Sweet sheets, sweet dreams


July 16, 2000|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

Someone once told me that sleep is one of the "great unsung recreations." It doesn't really matter if your stuff of dreams takes place on a straw mat or a luxurious mattress, but luxury is definitely better, if you can afford it. And most likely you can, if you turn to new lines of luxury linens produced for Target stores by Martex.

Royal Legacy Bedding features reversible comforters of woven jacquard with rope trim, a full line of accessories, such as shams, decorative pillows and bed skirts. (Prices range from $34.99 to $149.99). The Indulgence line offers 230-thread-count sateen sheets and matching duvet covers. (Prices range from $12.99 to $89.99). There are bath accessories from both lines, including towels and coordinating bath rugs.

Target also offers some tips for keeping linens in luxurious shape:

* Add a quarter-cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle to brighten sheets and add a fresh scent.

* Fold sheets while they're still warm to minimize wrinkles.

* Don't use fabric softeners with towels; the silicone in them can cause stiffness. Instead, add 1/2 cup baking soda to the warm wash cycle.

A mattress fit for your Majesty

Bedding alone cannot a comfy sleep nest make. While people in previous centuries used everything from goat skins filled with water to sacks stuffed with horsehair, modern folks generally sleep on padded innerspring coils. Sealy, which produced its first Posturepedic mattress in 1950, has just introduced the Posturepedic Crown Jewel, with coils that adjust individually to your body, as well as deep cushion support. A queen size costs between $1,000 and $3,000. Available at Sealy dealers nationwide.

No more aching guests

Houseguests may no longer view with dismay the back-breaking regulation sofabed that most proud (or put-upon) hosts provide for temporary sleeping arrangements. New sofa beds have such amenities as pop-up headrests, a narrower gap between mattress and sofa back, better mattresses and better balanced mechanisms so they open more easily.

Examples include the Vanguard, offering such stylish designs as tufted Chesterfields, weathered bomber-jacket leather and dressmaker details. Carlyle Custom Convertibles features a mattress design with a support bar under the shoulders to minimize morning backache. It comes in styles from Art Deco to English Country to contemporary.

All styles are custom made; prices start at $2,500. For stores and more information, call Vanguard at 828-328-5631 or Carlyle at 212-675-3212.


* Today is the last chance to catch the "Wings of Fancy" live butterfly show at the South Conservatory at Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallen Avenue, Wheaton, Md. Peak hours are between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Admission is $3. For more information, call 301-949-8230.

* Alert to quilters, photographers, flower gardeners, candy makers, clothing makers, needlepointers, weavers and other craftspeople: For the first time this year, the Maryland State Fair Home Arts division is requiring pre-entry of all items. The deadline for pre-entry is Aug. 7. For rules, regulations and forms (including the dates when items must actually be submitted at the fairgrounds), call 410-252-0200, or visit the Web site at www.marylandstatefair.com.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Karol V. Menzie, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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