If you like to listen to something while you commute, relax in the bath, travel or do the washing up, we’ve got 9 brilliant podcasts that are just the job. On a range of subjects, from books to architecture, there is something for everyone in this list. Episodes range from short bursts (perfect for listening to while you’re folding the linen) to longer segments that really delve deep into a topic. Wherever you are, you will want one of these to hand.
With six new books out this winter covering the topic of ‘hygge‘, it’s no wonder everyone is talking about it. But do we really know what this Danish word means, and how do we do it? Here’s where we come in. We thought we’d give you a quick explanation of hygge, and some simple ideas for how to bring it into your home, whether you live in Scandinavia or Seattle.
The word ‘hygge’ doesn’t have a literal translation, which is why it has proven tricky to explain to non-Scandi folk. It’s best characterised by feelings and mood rather than a direct object: think coziness, warmth, contentment and you’ll be pretty close. Hygge is something that we can all attain, regardless of wealth or background. It embraces the simple, gentle things in life and encourages us to notice with full intent the things we are surrounded with. It is about finding pleasure in the presence of soothing things, about connection with others, belonging and ritual.
Sleep is essential to our wellbeing, yet many of us struggle with insomnia or disrupted sleep. Whether unable to fall asleep or waking in the early hours, bad nights can wreak havoc with our health and happiness. So, we’ve got some tips that will help you tackle the issues head on, and hopefully get some proper, restorative ZZZZZZs.
Why save breakfast in bed for special occasions? We think it’s too good not to make time for as often as possible. What better way to start a busy day than with a quiet, contemplative bowl of something beautiful? And it doesn’t have to be anything grand and extravagant – here’s a few simple hints for making the best breakfast in bed.
Break with your normal routine, celebrate quiet time with a partner, read the paper or make a mental to-do list, accompanied by a steaming cup of coffee, sumptuous sheets and some morning sunshine. You just need enough energy to get to the kitchen and back.
Working with the beauty and texture of natural fabrics like linen can be a great way to add interest and style to a tired interior. Using fabric as a starting point can help you pull together a room, and it needn’t break the bank. We’ve found seven low-cost, simple tricks to incorporate linen into contemporary, stylish homes and create something truly stunning.
Fashion is a thing that keeps changing constantly. It also can surprise us, astonish us, and even make us feel nauseous. When we speak about fashion we cannot concentrate into the fashion of clothes, because it cover plenty of things, from car design to home décor. Today we would like to introduce you a new trend in home décor – bed sheets that look like food.
Are you still sleeping in cotton bedding and wondering why on earth people choose linen sheets over the cotton ones? Then maybe it is about time you check your knowledge about linen and find out all the pros of using linen sheets.
Pros of Linen Sheets :
To start with, linen bedding is great for your health. It warms up in the winter and cools in the summer, so it relieves the skin of excessive heat when body temperature rises and warms you up if you are cold. Resting on linen sheets will ease the pain and discomfort caused by sunburns, and daily contact with linen can reduce sensitivity to cold, flu and other diseases. Recent studies have also demonstrated that female fertility is increased with the use of pure linen sheets. Linen is hypoallergenic – it does not cause allergies, which means that people with allergies or sensitive skin will not need to worry about having an allergic reaction when touching the fabric or sleeping on linen sheets. Organic linen fabric is made from materials that are not exposed to harsh chemicals or pesticides, so the material is considered healthy. Linen has a light massaging effect because of the tiny breaks throughout the fabric. These breaks also stimulate our skin, which stimulates blood flow and promotes relaxation. Linen has been shown to promote deep and relaxing sleep. A recent study found that you fall asleep faster, sleep deeper, and wake up in a better mood after sleeping on linen sheeting.
Linen Sheets – Excellent Investment
Furthermore, linen is an excellent investment – it is shown to last up to 20 years. Pure linen also destroys bad odors, since it is highly breathable, has high moisture absorbency and remains cool. Organic linen fabric sheets also absorb moisture more efficiently than synthetic materials. It is not only ecologically friendly, it is also antistatic – it remains cleaner for longer periods of time, doesn’t cling to the body, and isn’t easily wrinkled. Linen is 30% stronger than cotton. It is a fabric that becomes softer after every wash.
If you are in doubt, which one to choose : flat sheet or fitted sheet read here.
Nowadays flat sheets and fitted bed sheets are used for the same purpose – to protect the mattress and make smooth surface for lying. The owner of the bed linen has to decide if the bed sheet has to pull snugly over the mattress, so that it cannot be easily pulled off, or it has to fold easily and neatly when not in use – as these are the main differences of these bedding linen pieces.
But those seeking truly luxurious sleeping experience and enjoying a traditional way of using bed linen, have to know what flat sheets and fitted sheets were originally used for (and are used, for that matter).
How often do you buy a brand new bed linen set? Are you the spontaneous type of a buyer (and have at least some bed sets that lie unopened?). Are you a careful planner and still have no time to buy a fresh set of bedding linen? Or maybe you only buy when the old bed set is completely torn?
No matter which type you belong to, you might want to know several things about how to buy bed linen in order to spend your money wise and save your time and effort.
Since linen fabric is my work as well as a passion, my friends and acquaintances often call me a “linen expert” 🙂 and ask me lots of challenging questions. The most common one is about the benefits of linen bedding. Ok, they say, I can see in your shop – linen bed linen is gorgeous, but why on earth I should buy them except for the beauty? And I of course have a list of reasons at hand 🙂
Should similar question arise to you, too, read on to find out 8 reasons to love pure linen bed sheets.