talking sheets…
from thread count to weaves

Winterpark Bedding Collection

We’ve all seen the ads for amazingly low-cost cotton sateen sheets with a thread count around 1,200 and we’ve all wondered if we’d just found the deal of the century. The answer, in a word, is no. Despite popular belief, higher thread count does not automatically guarantee higher quality. The feel of the fabric is determined by the type of yarn used, the type of weave selected and the quality of the materials and workmanship that go into making the finished product. Thread count is just one piece of the puzzle. Realistically, a 200-thread count sheet can feel much finer than a 600 thread count sheet, simply because the cotton fibers in the lower thread count are of higher quality and the type weave used created a smoother, softer feel. It’s natural to look for quick, easy ways to determine quality, but thread count alone isn’t the answer. Continue reading

real or fake?…
the tree dilemma

Christmas Tree

Real or fake? It’s kind of like the grocery store clerk asking, “paper or plastic”? The best answer is “neither, thank you.” While that’s a simple answer when it comes to grocery bags, it gets a little more complicated when talking Christmas trees. Grocery bags don’t carry the weight of tradition and nostalgia. Christmas trees, on the other hand, are inextricably wound up in our holiday memories and plans. Continue reading

seasonal sights and sounds…
decorating for all five senses


It’s time to start thinking about holiday décor! The weather’s getting cooler and visions of sugar plums are soon to be dancing through children’s heads. That means lots of entertaining. When it comes time to decorate for the holidays, take your décor to the next level by engaging all five senses to get your guests, and you, in a festive mood.  Continue reading