How to Keep Your Mattresses, Pillows, Duvets, and Featherbeds Clean

Considering that we use our beds and pillows every day, very few of us think about properly protecting them.  But between the inevitable accidents, allergies, and concerns over dust mites and bed bugs, it’s a good idea to be proactive.  Here are a few simple solutions to keeping your bedrooms clean.

  1. Keep your bedroom cool and dry.
  2. Eliminate clutter.
  3. Choose a hypoallergenic mattress.
  4. Use mattress, pillow, duvet, and featherbed protectors (more on that below).  They offer protection against spills and accidents, and reduce the amount of sweat, dirt, hair, and body cells that make it onto your bed.  If bugs are a concern, wrap your mattress, box spring, and pillows in allergen-blocking bed coverings.
  5. Air out your bed for 10-15 minutes before making it each morning.  If you have a ceiling fan, turn it on to circulate air.
  6. Wash your linens once a week, using your regular detergent or Linen Wash.  Wash your pillows and duvets with Down Wash as needed.
  7. Vacuum regularly.  Vacuums with double-layered micro-filter bags or a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are best for containing dust.
  8. Keep your windows closed, or install screens in all your windows.
  9. Keep food and drinks away from your bed.
  10. Have your pets sleep on a separate bed.  Even the best behaved pets walk outside, drool, shed hair, and have the occasional accident.

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What to Know About St. Gèneve Down Products


There’s an old Scandinavian tradition that when a woman got married, her parents would give the couple a new down duvet and pillows made by her mother, with a coin sewn into the duvet for good luck.  At St. Gèneve, this charming tradition continues.  All St. Gèneve down duvets have a coin sewn in, with the same spirit of good wishes.


Higher quality duvets are more versatile: they will be warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer than lower quality duvets. This is because higher quality down is better at insulation, lightness, and breathability than lower quality down. The table below illustrates how this works.

Courtesy St. Gèneve

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Where Can I Get the Dinnerware Used at The French Laundry and Per Se?

You’d be surprised how often we are asked this question.  And we are happy to say that you can get Thomas Keller’s dinnerware here at Gracious Style.

Eating at one of Thomas Keller’s fine restaurants – like The French Laundry in Napa or per se in New York – is truly a magnificent experience.  People have flown half way across the world just for that experience.  But he has created a set of dinnerware that lets you re-create the experience at home — if you’ll do the cooking.

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17 Tips for Picking the Perfect Pet-Friendly Rug

If you live with pets, we bet you’ve had to part with a rug or two after the why-didn’t-I-see-this-coming happens.  But you’re not alone, and we promise you there’s a way to keep both your adorable pets happy and your home looking stylish.

Here’s our primer on how to pick the perfect pet-friendly rug.


1. Indoor/outdoor rugs are the best choice.  They’re virtually chew- and scratch-proof, can handle lots of foot traffic, and easily wash up with a little detergent and water.  And don’t worry, the new ones are so soft, you could easily walk on them with bare feet.

Image Dash & Albert

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Before + After: A Recipe for A Fashionable Den Makeover

My den had a problem.

Even though it had gorgeous views and comfortable furniture, everybody just walked right past it.  This seemed like a great place to spend an afternoon, but nobody — not even I — was tempted to do that:

Fortunately, there’s an easy, step-by-step process to turning a den or family room into an inviting, stay-for-a-while space.  Here’s the recipe:

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