Refresh Your Linens, Refresh Your Life
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I don’t care what the groundhog says, spring is around the corner! I’m clinging onto this for dear life. This is why it’s time to open the metaphorical door for spring by refreshing the stuff in your home. (I don’t mean spring cleaning, that’s next month!) I’m talking about linens and things: fresh sheets, new towels, a robe or three. Fight your seasonal affective disorder with retail therapy!
It’s towel time
The first things I switch out as I pray for temperatures to rise are my bath towels. I love a thick, soft bath sheet in the winter, but as it gets warmer and more humid I like to use quick-drying waffle towels. Onsen makes great waffle towels in a variety of colors (I prefer a crisp white). Don’t be scared of the waffled texture, these towels are still super soft and absorbent and will dry faster than your typical towel.
(One thing to note is that they are more likely to snag on sharp parts of rings and necklaces but you shouldn’t be showering while wearing your precious jewels anyway.)
I recently tried Onsen’s fluffier towels and loved those too. My tip: Spring for the bath sheet, you won’t regret it.
What’s better than new bedding? (Nothing)
I swap out my winter bedding as soon as daylight saving time arrives. I started the process a little early this year because I absolutely loved this new textured duvet cover from Brooklinen’s spring collection and didn’t want to wait. It comes in two colorways, but I’m partial to the neutral pattern called "soft oat." I was a little worried about how a textured duvet would fare against my dog’s nails but so far so good!
A linen duvet cover is another great spring option. There’s a lot of linen bedding out there at all different price points but I like this duvet set from H&M Home. It’s a great "my first linen" starter set and gets even softer every time you wash it.
You can also usher in spring with some new sheets. If you’re partial to linen, Quince linen sheets are priced well and have excellent reviews. You can go for a solid color or, if you love a neutral-colored pattern like me, the stripes.
Speaking of neutral patterns, Brooklinen’s new spring collection is full of them. I’m very into this doodly pattern. Patterns in the bedroom are not for everyone! If you’re looking to experiment, a patterned sheet under a solid-colored duvet is a great way to start.
Swap out your sweaters for crop tops
It’s still chilly in most parts of the country but you’ll want to start thinking about how and where you’re going to put your sweaters away for spring/summer hibernation. First, do you have a garment brush? Give your sweaters a good brushing before you put them away.
I try to take my wool and cashmere sweaters to get dry cleaned in the spring. Then I store them in containers under my bed with some lavender pouches. I’m terrified of moths and the internet tells me moths do not like lavender!
My under-bed storage bins are getting a refresh this year too! I got a set of these zippered containers from Open Spaces. These fit perfectly under the bed but also look nice stacked in a closet or even out in the room.
If you’re looking for other ways to get organized, please consult my list of aesthetically pleasing home storage solutions here.
It’s robe o'clock!
Where are my fellow robe people? It’s time to switch to something lighter and brighter. Block Shop, an LA-based textile brand, makes really beautiful robes. I love this new black and white design they just released.
Ikea’s collaboration with Marimekko dropped at the beginning of this month and the collection includes two excellent spring robes: a leafy print and green stripes.
This color-blocked waffle robe from Hay is another good option. And it has pockets!
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