Tuesday, April 27, 2010

important housekeeping query

If a guest room contains fresh flowers for beauty, lavender for scent, and a grey convex mirror for pretentiousness, does that suffice as a bit of an effort or is it very, very important that the duvet cover should be ironed?

[unironed duvet cover, creases adding to crisp authenticity, no hatemail please]

49 comments:

  1. From my perspective, if you're kind enough to have me as a guest in your home, I don't care if the duvet is wrinkled! The other additions are thoughtful and should make a guest feel quite welcome!

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  2. This, from Collage of Life, is the guest room standard we have to live up to: http://collageoflife-henrqs.blogspot.com/2010/03/guest-notes.html

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  3. Fresh flowers trump wrinkled bedding every time.

    I have never in my life ironed a duvet cover, and I intend never to do so.

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  4. When I come to stay, I expect the duvet ironed (and lightly starched as well). Having said that, there will be nothing of the sort waiting for you at our place when you visit.

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  5. Don't count on the ironed duvet cover in my guest room. I hate hate hate ironing, unless it is Wimbledon time. Then to justify being glued to the telly the iron is pulled out!

    Fresh flowers are a wonderful welcome.

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  6. Personally, I prefer the linens wrinkled when staying as a guest. It makes me feel at home.

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  7. When we moved to a new area, I quickly found a Mums and Tots group to get us out of the house. On our very first visit The Girl toddled over to the play-house, picked up a toy iron, and loudly asked: 'What's this, Mummy?' There, in one fell swoop, went all my hopes of impressing these new people with my carefully constructed facade of super-mum elegance and sophistication.

    Bear that story in mind when I tell you to NEVER iron duvets. Artistic creases and texture actually make the fabric look more expensive than it really is. Not that I'm suggesting you would fob your guests off with cheap bedlinen, obviously, but even the expensive and carefully chosen sets you would naturally be using will look even finer when left au naturel...

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  8. Hm. Iron. Hot flat thing. I'm sure I saw one once... ah yes, it was part of the Monopoly set. Although my brother always gave me the Old Boot instead. Perhaps even then he knew my aversion to irons, and guessed that in the future I would have no car, no ship, love cats, look crap in hats, but wear old boots. Or he was just calling me an Old Boot (even though I am younger) in which case where is that iron? I may have a use for it.

    The room looks lovely, is what that comment above is meant to say. :)

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  9. a guest room ?????? quelle horror.....
    I'm kinda taken with the mark e smith school of entertaining.... apparently, in order to discourage visitors he only has one chair in his house .

    ps: ironing is wrong

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  10. Ally: I don't like to put you to any trouble so was planning to rough it overnight in your Eames chair, under a simple Hermes throw.

    Humel, I feel your pain. I once took the rowdies to a fancy restaurant and the three year old asked the waiter what a Macedoine is. How I blushed. This isn't true.

    So far, I'm thinking from these comments that someone urgently needs to hold an iron giveaway.

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  11. Sound lovely. When can I come. I love wrinkly duvet covers. The wrinkles fluff out with use.

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  12. Jaboopee, I bet you ironed that apron of yours before you photographed it. I bet you five euros.

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  13. what is a Macedoine??
    you owe me €5

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  14. Oh I've long been Ironist. People aren't flat, why on earth should their clothes be. Or bedclothes come to that. I should think all that spare room needs now is a selection of lifestyle-porn mags and your guest will be a very happy one indeed.

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  15. Cath Kidston just texted me to say not to worry about ironing the sheets. People feel more at home in an unkempt bed I find. x

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  16. The words 'iron' and 'duvet cover' have never before passed my lips, and will not start now.

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  17. I prefer the wrinkly bed linens (that way you know it's 100% cotton and not that synthetic stuff which is designed not to wrinkle - yuck!). Is it even possible to iron something as large as a duvet cover?

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  18. Hmmm - there's nothing like that soft smell of crisp sheets that have been sundried and left 'natural' for sweet skin to rest against. i mean honestly - in our era of ecological conscience, is it not both a waste of time and energy to iron.

    Is the 'perfectly straight' look not giving a little to the timeless elegance of the 'naturally beautiful' look? This is what I like to believe as I ask my husband gently NOT to iron the duvet cover this time ;-)

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  19. Well now I can only support the fairly strong group of non-ironers :)! I am 36 and only bought my first and last iron 2 years ago before my baby arrived. Serious sign of "nesting" I guess. Can I add I am big time missing a small slice of freshly cut carrot soap ...:)!

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  20. Well spotted, Lilly!

    Marci, at my peak I tumble-dry bed-linen briefly to remove creases, then line-dry for freshness. I don't often reach my peak. But yes, it has to be cotton.

    Tom, you have no credibility since I didn't win your giveaway.

    Ange, how cruel to curb manly enthusiasm for housework...

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  21. Re the give away - I had 28 comments on that particular blog, when I was giving something away - YES, 28. Now I have given it away, I have about 2 or 3 - it was my little test (which you passed with flying colours, btw, Mise). As far as I am concerned, it's the rest of you who have lost credibility. Now iron the damn duvet covers, and take stock!!!!!!!!!

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  22. Mise, Mise, Mise...you should've ironed a small portion of the duvet cover for the photo. In Blogtopia isn't it all about crisply ironed?

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  23. I think ironing would be overdoing it - you don't want to lay it on too thick now do you?
    x x x

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  24. Janey-mac...Ironing!! As if I'd have the time!

    But the sad thing is I actually finding it a strangely soothing and satisfying thing to do...

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  25. I have never ironed a duvet cover - if they're folded they should be ok in the hot press. Unless they're pure cotton (as your one looks to be!) when they will probably show some crinkles - quite acceptable unless you're very controlling (of even inanimate objects!). I'm very philistine with my crease-resistant polycotton duvet covers - Martha Stewart I ain't! I love the lavender and am jealous - our lavender didn't survive hubby's pruning of last year's growth and the winter frosts and we've bought replacements - which I will nurture carefully. The mirror's cute too!
    Catherine

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  26. You're so hilarious, mise! I want to be your guest. Will you invite me over?

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  27. Oh I did laugh at Humel's comment. My children are like that with a microwave - they think its a plastic cupboard.

    We had a nanny once who spent most of her time irnoning my 3 month old daughter's tiny singlets and bloomers.

    I have spent a considerable amount of time testing duvet covers for then Non Ironability by which I mean which cover looks better non ironed. White ones are out as they show up the creases but my current stripey ones are just fine on the bed with creases.

    HOWEVER whilst I hate ironing big flat things I do quite like ironing generally. Satisfying in the way that vaccuuming is satisfying. xox

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  28. we dont have irons where i live. well, mine went into the goodwill box.
    ~laura

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  29. I don't care if it's ironed or not. But it better be freshly laundered, because my sensitive skin can tell if it isn't.

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  30. Well my husband is the ironer in our house so naturally I like to suggest that he iron the duvet, and I usually supervise to make sure he does a good job. At the store, I really don't think we can get away with the unironed look when we really do want to sell the duvets. If I can't persuade one of my team to do it then I cheat - and iron the duvet once its on the bed. Works a treat!

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  31. I only ever think about ironing the bedlinen when the in-laws come to visit. It would have some impact if I thought of it before they arrived, rather than once they'd unpacked and slept amongst the wrinkles.

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  32. *hangs head in shame*
    I ironed the bias binding before I attached it to the apron ,
    You owe me €2.50 ?

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  33. I like the rumpled friendliness of that doona. It's inviting, I say.

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  34. Make sure there are some wine stains on the duvet to complete the picture.

    The ghetto chocolate was GREAT. I cannot thank you enthusiastically enough and if i were there i'd spill some red wine on your unironed duvet cover free of charge.

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  35. Who wants to live in a perfect world so nah it doesn't really matter. Guests would be so distracted by the gorgeous smell of lavendar and beautiful fresh flowers that I bet they wouldn't even notice. It screams of cosy, homely and comfortable.

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  36. Mise, I am sending you a copy of Canadian House and Home magazine. Please email me your mailing address. chania@razmataz.ca

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  37. If by guest room you mean living room, and by duvet cover you mean the throw on the back of the couch - well then, no, I don't really think it needs much by way of ironing!

    And the rug is simply an old braided rug, a popular sort of country style over here. You can have braided rag rugs too though - but rag rugs are usually scrappier with a more eclectic feel. We had one in our last apartment too, I'll track down a photo and post it!

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  38. Please, don't tell me you don't iron the bedlinen, the shame of it - what ever happened to the imaginary media assistant, couldn't she run an iron over it???????

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  39. Sheets are meant to be wrinkled in!

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  40. Ironing duvet covers? I think not!! Cx

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  41. Oh, my! I HATE ironing things like sheets and the duvet cover! So, it's just fine. There is this new thing in the States though, called the Mr. Steamy, it's some sort of ball that you put in the dryer that somehow irons sheets. Apparently! I will believe it when I see it!

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  42. I reckon by the time your happy guest finally gets to bed, probably after a lovely evening of good conversation, warm and welcoming atmosphere and probably a good feed of something delicious (monkfish maybe?) that they'll be too distracted by the thoughts of how blessed they are to have a friend like you - to even notice that the bed has a duvet , let alone a cover for it, creased or otherwise.

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  43. Ruah, I'm just applying to the Department of Arts & Culture for grant aid to arrange for you to teach other people how to comment. It may be just my sensitive nature, but sometimes I feel that some of those others aren't QUITE fulsome enough.

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  44. Sadly enough for me it wouldn't matter if I ironed it or not. Because I can't iron worth a hoot. LOL!

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  45. Iron...somthing your gonna sleep on...that's absured. I love wrinkly, crinkly duvets and sheets...they're just plain charming.

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  46. I would be more than happy to stay in your guest room with duvet cover unironed. I'd tote my own fresh flowers (and buy a bunch for you). Mirror and lavender are so kind, but definitely not necessary.

    Whoever requires an ironed duvet cover should not be welcome in your guest room.

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