Sheets, duvets or blankets?

So we have chatted about how and why to make a bed, but what about the elements you use to make your bed? Our experience here at Casa Lusa has taught us that the possibilities are endless. Our clients have many variations on the elements they use to make their beds. Many are time honored traditional ways, others personal preferences and others purely based on reducing the laundry load!

For many the first basic element is a fitted sheet. For some of us this is a must, but others prefer a traditional flat sheet. Then comes the top part, the modern way dictates that the only other element needed is a duvet encased in a duvet cover. But if you are like me, a top sheet is a must. A nice top sheet folded down over the duvet. But let's not forget the more traditional bed made up of flat sheets, top and bottom, then finished with blankets and/or a bedspread.

When it comes to choosing your bed linens, do you prefer to add a splash of colour or pattern to your linens or stick to basic hotel chic and keep everything in crisp white? And as for the fabric, there is a host of fabric to choose from and so many buzz words in the linen industry such as easy care, cotton blend, percale, thread counts. Confused? Don't be.

Whatever your preference, Casa Lusa has an option for you. Be it decorative sheets sets or classic white, duvet covers or blankets and bedspreads, we have it covered. We will guide through the world of fabric choices and help you select all the elements you need for your perfect bed. And of course, we give you the added guarantee of everything being "Made in Portugal"

Night night everyone .....oh don't forget the scatter cushions....

Please tell us how you prefer to make up your bed and check out the following links.

http://www.aulitfinelinens.com/pages/thread-count-101

http://www.housebeautiful.com/home-remodeling/interior-designers/tips/a1342/how-to-choose-bed-linens/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/houzz/2013/07/10/how-to-choose-the-perfect-bedsheets/

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How and why do YOU make your bed?


In my childhood, I was always schooled to make my bed in the mornings. My mother's almost daily and gentle (yeah, right) reminder, "MAKE YOUR BED!" still on occassion rings in my ears when I look at my bed and either don't have the time or want to make the effort to put it together as it should be. Because grabbing a handful of bed linen and pulling the lot up to the top of the bed to kinda-sorta straighten it out ISN'T the same as taking an extra couple of minutes, because it really doesn't take any longer than that, to:
1/ retuck the bottom sheet,
2/ pull taught and center the top sheet along with the blanket/bedspread/duvet, whatever the preference, and fold those back to show off the gorgeous design that attracted you to buy the sheet set in the first place,
and lastly
3/ plump up the 1 or 2 or 4 (or more?) pillows.
Ta-da! It's that quick and easy. REALLY. And totally worth it when, at the end of your day, and you retire to your bedroom, there's the welcome sight of a tidy bed waiting to receive you and treat you to a relaxing sleep as opposed to having to wrestle with rumpled and dishevelled bed linen just to get in.
So really, if you think about it, 5 minutes in the morning TOPS! (equivalent to 0.005% of a 17 hour day) = a hassle-free winding down and thus a restful night's sleep. That sounds logical and worth it, no?

Here are a few links to peruse on how and why to make your bed.
Let us know if you agree or disagree on the 'how' or the 'why' or have any time saving tricks to share.

http://www.marthastewart.com/911899/how-properly-make-bed
http://www.howcast.com/videos/327-How-to-Make-a-Bed
http://hellogiggles.com/8-reasons-make-bed-morning/#read

Check out this photo of a well dressed bed.

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Get your man in a pinny

Ladies, does your man like to help out in the kitchen? Or is he in charge of the BBQ? Does he wear an apron or are you left to deal with the grease stains on his clothes?  What do you think, should a man wear an apron in the kitchen?  Check out these following articles...

http://www.ladylunch.co.uk/wp/2014/04/15/pass-your-man-a-pinny/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-184500/Women-love-men-pinny.html

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New Look Web-site

Welcome to our new look web-site! Since the founding of Casa Lusa in 2012 our shop has evolved and as new lines have been added and subtle changes made we felt it was time for our web-site to reflect our evolution and progress. We guarantee the same quality of goods, all made in Portugal, and of course  continue in  our mission to guarantee an impeccable standard of personal service to all our customers.  We welcome your feedback on our web-site and extend an invitation for you all to stop by Casa Lusa the next time you are in town. 

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