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I was having a conversation with one of my good friends a couple of weeks ago and she shared that she just bought all new bedding. It was a splurge, a deliberate investment in herself and her sleep after a particularly trying couple of years. When I got off the phone with her, I thought, good for you. We often overlook pampering ourselves by making sure our bed is comfortable and inviting.
I’ve learned the value of good bedding over the past few years and it’s become a non-negotiable to me. It goes beyond decorating and aesthetics because sleep is so vital to our physical and mental health, our mood, productivity, and creativity. We spend 1/3 of our life in bed, so it’s worth making sure the sheets are deliciously comfortable, the blankets are an ideal weight, and the pillows are perfect for our body and the way we sleep. We can create an experience that makes us look forward to crawling into bed even on the best of days and aids us in waking up refreshed.
A little over three years ago, I worked with Brooklinen on a sponsored post for this blog. (You can read that post HERE.) They sent me some of their Super Plush Bath Sheets to review along with a lightweight feather comforter.
Well, three years later, I still use their bath sheets (they are my very favorite) and their lightweight comforter. I even bought their towels as Christmas presents one year because I think they are so amazing.
So, when they reached out to me again about trying their Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle and Linen Quilt Set, it was a very easy yes. I already knew they made amazing products that have lasted for 3+ years of daily use.
So, when the new bedding arrived, I threw it all in the wash and dried each piece with wool dryer balls sprinkled in lavender oil. (As a side note, please always wash your new bedding before putting it on!)
And now, let’s make the bed!
I put together a fun little GIF series so you can see how I put the look together…
The first layer is a fitted and flat sheet in white from Brooklinen’s Hardcore Luxe Sheet Bundle. I topped that with the Linen Quilt Set in cream and a cover for the duvet also in cream. The kitties were so very helpful.
I then added in a few decorative pillows that I made last summer for some color and pattern. The result is a bed that looks relaxed and inviting but is also beautiful. You’re not afraid to mess it up, but you’re craving a snuggle under those luxurious layers.
I was a little nervous about mixing white and cream, but my gut told me that subtle variation would be beautiful and more interesting than all white and it definitely is. I was also reassured that all of the Brooklinen bedding is designed to coordinate, so the creams, which can be tricky to match, will be harmonious together even in different materials.
I also love the play of textures of the crisp cotton sheets against the soft washed linen.
Aside from the bedding being incredibly comfortable, there are so many clever design features that I really appreciate. It’s a joke when Jeff and I make the bed that I have a 50/50 chance of putting the sheet on the right way the first time, but I always get it wrong. Like, 99% of the time. I’ve even tried to outsmart my luck and start it the way I don’t naturally want to start it and then it’s still wrong! On these sheets, they have little tags on the inside of the bottom right corner that label the “long side” and “short side.” Well, hallelujah!
All of their pillowcases also have envelope enclosures, so the case isn’t slipping off as you’re sleeping.
The duvet cover has ties on the inside corners that line up with loops on the duvet, so the cover will stay put until it’s time to wash.
I also love that I didn’t have to iron any of this bedding or put it on fresh from the dryer. Some bedding can look messy, particularly in photographs, if it’s not ironed. Trust me, I’ve had to iron a lot of bedding for styled photoshoots and I thought I might have to do the same with this. But, these sheets manage to wear the slightly rumpled look perfectly. They look relaxed and effortless without looking sloppy.
I couldn’t wait to get in bed last night! The sheets were smooth and soft, perfect for summer and early fall. The linen quilt is also a great weight. Not too heavy, but provides some warmth. And then, I can layer the duvet or my weight blanket over it if I get cold.
The past couple of years have been difficult for most people in varying degrees. I’m sure, we could all use some pampering, better sleep, and a bedroom that truly feels like a sanctuary. If your bedroom doesn’t feel like that currently, Brooklinen is a great resource to find the perfect bedding at a fraction of the cost of other luxury bedding brands.
And, use promo code MUSTARDSEED to get $20 off your order of over $100.
And, I’ll leave you with a few other tips for creating a comfy, restful bed –
- Dry your sheets and blankets with wool dryer balls sprinkled in your favorite essential oil. (I use lavender, as I mentioned above.)
- Give your sheets a light spritz with linen water when you’re making the bed.
- Wash your sheets at least once a week. I would wash them every single day if that wouldn’t be completely impractical! Clean sheets just feel so nice.
- Use layers, so you can adjust the warmth and weight you need on any particular night.
- Make sure your pillows are best for how you sleep. I use a very flat, down pillow, since I sleep on my stomach a lot.
- Have extra pillows that are comfortable when you want to be propped up to read or watch TV.
- As much as you can, try to just use your bed for sleeping. Don’t use it for work, eating, reading the news, internet surfing, etc.
- Listen to an app like Headspace or Lectio365 to help you fall asleep faster and in a more relaxed state.
- And, of course, make sure the sheets are comfortable for you and the season. I like using nubby linen sheets in the cooler months and smooth cotton sheets when it’s warmer.