Linen is a fabric that has been used for thousands of years. In fact it is one of the world’s oldest fabrics and was used in ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, and ancient Greece. It has remained a favored fabric throughout millennia because of its versatility, durability, and strength. But where does it come from and why is it still important today? Continue reading
When it is hot and humid, nighttime can be horrible and getting a good night’s sleep can be impossible. So, what is the solution? Technology is the most obvious answer—get an air conditioner that keeps your room at a constant, comfortable temperature regardless of what is happening with the weather outside. But what if you don’t have an air conditioner or you want to try something more natural? Here are some tips that you can try to help you stay cool.
A glass of water beside your bed is good for cooling and moistening your dry throat, but a bowl of water in the room can help make the room more comfortable. It will act as a dehumidifier to make the air less dry.
2. Always Cotton
Silk and satin bedding is beautiful and it feels lovely on the skin, but it has no place on a bed on a hot summer’s night. Change this type of bedding in favor of cotton. Our incomparable collection is chock-full of elegant sheets and sheet sets, many made exclusively for Schweitzer Linen with famed Italian craftsmanship. Find the most tasteful designs for any décor, in the very finest pure Egyptian cottons with quality as high as 1000 thread count just make sure it is pure cotton like, for example, La Chaîne
And if you are still wearing pajamas despite the heat, cotton is also the best choice. Schweitzer offers a number of super-cool PJ’s in pure Pima cotton just like Dominique shown.
3. Use Fans Creatively
If you just place your fan on a bedside table and hope for the best, all you will probably do is blow the hot air around the room. Instead, try to do something different. For example, position the fan across from a window so that it creates a genuine cool breeze in the room using the air outside. Another option is to point the fan out of the window—to blow the room’s hot air out.
4. Use Blackout Blinds or Curtains
When the temperatures outside get very hot, one way to keep your room cool at night is to not let it heat up during the day. You can do this by getting blackout blinds or curtains and keeping them shut during daylight hours.
5. Hot Water Bottle
Of course you don’t fill it with hot water. Instead, put ice cold water inside to keep you a bit cooler.
6. Cold Shower
Take a cold shower before getting into bed to lower your body temperature and wash off the horrible sweat. If you can’t take a shower you should at least wet your feet with cold water. Your feet help to control your overall body temperature, so cooling them down before you go to bed will help.
7. Stay Low
This is one for your children who sleep in bunk beds. Hot air rises so the child on the top bunk is probably the hottest in the house. On the warmest and most humid nights of the year, let him or her sleep on the floor where it is much cooler.
8. Keep the Lights Off
Light bulbs generate heat, so when it is hot use them sparingly.
It is not easy to stay cool when it gets really hot, but you always have one final option to consider: kick your partner out of bed. It is much easier to stay cool when you sleep alone. 😀
A Reference Guide for the Antique Furniture Aficionado
Do you know what types of antique furniture you like? Can you identify the era, the age, or the history of your favorite pieces? Are you curious to know the history and origin of them? If so, this guide can help you identify what you like and give you some background information and origin of these beautiful hand-made antique heirloom pieces. Schweitzer Linen has traveled the world over and curated some truly gorgeous and unique decorative objects and furniture from various eras which are available to purchase. The following will help you learn more about them and why they are so unique.
Let’s start with THE VICTORIAN ERA.
This was an age of revivals. Victorians loved embellishment, not only on their clothing, but for all objects in their homes. The Victorian Era lasted a good long time – from 1840-1900, during which several distinct furniture styles evolved. Each were influenced by the medieval days through to the Renaissance and French 18th Century Louis XVI. Victorian design in general, and specifically furnishings, is widely viewed as having indulged in a grand use of ornament. The Victorian era is known for its interpretation and eclectic revival of historic styles mixed with the introduction of Middle East and Asian influences in furniture, fittings, interior design and décor.
This beautiful Victorian side cabinet from Schweitzer Linen features dark wood popular at the time, golden decorative applied ormulo (molded bronze shaped pieces) and similarly decorated base. Continue reading