Meet Kristie Mcnamara :: From Home Comforts
With this winter weather upon us, we thought it an opportune time to give some love and attention to our bedrooms and linen. Great timing, as were approached by Home Comforts (located in chilly Victoria) to share some pro advice on keeping cosy under the doona.
// Can you give us your top three tips to creating a cosy bed?
First, make sure you have an appropriate doona or quilt. Whilst many quilts claim to be ‘all seasons’, in reality, this is very difficult especially if you live down south. Unless you have heating on through the night, you will need at least a 500GSM or 3 blanket thickness quilt to keep you warm in the colder months.
Second, of course, Flannelette Sheets! These are no longer just what your grandma uses. They seriously make a difference with warmth especially when you first get into bed.
Last, for serious warmth and comfort you cannot go past of quality woollen underlay. Choose Australian wool (it is the best in the world) and go for one that is also reversible in summer.
// Can you please explain what all the numbers actually mean relating to thread count?
Thread count is a bit of marketing ploy used to sell sheets. Whilst it is an important facto, it is only one of many. Thread count refers to the amount cotton used per square inch. In general, sheets with a higher thread count are more durable and thicker.
However, it does not always mean they are better. There are huge variances in a cotton business shirt and it is the same for bed sheets. It is the quality of the cotton used that is the most important factor not the thread count. A commercial grade sheet or hotel sheet usually has a very low thread count but they are often the best sheets money can buy. Also look out for the word ‘cotton rich’ or ‘cotton fusion’ as this will indicate that they are not made of 100% cotton but rather a poly cotton.
// What's the best way to fold linen for storage, especially those darn fitted sheets?
The trickiest item is always the fitted sheet! Grab the top inside corners and turn the fitted sheet inside out. Once you have a firm hold of the corners, you should be able to fold it like a regular sheet.
How to fold a fitted sheet
// Do you have any tips on how to wash and take care of bed linen? For example, don't wash them with fluffy towels.
The best tip is to always follow the washing instructions as all cotton is slightly different. With towels and cotton bathrobes, always wash them first in cold water as this will make them more absorbent in the future. A touch of white vinegar in the first wash also helps to ensure they are colourfast.
For more information, you can check our article about how wash, dry and take care of bed linens here.
// What's your prediction for the next trend in linen for the bedroom, bathroom and entertaining?
Anything with a soft colour palette. Think warm pastels.
What do you predict as the next summer trend, is it more Aztec?
This interview was devised in partnership with nooks & cranny and Home Comforts and we were not paid as a result of this post.
Home Comforts is a family business with over 25 years of experience providing Australian households with beautiful and high-quality homewares, including bed linen, sheets, towels, and coordinated household accessories.