Sustainable Bedding at Sustainable Prices – Mad About The House

Today I want to return to a company I first wrote about in 2018 when they launched a range of sustainable white cotton bedding at accessible prices. Rise & Fall was set up to try and cut out all the noise around bedlinen and strip it back to its core components – stuff to sleep on. Back then they were very clear that they would stick to the basics before expanding. And now, I’m happy to tell you that they have added a range of 100 per cent European flax linen in rich warm colours as well as adding organic cotton and cashmere to the collection.

rise & fall linen bedding in natural and khaki

rise & fall linen bedding in natural and khaki

At the start they offered only white cotton in either sateen or percale (you can read about the differences between them in my earlier post here) but now you can buy sets (which is more affordable with prices starting at £155) or mix and match the different colours to create your own bespoke bedding.

I have styled some of the range in the images you can see here and I can tell you that the linen is so soft – apparently it is “garment-washed” to make it even more comfortable for sleeping in. I have slept on scratchy linen before and while manufacturers have told me it will get softer over time there’s a limit to how many uncomfortable nights I need to have while waiting! But the Rise & Fall bedding was soft straight out of the linen bags it comes in. Even the notoriously picky Mad Husband (who personally likes a crisp white cotton) was won over.

rise & fall linen bedding in natural and chestnut

rise & fall linen bedding in natural and chestnut

The linen is European flax linen, which is the most sustainable and durable, and the factory where it is made is wind-powered and recycles 99 per cent of the water used in the manufacturing process via large rain water vats on the roof. The workforce, which is predominantly female, also has unlimited access to education.

In addition to this Rise & Fall only order in small amounts to reduce waste but their model allows them to re-order as often as required.

Jed Coleman, the co-founder says: “Our unique supply chain creates much greater value not just for our manufacturing partners but also for our customers. While we are not and never will be ‘cheap’ we seek to be radically less expensive (by 50-80{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018}) than our closest competitors for equivalent quality across all our products.”

rise & fall natural linen fitted sheet

rise & fall natural linen fitted sheet

Now as for the bedding itself, the sheets are deep which means if you have a topper (and we do) they don’t pop off at the corner. They also, and this is a small detail but one that I really appreciate, label the short side of the fitted sheet so you don’t get it wrong. And let’s be honest it’s hard enough wrestling a reluctant duvet into a cover without have to run round and round

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5 Genius Ways to Combine Your Hobbies and Your Vacations — and Get More From Both

The fast-paced world we live in often requires taking some time off to indulge in your passions, explore new environments, unwind in nature, and engage in memorable fun activities. Whether it’s taking a road trip in an RV, hiking, camping, glamping, or having a soiree at an unknown location, there are numerous ways to get rejuvenated from travel. 

And oftentimes, incorporating a hobby or two can help supercharge your vacation experience, making it more enjoyable and memorable. If this sounds like anything you’d fancy trying, read on. 

Below are five genius ways to combine your hobbies and your vacations so you can get more from both.

1. Music-Lover? Visit Mississippi

Often called The Magnolia State for its immense abundance of beautiful magnolia trees, Mississippi is arguably among the best places to visit for music lovers, and there’s a rich history to back this fact. 

For more than one if not two centuries, Mississippi has been known as the home or birthplace of blues music. Blues, one of the world’s most popular music genres, is believed to have been born here sometime in the 19th century. 

From concerts to annual festivals, you can be sure to get your groove on in Mississippi if you happen to love music. You will also have so many things to see and do in this great state, so pack smart and plan your itinerary well in advance!

2. For Culinary Enthusiasts: Consider Mexico

Just because your hobby suggests that you are a foodie isn’t a reason to keep you tied up in one kitchen. Exploring different cuisines as you tour the world can open avenues for you to learn about different cultures and possibly add a few more options to your secret list of unique recipes. 

And what better place to start tempting your tastebuds than in Mexico? It’s most likely the only place in the world where steak tortillas are served as requested and turkey burritos are served with fresh fruit salsa?

3. For the Environmentalists

While the local nature trails may always offer an unforgettable experience, there’s always so much more to learn and explore out there. For instance, taking a Renaissance vacation to a public or private flower field or botanical garden grants you the opportunity to explore a wide variety of plants. 

If you’re more into animals, consider taking a vacation closer to a national park where you can see unique animals. For instance, a vacation in Australia allows you the opportunity to see the country’s iconic animal, the red kangaroo in national parks such as Mungo, Koonaburra, Gundabooka, Sturt, and more.

4. To Those Who Appreciate Photography

Whether you are a pro photographer or consider yourself an amateur, there’s always a place where you can be better at what you like doing best. These range from the picture-perfect Antelope Canyon in Arizona to the Fairbanks in Alaska, and the Pantheon in Peru. Hey, and let’s not forget the picturesque locations right in your neighborhood.

5. For Health and Wholeness Seekers

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7 Questions Interior Designers Wish You Didn’t Ask

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Interior designers are absolute pros at answering questions to ensure their clients are informed throughout the design process. So many different scenarios come up during projects, from product delays to unforeseen construction issues, and designers are constantly thinking on their feet to solve problems and anticipate needs. That’s why they’re equipped with so much practical knowledge that anyone attempting to decorate a space could benefit from.

That being said, there are a few queries that designers wish you would reframe or just not ask at all. These seven questions below made that list, and the answers will give you some insight on how to trust the design process (or think more like a designer, if you’re tackling your own home makeover). 

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Will there be shipping delays? 

Truthfully, shipping delays are par for the course these days when decorating, and designer Caroline Kopp of Caroline Kopp Interior Design in Westport, Connecticut, says they’re just one aspect of why a design project can take longer than you might expect, even when you’re working with a pro. “Shipping delays or not, a whole house can (and should!) easily take a year or more from start to finish, particularly if you are working in high-end goods that are made to order,” she explains. 

When product availability causes issues with a project’s timeline, designers can work around these hiccups; just note that expediting things may come at a premium. “There’s a saying, ‘You can have fast, you can have cheap, you can have good — but you can’t have all three,’ and that definitely applies here,” Kopp says.

Can you tell me what my design style is? 

According to designer Jessica Dorling of Dorling Design Studio in Seattle, Washington, clients often have a better sense of their aesthetic than they may initially believe, and it’s all about trusting your gut when it comes to what you like, versus trying to label your aesthetic. “People sometimes think they don’t have a design style, but if you put two mood boards in front of them, odds are they’re going to prefer one over the other,” she says. 

While a designer’s job is, quite literally, to help you refine and focus your decorative vision, it’s always a good idea to do some work on your end finding “swipe,” or images of interiors that visually speak to you, whether on Pinterest, Instagram, Apartment Therapy house tours, magazines, etc. Organize these references however you see fit, but make sure they’re shareable because your designer is going to want to refer to them when pulling together moodboards and room schemes. There’s definitely such a thing as inspiration overload, of course, so don’t find so many images that it’s impossible to pull out the unifying threads that encompass your unique style. And when

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7 Ideal Car Upgrades For Your Next Road Trip

A road trip can be exciting, opening you to a world of adventure and possibilities. According to a recent survey, many prefer getting to their destinations via road. One factor you may consider while planning your trip is what automobile upgrades and accessories you’ll need. You may have been on the road a few times already yet have no clue where to begin, or perhaps you are excited about taking your first road trip. From small upgrades to major kits, making minor or significant changes to your car can make your ride more pleasurable. Not sure where to begin? Here are six ideal car upgrades for your next road trip.

  1. Comfy rooftop tent 

A decent tent is one of the most useful automobile upgrades for your next road trip. You do not, however, have to depend on one you can only assemble on the ground. Rooftop tents put a sleeping area on your car top, allowing you and your things to be raised while having a stable and warm place to sleep. There are various rooftop alternatives on the market, and you may find one that is ideal for you and your car to make the trip more pleasant. Even if camping isn’t the major feature of your road trip, it’s a cheaper option than sleeping in a hotel. 

  1. New lift kits 

If your road trip will include off-roading or traveling across rough terrain, it’s best to prepare your vehicle’s defenses. Upgrading your car with a fresh lift kit can be one of the most crucial modifications for navigating tough terrain. These kits help raise your car, letting you install wider tires, increasing ground clearance, and protecting the components beneath. Lift kits prevent uneven or rocky terrain from damaging your suspension system. Additionally, upgrading your lift kits allows you to safely and properly see beyond the road and off-road obstacles, which is particularly useful if you are off-roading. 

  1. Rain-repellent coatings

Rain and snow can increase your stress on the road by decreasing your vision and agility in an emergency. While keeping your wipers working at all times is useful, rain-repellent windshield coating can assist in keeping your windshield clear. You can apply a few rain-repellent coatings lasting at least a month. Others can be more effective and last up to six months between applications. Aside from improving safety and reducing accident risks, rain-repellent coatings can prevent rusting and other damages caused by snow and rain. 

  1. Smartphone mount

Using a phone while driving can distract you and pose some safety risks, making it essential to implement measures to reduce your likelihood of doing this during your road trip. You can start by assigning phone-related responsibilities to your travel companions. But what happens if you are driving alone and need your phone for information, messages, navigation, and perhaps your calls? Holding your phone in one hand while driving or looking at your phone in a center-console bin or cupholder can be distracting. For this reason, using smartphone mounts can prove helpful and

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More Than Madewell: 15 Similar Brands To Shop For Comfortable, Stylish, Wear-Everyday Pieces

What’s that thing called where the clock strikes midnight, you turn 30, and suddenly you’re like, “uh, where am I supposed to shop now?” If you’re like me, or Em, or literally anyone who has ever worked at EHD the answer has probably been “Madewell” – but what happens if you want to expand your options a bit?

THAT’S WHERE I COME IN, PAL! Today, I’m introducing you to 15 tried-and-true retailers at different price points who capture that same cool, effortless, Madewell aesthetic that we all know and love. Each brand is labeled with their available sizing – I’m recommending some businesses that carry sizes through 4X! – and I’ve also noted the price points (from $ to $$$$, to avoid any “Say Yes to the Dress” syndrome where you fall in love with something that’s not currently in the budget). Let’s begin with an EHD fav…

1. Ann Twill Straight Leg Pant | 2. Nera Sneaker | 3. The Merly Jacket | 4. Mamuye Classic Tote | 5. Ginnie Wide Leg Jean | 6. Harris Oversized Button Down Shirt

Price Point: $$
Sizes: XXS – 3X
Our Review: Ooooh, y’all are gonna love this one: ABLE is a sustainable brand working to create jobs for women…and their leather goods, jewelry, apparel, denim, and shoes are heirloom-quality at an achievable price, to boot. (Amy Poehler had it right: women do get things done!) Check out ABLE for quiet, cool, put-together looks and ethical Madewell lookalikes.

1. Phoebe Pant | 2. Nico Chunky Cardigan | 3. Double-Button Shirt | 4. Indigo Dyed Crosby Half Zip Pullover | 5. Button-Back Crewneck Sweater | 6. Britt Work Jacket

Price Point: $$$
Sizes: XXS – XXL, 24-33, 0-14
Our Review: If you also love scrolling the Alex Mill website, it’s for a good reason: this is some LEGACY good design. The team behind the scenes? Alex Drexler (the OG, who started selling shirts in 2012), Somsack Sikhounmuong (the former Creative Director of Madewell and J. Crew), and, uh, Mickey freakin’ Drexler (founder of Old Navy and Madewell; former CEO of The Gap and J. Crew). If you’re missing the Madewell and J. Crew of yore – you know, the kinds of clothes with clean colors, simple silhouettes, and fresh, delightful details – THIS IS WHERE THEY’RE ALL AT NOW. You’re welcome! (The back on that white shirt? Worth a peek. And that button-back crewneck sweater comes in solids, too!)

1. The Pool Boy | 2. The Beat | 3. The Extra Extra | 4. The Easy Breezy | 5. The Deep End | 6. The New Age

Price Point: $$$
Sizes: XS-XL, 24-34
Our Review: That yellow striped button-up inspired this entire post, actually! A few weeks ago, I mentioned that AYR’s button-ups were the best out there (this is coming from a gal who name-drops two Madewell pieces in her author bio) and it turns out that a lot of you

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