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Introducing the Living Essentials Collection

Living_Essential_SlideYou may have noticed on our website or in our store a new grouping of bedding called Living Essentials.  This is a curated collection of wonderful products from an array of manufacturers.  What makes Living Essentials unique is the price point.

Terrasi Living & Scandia Home has always been known for our best-of-the-best product selection.  That has not changed.  You can shop in our store or on our website for the finest down products, luxurious linens, organic mattresses and more.

However, we know that our discerning customers shop high and low prices depending on their bedding needs as their lives evolve.

While we’ve always offered beginning price point options, we now have made it easier for you to shop.  We’ve selected and consolidated the finest bedding, linens, towels and foundations at beginning price points.  These are perfect when you need extra sheet sets for unexpected guests, second and third bedrooms, vacation homes, children’s rooms, your own bedroom sanctuary or simply to mix and match.  With our new collection of Living Essentials, we hope to enlighten shoppers that we have something for everyone.

We’re still very picky about what we sell.  Country of origin is important to us.  We still look to Europe for most of what we sell, but have also found wonderful products coming from India and Turkey.

We don’t look at this diversification as being torn in two different directions.  Bedding is what we do best.  Our customers may want the finest high-quality linens for their master suite, but want to spend a bit less on guest and children’s rooms.  We’ve got them covered, both literally and figuratively.

We don’t believe that just because you want bedding at a more accessible price, that you should be stuck with skimpy sizing, coarse textures and limited choices.  So take a look our Living Essentials collection, and check back from time to time as the selection grows.  You can have the best of both worlds.

As always, many thanks to our wonderful customers for your friendship, consistent support and for communicating your wants and needs to us.

With much appreciation,

Ursula Terrasi

 

Slip Into Something More Comfortable

Keeping Your Cool This Summer

If you look online for ideas on how to sleep cool this summer, you may find some very innovative thinking, like:

Blow air over ice.  Put a container of ice directly in front of a fan level with the top of the bed. The ice-cooled air will be noticeably cooler than the room air for the amount of time it takes for the ice to melt which is as long as it should take for you to fall asleep.

Wear cold socks. Take a pair of cotton socks, rinse them in cold water, wring them until they are damp and put them on. Cooling your feet lowers the overall temperature of your skin and body.

Sleep in a damp T-shirt. Take a light T-shirt, wet it, wring it out and wear it. Evaporation from the shirt will help to keep you cool enough to sleep for a few hours.

Sleep under a wet sheet or bath towel.  Place a dry towel or sheet on your bed underneath your body and use the wet sheet as your blanket.

Sleep on a straw or bamboo mat. These don’t retain body heat and are cool all night long.

Chill your pillowcase. Put your sheets, blanket, and pillowcases in the freezer all day.

 

Sleep with “ice blocks. Get a few blocks of “blue ice,” normally sold in supermarkets. Freeze them in the freezer during the day and take them to bed with you at night.

 

While some of these ideas might have merit, few pass either the comfort or the “ick” test.  More importantly, we have beat-the-heat solutions that will keep you comfortably cool all summer long. 

Crisp, cool, breezy percale sheets are perfect for hot summer nights.  Choose from 100% Egyptian cotton or Lyocell.  These are incredibly soft and smooth and breathable natural fibers that will take you back to the halcyon days of summer when you were a child, and never had problems falling asleep.

Lighten-up with a summer weight down comforter or ultra-light down blanket and make sure your duvet cover is as light as possible.  We have many sheeting weight choices.  You may even want to eliminate your top sheet for the summer months and just sleep with your comforter in a duvet cover.

Still not cool enough?  Try a cotton or linen blanket or cotton piquet coverlet in place of your down comforter for the summer.

Layer a wool mattress pad between your mattress and fitted sheet.  It may sound hot, but it’s just the opposite.  The wool acts as an insulator, helping to regulate your body temperature keeping you cooler in hot weather and warmer in cold weather, and it wicks moisture away from you while you sleep.  We have several different wool mattress pads you can choose from.

 

KC Magazine March 2015

Keep these lovely little items near by to make sure you rest easy.

2015 KC Mag Home PR Bedside manner (sachets) 1000

Rising temperatures don’t mean the end of layering. 

2015 KC Mag Home March PR Lighten Up Purple scarf pg20 1000

 

A few well placed pillows can breathe new life into your bedroom.

2015 KC Mag Home March PR What a Sham pg 80 1000

Color Stories: Volume 1

Color Stories

 

Volume One

 

Once upon a February morning a woman sat in her beige living room watching an old black & white movie on TCM and sipping dark brown coffee out of a white mug.  She looked out the window at the landscape of her back yard.  Dirty white remnants of the last snow storm collected in small piles on the dormant grass, the trees were bare and the sky was grey.  Her whole world seemed colorless.  She sighed deeply. 

 

“I’ve had enough of this,” she thought, turning off the television and picking up the color issue of her favorite design magazine.  She leafed through the pages.

 

“No,” she muttered to the opulent red and gold French salon, “Too much”.

 

“No,” she mumbled to the grey and lime green minimalist living room, “not enough”.

 

“Ooooh!” she cried taking in the two page spread of spacious bedroom decorated in vibrant blue and white.  “I could live in this.  I mean really live!” she said. 

 

She ripped out the pages, grabbed her purse and headed out into the ‘greige’ world in pursuit of the perfect shade of blue.

 

And this is where the story begins…

 

Ah, the complexities of color.  It’s positively lyrical.  In fact, if Billie Holiday asked the musical question “Am I Blue?” today in the design world, there would be no simple answer. 

 

Colors need descriptive qualifiers.  When someone says Baby Blue, you know what they mean.  That’s why there are so many lipstick and paint colors… one just hopes that the names are meaningful.  (What does Pinky Dink Pink look like anyway?)

 

Benjamin Moore says they have 510 shades of blue, from palest First Snowfall to the very deep Old Navy.  Blue can lean toward greenish hues, like peacock, or those containing more red, like violet. Then there are the ‘true’ blues that are right down the middle but vary in saturation from sky blue to cobalt. There are also greyed blues like Crayola’s Cadet Blue, which is the color of a stormy grey sky.

 

 

 

All of the color these color choices can put you in a blue funk!  So how do you go about finding colors you can live with? 

 

First, find your inspiration:  The lady in our story had the right idea.  She found her inspiration in a magazine, and kept the pages as a starting point. You may find yours in art or something else that speaks to your aesthetic sensibility.  

 

Keep in mind the design principle of 60-30-10.  I don’t know who came up with it, but when it comes to selecting colors for your home, it’s the golden rule (no pun intended).  Here’s how it works: The dominant color in your room should be 60%, secondary color 30% and accent color 10%. 

 

 
Room using  the 60 – 30 – 10 principle

 

Don’t overdo your pallet.  The mix of too many colors can be an awful mess.  Stick with a color scheme like monochromatic (using tones of a single color) or complementary (using colors opposite each other on the color wheel).

 

 
A monochromatic grey room
 
Bedding using a complementary color scheme
 
Choose opposites on the color wheel for a dramatic complementary color scheme

 

After determining your pallet, move on to textiles, fabrics for bedding, upholstery or curtains. Be sure to check out swatches of the fabrics you are drawn to, take them home and see them in the lighting of your home. 

 

 

 

After making your final fabric selections move on to paint colors.  Try them on your walls in patches and view them as the light changes at different times of day next to your fabric choices to be confident that the final outcome is what you intend. 

 

 

 

 

And you’ll live happily ever after 

in your beautifully decorated new room!

 

 

 

Together We Can Make a Difference in a Child’s Life.

The roots of Children’s Mercy Hospital can be traced all the way back to 1897! Two sisters, Dr. Alice Berry Graham and Dr. Katherine Berry Richardson, opened the Free Bed Fund Association of Sick, Crippled, Deformed and Ruptured Children in Kansas City with one bed. Additional children were cared for in outlying homes in the countryside and suburbs of Kansas City. In 1907 ground is broken to construct a hospital, Mercy Hospital, with 50 beds.

Children’s Mercy has always been commited to comprehensive healthcare including academics. In 1910 classroom and even bedside teaching was introduced to help children keep up with school work during extensive stays at the hospital. In the 1920’s Dr. Richardson founded the first research labratory at Children’s Mercy to study childhood disease. Innovative research continued throughout the years and in 2011 the Pediatric Genome Center opens to develop DNA tests to help solve the mystery of genetic diseases.

In the 1930’s the Great Depression put great strain on the financial aspects of running the hospital. Children’s Mercy persevered the financial hardships through the good will of volunteers providing medical and surgical services.

In the 1950’s and 60’s Children’s Mercy opens a social services department to better help families and patients cope with non-medical needs. A Nutrition Services Program is also created to help fight childhood obesity. By 1971 nearly half of patient referrals were due to this issue!

By December of 1970 Children’s Mercy Hospital is located where we know it to be today. Ground breaking treatments and community programs continue to grow due to fundraising and generous donations from people who want to make a differnece in a child’s life. Today Children’s Mercy Hospital has a number of locations throughout the Kansas City area as well as clinics in Wichita.

 

Children’ Mercy Hospital continues to be on of the “Best Children’s Hospitals” in the United States.

Hopefully this very brief look at the history of the hospital will renew an appreciation for the organization and think about the families the hospital serves on a daily basis. We are especially lucky to have such an amazing resource right here in Kansas City. This is why Terrasi European Collections will donate 10% of all sales from Thursday, December 11th through Sunday, December 14th 2014 to Children’s Mercy Hospital. Hopefully together we can help the hospital continue to save lives, develop new treatments, and comfort the families who turn to Children’s Mercy for the best pediatric care in the region.

Together we can make a difference in a child’s life.

 

Luxury Within Reach

LUXURY WITHIN REACH!
Everyday Luxe to Super Luxe – Quality at Any Price Point!

Ursula Terrasi, Owner,
Terrasi European Collections & Scandia Home

We had a nice mention in the Kansas City Star on Sunday, October 12th in STUFF OF LIFECynthia Gregorian, House + Home Editor’s, Stuff of Life article regarding our high quality luxury pillows, comforters, sheets, duvet covers and mattresses. We truly appreciate great PR and being the only locally owned store as part of the article and we have had calls due to her widely read columns. But we thought this would also be a good opportunity to explain that in addition to having the best selection of “super luxe” merchandise in the Midwest and beyond, we also specialize in the best budget conscious, everyday luxe or basic bedding. We love personalizing high/low designs that mix so well.

As a locally owned unique boutique we pride ourselves in personally perusing thru markets (everywhere) to find the best products at the best value for our customers regardless of price point. We continuously search for brands that fit your needs and varied budgets. Whether they are considered everyday basics or luxury, it has to comply with our criteria of enduring style, quality and qualify as a good investment.

It’s unbelievable, but we do have customers that come in and replenish only once every 5 to 10 years or so, not only because of the quality and timeless style, but also because we educate them on how to care for bedding so that it will last longer.

It can be difficult for us to compare our specialty artisan merchandise with national retailers and web sites at times (such as Overstock.com, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Restoration Hardware, and Ikea) as not everything is always spelled out in their printed information and there is often a lot of differentiations, but we sure try to have as much information as possible on hand to explain to our discerning customers.

As an example, the Heavenly Bed from Westin can be compared in some aspects with some of our brands and we do have products close to their price point, but of a much better quality. Another advantage we have is that we are able to offer broad selections from many specialty artisan vendors with whom, over the years, we have forged close relationships; with the owners, designers, sales representatives and in house staff. It sure helps with input and long term servicing of our customers.

So, we took the opportunity to do a little comparison of the Heavenly Bed bedding that was mentioned in the article with ours. You can see it at the end of this post.

When it comes to in-store shopping vs. online shopping, they are very different experiences. We understand the appeal of shopping in your PJ’s from the comfort of your sofa. That’s why we have taken the time and have gone to the expense of updating our website terrasi.com. We hope everyone has the chance to explore, shop and buy from our lovely website. Having said that, it is not the same as visiting our store on the Country Club Plaza, Kansas City’s premier and historic shopping district. Only in the store can you test the pillows lying on our bed while our knowledgeable staff guides you to the perfect choice for you and your good night’s rest. Only in our store can you experience the softness of the sheets, touch the fluffy absorbent towels and smell the intoxicating scent of our candles, soaps and lotions. Would you like a glass of wine while you shop? No problem.

Our philosophy is not about having the least expensive or the most costly, but it’s about the best value for your wallet, what fits your needs, long lasting style, comfort, enhancing your life, a good night sleep and waking up rejuvenated. It’s the reason we have so many choices and brands of bedding from artisans and world class suppliers.

We have a high respect for you and how you spend your money and also for the environment. We are not fans of disposable items and we don’t want you to spend money to buy the same items over and over. So come into our store, visit our wonderful new web site, email us, and call us for expert advice. We are here to answer your questions on design, trends, colors, sizes, send samples etc.

We’ve been here to service you, not only in Kansas City, but the Midwest and beyond for over 30 years, and we plan to stay. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support and friendship. We truly value it!

In a nutshell, here is a quality advantage and price comparison of some of our many product offerings:

Westin Heavenly Bed vs. Terrasi European Collections & Scandia Home

Pillows:
Theirs– 600 Fill Power White Down, 100% cotton, unspecified firmness or ounces $195

OursScandia Home Classic, 600 Fill Power European White Down, 300 Thread Count, 100% Cotton Cambric
Available in: choices of Ultra Soft $120, Soft $150, Medium $180 and Firm $210

Theirs – Down Alternative Pillow, Polyester fiberfill w/cotton cover, unspecified firmness, $45

Ours – Scandia Home Bergen Down Free Pillow, Proprietary cluster-like polyester microfiber called Supra that mimics natural down.
100% Cotton Cambric 300 Thread Count Ticking,
Available in choices of Soft $60, Medium $65, and Firm $70

Comforters:
Theirs – 200 Thread Count, 550 Fill Power White Down, 25 oz. Stitched Through construction 88 x 94 $280

Ours –Scandia Home Copenhagen Light comforter
300 Thread Count, 600 Fill Power European White Down, 27 oz., Baffle Box even temperature construction 90 x 94 $415

Sheets:

We do have cotton sheet sets that include top and bottom sheets plus pillow cases for as little as $199.00 for a queen set.

Mattress:
Ours
We are so proud of our signature organic mattress designed with the assistance of Dr. Brenda Smith, a respected wellness doctor in KC, and here’s why:
They have up to 20 year warranty
Made in USA
All Organic and Chemical Free made of Organic Cotton, Wool and Natural Latex.
Naturally adjusts to changing body temperatures during the night preventing sleep interruption.
Biodegradable/ hypo-allergenic
No Flip or Turn
Naturally Flame Retardant and resistant to dust mites, pollen, mold and mildew
You can choose from solid latex or individually pocketed coils.

The foundations (once known as box springs) are constructed of unvarnished ash by the Amish, and finished with wool and organic cotton to make them flame resistant, and are available in 4” or 8” heights.

Theirs
There’s not much information about the Heavenly Bed mattress, other than it’s a pillow top, made by Simmons in the US. There was no information about materials or construction that was readily available, but it is a different product than our specialty mattresses.

Dressing Your Bed

A.  Duvet Cover

B.  Coverlet

C.  Flat (Top) Sheet

D.  Fitted (Bottom) Sheet

E.  Pillow Cases

F.  European Shams

G.  Std. or King Shams

H.  Decorative Pillows

I.    Bed Skirt

 

Dressing Your Bed

  

If it’s true that you spend a third of your life in bed, your bed is probably the most important piece of furniture in your home.  Your bedroom should be your personal sanctuary, a retreat from a busy and stressful world. Your bed should feel so wonderful and look so beautiful that it beckons you home at night.   Dressing a bed with fabrics and accessories to complement your personal style may require some help. Our linen experts are here to help you create your dream bed and assist with any questions you might have about quality, colors, fabrics or accessories.

 Mattress

The most important decision is selecting a mattress that is firm enough to give you the support you need yet soft enough to provide comfort.  Everyone has their own preferences, and research has shown that you should be prepared to test any mattress you are considering for at least 20 minutes.  The mattress is not a place to skimp on price.  Spending a little extra money to get the right mattress will make you sleep and feel much better in the future.  Existing mattresses can be made plusher and more luxurious feeling with wool or down mattress pads or featherbeds for a truly voluptuous bed. 

Pillows

The second most important element on your bed is your personal sleeping pillow.  Most of us don’t sleep in the same position all night, however the rule of thumb for choosing sleeping pillows is:  Soft for stomach sleepers, Medium for back sleepers and Firm for side sleepers.  Start with the position in which you fall asleep.  It is quite normal for one person to have two or more pillows for a comfortable night’s sleep.  Whatever it takes to make you comfortable, it is well worth it. 

Sheets

 

Sheets and pillow cases are the basics of any bed. These are available in either percale (crisp, matte finish) or sateen (silky, lustrous finish) and come in solids jacquards, prints and embroideries. Don’t get caught up in tread count.  Thread count is only one piece of the equation.  Equally, if not more important is the fiber and the finishing.  Long staple Egyptian cotton is the best quality cotton, but linen sheets are quite wonderful as are Lyocell sheets.  If at all possible, touch before you buy. Quality linens should feel the same after years of washing, perhaps even better.

 Top of Bed

Duvet covers and coverlets are the most common way to dress the top the bed and are often shown with matching or coordinated shams. Since the top of the bed is what is usually seen, choose styles that please your eye and make you happy. Strive for beauty and functionality.  When it comes to duvet covers, look for very light weight breathable fabrics.  This will insure that your comforter does what it is supposed to do… keep you comfortable.  Bed skirts or box spring covers finish the bed by covering the box spring.

 *Blankets and bedspreads are still used but not as much as comforters and duvet covers. Choose a blanket that does not pill or shrink. Bedspreads are almost always custom made to fit your bed, so having accurate measurements helps guarantee a good fit.

 Finishing Touches

It’s the details that make the difference between furnished and finished.  Adding decorative pillows like euros, bolsters or boudoir sized pillows along with a coordinating throw for the foot of the bed can add a needed splash of color or texture that will give your bed its personality or provide a seasonal change that can take your room from light and airy to warm and cozy.  Have fun and add a little whimsy, glitz or drama. This is your personal space, make it your own. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bedding Sizes

 

Mattress Sizes (American)

Crib – 28” x 52”

Twin – 39” x 75”

Twin XL – 39” x 80” (2 XL Twin Mattresses = 1 king mattress)

Full – 54” x 75”

Full XL – 54” x 80”

Queen – 60” x 80”

King – 76” x 80”

California (Cal) King – 72” x 84”

 

Pillow Sizes (smallest to largest)

Boudoir – 12” x 16”

Standard – 20” x 26”

Queen – 20” x 30” (Two fit perfectly across a queen bed)

King – 20” x 36” (Two fit perfectly across a king bed)

Euro/European Square/Continental – 26” x 26”