Some of My Favorite Bedding Brands Available in the US

Several readers have asked about my recommendations for bed and table linens and I’ve finally put some thought into it. I have had to narrow down my favorite brands in the US, the UK, and in France, as many are not available globally and mattresses differ in size across the globe. Please keep in mind that my definition of luxury centers around quality and craftsmanship. I have tried to focus on niche companies that have the best interest of their consumers, their employees, and our planet at heart. There are countless brands to choose from, but I hope my reviews will help narrow down the options as you create your perfect nest.

This post will focus on luxury linen brands available in the US. Please note a few of these brands will create bespoke linens and ship internationally. I will follow up with a post on UK brands in the weeks to come. Promise!

Léron

duet-ming-sheeting_collection_add219b1-9fab-49a7-8470-d70edd0e417a_largeLéron offers a small line of beautifully hand embroidered linens for the bed, bath, and table and also has a bespoke department. There’s custom and then there is Léron custom: everything is tailored to the individual and the level of personalized care and attention to detail is evident in their business philosophy.

Schweitzer Linens

riga_angelicaIf you are a born and bred New Yorker, there is a good chance you’ve heard of Schweitzer. The company has stores scattered around the Upper East and Upper West side as well as a catalog and website. Schweitzer delivers excellent quality and gorgeous detail at an affordable price. The linens are soft, durable, and will stand the test of of time. The company also offers a variety of throws, blankets, baby and children’s bedding, as well as fabric available by the yard.

Matouk

marsalis_bedEveryone loves Matouk for their fresh and modern interpretation of classic fine linens. The all-American company based out of Massachusetts produces beautiful bed sets as well and towels, gifts and home accessories. The brand stands for sustainable practices and delivers exceptional quality and design at a great price.

Leontine Linens

54c138eb9f37d_-_hbx-leontine-linens-1-57022814This New Orleans based brand has a cult following and is a favorite for all those who love monogramming. The company offers great designs but also has countless monogramming styles from which to choose. Bright colors, modern fonts, bold curly cues, it’s all here. With so many options to choose from, you’re bound to find exactly what you want for your home.

Peacock Alley

la-femme_ensembleThis Texas based brand has been around for nearly 40 years and delivers high quality fabric sourced from around the world and sewn in Dallas. The vision for the founder’s family-run, locally based company has not changed: Make and sell bedding and bath linens that are simple, beautiful, and impeccably crafted. Mary Ella Gabler understands the importance of detail and elements of craftsmanship. This boutique company is definitely one to know.

Boll & Branch

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Though the blog is designed to focus on luxury linens with elements of high quality craftsmanship, I understand some readers may be looking for more affordable options. Boll & Branch gets my stamp of approval because of their commitment to fair trade, sustainable practices, and quality textiles.

Do you have a favorite brand that I haven’t listed? Please feel free to share in the comments section.

The Importance of Quality Sleep

Today, we’re inundated with information about how to get a good night’s rest. An infinite number of magazine articles, websites, and blogs cover this hot topic regularly and it has become a growing concern among hard-working professionals who average about six hours and thirty-six minutes of sleep a night.  Are we getting enough sleep? What can we do to get better quality sleep? And what are some modern approaches to making the most of our time in the sheets?

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Not surprisingly, a good night’s rest starts with a comfortable mattress, pillows, and sheets. Focusing on individual needs and preferences is a must. Too many marketers have convinced consumers that quality comes down to thread count, when in fact, quality is determined on so many levels: the length of the fibers used, the type of fiber, the weave, and so on. Some individuals may prefer a higher thread count of a very thin fiber, whilst others may sleep better with a softer fiber and lower thread count which allows for more breathability. At the end of the day, just like fine art, it comes down to individual preference.

Here are a few tips for making the most of your time in bed:

  1.  Invest in high quality bedding. We spend over a third of our lives in bed – linens are not something to skimp on. That said, the great thing about luxury linens is that they don’t have to be inaccessibly priced. There are countless brands today that offer high-end bedding starting from $300. It is worth while doing some research before you invest. Industry giants, like Frette, charge thousands of dollars for a set of bed linens and claim to produce their products in Italy, but most are manufactured in China and simply finished in Italy. Many smaller boutique brands offer a higher quality for substantially less.
  2. Choose a pillow firmness that matches your sleep style. Down pillows offer the greatest luxury and, unless you suffer from allergies, they are considered the best choice. Stomach sleepers should choose a softer low profile adjustable pillow. Back sleepers would do well with a medium thickness pillow. Side sleepers should consider a medium-high thickness pillow. It’s all about cradling your neck and adjusting your spine to a neutral position.
  3. Choose a sheet set that’s right for you. Some individuals prefer the ease of a fitted sheet and duvet, whilst others insist on having a flat sheet and a blanket. Focus on what is comfortable for your needs and preferences.

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