Here’s the thing. Last year, I fell into a pretty bad habit when it came to my morning routine. You see, as gorgeous as the old Brownstone apartment that I lived in for the majority of last year was, it had some downsides, too. One of the major ones was the heat: the steam heat in the building was locked on and so the apartment was always uncomfortably hot. The apartment was located at the top of the brownstone, with the bedroom reached via a spiral staircase that was open to the living space below. I know, I know, it all sounds very “New York sitcom apartment-esq” – and it was charming to look at, just not to live in as the bedroom was like a furnace all year. This meant that I found my sleep pattern to be totally off: I would toss and turn all night, usually only falling asleep in the early hours of the morning. As a result, I would wake much later than I liked, feeling groggy, hot and, well, far from refreshed when I did. That’s why moving into our new apartment last Fall felt like a total 180 on quality of life as the bedroom was much cooler and comfortable to sleep in. However, as my heartmate and I are both ‘hot’ sleepers we still needed to dress the bed with bedding that would help us improve our sleep schedule and cycle in our new apartment. So I was delighted when Parachute Home kindly invited me to try their linen bedding, as linen bedding is known for keeping you cool at night. After the jump I’m sharing a closer look at the linen bedding and taking about how my morning rituals have improved for the start of 2017.
Improving my bedroom space and bedding has made a huge difference to my sleep schedule and quality of life. Now, I am sleeping properly again I have been able to find a rhythm and routine to my mornings, which makes me feel like I’m starting each day on a positive foot. Instead of waking at a different time everyday, often feeling tired and exhausted when I did, I now wake at the same time every.single.day (said in my best Oprah voice from that advert; you know the one!). Sleeping more soundly and smoothly has made it so much easier to not only wake up at the same hour every morning (even on weekends) but, most importantly, to wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day. It took a bit of discipline in the first few weeks, especially on cold, grey mornings, but I stuck to it and I’m really proud and happy with the positive affect this change has had on my life.I dressed the bed with the fog colored Venice linen bedding set, along with white linen euro shams and a grey Alpaca throw. The soft grey color of the linen bedding provides the perfect contrast against the black headboard. I just love how serene and calm this bedroom feels, it really is one of my favorite spaces to date!People often say that getting into clean bedding is one of their favorite things. Well I agree, you also can’t beat that feeling of waking up in linen bedding as it somehow feels even softer in the mornings. The fabric Parachute Home use for their Venice linen bedding is milled in the Guimarães region in northern Portugal, where textile production has thrived since the 18th century. I can’t express to you quite how soft it is but please trust me when I say that it’s absolutely divine to sleep under. Plus, it comes in four color ways – white, blush, fog, and coal, so there’s bound to be one that works well with your current bedroom decor.I’m now waking at the same time each morning, making myself a coffee and watching or reading the news for half an hour before getting up (or reading emails; there’s plenty of time for that throughout the day!). I’ve found this leaves me feeling informed and refreshed for the day ahead. On weekends my heartmate and I treat ourselves to pastries and an episode of Open House NYC or Sex and The City, too! After all, it’s all about balance, right?!Plus, on super cold winter nights I layer over Parachute Home’s Essential Quilt as it provides that much needed extra layer of warmth. It has a gorgeously soft linen front and Percale reverse; a combination of textures that give the quilt a lovely, lived-in feel. After last year, I never thought I’d be looking for additional warmth in the bedroom but that’s the thing about life, it always surprises you! Here’s to 2017 being a year of positive new rituals and surprises. Who’s with me?! I’d love to know how you dress your bed, too?// Photography by Will Taylor | Posted in partnership with Parachute Home; all views my own