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September-October 2014


Bedside Manners

Bedside Manners

When Savvy was growing up, nobody ever talked about thread count in sheets. Now it’s all 500-this and 600-that. Sheets have gone from utilitarian to luxurious. But thread count, it turns out, is a sham. At least according to Carla Wing, owner of Phina’s, the Federal Hill retailer Savvy recently rediscovered. “It’s all about quality—how the sheet is woven,” explains Wing. “I’ve seen 800-thread-count sheets fall apart in the wash, but a 200-thread-count sheet of Egyptian cotton, made in Italy, that’s so sturdy it can last 10 years.” Wing’s Signoria Firenze sheets will have you drifting off under the spell of Morpheus in no time. Also look for classic linen hemstitched napkins by Saro, luxe robes and bamboo towels, pretty bath products and other little luxuries for the homes. Brides will love the Universal Registry. Sweet dreams. 919 S. Charles St., 410-685-0911. phinas.com

Charmed, I'm Sure

Who puts the charm in Charm City? Why, the citizens, of course, with a few celebrities sprinkled in. That moniker, incidentally, dates back only to 1975, and no, it wasn’t coined by H. L. Mencken. Still, we wield it with pride. Baltimore is a town that wears its heart on its sleeve. And what better way to complement that sleeve than with a charm bracelet? Enter City Charm. You can sport a sterling silver raven, a B&O Railroad car, a crab, a tugboat, an Orioles ball, even a beehived hon. Better yet, 10 percent of all proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Look good and do good. Online at citycharmco.com

Sofa, So Good

Sofa, So Good

Savvy admits it: she’s of the age where she has started to fall asleep in front of the TV. So how delightful to find the surprisingly sleek “My Comfort” furniture line by Palliser at The Sofa Store. Going by the formidable name “Riding Mountain,” the recliner practically transports you to Never Never Land. It swivels, rocks, glides, reclines; and has a USB port, tablet tray and that all-important cup holder. Or opt for its sectional brethren, outfitted with detachable metal connectors and configured any way you like. 1125 Cromwell Bridge Road in Towson and a new store at 851 Cromwell Park Drive, Glen Burnie. 410-346-2400, thesofastoreusa.com

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