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Interior Design Services for Corporate to Residential

Sonja Dreyer Interior Design is a specialist interior design firm established in 1994, operating out of Cape Town, South Africa. See our interior design profile

Our expert interior designers� services are utilised in the following areas of interior design specialization:

  • Corporate / Commercial Interiors
  • Office Planning / Office Layout / Office Design
  • Hospitality and Hotels
  • Retail
  • Top End Residential Interiors

We offer the following full turnkey services:

  • Concept establishment
  • Space planning (office space or other)
  • Budget preparation
  • Detailed design drawings, complete with specifications
  • Manufacture and selection of all furniture, fixtures and fittings. This includes customised receptions, auditoriums, boardrooms, bars, canteens and office furniture.
  • Full project management services from start to completion




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. Autocad Source suppliers and products (locally and internationally) via our database, market researchand Internet Find solutions to any problems that may arise relating to the project. This can be in any discipline of trading (engineering projects, construction industry) Software MS Office (and specifically Excel), Internet, AutoCad. Gantt Charts Equipment: N. MARKET RELATED PACKAGE, COMMENSURATE WITH QUALIFICAT

JACOBS MATASIS PTY LTD – BELLVILLE, WESTERN CAPE

. an appropriate qualification and at least 2 years practical draughting / CAD working experience.AutoCAD and 3D modelling experience a requirement. MARKET RELATED CTC

DISPSTAFFING – BRACKENFELL, WESTERN CAPE

Qualified Draughtsman AutoCAD. Inventor, Solid Works, Photoshop, java script etc. Electrical, Mechanical, Piping, structural, civil engineering, Tracing, designing, detailing. R17 000 PER MONTH

. and Civil Infrastructure projects Oversee Junior Engineers and Draughtsman Conduct site inspections and meet with clients Experience in Prokon and AutoCAD Minimum 5 years’ experience. and meet with clients. Experience in Prokon and AutoCAD. Minimum 5 years’ experience. Please visit our website, www.communicate.co.za to submit your CV directly or to view other. 800000 ANNUALLY

. working on water related projects such as Pipelines, Pump Stations, Reservoirs & Waste Water Treatment Works, and Hydraulics Proficiency in WADISO, EPANET and AutoCAD Offer: R900k.

. extensive experience in AutoCAD. Revit and AutoPADDs. Should you meet the requirements for this position, please email your CV to .com or fax to () -5. You can also contact Jessica. R R 250

. Stations, Reservoirs & Waste Water Treatment Works, Hydraulics Proficiency in WADISO, EPANET and AutoCAD Should you meet these requirements, please contact Jayne, Elmari and Dawn on XXX. R62500 – R75000

. engineering, fire engineering, acoustics, facades and seismic design. We embed sustainability principles in every design. Job Summary Civil Engineering – Civil3D design and AutoCAD drafting. using AutoCAD. Ensure that drawings meet quality standards. Maintain and issue drawing registers. Conduct field work and collect information from sites when required. Carry out.

. Job Summary Revit Modelling (Autodesk Revit) for Electrical Electronic Services. Mechanical modelling capabilities would be an added advantage. AutoCAD Electrical Electronic.

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. are a few more key skills that would make you perfect for this job: CAD/Technical drawing (Solidworks, Rhino, Autocad. Illustrator) Product prototyping/hands on experience Machine.

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Boston | Cape Cod | New York | Rhode Island

At Casabella Interiors, home is the most important place in the world. Whether you’re visiting our shop to become inspired or engaging our design studio for our sophisticated East Coast aesthetic, we’re as passionate about dreaming up ideas and making them happen as we are about placing our favorite decorating possibilities at your fingertips.

Located inside a landmark house on 6A in East Sandwich, Cape Cod, Casabella Interiors is filled with 2,500 square feet of decorating inspiration, and impossible to find furnishing and accessories. Each of our found objects has a story, and they are all curated and handpicked by founder and principal designer Michele Chagnon-Holbrook.

From concepts to installation, the design studio specializes in entire houses, individual rooms, and commercial spaces. As the go-to destination for all your big and small design projects, we offer as much (or as little) help as you need creating luxurious, well-loved living spaces.

A favorite spot among Bostonians and Cape Coders alike, Casabella designers will help you navigate our luxe mix of furniture, accessories, lighting, rugs, fabrics, drapery, art, and more, sourced from vendors around the world.

Blending classic elegance with modern comfort, our award-winning design team creates rich, layered interiors using subtle textures and muted hues. Our East Coast aesthetic is evident the moment you walk through our doors – which is why our shop customers often become local clients – like P. Scavongelli from Duxbury, “The first time I walked into Casabella Interiors, I thought it was the most tasteful home design store I had ever seen. I immediately began dreaming of a home that looked and felt like the store. Their warm welcome was the beginning of a relationship that has been extended to every room in our house.





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Interior: Cape Cod chic

Interior: Cape Cod chic

4 must-have decor accessories to spruce up your space

4 must-have decor accessories to spruce up your space

4 must-have decor accessories to spruce up your space

1 Fiddle-leaf fig tree

This tropical beauty is coveted for its wide, glossy leaves and towering height. If you can’t find the real thing (or discover it’s too fussy), try a good-quality imitation. Artifical Fejka tree, IKEA, $15.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Tracey Ayton, Michael Graydon and Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

4 must-have decor accessories to spruce up your space

An organic accent

Towering above the mantel, this tree in a burlap “bucket” is a fresh, organic counterpoint to a contemporary hand-painted wall mural.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Tracey Ayton, Michael Graydon and Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

4 must-have decor accessories to spruce up your space

Modern touch

A basket makes the perfect vessel for a potted tree in the California-modern kitchen of Style at Home design editor Stacy Begg.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Tracey Ayton, Michael Graydon and Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Recipe: Crunchy chicken satay in a pan

Recipe: Crunchy chicken satay in a pan

You’ll love this healthy (and simple) one-pan meal from Sarah Wilson’s The I Quit Sugar Cookbook.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup crunchy natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil. melted
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 3/4″ knob of ginger, minced
  • 6 chicken thighs or drumsticks (or a combo)
  • 10 oz sugar snap peas. trimmed
  • 1 bunch asparagus, ends snapped, spears halved
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 2 tbsp white sesame seeds

Directions
1 Preheat the oven to 400 F.

2 Combine the peanut butter. tamari, coconut oil, chili flakes, garlic and ginger in a baking dish and mix well.

3 Add the chicken pieces and toss around to coat. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.

4 Remove the dish from the oven and artfully arrange the green veggies, onions, peanuts, lime wedges and sesame seeds around and over the chicken.

5 Return to the oven and cook for another 10 minutes, or until the chicken is browned and thoroughly cooked; serve immediately.

Prep cook time: 40 minutes
Serves: 6

BUY THIS BOOK
Excerpted from The I Quit Sugar Cookbook by Sarah Wilson. Recipes Copyright 2015 Sarah Wilson, Photography copyright 2015 Robert Palmer. Excerpted by permission of Clarkson Potter. All rights reserved.

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Buying guide: The truth about thread count

Buying guide: The truth about thread count Author: Style At Home

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Buying guide: The truth about thread count

Is there anything better than sliding into a bed laden with good quality sheets? At the end of the day, I can’t wait to stretch out under my fresh, soft covers and nestle my face into a good cotton-covered pillow. We spend a third of our lives in bed so quality sheets are key, but how do you get quality for your money? There’s no doubt that most consumers believe the higher the thread count, the better the quality, but this isn’t entirely true. With the help and expertise of Joanna Goodman, owner of Au Lit Fine Linens. we expose the truth about thread count and what it takes to find quality bed sheets .


What is thread count, really?
Simply put, thread count is the number of threads woven into one square inch of fabric. This number is based on the threads woven horizontally (“weft”) and vertically (“warp”). Extra threads can also be woven into the weft threads to increase the thread count. These added threads are called “picks” and are added in the overall count, which is how some sheets end up having thread counts in the thousands. This is why the idea that high counts equal better quality isn’t really accurate. Consider this: Joanna says most weavers will say the maximum number of threads that can be woven into one square inch of fabric is 500 to 600. Though the number is arguable and, according to Joanna, “depends on the mill you deal with,” it gives you an idea of where the line is between single-ply, unpicked weaves and ones that add threads here and there to bump up the count.

What to look for when buying sheets
Joanna lists three things to look for on the label: if it’s Egyptian cotton, where it’s woven and, lastly, the thread count. While thread count is a bit misunderstood, the buzz around Egyptian cotton is true. “The very best cotton in the world is grown in Egypt. So Egyptian cotton will be of a better quality,” Joanna says. She also recommends pima cotton, which is grown in America, “though not quite as exceptional as Egyptian.” When it comes to weaving, however, she swears by the Italians as being the “master weavers of the world” due to their “long tradition of weaving” and use of the best Egyptian cotton. Be sure the label says 100% or pure Egyptian cotton though, otherwise it may only contain a small percentage of the good stuff. As for the thread count, look for a minimum of 200. From there, it’s all about preference!


What to avoid when buying sheets

Joanna’s one key piece of advice is to watch out for extremely low priced, high thread count sheet sets. A complete sheet set with a high thread count for $100 or less is probably not the dream bargain you think it is. As Joanna believes, “you always get what you pay for.” The price tag for bed linens will vary depending on the sheet size and what items you’re buying, such as a duvet cover, sheet sets, or pillowcases. “A superior quality 200 thread count queen set (including flat, fitted, two pillowcases), made of Egyptian cotton and woven in Europe, could retail reasonably for about $150-$250,” says Joanna.


What do you prefer?

After going through the quality checklist, go with what feels best for you. If you’re looking for a durable linen, Joanna recommends any percale from thread count 200 to 800. Percale is any cotton woven with a 200 thread count or higher and will be more durable than a cotton satin of the same thread count. It’s also less likely to pill than cotton satin because it has a denser weave. Love the feel of a cotton button down shirt? Joanna advises a crisp, dense 200 thread count percale. Prefer a silkier sheet? Go for a 300 to 600 cotton satin. If you want lighter sheets, Joanna says, a 400 thread count sheet can be soft and light, while an 800 percale would be soft and dense. The higher the thread count, the more likely multiple-ply thread is used or picks are added, making the fabric denser and heavier.


Now you know that quality is not just about the number, so don’t let numbers rule your bed! Remember what to look for on the label and be wary of too-low prices for supposedly high quality items. Beyond that, go with what you prefer. Get a good feel of the sheets before buying. Whether you’re unzipping the packaging or lying down on a display bed, make sure the fabric feels good against your skin and soon you’ll be having sweet dreams!

Find out how to keep your new linens crisp and clean with our tips to whiter-than-white sheets .

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Shorebird Interiors

Cape Cod Interior Design By Shorebird Interiors

Shorebird Interiors is in business to provide clients with carefully composed, relaxed yet sophisticated interior design inspired by the Cape environment. Living and working on Cape Cod is a continual reminder that all of our product choices need to be made responsibly and with green living in mind. Casual elegance, sophisticated color palettes inspired by the Cape environment and an eye for both structural and decorative details this is what defines the style of Shorebird Interiors. The integration of line, scale, texture and proportion are integral to our design approach and we deliver a quality product with sustainability in mind.

Please view our portfolio for interior design inspiration for your home. If you are planning a home remodeling project for the kitchen or bathroom or if you have already begun work on a home decorating, home makeover or home staging project, call us to help you refine the look you desire.





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This classic cape cod cottage sits majestically on the shoreline of Sengekontacket Pond, with sweeping water views and its own private sandy beach. Directly to its east, the property is bordered by more than a 150 acres of conservation land in the Caroline Tuthill Preserve.

Located in Edgartown, a small village on Martha s Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts, this cottage was designed with summer in mind. The interior mixes some beautiful vintage pieces with comfortable coastal decor, making it the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beautiful waterviews.

Outside, there are lavish perennial and hydrangea gardens surrounding a large brick patio. The patio opens from the dining area and kitchen for outdoor dining and entertaining.

This cape cod cottage is truly a place where anyone can dream of having fun in the sun, or doing absolutely nothing at all.

Cape Cod Cottage

Private setting on 150 Acres of conservation land on Sengekontacket pond.

The perfect place to enjoy a sunny day.

Beautiful gardens and architecture.

A view of the front entry and gardens.

The traditional living room features wall of windows looking out over Sengekontacket Pond.

Relax, It s Summer!

There s a very appealing mix of traditional architecture with relaxed furnishings in this space. It actually works very well for this cottage.

The eating area is very casual, yet classic and has lovely waterviews.

Eating Cooking

The eating area opens to a fantastic kitchen.

A smaller island separates the kitchen from the eating area.

Surprise! Surprise! Not so shabby for a cottage kitchen, huh?

This French Lacanche Range is sexy and is the star of this kitchen. I love how beautiful it looks against the white cabinets and marble. Warmth is brought not only with the red range, but also with brass hardware.

This bedroom is all about simplicity.

I love these vintage beds. Aren t they charming?

This is a great way to display art.

This cottage is a dream inside and out!

Inviting brick patio with lovely views.

A romantic spot

Brick is always warm and classic.

This classic cape cod is surrounded by lush, nicely manicured grounds and gardens.

Can it get any better than this?

Let s start packing our bags!

Isn t it a dreamy spot? I honestly fell in love with this cottage that range, the shingles and the beach! Wow! This is paradise for me!

See more Inspiring Interior Design Ideas in my Archives.

Hello, everyone! It s great to have you here and I hope everything is pretty wonderful in your life right now!

Well, as many of you know, I almost ended-up having a surgery back in March and many of you have asked me if I got better. I didn t mention anything before because I didn t have any news. I have done some exams and I was waiting to hear from my doctor, who actually had a car accident and wasn t working until a couple of weeks ago. Now, that he s back, I m finally going to see him again next Monday and we ll see what will happen.

I feel 100% better and, as my husband and I have decided, I will only have a surgery if it s completely necessary. I don t do well with pain and hospitals I even cried the last time I was there. I feel lonely and very scared and the worst part is being away from my kids. I simply can t.

I ll see what the doctor says next Monday, but if there s no complications, I will wait, at least until my baby is a bit older. Meanwhile, thank you for your prayers and emails. They all have helped me a lot!
I will keep you posted on this, ok?

I like this one too, though a little too white for me. A few changes to make it my own would be in order. That kitchen range is amazing. I would love to cook on that.

GORGEOUS ..need to win the lottery. Thinking of you hope you will be ok! xx

Cottage is a wonderful American-style, I love it!
Hope you re better off your back and do not be afraid if you have to operate, will certainly be because the doctor you prefer, but if you have no pain and can delay best for you and your family, but do not feel neither sad nor single if you go to the hospital, think we ve all ever happened for him and come back!

Beautiful. Lots of images for Pinterest this morning! Thanks for sharing. Thinking good thoughts for you.

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We have had the pleasure of working with the Rumour Has It team on various projects. It is the kind of team you want to work with in a modern society. Not only are they all pleasant to work with, with the professionalism that is required, but they go the extra mile in achieving project objectives. They have their pulse on all the latest trends, technologies etc. that puts the client in the forefront of interior design through creativity and innovation. They have a hands-on approach and are very pro-active with high levels of expertise. To that extent one can rest assured that projects will be completed on time. With them the client always comes first. Sumi Creative Co would definitely work with them again!

Sumi Creative Co

RHI is a vibrant business that has the capacity to deal with a wide variety of interior design and build projects. RHI really listens to what a client wants and takes great care to arrive at the client’s desired result. RHI has the benefit of years of experience to help them understand all principles and elements of design. Good service has been at the heart of the business and extremely professional. When they manage a project, they take full ownership up to the last detail. RHI’s biggest strength is their people-skills. They are a great team to have on board and a pleasure from start to finish. RHI create beautiful spaces with great care, creativity and flair.

Residential: Erika Luyckx

It was an absolute pleasure to work with the Rumour Has It team. They communicate well, service is efficient and they were truly helpful in every sense of the word, particularly with their management skills. It was fantastic to work with such an effective design group, whom without the final outcome of our project would not have been half as great as it was.

Robin Sprong: Cobus Engelbrecht

We used RHI to renovate a main bedroom and en-suite bathroom. From the start it was perfect. They immediately understood the look and feel we wanted and guided us on a professional level to get even more. Storyboard, photos, visits to clients’ houses and endless enthusiasm and patience guaranteed exactly what we dreamt of and more. RHI negotiated, made plans and handled every foreseen and unforeseen problem. We are currently in the process of designing our home and RHI was part of the team even before we had chosen an architect.

Residential: Michael Truter

Both in South Africa and abroad, I have found Rumour Has It and their services to be professional, detailed, inspired and innovative. The projects that the Private Residence Club (PRCC) has worked on with Rumour Has It, are a testament to their ability to address a wide range of activities and your expertise with a diverse palette: Kalumbila Lodge and Hotel (Zambia), Lanzerac Hotel (Stellenbosch) and The Yacht Hotel & Spa (Lagos).

The Private Residence Club Collection: Max Lourens (CEO)

It is a pleasure to be able to recommend Rumour Has It as my experience in working with them has been well above average. As a team they are always available, deliver service with a smile and are great interior designers. In terms of project management they deliver in time and on budget and are exceptional value for money. The fact that Rumour Has It sources products makes it seamless. I will make use of their services in the future whenever the opportunity arises.

Life Kingsbury Hospital: Dr Justin M. Gavanescu (Hospital Manager)

Working with Rumour Has It has been a delightful experience. Our project was small in comparison to what they usually deal with but we never once felt that we weren’t given their undivided attention. They clearly have a great eye for detail and their input and expertise was invaluable. I would not hesitate to recommend friends to use the services of Rumour Has It. They are soft, gentle and non-intrusive whilst working in your space and the transformation is brilliant.

Global Performance Management: Angelique Naude

Rumour Has It lead the revitalisation of the Life Vincent Pallotti Oncology unit almost 2 years ago. Their selection and combination of colours, textures, artwork and durable materials created a breath-taking result, which lead to Life Healthcare involving them with the design and decoration of the reception and ground floor of the new Life Kingsbury Hospital. They are working seamlessly with the architectural team and contractors to deliver projects on time. Their keen interest on the needs of the client and the ultimate user and their attention to detail make them a pleasure to work with.

Life Group Healthcare: Japie du Toit (Regional Hospital Manager)





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Boston | Cape Cod | New York | Rhode Island

At Casabella Interiors, home is the most important place in the world. Whether you’re visiting our shop to become inspired or engaging our design studio for our sophisticated East Coast aesthetic, we’re as passionate about dreaming up ideas and making them happen as we are about placing our favorite decorating possibilities at your fingertips.

Located inside a landmark house on 6A in East Sandwich, Cape Cod, Casabella Interiors is filled with 2,500 square feet of decorating inspiration, and impossible to find furnishing and accessories. Each of our found objects has a story, and they are all curated and handpicked by founder and principal designer Michele Chagnon-Holbrook.

From concepts to installation, the design studio specializes in entire houses, individual rooms, and commercial spaces. As the go-to destination for all your big and small design projects, we offer as much (or as little) help as you need creating luxurious, well-loved living spaces.

A favorite spot among Bostonians and Cape Coders alike, Casabella designers will help you navigate our luxe mix of furniture, accessories, lighting, rugs, fabrics, drapery, art, and more, sourced from vendors around the world.

Blending classic elegance with modern comfort, our award-winning design team creates rich, layered interiors using subtle textures and muted hues. Our East Coast aesthetic is evident the moment you walk through our doors – which is why our shop customers often become local clients – like P. Scavongelli from Duxbury, “The first time I walked into Casabella Interiors, I thought it was the most tasteful home design store I had ever seen. I immediately began dreaming of a home that looked and felt like the store. Their warm welcome was the beginning of a relationship that has been extended to every room in our house.





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Interior: Cape Cod chic

Interior: Cape Cod chic

4 must-have decor accessories to spruce up your space

4 must-have decor accessories to spruce up your space

4 must-have decor accessories to spruce up your space

1 Fiddle-leaf fig tree

This tropical beauty is coveted for its wide, glossy leaves and towering height. If you can’t find the real thing (or discover it’s too fussy), try a good-quality imitation. Artifical Fejka tree, IKEA, $15.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Tracey Ayton, Michael Graydon and Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

4 must-have decor accessories to spruce up your space

An organic accent

Towering above the mantel, this tree in a burlap “bucket” is a fresh, organic counterpoint to a contemporary hand-painted wall mural.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Tracey Ayton, Michael Graydon and Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

4 must-have decor accessories to spruce up your space

Modern touch

A basket makes the perfect vessel for a potted tree in the California-modern kitchen of Style at Home design editor Stacy Begg.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Tracey Ayton, Michael Graydon and Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Recipe: Crunchy chicken satay in a pan

Recipe: Crunchy chicken satay in a pan

You’ll love this healthy (and simple) one-pan meal from Sarah Wilson’s The I Quit Sugar Cookbook.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup crunchy natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil. melted
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 3/4″ knob of ginger, minced
  • 6 chicken thighs or drumsticks (or a combo)
  • 10 oz sugar snap peas. trimmed
  • 1 bunch asparagus, ends snapped, spears halved
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 2 tbsp white sesame seeds

Directions
1 Preheat the oven to 400 F.

2 Combine the peanut butter. tamari, coconut oil, chili flakes, garlic and ginger in a baking dish and mix well.

3 Add the chicken pieces and toss around to coat. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.

4 Remove the dish from the oven and artfully arrange the green veggies, onions, peanuts, lime wedges and sesame seeds around and over the chicken.

5 Return to the oven and cook for another 10 minutes, or until the chicken is browned and thoroughly cooked; serve immediately.

Prep cook time: 40 minutes
Serves: 6

BUY THIS BOOK
Excerpted from The I Quit Sugar Cookbook by Sarah Wilson. Recipes Copyright 2015 Sarah Wilson, Photography copyright 2015 Robert Palmer. Excerpted by permission of Clarkson Potter. All rights reserved.

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Buying guide: The truth about thread count

Buying guide: The truth about thread count Author: Style At Home

Buying Guides
Oct 27, 2015

Buying guide: The truth about thread count

Is there anything better than sliding into a bed laden with good quality sheets? At the end of the day, I can’t wait to stretch out under my fresh, soft covers and nestle my face into a good cotton-covered pillow. We spend a third of our lives in bed so quality sheets are key, but how do you get quality for your money? There’s no doubt that most consumers believe the higher the thread count, the better the quality, but this isn’t entirely true. With the help and expertise of Joanna Goodman, owner of Au Lit Fine Linens. we expose the truth about thread count and what it takes to find quality bed sheets .


What is thread count, really?
Simply put, thread count is the number of threads woven into one square inch of fabric. This number is based on the threads woven horizontally (“weft”) and vertically (“warp”). Extra threads can also be woven into the weft threads to increase the thread count. These added threads are called “picks” and are added in the overall count, which is how some sheets end up having thread counts in the thousands. This is why the idea that high counts equal better quality isn’t really accurate. Consider this: Joanna says most weavers will say the maximum number of threads that can be woven into one square inch of fabric is 500 to 600. Though the number is arguable and, according to Joanna, “depends on the mill you deal with,” it gives you an idea of where the line is between single-ply, unpicked weaves and ones that add threads here and there to bump up the count.

What to look for when buying sheets
Joanna lists three things to look for on the label: if it’s Egyptian cotton, where it’s woven and, lastly, the thread count. While thread count is a bit misunderstood, the buzz around Egyptian cotton is true. “The very best cotton in the world is grown in Egypt. So Egyptian cotton will be of a better quality,” Joanna says. She also recommends pima cotton, which is grown in America, “though not quite as exceptional as Egyptian.” When it comes to weaving, however, she swears by the Italians as being the “master weavers of the world” due to their “long tradition of weaving” and use of the best Egyptian cotton. Be sure the label says 100% or pure Egyptian cotton though, otherwise it may only contain a small percentage of the good stuff. As for the thread count, look for a minimum of 200. From there, it’s all about preference!


What to avoid when buying sheets

Joanna’s one key piece of advice is to watch out for extremely low priced, high thread count sheet sets. A complete sheet set with a high thread count for $100 or less is probably not the dream bargain you think it is. As Joanna believes, “you always get what you pay for.” The price tag for bed linens will vary depending on the sheet size and what items you’re buying, such as a duvet cover, sheet sets, or pillowcases. “A superior quality 200 thread count queen set (including flat, fitted, two pillowcases), made of Egyptian cotton and woven in Europe, could retail reasonably for about $150-$250,” says Joanna.


What do you prefer?

After going through the quality checklist, go with what feels best for you. If you’re looking for a durable linen, Joanna recommends any percale from thread count 200 to 800. Percale is any cotton woven with a 200 thread count or higher and will be more durable than a cotton satin of the same thread count. It’s also less likely to pill than cotton satin because it has a denser weave. Love the feel of a cotton button down shirt? Joanna advises a crisp, dense 200 thread count percale. Prefer a silkier sheet? Go for a 300 to 600 cotton satin. If you want lighter sheets, Joanna says, a 400 thread count sheet can be soft and light, while an 800 percale would be soft and dense. The higher the thread count, the more likely multiple-ply thread is used or picks are added, making the fabric denser and heavier.


Now you know that quality is not just about the number, so don’t let numbers rule your bed! Remember what to look for on the label and be wary of too-low prices for supposedly high quality items. Beyond that, go with what you prefer. Get a good feel of the sheets before buying. Whether you’re unzipping the packaging or lying down on a display bed, make sure the fabric feels good against your skin and soon you’ll be having sweet dreams!

Find out how to keep your new linens crisp and clean with our tips to whiter-than-white sheets .

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A s an award winning interior designer, Irina MacPhee knows that the key to good design is held by the client. For Irina, designing spaces is all about the possibility of living life well; improving the quality of life.

Working as your visionary and advocate, Irina provides assistance with design decisions involving both small and large spaces. Irina has helped transform and decorate homes on both the East and West Coasts. Selection of fabrics, furniture, window treatments, and accessories can often make the difference between a house and a beautiful home that offers the best environment for each client.

In the spirit of the lifestyle she promotes, Irina designed and developed The Cape Cod Collection , a signature line of upholstery and wood furniture offered at Pastiche of Cape Cod and through design professionals. Each piece captures the spirit of a casual-elegant lifestyle and is bench made in America.

Irina often consults with residential and commercial clients on Cape Cod, the Islands, Boston, Newport, and throughout New England. Visit our Cape Cod showrooms or schedule an in-home design consultation with Irina.

You can follow Irina on her blog at www.Irinalivinglifewell.com to watch Webisodes and how-to videos, share personal design stories, collect designer tips, trends, news, and recipes. Whatever your style, or your preferences, Irina s number one goal is to make sure that you are empowered to live life well.

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