Must-do for a proper bed: If it’s for a client’s first view, I like to go for it and have the bed all “perfect.” However, a first time, best-in-show is exhausting, so for every day, I like to keep things simple: sheet and blanket pulled tight to the headboard, pillows stacked and throws positioned accordingly. There’s victory in a neat and tidy bed—it helps to keep the mind neat and tidy too! And the feeling of tossing off the throws at the end of the day, pulling back the covers and sliding into a nicely made bed is hardly paralleled.
Greatest bed-making pet peeve: I am not a good folder by nature—my origami is more smashed than folded—so folding the linens at the corners of the bed is a pet peeve, and an admission of failure. Good thing a blanket can hide those sins!
Perfect sheet material: Cotton, lightly ironed. It has a touch of crispness but is just soft enough.
Flat sheet or no flat sheet: Flat sheet. Fitted, flat, blanket. Simply layered, but not too warm. I keep it cool to chilly in the room for optimum sleep.
Duvet, quilt, or bedspread: Quilt, but with a folded duvet or bedspread at the foot of the bed.
White, colored or patterned linens: White, but with some stitching detail. Embroidery and monogramming are appreciated.
Ideal thread count: The highest isn’t always the best, per se. I do like an above-average count, but freshly laundered and ironed cotton sheets even with a lower thread count can go a long way with the right care.
Ideal number of throw pillows: 4-3-2-1: 4 sleeping pillows, 3 euros, 2 shams, 1 accent or throw.
Must-have bed accessory: Phone charger and firestick remote! If I’m not binge watching something or Instagram stalking, I love to read in bed.
Go-to linen company: For bedding in general, I love Matouk. Since cotton is king for my bed, I also love Red Land Cotton and Boll & Branch, and I rely on Land’s End for their classic white sheets with monogramming!
The olive greens of the canopy and rich forest-hued velvet of the headboard lend a soft, earthy contrast to the crisp white sheets in this sophisticated bedroom designed by James Farmer.Jeff Herr