Thursday, May 13, 2010

only just enough strength of character for stripes

Duvet covers are best stored inside their matching pillowcases. This revelation came to me via a commentator on Count It All Joy, and it's the most important piece of advice I've ever received. It went PING! inside my head, and later, over a glass of champagne to mark a new era of neatness, it transformed my linen cupboard. What a rich and fulfilled life I lead.

There's now room in the linen cupboard for more duvet covers, and the top candidate emerged today: Olimpia from Zara Home.

[Images from Zara Home]

Crisp and orderly, jolly and bright: just the thing for a summery bedroom. I don't have the strength of character for those gaudy cushions depicted with it, but perhaps you do?

27 comments:

  1. I missed that advice about the duvet and will now have to try it. I need more richness and fulfilment in my life. And as to the cushions, I think you need to offer one as a giveaway to sort out who are the weak and who are the strong.

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  2. no I am weak of personality and could not cope with that particular shade of green or fuschia. But the thin elegant subtle stripe is rather nice . I so wish we had Zara here. xoxo

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  3. im totally diggin the pink and green, and the cushions. send it over :)
    ~laura

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  4. Oh Dear Mise
    Look at the strength you have show in displaying the image... true character... as for the tip.... Martha will be seeing fushia for not having trademarked that one!! or thunk it!! The stripes are lovely .. I do hope they come with the matching pillowslip.. xxx Julie

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  5. Inspirational - but don't you find horizontal stripes so unflattering?

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  6. Those cushions are dreadfull. Don't get them. I love the duvet though, and what a genius piece of advice, brilliant. Im going to do that. Im going to tell everyone I know to do it. Have a lovely weekend!

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  7. And that pesky fitted sheet can be neatly tidied away similarly, thereby greatly relieving those who haven't yet mastered the art of folding a fitted sheet and are greatly grieved by its haphazard and wilful appearance.

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  8. Shell, I'm given to understand that it's a monumental infelicity to use fitted sheets At All.

    Go, Lilly! You tell everyone.

    Brismod, surely everyone is weakened by a giveaway?

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  9. Dear Mise,
    Doesn't Meredy have the best tips (as the actress said to the bishop !! haha) ? I read that one and couldn't believe that I hadn't thought of it, considering I've been around for so long !!!!
    Am loving the subtle stipes but, I would need counselling to be able to buy such brightly coloured cushions !!
    Have a great weekend Mise. XXXX

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  10. Gosh, what a simple idea. I love it and I will never have to scour the airing cupboard for that missing pillowcase again or horror of horrors, have them mismatching on the bed!

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  11. That's a great tip, can't believe I'd never heard it before! love the duvet cover, but have to agree that the pillows are way too gaudy.

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  12. timely little tip indeed, after weeks of procrastination i'm planning on clearing out my linen cupboard this weekend. "planning on" being the salient word coupling there.

    now any hints on mustering the faff to actually do it? :)

    jx

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  13. A revelation! Begone, unsightly piles of duvet covers, never to grace my under-the-bed storage facilities again!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I store my bedding in matching sets: sheet, duvet cover and pillowcase inside the other pillowcase. I thought it was OCD...

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  15. I love this - I would get the cushions - sadly, being a stylist, I would add those gaudy cushions to the bed for the shoot. It's what I do, what can I say.
    In Reality - they'd be on the floor or the couch by the bed.

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  16. Oh, wow...that is so Martha! Only SHE never thought of it. The only thing I learned from Martha about duvet covers is how to slip the duvet cover over the duvet without any help from anyone else! Do you know that one?

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  17. Well, isn't that just genius! Love this idea and thanks for sharing. Those stripes are begging for summer! Have a great weekend :) -Jami

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  18. I do that with duvets, these days, but when I went away for a week I worried that my husband might wonder where on earth all the duvet covers had gone...

    No worries, as he hadn't needed to change any! The bliss of having children old enough not to do horrid things to bedclothes on a regular basis...

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  19. Is this revelation a well kept secret? It seems so obvious yet obscure. Tidy and organisey.

    Regarding strength of character: I think I have just enough to get comfy with the green cushion, but nowhere near enough to settle down with the bold stripey one.

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  20. No, too bright, too bright. Not for bedtime. I need muted.

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  21. that's another one of those, " i wish i'd thought of that"
    obvious yet not a bit obvious
    it reminded me of another bit of similar advice wot i read about the way we put the bread in the toaster ony i'v'e had one too mayn and i can't rememverre
    xxxx
    love you

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  22. I'll turn into a domestic goddess with your help Mise, if it's the last thing I do. The hot press won't know what's hit it later (after the cake's baked and eaten, and the ironing is all done...)

    Not sure about the bedding tho- I had a similar (but much less stylish) cover many, many moons ago and so I'm afraid it just makes me think of student life in the 80s. Probably not the look you're aiming for...

    I think I'll visit jaboopee when I leave yours; her house looks great and I'd bet the hospitality would be to my liking

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  23. Becky, I think I know that one - is it the inside out and corners technique (which also works for cricket)?

    Jaboopee, I knew I could rely on you to selflessly try out that cake stand as two wine glasses idea. Good woman. Speccy is going to abandon me now for you - the lure of alcohol, no doubt. People are so fickle.

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  24. That advice is pretty brilliant...so are those stripes! :)

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  25. Mise your writing style is so great...it never ceases to amaze me..so unique.

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  26. Woooohooo!! I love that advice - store the duvet inside the pillowcases. My life may never be the same - well it will definitely be a little more orderly anyhow! Thank you. Love the stripes but cannot cope with too much colour though. x

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  27. That is a great piece of advice! The OH will be happy with that as he's always moaning about the way the sheets are stored (ok, not always but it seems like a lot!).

    The stripes are so pretty too :)

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