Wool From Head to Toe
Despite it being April, there's a major chill in the air! My uniform is a big Smartwool sweater (a hand me down from my dad - thanks Dad!), a pink hat that I knitted ages ago, and my Stegman wool clog slippers. Truth be told, none of these woolen items are stored away for the season. I wear them year round. Especially my clogs. They're my house shoes. I first fell in love with them when I spent a semester abroad in Vienna. They were in the shop windows everywhere and they just spoke to me. So when I got a good paying job, I splurged and bought myself a pair. I ended up wearing them so often that big holes formed where my big toes are. My parents bought me new ones last year. Thank goodness! They were looking so dismal!
Wool Around the House
I not only wear wool on my body, I have it all over my house. My latest addition is a washable wool blanket from Pendleton for my bed. I have a wool blanket on my bed year round no matter how hot it gets.
With my white down comforter folded at the end of bed and white pillow shams, my new wool blanket provides a nice color contrast. Wool blankets are super cozy yet breathe well. I've also heard they naturally deter dust mites and allergens. Gross to think about but also nice to know.
Here's my new blanket. I love the color, weight and feel. It's not really soft, but it just feels good and honest. It comes in a variety of colors and plaids.
Here are some other wool blankets that I've admired over the years...
Wool Rugs - A No Brainer
I'm also a big believer in wool rugs. They're super durable, natural, stain resistant, easy to clean, and soft on your feet (some aren't so soft so it's important to test). I always recommend wool rugs to my client when they're looking for a rug that will last for years to come and hold up to wear and tear. Some of my favorite sources are Crate and Barrel, Dash and Albert, West Elm and Pottery Barn.
My next wool purchase will be yards of wool fabric to reupholster my great grandfather's club chair. I'm thinking wool felt, although I'd love to splurge and use mohair. Just not practical though!
Here's what it looks like now...
I can't wait to show you the after!
Year Round Wool
So don't think of wool as a winter fabric. It can be used year round and has sooooo many amazing attributes that make it a timeless, no brainer textile!
Until next time!
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