Tip of the week
A bedsheet primer
Thread count: This number means little, so instead choose by weave: “That’s what lends linens their feel and features.”
Percale: A percale weave is cool and breathable, making it great for summer.
Flannel: Brushed and shaved for softness, flannel is ultrawarm and best during winter.
Chambray: A nice middle-ground choice, chambray is comfortable year-round, “just like your favorite button-down.”
Jersey: A jersey weave is “stretchy but not stifling”; you want the same tight weave and thick material you expect in a quality T-shirt.
Sateen: Similar to satin but made with different fibers, sateen has a slight sheen and “looks smooth without ironing.” It’s almost as crisp as percale.
Twill: “Peach-fuzz soft but lightweight,” twill has an advantage over jersey, flannel, and other warm fabrics: Its diagonal weave prevents it from pilling.
Source: Martha Stewart Living
And for those who have everything…
With the Jingoo Birdcage Speaker Light, you can finally have a songbird in your home without having to keep a living creature in a cage. Far more stylish than most Bluetooth speakers, the Jingoo (whose name refers to the song of the oriole as it appears in traditional Chinese poetry)packs a tweeter inside a bird-like shell made of ceramic, and a woofer in the base. The bird can be illuminated to create ambient lighting, and its speakers deliver surprisingly good sound. Several museum shops sell the Jingoo, and the bird’s color varies depending on the shop you choose.