate and Barrel :)
I will certainly have to try ironing the sheets, it does sound like it would be so relaxing, instead of jumping into a bed of wrinkles!

Anonymous said...

Peter Reed, by Appointment to the Queen Elisabeth. I have a pair for over 10 years and it has aged to the most soft, satin, luxurious cottons.
ANd I do iron press them, all of my sheets.

Alaskat said...

It's amazing what discussion was stirred up by this! I am using Martha Stewart for Macy's right now, but even though they weren't cheap, I am not that pleased. They're very papery and wrinkle from the dryer to the bed! I can't get them to smooth out and I even steamed them on the bed! I'm thinking of posing this same question over on my blog:

unicornvilla.blogspot.com

because you got such a response! How fabulous!

Anonymous said...

I am exceptionally picky when it comes to sheets and have spent the second half of my 30 years on a quest for the perfect combination of sheets. I am not a fan of sateen, so have found that supima cotton is the absoloute best for softness and breathability in all seasons. That said, Ralph Lauren 400 thread count are the best, and they age beautifully- will last you years and years. As a duvet cover and extra pillows and shams I always go for Frette hotel collection. They are divine and don't always need ironing when they come out of the dryer. Of course ironed sheets are always the definition of luxury, being that we spend half our lives (almost) sleeping- it is not such an extravagants to have them ironed, however the Ralph Lauren/ Frette combo doesn't always need to be ironed for those with super busy lives.

Anonymous said...

We sleep on Cittadini sheets from Italy .They are nice but the embroidery has come a undone in many places. I find myself crawling into our old bed in the guest room with the Palmer bedding from Ralph Lauren. Crisp and cool and rarely wrinkles.
Would love to own Sharyn Blond Linens Bamboo Bedding. The Belgian linen and cotton are fabulous.

Kari said...

My current favorite is Legna by SDH. I got them at http://www.elegantlinenspc.com/SDH-Bedding.htm - they don't need to be ironed. I love the silky feeling.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone used Frette Hotel Collection fitted queen sheets? They do not fit queen-size bed, too long by 3 inches at the corners so that they do not fit. Might as well use flat sheets. Thanks. Would like feedback.

Kali said...

I've got about three sets in rotation, changing once a week usually. At home I use Leontine and Olatz, but when I'm off at school I just use cheapies from Target.

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