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Design Advice Q+A // Saving v. Splurging

Q: When furnishing and decorating my apartment, which items are worth the splurge?

A: To save or to splurge depends on your interests and what you spend most of your time at home doing. If you love to write or do lots of work on your computer, it would make sense for you to budget more for a desk. If you're a fan of art, then tell yourself it's okay to spend more on artwork and frames. At the end of the day, your home is a direct reflection of you and your passions, so pay more for the pieces you'll be most attached to. 

There are a few items we believe everyone should invest in, so read below to learn more. 

MATTRESS 

You spend a large portion of your life asleep, so you might as well do it comfortably. Everyone's preferences vary when deeming a mattress comfortable, so do your research, test several mattresses, and make a decision understanding that you're going to spend a pretty penny regardless of the one you choose. Also keep in mind that you'll have this mattress for years to come, so the investment is well worth it.

A few websites to get you started on your research:

Splurge

www.tempurpedic.com

www.sleepnumber.com

www.sleepys.com

Save

www.casper.com

www.tuftandneedle.com

www.ikea.com

COUCH OR SOFA

Another piece of furniture intended for the long haul is a couch, sofa, or armchair, so prepare to splurge on a piece that suits you and your tastes most. Stores like Jonathan Adler, ABC Home, and West Elm offer different sized couches for you to accommodate the space you're working with. A few of our favorites are shown below:

West Elm Bliss Down-Filled Chair and a Half $849-949

ABC Home Cobble Hill Elizabeth Sleeper Sofa On sale $1,799

Jonathan Adler Lambert Sofa  $3,595

KITCHEN SUPPLIES

We highly recommend spending more on kitchen supplies, because not only will your kitchen look sleek and beautiful, you will also feel excited to spend time there. The more time you spend in your kitchen cooking and baking, the less time you'll spend out at restaurants or ordering delivery. Over time, your investments will pay off. A few of our favorite fancy kitchen appliances are listed below:

Nespresso Vertuoline Machine $349

Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender $649.95

Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer $429.99

All-Clad Crockpot $179.99

 

Design Advice Q+A // White Sheets

Q: I have white sheets. How often should I wash them and is bleach safe to use?

A: Most anyone you ask will say to wash your sheets once a week, but we consider that more of a guideline than requirement. It’s great if you can manage your chores well enough to wash bedding weekly, but cut yourself a little slack if life gets in the way and you only manage it every other week.

One factor that contributes to how frequently you need to wash your sheets is whether you shower in the morning or at night. If you shower at night, you’re going to bed clean, but if you shower in the morning, you’re bringing the whole day to bed with you. This is a totally fine practice; some people prefer to wake up with a shower, but it will require more frequent sheet washing.

We’ve never quite felt comfortable exposing our sheets to bleach and in our research have found this easy recipe with ingredients you probably already have in your apartment/house:

12 cups water

¼ cup lemon juice

1 cup hydrogen peroxide

Throw this mixture in with your white sheets and they’ll come out sparkling!

Design Advice Q+A // Tired of Wires

We’ve launched Design Advice in order to answer all your bedroom-related questions, whether about decorating, cleaning, color schemes, organization, or DIY projects. E-mail info@remodo.com and ask us anything!

Q: The messiest, most unsightly part of my room is all the wires from my electronics. Between my laptop, cell phone, tablet, speakers, humidifier, etc. my wires are always a mess! Any tips on hiding them and keeping my life tangle-free?

A: First things first: whether or not you have a desk, it’s important to create a dedicated space for your technology. In other words, create a divide between your electronics and your bed. We know the urge to keep your cell phone and laptop within reach every morning and every night, but creating that separation will do wonders for your stress levels, the kinds of dreams you have, and how well you sleep.

ph:www.upcycledtreasures.com

If there are a few items you need by your bed (i.e. bedside lamp, fan, or humidifier), a simple surge protector behind your bedside table or bed will suffice. We suggest taping the cords to the wall or floor with Washi tape in order to keep them untangled and out of sight. 

One of our favorite websites for electronic organizational items is Quirky. Quirky has invented products such as the Pivot Power, a pliable surge protector that can fit into any odd space: around a desk leg or in a corner. Another great one is the Plug Hub, which separates each cord plugged into a surge protector. Even their smaller products, like the Power Curl or Cordies, are super useful and add a pop of color to an otherwise drab set up of wires.  

Visit Quirky's awesome and easy-to-navigate website.

Pivot Power//ph:www.quirky.com 

Power Curl//ph:www.quirky.com