HOW TO PICK THE PERFECT BEDDING
by Rana Argenio
Our bedrooms are personal. It’s where we wake up each morning and where we return to each night. It’s our personal sanctuary away from the world, where we can be ourselves. At Sunday Forever, we’re no strangers to that feeling of comfort experienced when climbing into bed; however, we decided to sit down with Rana Argenio, founder of 10 Grove to receive some expert advice on how we can make our bedrooms even more comfortable by creating our perfect bed.
Rana’s family has been crafting luxury Italian bedding for generations, working with esteemed interior designers, luxury hotels and renowned department stores around the world. She grew up in the industry, and believed it was time to bring that same level of luxury and craftmanship to a new, modern generation.
Shopping for bedding can be stressful. I get it. It has a vernacular of its own, completely foreign to the average person – percale, sateen, threadcount, shams, bedspread, etc; who knew we needed a translator just to purchase a new set of bedding?
With bedding being the single thing you touch most during your lifetime, how is it possible that most of us don’t know anything about the sheets we sleep between every night? 10 Grove is here to help you navigate this world in a way that’s fresh, relevant and fully transparent, so you can make the best decision for you.
Everything begins with the fabric–your bedding is tactile; it envelopes your body each night. This was the inspiration for our Blind Feel Test, a few questions developed to get you between the sheets that feel best to you. 10 Grove currently offer two types of fabric–Percale and Sateen. One isn’t better than the other; in fact, they’re made from the exact same cotton, just with yarns woven in a slightly different way to give you a very different feel. Percale is great if you want a light, airy touch and soft, matte finish, while Sateen is for those who love the smooth, sumptuous feel that drapes around your body.
Once you discover your forever fabric, it's all about your sleep style. While we do offer a few curated sets–our Plain + Perfect for those who are minimalistic, or The Whole Shebang for those who want it all–we strongly encourage everyone to mix and match to their heart's content, so we have compiled a useful guide on our website to help you find your Perfect Bed.
We believe you should dress your bed with the same detail and attention you dress yourself. Just like your clothes, your bedding doesn’t have to stay stagnant. Mixing and matching different colors, patterns and styles should be fun, not a chore; Blue and Beige one week, but Gray and White the following week? Why not? Having guests over? Layer on the shams! Transitioning from winter to summer, fold your Duvet at the foot of your bed and sleep with you Coverlet.
Our best advice for starting out is invest in quality basics and work your way up; it's always easier to add on than to take away, especially if you're living in a city where storage is at a minimum. Our thoughts? Never skimp on your fitted sheet and your pillowcases–these are the pieces your body actually touches, so they need to feel really good. Then, it’s a matter of preference; do you sleep with a flat sheet or not? Either way, we won’t judge. Lastly, what keeps you warm at night? Most opt for a fluffy duvet, so make sure to choose an insanely soft duvet cover that will take your sleep to the next level. Start there, and sleep on it (literally). If you're feeling like there's something lacking, add a few shams, or a coverlet to bolster your sleep experience and adjust as you see fit.
We didn't become experts on these things over night, it took years of learning and experimenting to get it perfect. And just like how we dress our bodies, our tastes in bedding change too! Sometimes we feel like we're swimming in a sea of blankets and pillows and just want to simplify our sleep, while other times we just want our duvet to hug us tight as we drift off at night. There's no right answer, just keep an open mind and find what feels right.
Remember, bedding is personal, and all about you (and only you). Your bedding should feel amazing, and make your nightly experience truly special. There’s nothing like climbing into bed at the end of a long day, so let’s make that moment all the more magical.
Rana is the Founder and Chief Dreamer at 10 Grove, the first genuine, direct-to-consumer brand of luxury linens. When not focused on bringing you the most comfort and happiness in bed, Rana can be found wandering the streets, looking for unique design pieces and munching on some new healthy snack food.