Pillow Talk: An Interview With The Pillow Bar’s Peggy McCormick

peggy-with-pillowsWe were thrilled to welcome Peggy McCormick of The Pillow Bar, the country’s leading maker of customized down-only pillows, to the store for a special Lunch & Learn on March 27. We took a few minutes to ask her some of our burning questions about (what else?) sleep:

What are the most common sleep disturbances people suffer from?

Most of the time it’s that they can’t get comfortable because they are sleeping on the wrong pillow. Also, many people—especially women—get too hot.

How do you customize your pillows to eliminate sleep problems?

We customize pillows to the way people sleep, and also to their frame size (which refers to the width of their shoulders, not their weight). We offer fills in soft, medium, and firm. If you’re a front sleeper, you need a soft pillow. If you’re a back sleeper, you need a medium pillow, with not too much lift. In an ideal world, everyone would be a back sleeper; it’s the most natural position for spinal alignment and arm positioning.

Which kind of pillow is most popular?

Our side sleeper pillow is our biggest seller—80 percent of Americans sleep on their side.

Pillow Bar pillows are filled with only clean, high-quality European down. What’s so special about down?

It’s a very giving medium; it goes with your body. It’s also all-natural—it contains no formaldehyde or allergens like you’ll find in synthetic fillers. Often when people hear “down” they think of goose feathers, but down actually comes from the front of the goose, not the feathers.

Any tips for creating a restful sleep space?

Keep your bedroom cool. Try to sleep in fabrics that breathe, like cotton (that includes both bed linens and pajamas). Keep the environment calm—no TV or electronics right before bed.

You’re Invited: Join Us For A “Lunch & Learn” With The Pillow Bar on March 27!

Pillow-Bar-Lunch-and-Learn-v2Come learn about sleep habits, the benefits of down, and The Pillow Bar’s unique process of creating customized down pillows

Want to learn how you can get better sleep? Join us at Bedfellows (1495 Market St) on Thursday, March 27 from 11 am to 2 pm for a “Lunch & Learn” with Peggy McCormick of The Pillow Bar, the nationally-recognized maker of custom-made down pillows. McCormick will talk about creating healthy sleep habits, the benefits of sleeping on high-quality down, and the unique Pillow Bar process of making down-only pillows personalized according to sleep style, frame size, and age. Drinks and light snacks will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

The Pillow Bar concept is that a pillow should be custom-designed with a fill that is soft enough yet supportive enough to allow the head to fall naturally in line with the spine. Pillows are filled with clean, fine, white European down and come in “soft,” “medium,” or “firm”; each pillow is then covered in all-natural cotton. Custom embroidery is offered at no extra charge. Each pillow protector includes a French lavender sachet, providing an aromatic “sleep trigger” which promotes healthy sleep habits. Customers can place orders at Bedfellows and the personalized pillows ship within 48 hours. On March 27, Bedfellows will offer a one-day-only special on Pillow Bar pillows: buy one pillow for 10% off, two for 20% off, or 3 for 30% off. In addition, all pajamas will be 50% off.

Based in Dallas, TX, The Pillow Bar was founded by Merrimac Dillon after a years-long search for “the perfect pillow.” The company has since gained national recognition as the country’s leading manufacturer of luxury pillows, garnering such devotees as Whoopi Goldberg and Marie Claire magazine’s Nina Garcia. The Pillow Bar has been featured in numerous publications and TV shows, including The Wall Street Journal, The View, NBC Today, and Fox News.

Check back for updates about the event here on the blog as well as on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Update: Enter our Pillow Bar Instagram Contest for a chance to win a Pillow Bar Bon Voyage Travel Bag stuffed with a Jetsetter Mini travel pillow and a hand-woven pashmina (worth $150!). To enter, follow bedfellowstallahassee on Instagram and “like” the contest photo! Good luck!

Why Use Linen Wash?

Le Blanc linen washWe recommend laundering fine linen in cold water with a gentle yet effective linen wash, like Le Blanc. Why? Ordinary laundry detergents contain harsh ingredients that can make fabrics pill or fade. A few tips for laundering fine linen:

– Always dilute your linen wash in the water before adding your linen. Never apply soap or detergent directly to dry linen, even when spot treating.

– Don’t overload the washing machine.

– Dry on a low temperature setting. Expect natural fibers (such as Egyptian cotton) to shrink about 3-5%.

– Remove linen from the dryer promptly (preferably while still slightly damp). Smooth and fold, or steam iron on the hot/warm setting on the reverse side of the fabric.

– Give your washing machine and iron a monthly vinegar bath to keep them clean and working properly.

– Before going to bed, remove makeup or skin care products with oxidizing agents, which can discolor the fabric. If you wear these products while sleeping, we recommend using white pillowcases (towels, too).

Tips courtesy of Le Blanc and Peacock Alley.

This entry was posted on February 24, 2014, in Linen Wash.

Interview With A Designer: Meet Cinda B

10074750095_0647c27569_oOn Thursday, October 3, we were thrilled to host Cinda Boomershine, Atlanta-based founder and designer of the cinda b line of handbags, travel bags, totes, and accessories, for the special shopping event “brunch & bags with cinda b.” Cinda spent the day greeting shoppers as they browsed the collection, entered to win giveaways, and enjoyed mimosas and a light brunch. She also took a few minutes to speak with us about this fall’s trends, her advice to aspiring fashion designers, how she balances work and motherhood, and—of course—what’s in her cinda b handbag.

What trends are you seeing this fall in women’s clothing and accessories?
Bold colors. We do a lot of trend forecasting when we design our patterns, and all of the colors in our new pattern, Amore, are on-trend for this fall. We’re seeing a lot of rich red, deep burgundy, purple, orange, and mustard.

Tell us about the process of making a cinda b product.
We start with designing patterns. I get a lot of inspiration from travel, and from vintage design books. Our styles are also based on trend analysis and what customers tell us they want. We start with a paper design, then it goes into our computers, then we sample it, and finally it goes into production.

Any advice for aspiring fashion designers?
Chase your dreams! Go for it! If I can do it, you can do it, I always say. Beyond that, write a business plan and do your research.

You’re also mom to 16-month-old Belle. How do you balance work and motherhood?
I have an amazing husband [artist Mark Boomershine], we have a great family, and she goes to preschool at the church, and all of that helps. She hangs out in my office when she needs to, and throws things. Actually, I’d love to blame the mess in my office on her, but I really can’t!

What’s in your cinda b handbag?
My cinda b continental zip wallet, my phone (with cinda b case!), hand sanitizer, Altoids, and lip gloss.

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A visit to Bedfellows is a delight for the senses – filled with the smell of fine linens, candles and potpourri . . . . . .

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Known for offering fine, luxurious bed and table linens for 35 years, Bedfellows continues to expand our affordable and unique home accessories and giftware selections. Offering popular items such as lanterns for housewarming gifts, fun place mats and casual table top items, there is wide selection of products under $25. We are your perfect “go to” gift shop!

The selection of upscale table linens, sheets, pillows, blankets, and towels is the most extensive in Tallahassee. We offer such brands as Pine Cone Hill,  Peacock Alley Linens, Sferra Down pillows and blankets, Seda Candles, HomeSource Microfiber Towels, Crabtree & Evelyn and much more!!

Bedfellows also specializes in creating exceptional bridal registries and corporate gifts. And as always, our signature gift wrap is complimentary! Our knowledgeable staff is ready to assist you with all of your home and gift-giving needs.

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We Have Your Tailgate Table Covered!

ENJOY THE BIG GAME – LEAVE THE STYLING TO US!

Bedfellows is your local retailer for TABLEVOGUE so your Tailgate Party has never looked so good or been so easy. Stop by today and let’s choose your team and your team colors in the right size for your tables! This fall, we’re making a statement with stylish entertaining, simply!

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  • The only table cover designed to provide a secure, tailored fit for your folding tailgate tables!
  • Finished, stitched edges provide clean, sophisticated lines
  • To-the-floor coverage hides unsightly table legs
  • Patented soil release feature
  • Machine washable — won’t fade, shrink or pill

Introducing the only collegiate licensed table cover designed to provide a tailored, secure, full-length fit for folding tables. This new tailgate must-have from TEAM Tablevogue is a superior alternative to table skirting, and an incredibly easy way to get your tables dressed forth big game, created with a custom team logo and neatly disguising table legs. Simply slip TEAM Tablevogue over the table, and when the tailgate’s over, just toss in the wash.

Constructed with 100-percent polyester finished with a patented softouch technology so it feels like cotton, but performs like polyester – this table cover has a patented soil-release feature, is machine-washable, and won’t fade, shrink or pill after laundering. Attractive, affordable, and durable, you will enjoy the ability use your tablevogue over and over again to entertain in and off season. Enjoy the non-logo side for celebratory occasions year-round: holidays, birthdays, outdoor entertaining, extra guest seating and more.

———————–Here’s a delicious slider recipe to kick off this season’s festivities:——————–

Sausage and Pimiento Cheese Sliders   

Ingredients 13 oz reduced-fat smoked sausage Nonstick aluminum foil 1 (12-oz) pack Deli mini-sub rolls 3/4 cup pimiento cheese spread 1/4 cup sweet pepper bruschetta topping 2 teaspoons chipotle pepper sauce 3/4 cup crispy fried onions
Prep and Cook: 25 minutes  (Makes 12)
Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Split sausage in half lengthwise; then cook following package instructions. Cut sausage into 3-inch-long pieces.
  2. Place one sheet of foil on baking sheet. Spread cheese evenly over bottom halves of rolls and place on foil. Arrange sausage on top of cheese, then top with: bruschetta topping, pepper sauce, and other halves of rolls.
  3. Top sliders with second foil sheet; double-fold all edges to seal pouch. Bake 6-7 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove tops of rolls and sprinkle with crispy onions. Serve.

CALORIES (per 1/12 recipe) 320kcal; FAT 15g; CHOL 55mg; SODIUM 630mg; CARB 35g; FIBER 1g; PROTEIN 11g; VIT A 4%; VIT C 10%; CALC 8%; IRON 10% APRONS

TEAMS

Here at Bedfellows, we also stock a wide selection of serving pieces, team napkins, cookbooks & more.

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New Bedding for Anna Grace’s Room

We all know that a promise is a promise and no matter how busy life gets, we certainly keep our promises to our children. Gina is no different, and she promised her daughter Anna Grace that her bedroom would be painted by the time school started – and Gina delivered the goods!

Creating a perfectly restful environment, these cool colors are right on trend and so right for a good night’s sleep!  Now the freshly painted room is just waiting for the new Pine Cone Hill bedding and we need your help to make the perfect selection for AG.

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Gina has narrowed down her selection to three adorable options, but we’d like to know which one you think would be the best in AG’s room. Because there are so many cute patterns and accessories, pillows, dust ruffles and panels, choosing bedding can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. Our talented staff offers the best in customer service and can help you make your personal selections. See for yourself HERE what Pine Cone Hill has to offer!

Vote

CHOICE #1
Tweetie – is our sunny, graphic, full-of-fun floral duvet in lemon, lime, aqua, and periwinkle. Knife edge; hidden-button closure.

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CHOICE #2
Louisa (white) – A dressed-up version of a cotton duvet cover, with appliqued strips and embroidered detailing at the hem. 3″ ruffle on 3 sides, hidden-button closure.

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CHOICE #3
Ume Pink – We’re head over heels for this dreamy, romantic botanical design on a smooth cotton sateen duvet cover. Piped edges.

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Thanks for making this fun! We’ll let you know what the verdict is soon!

Corporate Gifts – we do that!

Do you need unique and innovative gifts for your clients and employees for a special event or holiday? Bedfellows is your local Tallahassee source for corporate gifts! Our assortment appeals to gift recipients of all ages and aesthetics. Whether you want to make a statement or give personalized gifts of appreciation, we can make the process easy. We can get your order placed early – in plenty of time for giving. And as always, it is our pleasure to offer complimentary giftwrap.

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One of our favorite and most versatile lines is Mariposa.  The company began in 1984 after founder Livia Cowan returned from a road trip through Mexico with a truckload of recycled glassware made from old Coke bottles. Livia set up shop in her parent’s garage and Mariposa was born.  Nearly three decades later, the truck and the garage headquarters are gone but the small family-feel of the company remains. Mariposa is currently housed in a renovated, yellow 19th century livery stable called, “The Barn” in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.

  • Mariposa products are all handmade. No two pieces are ever exactly alike.
  • Mariposa is committed to ecological responsibility. The majority of our products are made from 100% recycled materials.
  • Mariposa Artist in Residence, Shelly Bradbury, has won international praise as an extraordinary sculptor.
  • Michael Updike, son of famous American author, John Updike, is the artist and master sculptor behind the Mariposa signature Brillante collection. Renowned for his elegance and bright whimsy, Updike has done the impossible at Mariposa for decades: turning 100% recycled aluminum into tomorrow’s supplest tableware, inspired by both nature and tradition.
  • Mariposa is one of the strongest brands in the wedding category. (Attendant Gifts)  Traditional brides are drawn to the timeless beauty of String of Pearls, part of the Updike’s Brillante collection. String of Pearls pieces make the perfect wedding gift and are often engraved with the couple’s monogram. More modern brides may favor Bradbury’s Sueño collection.
  • Need the perfect gift for any occasion? Customers continue to turn to Mariposa for unique and innovative hostess, birthday and holiday gifts.
  • Mariposa products come in the signature teal gift boxes and larger pieces include soft, protective flannel sleeves for storage.
  • Mariposa products are not only beautiful, but also easy to care for—they won’t tarnish and can be cleaned with soap and water. As with most metal, items are not dishwasher or microwave-safe.

 

 

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b Market Chic

To market – to market to find something special for you.

Gina is away and working hard at the Atlanta Market meeting with designers, vendors and manufacturers -planning her purchases that live up to the wonderful reputation you’ve come to expect from bedfellows! Among others, she’ll meet with Cinda Boomershine, owner/designer of CINDA B Made in the USA travel bags, handbags, totes and accessories. As part of the Cinda b Design Advisory Board,  Gina has already stocked the AMORE Collection – the newest design released for fall 2013! You can see purchase these items in the shop NOW!

Amore Collection 

New for Fall + Winter ’13, we began with a beautiful balance of a rich red complemented by a deep burgundy, reminiscent of a heart-healthy glass of Pinot Noir. When those colors came together with a distinct pattern embracing all of the colors of a morning sunrise — a new day — Amore (which means “love” in Italian) was born.

HINT: – These are great pieces for Florida State games! The colors are perfect!

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Other vendors include Sferra Fine Linens, Matouk, Peacock Alley, Pine Cone Hill, Frette, Mariposa, Michel Design Work and so much more. She’ll bring back the most current trends just for you. Watch our Facebook page for updates, sneak peeks, and special promotions.

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If you have any special requests, must-haves, gifts you need for Christmas – email Gina at bedfellows@bedfellowsgallery.com