The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 9, 2008 · Page 144
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The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois · Page 144

Arlington Heights, Illinois
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Sunday, March 9, 2008
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SECTION I DAII ,Y I IK.RA1,1) SUNDAY, MARCH 0, 2008 Pillow talk Choosing the right headrest could mean a better night's sleep BY NZONG XlONG The I'tntm lice It took years of sleeping on different pillows, but last year Kelly Jones of Selma, Calif., finally found her perfect combo: a wedge-shaped foam pillow that her daughter gave her for her birthday and a regular pillow filled with synthetic down. "I have back issues and neck issues," says Jones, 46. "I've gone through a gazillion pillows. The solution for me was a wedge and synthetic pillow. I put those two together, and that seems to help me the most." But what works for her won't necessarily work for you. Pillows now come in a number of shapes, not just rectangular anymore. You also have several other options, from the materials that fill the pillows to the fabrics that cover them. But finding the ones that will fit your sleeping habits might require some sleepless nights. "With pillows, there is a lot of personal testing," says Jones, coordinator of Saint Agnes Medical Center's Diagnostic Sleep Lab in Fresno, Calif. "What works for one person isn't going to work for another." When you're on a pillow hunt, look for ones that will give you support and comfort. "The biggest thing about pillows is to not hyperextend the neck when they're sleeping," Jones says. Terra Wellington, a health and wellness expert in Bur-, bank for, agrees. "If you have the wrong pillow, a few things will happen," says Wellington, who also is a member of Tempur-Pedic International's Wellness Advisory Board. "Extra pressure can be put on your spine because the neck is at the wrong angle. Your neck should be aligned with your spine. If you're (sleeping on your back), you don't want your neck to be pushing into your spine." With an ill-fitting pillow, "you also can put a lot of pressure on your shoulders," she says. "If you're sinking too far down into the mattress because the pillow isn't holding you up far enough, you can put pressure on your spine." Look for pillows that will give you enough support so that your head is 4 to 6 inches above the bed, she says. "For most people, it'll be about 4 inches." The insides of pillows can have a number of materials, including down feathers, polyester and a mix of polyester and microfiber. Some, like Jones' wedge pillow, are made of foam. Fabric covers also can be made from cotton, polyester and cotton blends, and even bamboo fibers. Generally, pillows are rectangular in shape and come in standard, queen and king sizes. The labeling of pillows as soft, medium or firm also helps, says Michele Casper, a spokesperson for Lands' End in Dodgeville, Wis., which offers a number of pillows in its catalog. "A soft pillow is good for people who sleep on their stomach," Casper says. "A medium-firm is for those people who sleep on their back. A more firm pillow is for those who need more support or for side-sleepers." There also are body pillows for side sleepers so they can place part of the pillow between their legs and better align their spine. The cost of pillows varies. A jumbo standard pillow costs $13.99 at Mervyn's in Clovis, Calif.; a goose-down standard pillow by Lands' End is $ 1 J9.50. Tempur-Pedic's standard ComfortPillow is priced at $125. Plants For Springtime GUJI berry, Asparagus, Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry plants www jeiseyaspaiagub com Ads, by Gooyle I, Movable screen can divide 'great room' Many of today's single-family houses, condo units and apartments allow their owners to tailor interiors to reflect lifestyle choices and aesthetic preferences. Large, undivided rooms in these homes present opportunities for multifunctional arrangements. A single space incorporating what would once have been a separate kitchen, dining room and living room can indeed function well for those who favor informal design. Even then, however, it may not be easy to achieve a desired degree of comfort and orderliness without installing permanent dividers. Such a step does foreclose the options that open spaces offer. It would also negate what was presumably one of the attractions of buying a particular home in the first place. Q. We recently moved into a new house that combines the living room, dining room and kitchen into one big area. This layout offered exciting possibilities at first, but it now seems lacking in comfort even though we've positioned the furniture to divide the space in accordance with its different functions. RttaSLClalr Designing woman Can you suggest how to make this setting more cozy and inviting? A. These multipurpose spaces, also often referred to as "great rooms," are intended to promote togetherness for family and friends by grouping cooking, eating and, socializing in one big area. It's fun for those who like free-wheeling layouts. It won't work well, however, if you prefer cozy over communal. There are ways of creating a visual sense of enclosure without resorting to walling off sections of a great room. Bookcases or other types of built-in units can be installed below eye level to delineate a sitting area. Open shelving above counter height can also be added as a kitchen divider. These sorts of partitions are well- suited to serving as focal points because they can accommodate displays of decorative objects. Another possibility is to place a movable screen perpendicular to an existing wall as a means of separating a dining area from a sitting area. That insertion retains the overall openness of a great room, particularly one with a tall ceiling. As a related alternative, you may want to consider something like the "Skyline" gliding panels from Hunter Douglas shown in the accompanying photo. Installed on a ceiling track, this type of divider allows a section of a room to be either partly or fully open to other sections. The narrow panels seen here are made of a grasswood fabric in a faded denim color that contrasts with the room's gold and green palette and with the dark wood furnishings. Area rugs in compatible but distinct patterns and colors can also produce visual demarcations while enhancing the warmth, or coziness, of a large open area. Color is generally an effective way of accenting differences among functional segments of a single room. Keep in mind that there's no good reason to give a great room only a single color; in fact, it should be designed with varying textures as well as. colors for flooring and wall coverings. COURTKSY OK IIUNTKR DOUGLAS Narrow panels of grasswood fabric move along a ceiling track, allowing homeowners to create a cozy area when desired. • Rita St. Clair's column appears every Sunday. Write to her in care of the Daily Herald, P.O. Box 280, Arlington Heights, IL 60006. & 200B, Tribune Media Services Inc. Garden wedding allows for a less-formal gown Q. My daughter is getting married late this summer in a garden wedding. She doesn't want a formal wedding gown, but does prefer it to be long. Please help! Sharon T. A. I have selected Vogue 2979, sized 6-20. It has several variations. I especially like the one with short sleeves for a more casual look. You might want to choose a lovely cotton lace and perhaps combine it with linen. Keep the fabric as casual as the pattern, and she'll look perfect! Q. I'm a beginner sewer and have trouble stitching seams nice and even. Any tips? JoyceW. A. 1 think the magnetic seam guide is invaluable for everyone. When not in use, this guide simply pushes away. Also, seam widths are usually marked on the throat plate Eunice Farmer Sew simple of your machine. You must learn to keep your eye on the marks of your throat plate and the edge of the magnetic seam guide to be sure the seam width is nice and even. Q. With the tiny hems found on most garments today, isn't it possible to save fabric and buy less than the pattern advises? GailH. A. The amount of fabric you purchase depends on the width of the fabric and the pattern layout. The little you would save isn't worth buying less. With the lengths of skirts changing so often, the important point to check is the length given on your pattern envelope, especially if you are reusing a pattern you love. I have found through the years that you can save very litde from a few inches in length. It's best to purchase the amount shown on the pattern. Helpful sewing hint: Each week, a reader wins a prize for sending in a helpful sewing hint. This week's winner is Carolyn Grant of Smyrna, Ga. She will receive a collection of 100 hand- sewing needles from England. Her tip: "When you are hand-sewing a hem of any kind, take a small back-stitch every inch or two and knot the thread. If any part of the hem comes loose, it won't pull out completely." • Sew Simple appears Sundays in Home & Garden. Send your questions and sewing tips to Eunice Farmer, Box 31729, St. Louis, MO 63131 or via e-mail to info@eunice- Visit her Web site at © 2008. Cowles Syndicate Inc. Answers to the crossword puzzle on Page 5. Buying or selling? Check Daily Herald Classifieds Suburban Chicago's leading ' marketplace for jobs, cat's, homes and much more. Showcasing the area's finest dealers, shops, shows & more! 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