The following is an interview with Bella Notte's Director of Sales & Marketing Michelle Koffler.
Q: What advice can you offer on selecting the best bed linens for your home?
A: Your choice in bedding should be no different than selecting the rest of your home décor or even the clothes you put on your back. Bedding can reflect your unique personality, integrate with the rest of your style choices, and ideally is high quality so that you don’t end up replacing it every year. Quality bedding is going to show in the craftsmanship and how you feel crawling into bed at night. If it is a timeless design you can mix and match seamlessly with seasonal fashion pillows or heirlooms like a family quilt. You might spend a little more, but you’re in bed 6-8 hours a day and you want a product that will only get better with age!
Q: What should you keep in mind when shopping for bed linens?
A: A good place to start when shopping for bed linens is considering the preferences of both you and your partner. This conversation can narrow down your options by determining a color or style scheme, as well as the fabric. Thread count is something I always get asked about as being a measure of quality for cotton sheets. Thread count indicates the number of threads that are woven together in a square inch of the fabric: the thinner the threads, the higher the count, and often the softer it is! But also the thinner the threads, the more sensitive the material is and will be likely to break down over time, making it not worth the expense. I recommend 300-600 TC as a good middle ground.
Q: Where are Bella Notte products made?
A: Many linen manufacturers import their goods pre-finished from overseas which means they are often treated with harsh chemicals like formaldehyde to keep them from molding in transit. Probably not something you want against your skin at night! A company like Bella Notte Linens sources raw, unfinished material from overseas and then cuts, sews, and dyes in the US using earth-friendly dyes. Not only do you get a beautiful product in a range of hues, but the entire process is better on the environment and creates an exceptionally soft, machine washable product.
Q: Do you sell "bedding in a bag" like at stores?
A: Many box retailers offer a “bed in a bag” which can provide a matchy, catalog-like look. For someone who wants to tailor their bedding to their needs be it color selection, layering, or even purchasing only a bottom sheet and not a top sheet—choosing a boutique bedding manufacturer or retailer will allow you to build your own uniquely personal ensemble piece by piece.
Q: What bedding materials do you prefer?
A: Natural fabrics like Linen, Cotton, Tencel, Bamboo, are all either natural fibers or made from natural materials. They tend to absorb dye more beautifully, are more breathable, and most importantly feel better against your skin.
Q: What bedding pieces are essential for the winter months?
A: Layer, layer, layer. The ideal winter bed has a Coverlet or Bed Blanket as well as a Duvet Cover. One can be permanently pulled up while the other is folded at the bottom. If that feels too heavy, a Personal Comforter is based on a European style and is just like it sounds: a comforter just for you! Not only does this generously sized padded throw blanket look beautiful at the footboard, if only one person needs the extra warmth it can be pulled up at night keeping the extra bulk off your bed. For some, a Duvet Cover with the extra weight of a down insert is just enough for winter.
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