Interior designer Michelle Kopfer of Michelle's Interiors in Dallas, TX gives her thoughts on design trends, latest obsessions, and embracing life in the midst of the noise.

Friday, January 27, 2017

How to Recognize Luxury Sheets

I just sent over a little educational email to a client on sheets, and I had the thought that you all might be interested in that information too!  Quality sheets may be far different than what you've learned.  Since I'd like this to be a little repository of helpful information rather than merely just a bunch of my words, I'll collect other articles to share with you as well.  Below are some wonderful ones on this topic.

The US has successfully marketed thread count, which doesn't have much to do with really nice sheets. This is a fascinating article on what actually does define a high quality sheet: Thread Count

Truly nice sheets have a feel to them that is light, almost crisp but silky, and not at all like the heavy, super soft (almost clingy) feel that is so common. I've also found that very nice sheets WRINKLE, especially in the beginning. Some fabulous tips on dealing with those wrinkles:  Removing Wrinkles from Sheets

So, a little food for thought this weekend!

And, here is a photo of my all-time favorite sheet, which is from Legacy Linens.  Egyptian Cotton Percale....mmmmm....


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Few Beautiful Things

My inaugural blog post!  Or really just a switch over from doing these completely on Facebook.  I can't wait to share my design adventures, fabulous finds, and new projects, all where I can use A LOT MORE WORDS than I could on Facebook!  I'll try to restrain myself, but the English major in me is thrilled.

So, I must share with you the wonderful sink I came across in the Design District yesterday.  I haven't been a fan of the hammered metal look, but this is Perfection In A Sink:

 


I love the toned-down metal (no oil rubbed bronze, please), I love the apron front, but mostly I love that YOU CAN ADD ANY TILE OR DESIGN TO THE FRONT OF THE SINK.  This is amazing, y'all.  There are some gorgeous options on the Linkasink website (which, BTW, I'd like to know the etymology of that name; Link A Sink.  Fascinating.).  Linkasink Vignettes

Which leads me to my next newest obsession:  DRAINS.  Or really, strainers for drains.  This has been a thorn in my flesh in my own home for quite awhile.  I hate those ugly metal strainers that come with your sink drain.  And I've purchased lovely clear acrylic options that look like a flower to start with and discolor over time.  So, did you know you could BUY A PRETTY STRAINER?  Probably a lot of you did.  But for those who may not have, check this out:


This didn't even catch my eye when I took the photos above.  But the drain on the right is a fabulous example of what is out there (and the one on the left is, sigh, what most of us are stuck with).  But there are way better options.  If you need a replacement for your drop-in strainer, consider one of these options:  Decorative Basket Strainers.  And, back to drains, - there are even gorgeous options for that ugly bathroom drain:


Love, love getting to explore the design world and be exposed to what is out there.  And now you are too!  Happy Wednesday, everyone!