Create The W Hotels Bed at Home: In 6 Steps

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

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

That grogginess? It may actually have to do with your bed

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

Guests are Coming! It’s Time to Prep the House

 
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

Hotel at Home: Fall Asleep in a Five-Star Suite

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

So, What’s a White Sale, Anyway?

 

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

Rue Cheat Sheet: Demystifying the Comforter

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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November 7, 2012

Instant Inspiration: Five Pinterest Boards We Can’t Get Enough Of

In honor of tonight’s Rue Sleep-In, we took to Pinterest to find the best (read: most inspiring) bedroom-themed boards out there. Here’s what we uncovered:

1. Our Editorial Home Director, Eddie Ross, knows how to create a dreamy sleeping space. And this decorating Pinboard has all his tips for bringing any room to designer potential.

2.  These ethereal sleeping spaces are calm, crisp, and feminine. Are we too old for a fairytale bedroom in a tree house?

3. We love how crisp and clean white bedrooms can be.

4. Turns out, every closet can become a cozy bedroom nook – at least according to this Pinboard.

5. A bedroom isn’t just about the bedding, and this Pinboard shows us the décor that turns a space into a relaxing oasis.

Want more bedroom inspiration? Join @ruelala on Twitter at 2PM EST to chat with our very own Eddie Ross and get all your bedding questions answered. #ruesleepin

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October 23, 2012

Upgrade Your Space: Home Sweet Hotel

The hotel stay is one of the best, but often overlooked, parts of travel or vacationing. After a long day of sightseeing, soaking up rays, or networking at a conference, there’s nothing better than returning to a clean, stylish hotel room and slipping cozily between fresh sheets.

It’s not difficult to come home to such comfort in daily life. Besides completing the obvious (yet easy-to-neglect) basic household chores, use these tips to recapture that pristine hotel feeling – without getting on a plane.

Basic, Neutral Linens
Outfit your bed with a neutral or white duvet and sheets. Stick to the basics, and your bedroom will feel bright, neat, and inviting – three major perks of the hotel vibe. Also, stock your bathroom with tidy, matching towels to keep it looking immaculate.

Lots (And We Mean Lots) Of Pillows
Though I shove aside at least half the pillows on hotel beds before catching Zs, I appreciate their chic, classy appearance. Mix it up with varying (but complementary) sizes, textures, and patterns for a serious bedroom upgrade.

Furniture Reboot
To give your space a grand, serene appearance, invest in a large armoire and conceal your TV inside. Or, consider placing a pedestal table and chairs in a corner of your bedroom – it’s much more relaxing to take in the morning paper and a coffee when you’re lounging in comfort.

Fresh Flowers
Immediately brighten up any room by adding a vase of fresh flowers (or a living plant – white orchids are my favorite) to your nightstand or tabletop. Though this is easier in spring and summer, mums are a welcome treat during the off-season.

Pint-Sized Goodies
Who doesn’t love those adorable mini lotions and pillow chocolates? Pick up a few fancy travel-sized shampoo and conditioner bottles for guests to use – or just to switch up your tub décor. Keep the chocolates in a crystal dish (rather than on your pillow) to add sparkle and class.

Get started on hotel-ing out your home and visit The Rue Sleep-In: Whit & Alex, Villa 408, & coza Boutique, opening Tuesday, October 23, at 8PM ET.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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October 22, 2012

Rue How-To: Make a Beautiful Bed

 

Layering bedding accessories is an art, one – I have to admit – I’m not very good at. Luckily, here at Rue we have Eddie Ross, our home editor extraordinaire. Having worked at glossies like House Beautiful and Martha Stewart Living (among others), he knows a thing or two about making a bed look straight out of a catalogue.

RLL: Let’s talk pillows. How many is too many?
Eddie: You should always start off with two euro pillows then add two to four standard pillows according to the size of your bed. Throw in three accent pillows at the max (I like odd numbers of throw pillows).

RLL: Mixing patterns. Is it a do or a don’t?
Eddie: Absolutely a do. For me, mixing patterns is a really great way to create a look that’s all your own. What I like about Rue and our soft home selection is that you can find really amazing bed linens at such a great price that you can buy a few different sets and mix and match.

RLL: Is there actually an easy way to tuck sheet corners? I’m starting to think it’s an urban myth …
Eddie: I love a hospital bed corner. The Art of Manliness has a really great illustrated guide to getting them just right.

RLL: Is there a way to get out sheet wrinkles without whipping out the iron?
Eddie: No, but there is a way to cheat – iron your pillowcases and the top 18–20 inches on your top sheet for a nice beautiful bed.

RLL: When should we make the change from summer-weight comforters to the heavy-duty down ones?
Eddie: It all depends on where you live. Usually it happens in the beginning of October. But prior to that you should take everything out and either hang it on the line or have it dry-cleaned to really freshen up your bedding.

RLL: What’s one bedding accessory no bed should go without?
Eddie: Euro shams. They just add that sophisticated touch.

For all the ingredients for a beautifully made bed, check out our The Rue Sleep-In: Whit & Alex, Villa 408, & coza Boutique opening Tuesday, October 23, at 8PM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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October 20, 2012

Ready, Set, Shop: The Saturday Spree

 

Fresh off the workweek with the whole weekend in front of you – what’s not to love about Saturday? Now that the weather is getting even cooler, I’m happily passing up that shopping trip in favor of a little cyber spree. For everything from dresses and fur-trimmed coats to heels and boots, our Seize the Day: The Saturday Spree Boutique is the one-stop shop for everything I could possibly want – without tripping over mall walkers along the way. If I had to choose? These three items would be the ones I’d scoop up.

1. BCBGeneration Black Shoulder Pleated Mini Dress

2. Matthew Williamson Cream Knitted Fox Fur Shrug

3. BELLE by Sigerson Morrison Suede Tall Shaft Boot

Our Seize the Day: The Saturday Spree Boutique opens Saturday, October 13, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 13, 2012