******THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED, WINNER HAS BEEN NOTIFIED*****
Today I’m sharing winter bed basics as well as my year-round thoughts on how to keep the most comfortable and clean bed and linens, so that when your head hits the pillow at night you know you are going to get a great night sleep. Keep reading for the giveaway from Garnet Hill!I’ve partnered with Garnet Hill on this post. I have loved Garnet Hill for luxurious bedding and comfortable clothing for years, even before blogging! So it’s a natural fit to partner with them and January is the perfect time to talk bedding. Anyone remember the days of “white sales”? A white sale was a made up event by a department store owner in 1878 to drive sales during January when sales are traditionally slower. Aside from bedding sales in January, it’s the perfect time to think about getting set for the year with new comfortable flannel bedding.I love GH signature flannel sheets. They are thick and made so well that when you are taking those sheets out of the dryer and putting them on your bed, you are seriously marveling at the quality. They feel sooooo good. And when you place that bottom sheet on top of your mattress pad and stretch it to each corner of the bed, you realize the quality and care that goes into making these sheets. The fitted sheets are fully elasticized so that they fit! There’s nothing more frustrating than making your bed and having the fitted bottom sheet be too small. The size and weightiness of these sheets makes the bed easy to make and even better for sleeping. They are made in Germany using methods used for over 40 years. The flannel is brushed over and over on both sides to create the softest flannel for a cozy and soft bed.In addition to flannel, I use a GH Dream quilt and shams all year long as an extra layer. For those really cold nights we have a duvet that I covered using GH Linen Yarn-Dyed Stripe. Our son has this same duvet cover and sheets in charcoal and I loved it so much that I ordered it in Dove for our room. I may not wear linen in the winter, but I love using it year-round when it comes to bedding.One more layer…a blanket. I sort of use a blanket like a throw in the winter months. During the summer I use it as a traditional blanket over the top sheet, but in the the winter I like to use it as more of a throw. I never buy a throw for a king size bed because they look too small. A trick I use if I do want a throw on a larger bed like a queen or king is to buy a twin size bed blanket and use it like a throw at the end of the bed. Garnet Hill’s Cotton Ticking Stripe blankets are ahhhhmazing. They are 100% cotton and made in Maine.So let’s go over this from the mattress up: Hopefully you love your mattress. After that important decision it’s time to start building your bed:
- Mattress Pad – Quality is everything. I’ve tried buying less expensive ones for my kids to take to college and we end up throwing them out and buying a more expensive one. GH has several options, but this one is our favorite.
- Pillow Protectors – I always use a pillow protector and Garnet Hill has the best! I’ve tried buying them at other stores, but ended up returning them and buying these. They will last for years. We love these pillows.
- A duvet – GH has several options and it’s always a personal preference when it comes to choosing a duvet. All of GH duvets have tabs so that you can tie the ends to keep it secure.
- Signature Flannel Sheets and extra pillow cases – We change our sheets weekly, but I always order 2-3 extra sets of pillow cases because we change our pillow cases every couple of days. It’s easy to do when making the bed and it feels so clean to have a fresh pillow case. I’ll usually order cases that coordinate with the bedding like these and maybe one extra set of the exact bedding.
- A duvet cover and coverlet – Both of these are used year-round. I’ll change out the flannel sheets for linen in the summer, but will use a linen duvet cover all year long as well as the Dream Quilt and Shams.
- A cotton blanket – I love a cotton blanket like this one or buy a twin size for a larger bed to use as throw.