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A few months ago while visiting my sister, I fell in love with her bed sheets. They were patterned and playful and such a fun surprise when she pulled back her duvet.

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We have had the same white sheets for the last five years. I liked them enough but it was time for a change. I bought a set of these organic sheets and, well, I’m not ready to go back to plain white just yet! The Japanese ikat print resembles mini chevrons and they are too cute. I love the way the small pattern looks with the larger stripes on our duvet.

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Warning: patterned sheets may encourage jumping on the bed.

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If you ask me, the new sheets look just as good rumpled as they do ironed and pulled taut.

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I’m curious. How often do you switch out your sheets? Weekly? Seasonally? Annually? I usually only have one set of sheets in rotation so I launder them and then put them straight back on the bed. Since sheets last us a while {our previous set is five years old and still going strong!}, splurging once every few years on a high quality set is actually affordable.

Need more ideas for delicately patterned sheets? What about pinstripes, chambray polka dots or peek-a-boo ikat?

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

30 Comments

27.November.2013

Thank you! I always thought I was the only person with one set of sheets. I tend to replace mine once a year only because I crave a new look. Right now Im rocking coral sheets with a floral design in the same colour but different sheen

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replied on November 27th, 2013

I don’t think Martha would approve…but it works for us! If I had extra sets, I would probably end up with a large pile of dirty sheets. I like that having the one set forces me to stay on top of laundry ;)

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27.November.2013

I have about 7 sheet sets, and there’s only one bed in the house :) I change my sheets every weekend, mainly just to change up the look of the bed.
Maybe an 8th set is in order, I love the ones you have!

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27.November.2013

We have one set as well. Love the ikat design. Less laundry is always best!

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27.November.2013

I have 3 sets for 2 beds (ours and the spare room – both the same size). One set is white all cotton that shrank a bit so the fitted sheet doesn’t fit so well – I should just donate it to the church thrift shop since I don’t like to use it. So they come off to be laundered and right back on the bed. They get replaced when they start getting holes in the thin spots! I usually spend the money and get good quality all cotton sheets and they last several years.

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27.November.2013

I have those same sheets and love them!

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27.November.2013

I have two sets because I like to change up the color and because I don’t have in-unit laundry. Just because my sheets need changing doesn’t mean I necessarily have time to make trips back and forth to the laundry room.

Also, in an old apartment, our building’s washer once broke during a load that contained both sets of my sheets. If my roommate hadn’t had a second set for me to borrow, I would have been sleeping on the mattress au naturale. Meaning that the mattress would’ve been nakey, not me.

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27.November.2013

we have two sets of crisp white sheets. i’ve always loved crisp white sheets. but wow, i’m loving your new ones!!! maybe i’ll have to ask santa …

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27.November.2013

I have been following your blog for awhile now and but never comment…creepier style! ;-) I love your down to earth realistic family design, it’s completely how I roll. Time and time again I am surprised by our similarities in thinking ….not that you’d know! Ha!
I love patterned sheets hiding under the duvet….and am totally a one set kinda gal. Just donated my other sets that were taking up linen closet space. I do love that it forces me to launder them immediately…(probably my least favorite household job!)

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27.November.2013

I have two sets of white sheets. I change them every week and try to immediately wash them, but sometimes I just need to change them and don’t have time to immediately wash them so it’s nice to have an extra set on hand. I do love the look of a patterned sheet though and may have to make that my next purchase.

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We have two sets of sheets, one for winter and one for summer. Sheets don’t take up a lot of space (our home is seriously lacking in storage) so I always keep an eye out for fun prints to mix things up.

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27.November.2013

I change them about every 2 to 3 weeks. But if I’m honest I would have to say I think I should be embarrassed to say this. I think you are “supposed” to change them each week? I do have one set of cotton and one set of flannel. I take them off and wash them and put thm right back on. Why fold them? I was just remembering something from my childhood…I’m 47. My Grandma ironed her sheets! I never did understand that lol.

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Gosh they’re gorgeous! I’m always lusting after WE’s sheets. We change them weekly thanks to my dustmite allergies- and our numerous animals. I know with my allergies they shouldn’t be in bed with us and many people frown on it but I’m a sucker and I love to snuggle! Thanks to the constant rotation, things never match- but I can stare at your bed and dream :)

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27.November.2013

I have been eyeing these sheets off for ages and this was just the push I needed, so thanks for making them look so pretty! Also, they’re on sale in Australia so even better. And my old favourite summer sheets (we have one summer set and two winter sets (flannalette)) have just started wearing through, so great timing all round!

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27.November.2013

I have always had several sets of patterned sheets. On my first vacation in nine years, I fell in love with the look of the solid white sheets in the hotel. I have been thinking about buying a set of solid white and donating my other sets. I think we all like something different once in a while. My ex-boyfriend only had one set of sheets and washed them every week. It was a pain when he had forgotten to put them in the dryer and we were ready to go to bed. Now that I think about it, though, one set would force me to get them washed right away and I would never again have to fold sheets!

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27.November.2013

I am all about patterned sheets. I have crisp cotton for summer & flannel for winter, but just one set each

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28.November.2013

This post starts my de-cluttering…why do I have 7 sets of quilt/duvet cover sets??? Yes, they just take up space and most of them I don’t love…less is definitely more.

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28.November.2013

I’m normally a white sheet (bleach is my friend) kind of girl. They go with nearly everything, easy to replace, crisp, clean and lovely in summer. Totally get the cosy sheets in winter thing. White sheets just don’t fit the hunker down mood.

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I love your new sheets! The small print goes lovely with your striped duvet. I’m a one sheet set kind of girl too, though sometimes I think it might be handy to have a second set :)

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28.November.2013

Your new sheets are handsome and versatile. We have 2 sets of white cotton sheets, but I’ve always liked to mix and match, so I also keep a pile of cotton and linen pillowcases in white, teal, gray, black, stripes, and a small geometric print (I made several pairs of pillowcases from high-quality thrifted flat sheets), plus striped top and bottom sheets to mix with the whites and a couple of other solid-colored top sheets to mix with the whitess under the natural linen duvet cover. Changing the color combos holds my interest, and everything fits easily in the trunk at the foot of the bed.

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30.November.2013

I change our sheets every single Monday. So we have two sets in constant rotation. We too think splurging a bit on quality sheets is well worth it and the two sets we use during spring/summer/fall are five years old and going strong. We switch to flannel in the winter. But, I am a plain white girl. No patterns for me!

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30.November.2013

I have one set also for my bed. However I bought a super cheap set from Wal-Mart, plain white, four years ago and they have held up all this time. I kind of wish they would die so I could justify spending $ on new ones. I’m extremely impressed with the quality of them.

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We have about 4 sets at our house (and one bed), but you only two of them are sets I considered to be investments, as they were way pricier than the other two. Guess which two I love most? I’m with you on splurging on sheet sets once a year because they’re the ones that will last a long time! Also, we tend to go a couple of months just laundering and putting the same sheets back on the bed too… not only is is easier, but you kind of get to have your “winter sheets” and your “summer sheets” that way.

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30.November.2013

In a pale gray bedroom, I have pale gray blankets (my poor husband gets tangled up in duvets!) and a set of solid dark gray sheets and a set with a tiny gray/purple/green pattern. To liven things up, I made crocheted throws for the foot of the bed that I change out when the whim strikes. The room is so calm! Sometimes, I switch gray sheets for patterned, sometimes I take the same set from the dryer back to the bed. But that’s it: two sets. In fact, throughout the house not more than two sets per bed. Even with frequent house guests, it’s works fine.

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01.December.2013

Oh, this is timely! I’m on the hunt for new sheets (high thread count, please), duvet cover (quite possibly duvet too), pillow shams…the whole works. I tend to hang on to sets for a long time, so it’s been challenging for me to lock into making a decision. I’m drawn to the West Elm, Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel varieties, but am open to other possibilities. So far, grays, olives and mustards are catching my eye. Suggestions, please. :)

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01.December.2013

Hi! Longtime follower. Love those sheets! Target has some great patterned ones now too and I love them!

I have a question regarding your island pendant lights. We just purchased the same ones, what light bulbs do you use? I love the look of Edison bulbs, but not the yellow-y lights. We don’t want too much glare. Regular bulbs? Thank you so much!

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replied on December 2nd, 2013

I have Philips EcoVantage 43W / 120V in them. I bought them at Home Depot. Like you, the yellow glow of Edison bulbs doesn’t do it for me.

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04.December.2013

I have two sets of sheets. One is from Target; charcoal gray and are pretty nice. The other set is a Marimekko from Crate and Barrel a few years ago that I just COULDN’T live without. Now? The charcoal ones go with our room, but when it’s time to wash, the other one (I still love them, but they don’t match) takes up residence on for a while. I love having two sets. Any more would be too much.

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05.December.2013

Hey Dana,

I have noticed that in a few of your posts Maybrey is wearing re-usable diapers. I am expecting my first in Feb and have decided to use washable nappies – any tips, advice?

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replied on December 5th, 2013

I wrote a post about cloth diapering here…

http://www.housetweaking.com/2013/06/06/thoughts-on-cloth-diapering/

Hope that helps!

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