Friday, December 11, 2009

Good touch, bad touch.


What feels good in your place? I mean - really good?

Design blogs obsess over the look of things, but we don't talk much about what feels great.

What feels great in your house? Sheets? Fabrics? Your faucet?

What's the "good touch" in your house?

45 comments:

Penelope Bianchi said...

what a great question! and, of course, I have my answer!
My husband Adam; (who runs the business part of my business) (No I never did anything to deserve this)!!

and I were making up a client's bed with the new Italian sheets I had ordered! Adam said; "OMIGOD these sheets are divine! Where did you get them? (hardly ever does this happen.....twice in 30 years)

We got them for each other for Christmas 9 years ago...and as they wear out....we replace them. They are sublime!


one more. we were in a heavenly hotel in Provence when building our house.....and the scent was divine! I asked the housekeeper who had to find 10 people......(and she did) to talk to me! "Lavender oil" dripped into the rugs.......

that was 12 years ago. Not one person comes into our house who doesn't say........"what smells so good"!

(do not try on white carpets.....oh well no one with white carpets reads this.....right?)

lavender oil......and it keeps the moths and every other bug away from your rugs!
my guess is you will live 25 years longer. I made it touch and smell!

Thank you for your brilliant blog!

Easy Does It Redesign and Consulting said...

I JUST stumbled onto your blog and am so glad. To this particular post I say "Right On"! Totally hear ya on this. Can't wait to read more.....but first gotta get more coffee cause I'm thinking I'm hanging awhile

Anita Davis said...

my duvet cover by area, over a down comforter by cuddledown. i finally treated myself to some great bedding from my store! next on the list is a john robshaw quilt and sheets by blissliving.
good bedding feels good!
www.pillowmint.net

holly goes lightly said...

2 things.

Seagrass rugs -- love the feel under my feet, sort of beachy in the middle of December.

Oversized sofa pillows covered with a vintage linen tree of life fabric that was found in storage @ Biltmore House. I had to wash it immediately because it was a bit musty, and it came out of the dryer faded and feeling like a cotton cloud. It is heaven over the squishy down inserts. My adult blankie.

David said...

Microfleece sheets. I stumbled onto them looking for new flannels. They're killing Brett because he gets hot, but I'm loving them.

Also the schnauzers. Soft and warm, especially after their monthly grooming.

kris said...

Couch made of brown velvet. Still love it was much as when I bought it.

Michelle (Three Men and a Lady) said...

My striped hallway. I sometimes will be watching a tv show and get distracted by my striped hallway and just stare at it. OK, that sounds a little creepy weird. But, it's the one touch in my house that I just really love.

Anonymous said...

What feels good right now:

1. Sheets - they're smooth and cool to the touch.

2. Towels - the softer, the better.

3. Pillows...on the bed and on the couch. Fluffy, fat pillows.

What doesn't feel good right now:

1. Faucet and shower knobs - I live in a rental and the existing bathroom hardware is old and heavy.

2. Silverware - I haven't invested in good silverware and the stuff I use now is pretty lousy to the touch. New Year's resolution: get quality silverware.

3. Bathroom Rugs - I like terry cloth bathroom rugs, but have yet to find a 5-star-hotel-quality rug. The pair I use now feel thin and flimsy.

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I like furniture to be comfortable. I recently gave up a white, clean lined sofa because it wasn't comfortable to sit on. Some friends thought I was insane, but no one ever sat on the thing because it was stiff-and it was white to boot. I don't know what I was thinking when I bought it.

sketch42 said...

I just bought this little bowl that I leave by my bed to put my jewelry in. Love it. Also love my shower. Rain shower + slate floors + molten brown black pepper body wash. It feels like vacation in there every day.

Debra said...

What feels good to me is the "collected over time look", notice I did not say "curated", because many of my favorite things come from the flea market. There is a lot of sentimentality involved.

R said...

The heated floor in the bathroom.

LB said...

The heated floors in the bathroom and living room.

That and my feather blanket.

Jules said...

It used to be my large leather sectional that was perfectly scaled for our previous McMansion and wonderful for when we had parties or company.

Since we moved to this older (and much loved) home, we had to get rid of it. It just didn't work.

The sectional was eye popping expensive, but worth every penny. I still miss how buttery soft it was, and when I am trying to wipe off dog hair from our fabric sofa, I miss its practicality, too.

B said...

Good question! I can think of two things. My fluffy bed. I stopped putting a top sheet on my bed a long time ago, because I never used it. But I have six pillows on my bed and a down comforter with the softest duvet cover. It's like sleeping in the clouds.

And my cats. It's not just how soft they are, but they have a presence when they sit on you and a rumbling warmth. They're constantly purring, which you can feel if they're lounging on you. Very soothing.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

A silk duvet by Ann Gish; the pink room (aka the library), which has a wonderful glow day and night; the vintage Chambers stove in my kitchen.

Anonymous said...

My cat's belly.

Also: the fuzzy fabrics we aren't supposed to like (chenille, etc.).

Ivy Lane said...

my carpets, the warmth of the fire from my fireplace, and my down comforter! Citrus candles this time of year..smell good and make one feel good when they enter the house!

Shelley said...

Many things but off the top of my head--a fabulous duvet cover & quilted shams by Donna Karan. In silk-a dreamy & soft mauve color. A splurge for me. Heavenly scented handmade goatsmilk soaps bought from a gal who sells them at a local farmer's market.
I have them in my bathrooms, closet and linen closet.

i suwannee said...

oh this is a good one.

a client and i were fabric shopping last week, and we picked a lee jofa one PURELY based on how it felt. it had the most luxurious raised velvet nubbles. and we're making pillows specifically to be a hold-in-lap-and-caress size.

i have these holiday nest candles in my store that smell so effing delicious ppl walk in and say where and i point and they buy. i have one that's been burning since 11/21. i shit you not.

at my house i have sheets from bloomingdales - it's their hotel collection. soft as silk but enough starchiness to feel substantial.

thomas o'brien towels from target feel good and plush.

dimmed lights feel good. anything on full blast freaks me out.

cats feel good.

rowdy does not feel so good, he's wirey.

clean is nice.

microfiber does not feel good. it feels like you can feel every piece of dirt sitting on top of it. never again. i will make sure my next couch has some pile so the dirt can sink.

MoreSkinnyDays said...

The hearty feel of the solid doors upstairs and the weight of the oil-rubbed bronze fixtures in the master shower, bath, and vanity--all of which my husband insisted upon. (He was right!)

Iheartfashion said...

My cat.

Anonymous said...

My fir floors on my bare feet. God I love them. They're better than my hardwoods.

Anonymous said...

brand new wool carpet in my home office....love it.

rebecca said...

I love the feel of a heavy pan when I cook. Some things only feel right if they have some heft.

Anonymous said...

This is nice to reflect on as I'm stuck with a coupla asshats in the middle of nowhere for another few hours. My home was built in 1929 and has hardwoods thruout, even the kitchen. I love walking barefoot in the summer esp after I swiffer.

Quatorze said...

My French campaign bed sofa with pillows in silk damask, velvet and moire, the different textures all rendered in silk are marvelous, and a bargain as the fabrics were all mill ends. Even if it had cost ten times as much, it would have been well worth it for the elegance and comfort.

Second: my Louis XVI gilt bronze chandelier, an amazing gift from working at an antique dealer some time ago; gorgeous color and exquisite detail in the casting, a feast for the eyes as well as the touch. I still can't believe I got so lucky; it makes the room.

DesignAddict said...

A few things come to mind:
1. the couch in my family room...feels good every time I snuggle into one corner with the pillows behind me and the blanket I keep in the room over my legs.
2. my bathtub. It is long, but not too long, very well angled and keeps water hot for a long time. I have watched movies while in that tub...happy as hell.
2. the wood furniture in my bedroom...something about it is just wonderful. It is well hydrated, smooth and always lovely to the touch. i have been known to touch it just 'cause.

SweetRetreat said...

Perfect question ... I love my wee hand-made stained glass lamp which sits on a my grandmother's walnut dresser, worn with age and just lovely.

As well, I love various hand-made shawls and throws of warm, light wool in lovely shades of brown and white.

My soft-as-a stuffed toy, shitzu/poodle mix brown and white puppy.

expensive cotton sheets ...

Bloggers Abode said...

All the big windows and light in my house feels good. My black dog cozied up next to me on my white couch and me not worried about it feels good.

The Blasphemous Fiendess said...

My fir floors fell great on bare feet, my sofa is deep and squishy, my cat is soft and cuddly, the granite counter is smooth and cool on a hot day, the heated tile floors in my bathroom feel great underfoot in the morning, hugs from my husband and son feel great anytime.

nyrgrl said...

silk velvet. nothing better on bare skin. nothing.

Snowiye said...

Definitely the hardwood floors that we splurged on (worth every penny) and drapes in our bedroom.

Anonymous said...

"This is nice to reflect on as I'm stuck with a coupla asshats in the middle of nowhere for another few hours."

Decs, this person deserves a "best comment" award, don't you think?

Decorno said...

Oh, definitely. (I need to pass out little statues, I think.)

Traci Zeller Designs said...

My Kingsdown mattress ... EXCEPTIONAL!! Every time I get into bed, I think about how comfortable and heavenly it is. Worth every penny!

Anonymous said...

"(I need to pass out little statues, I think.)"

The Deccy!

Tazelaar123 said...

I'd like to chime in by way of a story. A short story.
Years ago, before I was married and had my children I was talking to an old school chum I'd lost touch with. We were nearing the end of our conversation when she added "But what I really love is being a mom. Well, I kinda gagged. Really?, I thought. With all the cool stuff out there in the world that's what you come up with?! Naturally I kept lips zipped and probably cooed something in approval then hung up and felt "Oh Brother, boring"! So now I have kids and they're rapidly nearing the go to college, move away age. Seeing their STUFF around the house;shoes,hoodies,books,boots, more shoes,socks,dirty shirts...I love it all. I'm a put it away-er, always have been. But now I'm taking a moment to enjoy the Stuff's presence before I ask them to put it away. To soon it will be gone and my house will be in the morning just as I left it previous evening. Now that's boring.

Anonymous said...

1. Hotel Collection sheets and douvet. Very Lux feeling.
2. Elegant/Modern silverware a gift from our wedding recently.
3. Lots of candles in Ivory
4. Plush Hotel Collection Towels

Luxurious items for a couple of newlyweds living in a studio in San Francsico and loving it. =)

Christina said...

Good touch: my kitties.

Bad touch: stuff expelled from said kitties.

Holly said...

My king-size Stearnes & Foster pillow-top mattress, velvet shams from Bella Notte, yummy handwoven wool rugs in dining and living, OOAK vintage lamps, my Wendeline Matson painting (check her out online), my grandmother's silver, my handsome, generous husband and our little boys who still believe in Santa.

honey living said...

kohl's luxury collection towels.

Anonymous said...

Last weekend-I bought a new table lamp for my living room from Pier One-tortoise shell blown glass with a lampshade that is a satiny chocolate brown,interior of the shade is a gold foil. It completely changed the space. I bought a small table to set it on the same day. Both pieces really updated and warmed up that corner. I learned that one thing can really transform a space.

r&b said...

i'm all about this question.
italian egyptian cotton sheets, ironed of course (crazy but soo worth it)

silk and wool rug in bedroom. nothing feels better on bare feet when you get up and go to bed.

new safavieh sofa (lee industries) velvet with firm but soft cushions and all down back cushions. sink in...

bamboo or legna fiber and cotton mixed bath towels. really soft and they don't get brittle like most other towels

big beefy stainless steel handle on fridge.

Anonymous said...

I have a few stunning pieces of furniture one being one of the nicest danish teak sofas ever, very sculptural...but the best item I own is my Ikea sectional. I finally broke down and tried so the family could lounge without being guardians of my treasures. We love it just to jump on the sofa and not worry about spilling or preserving the wood for posterity is such a luxury