linens, like fine wine, get better with age. "In addition to its
luxurious look and feel, with proper laundering and care, fine bedding
has longevity and becomes softer with time," says Mark Van Ess,
co-owner of Cranston, Milwaukee. Although more expensive up front,
treating yourself to fine linens is an investment that will pay off in
the long run.
Who says wood
canít be soft? 100 percent Italian wood fiber defines "Legna"
from SDH. Wood pulp is harvested from managed forest and has the feel
of silk but the easy care of cotton. Machine laundered and
biodegradable; available in seven colors. Queen fitted or flat sheet,
$351; king fitted or flat sheet, $414; standard pillow case, $83; king
pillow case, $99; Cranston.
blue 100 percent cotton "Amelia" quilt set from Sferra has a
detailed scroll pattern that has been meticulously stitched and
finished. Also available in ivory, tan and coral. Queen set includes
quilt and two standard shams, $460; king set includes quilt and two
king shams, $515; Cranston, Milwaukee.
bedroom should be your oasis," notes Kate Kazlo, owner of The
Home Market in the Third Ward. Made of 100 perecent Tencel,
environmentally sustainable fabric, elegant "Madera" bedding
from Bella Notte Linens has subtle luster and easy drape. Smooth to
the touch, it comes in 20 colors. Queen duvet, $491; standard shams,
$79 each. The Home Market, Milwaukee.
lines define "Oasis" bedding from Simply Vera Vera Wang.
Comforter sets, $359.99-$389.99; sheet sets, $99.99-$119.99; duvets,
$259.99-$289.99; Euro shams, $49.99. Kohlís, various locations.
that becomes softer with every wash. "Crochet Lace" duvet
cover and deluxe shams in champagne. Comes in 20 hand-dyed colors and
is available in everything from duvet covers to window treatments and
decorative pillows. Duvets, $332-$596; Shams, $79-$134. From Bella
Notte Linens. The Home Market.
just about thread count," notes Ashley Evans, manager of Past
Basket in Milwaukee, "itís about the quality of the cotton
too." Gorgeous "Alhambra" pattern in Nocturne Azure
from Matoukís Bespoke Collection is completely custom-made in Italy
and finished in the United States. Choose everything from the base
sheet in a 50/50 cotton-poly blend up to a 1,000 thread count cotton.
Queen sheet set starts at $500; queen duvet cover starts at $558;
queen coverlet starts at $549. Past Basket, Fox Point.
spectacular "Arabesque" pattern from its Bespoke Collection
is like couture bedding: Everything is made to the clientís
specifications. Shown here in Nocturne Coral with Nocturne Chocolate
accents. Queen sheet set starts at $500; queen duvet cover starts at
$558; queen coverlet starts at $549. Past Basket. M