For your bed: The ultimate lazy bed-making? While you’re still tucked in, spread your arms wide and grab the edges of your sheets and comforter. Flap them like a gym-class parachute, then lay back while holding the bedding. Fold it over neatly, and slip on out. Voilà.

For your microwave: Tackle microwave odors with a fragrant punch of citrus. Place fresh orange rinds inside and heat for a minute. The steam will distribute brightly scented oils – and all you have to do is wipe down the appliance.

For squeaky doors: If there’s an irritating noise coming from your door, just grab a stick of deodorant. As a quick fix, rub it onto the problematic hinges. Squeaks, begone.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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March 2, 2015

Ah, luxury hotel living. There’s the big cushy bed. Unlimited fluffy white towels. Service at the touch of a button. But a stay at any of the W’s 46 worldwide locations (like the just-opened W Bogota Hotel and W Beijing – Chang’an) goes beyond all that. Here’s what’s in store.

W Hotel Dallas Bed

10AM: Wake up wrapped in silky-soft cotton sheets and a down blanket in your plush W Hotels bed.

10:15AM: Sink a little deeper into the pillows and revel in utter comfort before you take on the day.

11AM: Shower. The scent of Bliss Lemon + Sage products is eye-opening. Slip on a W robe when you’re done.

W Hotels Yoga

12PM: Head to yoga. You’re going to want to keep this whole Zen vibe going. Hoping for something more intense? Get your sweat on at FIT – the W’s solution to making the gym more fun, it’ll be the chicest workout space you’ve ever seen.

3PM: Put that energy to good use. Dress to the nines and claim a seat at a fashion show.

W Hotels DJ

8PM: Kick off the evening with dinner. Indulge in room service while you freshen up or hit the hotel’s eatery to see and be seen.

11PM: It’s time for drinks and dancing – music will be flowing all night at the W Hotels & Burn Studios DJ Lab.

2AM: Snuggle into your W Hotels bed and pull the down duvet over your head. You’ve earned some shut-eye.

10AM: Wake up refreshed. Repeat.

Bring that luxe W Hotels lifestyle home. Our W Hotels The Store Boutique opened Friday, January 30, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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January 30, 2015

For bedroom décor: Put a spin on the traditional headboard. Try framed wallpaper, a texture-rich woven curtain, or repurposed vintage windows as a design-savvy alternative.

For your sheet storage: The chore of bed-making just got a bit easier. Neatly fold pillowcases and sheets, then wrap sets together with eye-catching fabric (or even an old fitted sheet). Grab from the closet and go.

For a quick clean: Guests on the way? Give your bathroom a five-minute refresh. Wipe off toothpaste stains, drain the soap dish, and flush a bit of toilet cleaner. But skip the shower: mildew is easily concealed with a pull of the curtain.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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January 26, 2015

Perhaps you recognize Serena & Lily‘s print-happy designs. You’ve spent some time flipping through – and coveting everything in – a catalog or two. Or maybe it’s even your go-to home brand. But do you have any idea how it all began? We’ll tell you.

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Once upon a time in 2003…
Design-savvy Serena Dugan met business maven Lily Kanter. Eight months later, 15 whimsical nursery collections were born.

Celebrity moms? Obsessed.
And so is everyone else. In 2006 the brand is featured – twice – in PEOPLE magazine. By the end of the year, designs are in 600 stores.

Hello, growth spurt.
Grown-up bedding in 2009. Upholstered furniture in 2010. Entertaining musts in 2011. Two retail locations (in San Francisco and the Hamptons). Serena & Lily officially has it all.

Ready to redecorate with confidence? Our Serena & Lily Boutique opens Thursday, January 22, at 3PM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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January 22, 2015

You know how luxury hotel beds always seem to be the comfiest? It’s because they are – especially when it comes to the mattresses designed just for W Hotels. But it’s not only these mattresses that make W Hotels stand out in the sleep space. It’s the entire atmosphere the hotel creates in each of its properties. And you can experience it every day in your own home. Here’s how.

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1. Mattress: Sleep (every night) on exclusive-to-W-Hotels pillow-top or plush styles.

2. Toppers: Add a cushy mattress pad and featherbed for an extra dose of comfort.

3. Pillows: Pick down, a feather-and-down combo, or down alternative.

4. Bedding: Layer on silky-smooth, wrinkle-resistant sheets and duvets.

5. Robes: Baby terry lining is supersoft – and absorbent post-shower, too.

6. Scented Candles: A crisp citrus blend makes for an aromatic finishing touch.

Start building your own W Hotels bed. Shop The W Hotels Bed Boutique, which opened Wednesday, October 8, at 3PM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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October 8, 2014

Fact: We spend a third of our lives sleeping (even though, as I sip my second coffee of the morning, it doesn’t feel that way). If that mattress we’re sleeping on, however, isn’t the right fit, our best rest certainly won’t be achieved – and all those hours spent laying inactive could’ve gone to better use.

Is it time for you to get a new mattress? Here are a few factoids to get you thinking.

Out with the Old (Mattress), In with the New

-It’s recommended that we change our mattress every five to seven years. Think about it – our bodies can change a lot in that amount of time, and physical needs may be different than they were when the mattress was purchased. Forget when you bought it? Check the mattress tag.

-Find yourself rolling toward the center of your bed? That’s a sure sign that the mattress is sagging (not merely “broken in”), and is more than ready to be replaced. A mattress should be responding to your body, after all – not the other way around.

-If you’re routinely waking up with aches and pains (and aren’t training for a decathlon), a new mattress may be in order. Older, broken-down mattresses lack the support our bodies need in order to fully restore themselves while at rest.

-Two (not totally savory) words: sweat and oil. As we sleep, our bodies shed them both naturally, rendering the mattress a dust mite’s (and bacteria’s) dream. Contact with either can result in skin breakouts and allergies (the sore-throat-and-itchy-nose kind) on our end – both of which of course lead to less sleep (and more discomfort). Oh, and, a quick FYI: millions of dust mites can live in a mattress at one time. If that’s not an argument for a new mattress, I don’t know what is.

Do you qualify for a new mattress? You’re in luck – our The W Hotels Bed Boutique opens Wednesday, January 23, at 11AM ET.
By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer
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January 23, 2013

 
Have a horde of house guests coming for the holidays? (Can’t they just stay in a hotel? Kidding, kidding. We love them.)

Don’t panic. The Home Sale has everything – and I mean everything – you need to make every out-of-towner feel at-ease and leave ever-impressed. Here are a few quick tips to get you started.

Bedding
Tuck some crisp sheets in tight and load up on the pillows. It’s probably a tad chilly outside, so leave a few extra blankets stacked on a chair, just in case. Guests are always apprehensive about asking for things (even when we tell them to make themselves at home).

Coffee & Toast
Is there anything better in the morning? (Okay, maybe pancakes.) But there’s no need to go overboard – you’re probably preparing the big dinner feast. Have coffee brewing, offer some fruit or toast, and take them to your favorite breakfast diner.

The Bar
Keep it stocked. Come 3PM (it’s the holidays, we don’t judge), someone will be jonesing for eggnog, and you’ll be ready with the rum. From ice buckets and decanters to every type of cocktail glass and goblet, this Boutique has everything you need to become the world’s best host(ess).

Our Get Ready, It’s a Big One: The Home Sale Boutique opens Friday, December 7, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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December 7, 2012

Whether you’re entertaining out-of-towners for the holidays or looking to spruce up your own sleeping space, follow these easy at-home tips to create a bedroom that’s all about relaxation.

1. Make the bed. It may sound obvious, but if you’re anything like me, you know how temping it can be to throw that comforter over a pile of jumbled sheets and call it a day. Get into the habit of making the bed right after you brush your teeth, and after a long, tiresome day, it will feel as if housekeeping stopped by to tuck in your covers.

2. Stick with one color palette, & upgrade your thread count. Nothing feels more like a hotel room than crisp, white, freshly washed linens, but a soothing sky blue or neutral tone will have the same stress-relieving effect. And if there’s one thing to splurge on in the bedroom, it’s the sheets (not the TV). Up that thread count, or choose a luxury cotton like Egyptian or Supima.

3. Fresh flowers. We don’t often think of buying flowers if we’re not entertaining or greeting someone special, but a freshly cut bouquet perched on a bedside table or vanity circulates oxygen and heightens the room by adding color and pleasing aromas.
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November 20, 2012

 

Now that Internet shopping rules, the department store has become a relic of days past. But that doesn’t mean we don’t take cues from our retail ancestors. Quite the contrary, in fact. Today marks our incredibly, massively huge White Sale – a term I was previously unfamiliar with (“but there are colorful sheets in here!”). After a little digging, I discovered the origins of this home goods extravaganza – and the reason behind the name.

Conceived by John Wanamaker (of Wanamaker’s – the first department store in Philadelphia) in 1878, the White Sale was initiated to keep shoppers coming through the doors during the slowest sales seasons. How? By providing heavy discounts on bedding and linens (because who doesn’t love a sale?). And thus, the first White Sale was born.

So, where does white come in? At the time, colors and prints were nowhere to be found in bedding. The vibrant linens we know now didn’t become popular until 70 years later, in the 1950s.

Today, White Sales have (thankfully) evolved to include items of every color, not just for the bed but for the bathroom, too. Plush duvets, eye-catching sheets, softer-than-soft towels, and more – they’re all here.

Now that you’re practically a historian yourself, stock up on necessities (and not-so-necessary indulgences) for the bed and bath.

Our (Winter) White Sale Boutique opens Wednesday, November 14, at 3PM ET.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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November 14, 2012

While your own terms for the perfect comforter – as fluffy as can be – are pretty straightforward, a comforter doesn’t always describe itself so simply. From warmth levels to fill power, use this quick cheat sheet to ensure that you’re investing in the sound-sleep staple that best fits your needs (marathon cuddle fests most certainly included).

Level 1 Warmth: This warmth level is best for late spring through early fall, or if a room’s temperature is kept between 65°F and 69°F.

Level 2 Warmth: Best for fall through spring, or if a room’s temperature is kept between 62°F and 65°F.

Light Warmth: For additional winter warmth, layer this weight atop any heavier comforter. Also great for primary use in late spring through early fall (or if a room’s temperature is kept between 69°F and 72°F).

Fill Power: Fill power is a gauge of down’s warmth. Fill power measures the amount of space an ounce of down takes up, measured in cubic inches. Higher numbers indicate more warmth. Fluffier comforters usually fall somewhere within the 600–800 scale.

Thread Count: The higher a fabric’s thread count is, the lighter the fabric will be. In the case of a comforter, this helps keep it featherlight and fluff-able.

Loft: A fancy word for “puffy.”

Construction: The style in which a comforter is stitched makes all the difference in its fluff factor. A box stitch, for example, is a checkered pattern of stitching (it creates a quilted appearance). By isolating fill into singular boxes, it stays spread out across the comforter (instead of gathering in just one spot).

Now that you know your stuff (ha ha), be sure to check out our Cuddledown Bedding & Loungewear Boutique, opening Wednesday, November 7, at 11AM ET.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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