In­vest in last­ing pieces for com­fort

Central and North Burnett Times - - HOME - With Tracey Hordern

WHILE in­te­rior trends come and go, there are some main­stays. They are items for the home that are worth in­vest­ing in for long-term style.

Firstly, ev­ery­one needs a good bed. Given that most of us spend a third of our lives in our beds, in­vest­ing in qual­ity will serve you well in the long term. I would also add that qual­ity bed­ding is in­te­gral to this in­vest­ment. Start by com­mit­ting to only us­ing pure fab­rics, pure cot­ton in the high­est thread count you can af­ford and pure, stone-washed, Ir­ish linen. It’s sim­ply the best way to start and fin­ish your day.

Se­condly, a re­ally de­cent sofa is in­dis­pens­able for com­fort at home. Buy well and your sofa should last 10–20 years, de­pend­ing on whether you have chil­dren and pets. If you share your home with ei­ther of th­ese, you’re def­i­nitely bet­ter off choos­ing a sofa in a hard-work­ing fab­ric and in a dark colour.

And thirdly, you re­ally know when you’ve grown up when you in­vest in – not buy – a qual­ity rug. Heck, if you buy well enough, your rug can ac­tu­ally ap­pre­ci­ate in value! Ob­vi­ously I’m re­fer­ring to an an­tique rug that is hand wo­ven in pure silk or wool.

Es­sen­tially there are two types of rugs, ma­chine made and hand wo­ven rugs. An easy way to spot a ma­chine-made rug is by ex­am­in­ing the fringe. If it is sewn onto the rug, the rug is ma­chine-made. With a hand­made rug, the fringe is ac­tu­ally the warp strings and as such, the fringe is an in­te­gral part of the rug, rather than an added or­na­men­ta­tion.

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