Sleep Together. More Soundly.

When we go on vacation, we like to bring something back from our trip that reminds us of what an amazing time we had. Usually, it’s in the form of a 5-7 pound weight gain, but sometimes, it’s much much better than even that.

Take Germany. Did you know that in that gorgeous country of fine automobiles, Oktoberfests and German Shepherds that they have absolutely perfected the fine art of sharing a bed with another person?

It’s called “European Style” and/or “Scandinavian Style” and it is PRETTY MUCH THE BEST THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO OUR RELATIONSHIP EVER.

The “European Style” bed consists of a fitted sheet (natch), and 2 fluffy down duvets… with no top sheet. Yes, that’s right. No. Top. Sheet. Completely wipe the concept of a top sheet out of your collective brains because you don’t need it anymore. Keep the pillows, though. You still need those.

First, what this looks like, as depicted by some fine European Hotels, and perhaps my own bed:

Art'otel Berlin

Art’otel Berlin

Art’Otel Berlin

This is how WE do it

This is how WE do it 2

This is how WE do it 2

Brilliant, yes?

There’s no more fighting with your partner for your share of the covers: you will both sleep more soundly because you are each ensconced in your very own cloud of down perfection, and therefore much less likely to wake each other up from a sound sleep if you have your own covers.

This might even reduce the need for marital counseling. And most definitely would result in less blanket-related murder/suicides across the board. In fact, I may win the Nobel Peace Prize for introducing this to America. And it would be well deserved, my friends.

These 2 kids might have remained intact for more than 3 Seasons if they did it up European style.

These 2 kids might have remained intact for more than 3 Seasons if they did it up European Style. Photo courtesy of Mad Men. The best show ever.

Here are some tips to converting your boring old American bed to Europe’s Finest: invest in a set of super soft high quality duvets, as well as some light and fluffy down or down alternative (achoo) comforters. We have a King bed, and, fresh from our enlightening trip to Germany, sprung for two twin sized duvets and super light comforters from Scandia Home. And an organic fitted sheet and pillowcases from Coyochi that, frankly, tend to be a bit scratchy at first. But once you start reading about the amount of chemicals they put into non-organic bedding, you will decide to suck it up. I highly recommend hitting up one of Scandia Home’s epic sales for some serious discounts on bedding that you will keep for years and years. Totally worth it.

Side note: if you have kids who like to eat blueberries in your bed or dogs who like to jump right from a mud puddle directly onto your bed, or any combination of these two, you have my hearty encouragement to go the cheap route.

My bed's worst nightmare.

My bed’s worst nightmare.

If you’re like me, and turn into a raving lunatic when unnecessarily roused from a deep sleep, this is the jam for you.  If you’re also like me, and “cuddling time is for cuddling and sleeping time is for sleeping” then this is a perfect set up.

I’m guessing by now most of your are (even more) happy you are not married to me. But this girl likes her sleep and makes no apologies for it. So trust me:

Two duvets = 1 Happy Relationship. I promise.

Julie Townsend Maigret is a Los Angeles-based interior designer focused on creating distinct, modern, livable spaces for her clients. She started her business in 2007 after attending UCLA’s interior design program. She has since developed a portfolio of thoughtful, comfortable, and often quirky residential and commercial interiors.

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