You have certainly heard all about the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui, yes? But most of the time, we don’t really understand or relate how Feng Shui came to be at all. We have gleaned a vague knowledge of it as an ancient Chinese practice of space organizing for “positive energy” and leave it at that.
Well, there is a lot more to it than that.
There are many reasons why you wouldn’t want to leave the house to go to a spa. Sometimes just leaving our own home, and interacting with other people is enough to make the wholesome relaxation a little less perfect, even in normal times. With what is been happening in the world lately… All the more reason.
Portugal has existed as a country since 1143, when Afonso I signed the Treaty of Zamora with his cousin, Alfonso VII of León. This means we have a long and complicated history. On June the 10th of every year, we celebrate all of it. June the 10th is the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese communities. Camões, of course, is the author of The Lusiads, Portugal’s national epic. And the Portuguese communities are one the most beautiful legacies of Portugal’s storied past.
One of the most underestimated aspects of our day-to-day lives is the importance of what fabrics we use. They are everywhere. In our clothes, our towels, the seats of our cars and sofas, our handkerchiefs, and, of course, our bedding. Silk, cotton, linen, they all have different characteristics and are made to almost infinitely variable standards, aesthetic and of quality.
So why is linen such an absolute staple? It has been used, without interruption, for thirty-six hundred years. Yes, you’ve read that right. Archaeological findings indicate that flax fibres have been used by people to create linen-like fabrics that long ago.
Linen is an inherently European product. There are 10.000 companies in 14 European Union countries involved in the process, from growing the flax plants to creating the beautiful linen products we all have learned to love. Its involvement in our lives is everywhere, even in our vocabulary. The word “line” comes from linen, because straight lines were determined using linen threads since before rulers and pencils were a thing.
A lot of what makes quality bedding special is always down to raw materials. If you don’t start out with an elite product, all the technique and manufacturing skills in the world will still always produce a subpar product. Egyptian Cotton™ is one of the finest raw materials in the world. Here is what makes it so unique:
Mulberry silk has a long and storied past. It is grown in China, and it has a long tradition. The silk is made by the larvae of the Bombyx mori, the domestic silk moth. In this aspect, it is not unique. What makes it unique is what the larvae are fed. They eat only leaves from the mulberry tree, and it is that very special diet that allows them to weave such a perfect, smooth, silk.
There are several important questions you need to ask yourself when there comes the time to purchase quality bed linens. If you find exactly the right product, you will improve the quality of your sleep to an extent that you may not realise at first glance. And, if you improve the quality of your sleep, you will be sure to improve your life quality right alongside it. So here is how to pick between a sateen and a percale.
World health day is coming and, at a moment in our collective lives where so much of our day-to-day has been set in turmoil by a health crisis, its significance has never been greater. For everyone who has been spending more time at home, having a regular and sufficient sleeping cycle is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Here is why:
Every Portuguese person knows what happened on the 25th of April 1974. The Revolução dos Cravos (Carnation Revolution) was the pivotal event in creating a modern Portugal, and the nation we know today. In fact, the date is so widely known that the phrase “Revolução dos Cravos” isn’t widely used. Much in the same way Americans refer to the 4th of July, the Portuguese speak of the 25th of April.
Whether you are considering a towel set or just an individual piece, it is important that whatever touches your skin after washing provides both comfort and efficacy in drying. Towels are such an integrated part of our daily routines that we often fail to consider how unique a role they play in the way we lead our lives.
If you are going to invest on quality bed sheets, then one of your priorities will certainly be keeping them in pristine condition. Even the best fabrics can, if not treated correctly, suffer from the wear and tear of repeated usages. If you do have a good product, however, it is relatively simple to guarantee that it retains its best features for a very long time. Here is how you can do it.
There are few things as influential on our day-to-day lives as sleep. We underestimate it, and sometimes treat it as a luxury, instead of what it is: an absolute necessity. A proper night’s sleep will help with every single area of our health, and we don’t even realize it. Mental health, blood pressure, risk of heart disease and even weight gain are all associated with sleep.
Japan is one of the world’s most iconic design cultures. Everyone can immediately identify a Japanese bedroom when shown one. With its simple lines, discrete colours and delicate design choices, the look is instantly recognizable, and even though it evolves and changes with the passing of time, it always keeps its strong sense of identity.
Books make us feel cosy! We just love enjoying a few minutes of reading before sleep At the end of a long day, it’s such a relief to slide into bed. If you include some light reading before turning off the light, you will relax more easily, it will improve your memory and imagination. Even the quality of your sleep will improve.