Style Between The Sheets | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer


I am back in the bedroom again! Back in June, I co-blogged about the effects a good bed has on one’s posture with an image consultant, who wrote about the positive impact a good night’s sleep has on one’s personal image. When it comes to the bedroom though, there’s much more to consider.

The ideal bedroom is a harmonized space. It serves your needs, comforts, and tastes. When those three elements are incorporated and balanced together, then there is harmony in the bedroom and you can fully enjoy it.

Harmonizing a bedroom space should be important to you because a bedroom is not only about color, line, and design. It is about the hidden things that most people don’t see, such as electrical live wiring in your ceiling and surrounding walls. It’s about the wired clocks and cellular technology sitting on the nightstand next to your bed. It’s about the electricity emanating from the television sitting across from your bed while you attempt to sleep.

We don’t think about how our bodies are filled with so much water and minerals that attract electric current, but yet we surround our sacred sleeping spaces with all of these electric accouterments! It’s no wonder we’re all running around like live wires all day, and leaving people a potentially strange impression of ourselves due to a lack of good sleep and rest.

Your bedroom can easily be accessorized just like you accessorize yourself or other parts of your home. The bedroom should not become filled with “dust collectors” that detract from the calm energy of the space. To create a space of understated elegance, maintain a line of simplicity, and a soothing color palette of a minimum of three colors. The colors should be complementary and pleasant to look at together.

Often people are lured by the notion of a high thread count sheet; however, the most important consideration is how well the bedding fabrics are finished. Did you know, for instance, that Egyptian cotton is not only grown in Egypt but also here in the U.S.? The Egyptian grown cotton grows longer and is more durable, due to the climate and growing conditions, making it the ultimate in luxury. Mixing fibers, like wool and silk or silk and cashmere, are so pleasant and elegant to look at. When those fabrics envelop your body, they make you feel like royalty.

Going to bed isn’t just about what happens between the sheets. Why, after creating such a sensuous room, do so many people wear T-shirts and sweat pants around the bedroom and into the bed?

This incongruous behavior is a total disconnection from the harmonized concept of the bedroom and from your brand. Even when there is no one else around but you and your mate (or even just yourself), and you think this is the time to let yourself go, think again. In fact, this is the time to be at your best to relax, unwind, share intimate moments and dreams. Indulge yourself with the pleasure of owning loungewear, pajamas, and robes that are compatible with the quality of your bedroom space for relaxing, napping, and sleeping.

(Photo was taken inside Frette Store by Valentina Cirasola with permission).

Tomorrow evening, Wednesday October 13th at 6:30 p.m. we will celebrate 150 years of the House of Frette and their elegant collection of linens for the home and body. Join us at Frette Palo Alto, located in the Stanford Shopping Center. Ciao,


Copyright © 2010 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved


Valentina Cirasola has been in business as an interior designer since 1990. She helps people realizing their dream homes, offices, interiors and exteriors. The focus of her business is remodeling old homes. Check out her books on




Sweet Dreams | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer


Boy, did I sleep through the month of May, or was I having too much fun celebrating May, the national month of sleep? I wished that was the case. Actually, I was very busy with presentations and planning people’s home to build in the next few months, that I forgot to write this piece of information on time.


Sleep is not static, movement is a natural part of sleep.
“When we are upright, our lower back and neck have a natural curve held in place by our postural muscles. In sleep, these muscles relax and we must depend on our mattress for support” , says Dr. Eric Grigsby, nationally recognized pain management physician.
European companies have been very attentive to inadequate sleep and to address the issues of back pain and discomfort during the night. They have developed bed systems with a unique blend of ortho-engineering and mattresses that will help resolving problems of sleepless nights. There is one particular bed Dux Bed that comes to my mind. It is made of thousands of springs contouring the body to help the spine rest in a natural position. The bed works while the muscles take a break. Swedish steel springs provide better contouring for the body, reducing pressure points which can help improve circulation.

(Photo above

A mattress should do a few, but very important things:
It should suit the individual instead of one-size-fits-all.
It should provide an excellent support no matter how soft or firm the mattress is.
It should be comfortable and resilient for its entire life.
It should be motionless, not full of bounce and its components should not have sag formations.
A mattress intended for a couple should be tailored with a dual-adjusted mechanism for lumbar support and personal comfort zones.
Let’s not forget the feature of lower humidity and comfortable sleeping temperatures.

Aside from the bed technology, we should think of getting relief from the comfort of bedding and environment as part of your sleeping treatment.
Italian linens are renowned for beauty, lusciousness and how their delicate textiles treat our skin. Most Italian linens are made of a blend of cotton and linen.
Cotton being a breathable fabric is used in the interior face to touch the skin and all the other fibers including silk are used on the exterior faces for beauty. The good cotton is not about thread count, but about the quality of the longer fibers used in the weaving process.
Linen yarn has a fresh feel, a silky shine and high resistance. Linen can absorb water up to 20% of its weight without the body feeling any humidity, thus it is most appropriate in warmer climate.

(Frette bedding)

Frette is one of the Italian brand that comes to mind for its superior linens, bedding and elegant sleep wear. As I always say: “If you can’t roll in bed with an Italian lover, you can at least roll in Italian sheets”. When it comes to personal comfort, soul nourishment and health, quality matters.

I am here to help with any challenges you might have with your sleep, or your sleeping environment.

Please forward this article to anyone you think might be interested in reading it and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below. Thank you. Ciao.
Interior Designer since 1990. 


Copyright © 2010 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved


Valentina Cirasola, in her career has helped a variegated group of fun people realizing their dreams with homes, offices, interiors and exteriors.
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