Monday, January 5, 2009

What is a Hawaiian comforter?

What is a Hawaiian comforter?

A comforter is a type of "super sized" blanket. Beach comforters are intended to keep the user warm, especially during sleep, although they can also be used as mattress pads. Tropical comforters are generally large and rectangular in shape, filled with natural or synthetic insulative material and encased in a shell/covering. Dean Miller's comforters have a 100% cotton shell or covering over the fill to ensure the user a nice soft feel.
Comforter sizes usually correspond with mattress or bed sizes, typically mattresses are sold as twin, full, queen, and king. Comforter sizes run slightly larger than actual bed sizes to allow for draping over the sides of the bed. Typical sizes in the United States for comforters are (and Dean Miller Hawaiian bedding uses these same sizes)
Twin = 64" Width x 87" Length
Queen / Full = 87" Width x 87" Length
King = 101" Width x 90" Length.
A comforter is sometimes covered with a duvet (comforter) cover for protection and prolonged use. Duvet is French for "Down". Comforter covers are like a big pillowcase for your comforter, usually closed with zippers or buttons. Dean Miller has etched their logo into it's own wood buttons to firmly hold your comforter in place. Some customers prefer duvets over comforters or bedspreads because they are easier to wash, and can be easily changed out to give your bedroom a completely new look. So when you are feeling a little tropical be sure to pull your Dean Miller duvet cover out of the closet and make your room do the hula.
Tropical Comforter Construction
Filling- Comforters are filled with layers of material such as polyester batting, down feathers, wool, or silk. The loft of the filling determines the weight as well as the level of insulation. The comforter is stitched or quilted to secure the filling and keep it evenly distributed. Dean Miller Surf Bedding uses a 12oz polyester batting fill, with a channel or diamond stitching to keep your comforter looking like it just came off the store rack.

Tropical Shell/Covering- The outer shells of comforters are typically constructed using cotton, silk, or polyester fabrics or blends, of varying thread counts. Comforter shells vary in design and color, often designed to coordinate with other bedding. Dean Miller's beach bedding uses 100% cotton outer shell or covering to give the user a super soft night's sleep. Dean Miller's Hawaiian print fabrics are usually 200 thread count, but we have been known to use even higher thread count in some of our surfboard sheet sets.

What is Thread Count?
Thread count is a measure of the coarseness or fineness of Hawaiian print fabric. It is measured by counting the number of threads contained in one square inch of fabric, including both the length (warp) and width (weft) threads. It is used especially in regard to cotton linens such as surfer bed sheets.
Thread count is a simple measure of fabric quality, so that "standard" cotton thread counts are around 150 while good-quality sheets start at 180 and a count of 200 or higher is considered percale. Extremely high thread counts (typically over 500) tend to be misleading as they usually use 'plied' yarns. i.e. one yarn that is made by twisting together multiple finer threads. For marketing purposes, a fabric with 250 yarns in both the vertical and horizontal direction could have the component threads counted to a 1000 thread count although "according to the National Textile Association, accepted industry practice is to count each thread as one, even threads spun as two- or three-ply yarn. The Federal Trade Commission agrees and recently issued a warning that consumers 'could be deceived or misled' by inflated thread counts." Dean Miller's beach bedding has never miss-lead or tried to deceive any of its consumers, and has always clearly stated that our cotton percale surf sheets are 200 thread count.

Tropical Bedding Definitions:

Surf Fabric Bed Skirt (aka Bed Ruffle, Dust Ruffle): A decorative piece of surf designed fabric used to cover the box spring and legs of the bed. It fits between the mattress and box spring and hangs to the floor. Dean Miller's raffia / grass bed skirt are an excellent way to cover up your box spring and will give a long and full look to store your surfboard under your bed.

Surfer Bed Spread: A bed cover with sides that go to the floor. This does not require a bed skirt. These are the kind you find in hotels and motels, usually have a lower poly fill. Dean Miller does not currently make any tropical bed spreads.

Boudoir Pillows (or Breakfast Pillows): Small rectangular decorative throw pillows.

Tropical Comforter: A filled bed cover that is quilted and usually reversible. They require a raffia / grass bed skirt to complete the look, as the sides only go about halfway to the floor.

Drop: The length of a bed skirt. Dean Miller's raffia / grass bed skirt have a 24" drop.

Duvet Cover: A decorative and protective covering for a duvet. Most duvet covers have a button or tie closure at one end.

European Sham (or Euro Sham): A decorative pillow covering which fits a large 26” x 26” pillow. These are often placed behind the standard size pillow shams as a backdrop for all of the other pillows.

Flanged: Including a decorative band of Hawaiian fabric that is straight or tailored; often used to describe pillows or pillow shams

Neck roll: Small cylindrical decorative throw pillows

Beach Pillow Shams: Decorative coverings for surf pillows, often designed with trims, ruffles, flanges, or cording. Shams are normally placed behind the pillows used to sleep on, which would be covered with regular pillowcases.

Pleated: Sewn in folds like a fan

Tailored: Fitted closely or made to fit the bed exactly

Why Surf Bedding is So Important

Why Surf Bedding is So Important:

When it comes to decorating our beach houses with beach decor, surfers spend a lot of time, money, and creative juices on the rooms of their house that the house guests are going to spend the most time in. Rooms like our front entranceway, bathrooms, kitchens, and of course the living room where we do most of our entertaining. The most overlooked room in the beach house is our bedroom, and the bedding we use in not only the master bedroom, but the guest bedroom too. Technically if you have an overnight guest, the spare tropical bedroom will be the room your guest will spend the most time in, lumbering the night away.

With no good explanation most people decorate their bedrooms and pick surf bedding last. Surfers find it hard to justify transforming their own bedroom into a special tropical retreat to make it just as special or unique as the rest of the house. You let your teen transform their room into their own space, they got to pick our their own bedding, surfing wall décor, and plaster stickers all over their ceiling. So how come the rest of us settle for the same typical Laura Ashley floral bedding our parents used?

It’s time to join the new surfing generation and choose your own unique style to make your surf bedroom a place you can retreat too, relax, unwind, and make it your own personal sanctuary. Nowadays it is so easy to shop for bedding, and beach décor, you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home. With just a few clicks on your computer you can have a whole beach bed ensemble delivered to your front door. Your dream tropical room is only a shipment away.

Make a plan for your new surf room, think about everything you will need. The first and most important part of a bedroom is the focal point of the room. This is usually your bed, and the tropical bedding you choose. Anyone walking by your room, or who enters your beach room will be drawn to automatically look at your surf bedding. Your bed is the largest piece of furniture in your room, and good quality bedding is important to showcase and highlight not only your taste in décor, but show some of your personality at the same time.

Once you have chosen a bedding set, its time to decorate from the inside out! Pick out a night lamp that coordinates with your new bedding, throw down a matching rug that will compliment your new bedding, and make a custom framed wall surfing poster to tie everything together. Having a new bedroom will revitalize your spirit to give your room an exciting and new place to come home to every night. A room to stop dreaming in, and now will be one you dreamed of.

Dean Miller Surf Bedding has so many patterns for you choose from, we offer everything from surfboards to tiki men to toned down tropical print bedding. But we don’t stop there, we also offer all the complimentary décor for your bedding, with rugs, window dressings, lamps, wall signs, your room will feel like an endless tropical vacation. Let Dean Miller help you make you feel like you are staying at a five star Hawaiian resort every night!

Bring a little Aloha home.

Decorating for a Teenager’s Room
Teen bedding can make a substational difference when decorating for a teenager’s room. Dean Miller can change the whole room’s look just by switching or adding new bedding.

Most parents fear their teenaged child will paint dark moody colors, and put racy photos and posters all over their bedroom walls. Well Dean Miller Surf Bedding is a perfect match for teens and tweens who want to show their tastes as well as leave the room tastefully decorated for their parents.When your son or daughter comes into their teenage years, they are moving from that stage of growing out of their childhood bedding of Star Wars and Barbie Princess sheets. Teens want an identity of their own. They want their room to reflect who they are. Teens want their bedroom to be their space, and they want to express themselves and their likes and desires. Teenagers take pride in how their room may look, even if the bed is never made or clothes are all over the floor.
Adding some new paint and new bedding is all you will probably need to give your teen a fresh new tropical look. You can even spend some quality time with your teen browsing our wide selection of surfing and beach themed prints, and letting them pick which bedding design they like most. And if you re lucky you might be able to guide them in the right design direction to match the rest of your home décor. We have sets made just for teen boys, and some made exclusively for teen girls.
Dean Miller has many surf décor themes to choose from, such as surfing, skateboarding, classic Hawaiian prints, Tiki town, woody cars, surfboard designs, and classic hibiscus tropical flowers. Whatever your teen’s personality is, we probably have a theme to fit him. All designs are available in comforters and duvets, with many other décor choices for you.

Southern California Surf Sports

Southern California Surf Sports:

North Coast Orange County

Santa Ana River Jetties - On the border of Newport Beach and Huntington Beach. River Jetties has been called the most consistent break in Newport, when other regions are flat there is usually something to ride here. This fast shortboard beach break is at the end of the Santa Ana river and picks up a wide range of swells. Breaks best with combo west and south swells. Winds are an issue here, and kite boarders are known to ride up the river to the PCH bridge and back out to the ocean. This place can get epic though on the right swell with the Santa Ana winds blowing. Expect crowds and good surfers, not a place to show up with your longboard and teach yourself how to surf. Since this beach break is at the end of one of Orange County's "rivers" you can expect some pollution after any rainfall.

How to Get Here - There are two ways to access this beach break, simply park at the southern most point of Huntington State Beach (which will cost you to park) and walk across the 1/4 mile of sand following the river to the ocean, and you will see beach break peaks popping up. The closest streets on the Huntington Beach side are Brookhurst Street and Pacific Coast Highway. If you are coming from the Newport Beach side, take PCH north, a left on Prospect St and an immediate right turn on Seashore. Take Seashore all the way until it ends and park where ever you can and again, follow the river to the ocean and look for a good spot to paddle out. Parking is always tough in Newport, so think about parking on the Huntington side over the bridge. If you do park in Newport, be sure to check out the sweet beachfront houses on the Newport side, and keep an eye out for Bob Hurley who is rumored to still live here.

Newport Beach Jetties - A row of man made rock jetties designed to stop beach erosion, also makes for great staggerd surf spots. The jetties start at around 28th Street and go all the way up to 56th Street. Sandbars get created next to the jetties that can produce world class waves when everything comes together. I like the jetties the most because no matter how big the swell you can always pick a jetty to surf according to your skill level. On a summer south swell for example, the swell will hit the upper numbered streets bigger, and if you aren't comfortable in cranking overhead surf, you can go mellow out and still catch some great waves a few streets down which will be a little smaller. This is also a good natural selection for everyone. The most popular are 54-56th St and 36th St. Best on wnw and south swell combo. The jetties pick up swell from the north or south, so as long as some swell is in the water you should be good all year round. Always crowded in Newport, and 54th and 56th Streets are known for being reserved for the pros and up and coming semi-pros. Newport has a great boardwalk to bike up and down and check the surf and tons of beautiful girls roaming around.

How to Get Here - From the 405 or 5 freeway take the 55 freeway south into Newport Beach, take a right on 32nd street, the beach is straight ahead, and at this point you can simply check all the street numbers and see which one you like best. Which will probably depend on where you get parking. Always watch the parking signs in Newport, they have no mercy here.

Blackies - On the northside of the Newport Pier. Slower beach break, great for old guys, longboards, and learning to surf. Best on winter time wnw swells or wind swells, all the summer south swells usually miss Blackies. This break reminds me of how old beach towns used to be. Low to medium tide is best. Right in the heart of Newport Beach, lots of tourist shops and burger joints here.

How to Get Here - Park right at the pier in front of Blackies the bar and make sure you get a drink there after and tell tall tales about the good ol’ days with all the other Newport locals!

Newport Point - South of the Newport Pier out in front of 17th St. Steep beach break that frequently closes out. Best on short period sse (Hurricane) swells. Shoot for low tide. Best in the summer months, gets sic Hawaiian style barrels out there if a hurricane swell hits it just right, but pretty rare and usually you won't see this break light up at all during the summer months.

How to Get Here - Contiune south on Newport Blvd from the 55 fwy until you get to 17th street (in Newport Beach) , make a right and you will run right into it.

The Wedge - The Wedge is a must see spot when its on, huge waves break super close to shore putting on a death defying show for all to see. The wedge is at the very south end of Newport Beach, next to the Newport Harbor man made jetty. What makes the wedge so unique, is a south swell will push in and bounce off the rock jetty and essentially collide with another wave coming in and the energy of the two waves will create a wedge or peak that can have 15 - 20 foot faces. Some have called the wedge the best body surfing spot in the country. All this action happens right in front of the beach too, so you can sit back and watch all the action under the comfort of your beach umbrella. Mostly body surfers, skim boarders, and boogie boarders rule this part of Newport, not because they are tough guys, but because Surfers are blackballed or banned from here unless its early morning or late evening. Good luck if you decide to tackle this place. Basically only breaks in the summer, don't even bother driving all the way down here if its winter.

How to Get Here - Continue south on Newport Blvd from the 55 fwy, past all the surf spots listed above, past the Balboa pier, and from here you will enter a more residental looking area, and continue on this street until it ends, look for parking and follow the crowd along the harbor jetty.

Huntington State Beach - Two miles of beach break. Best on smaller swells and generally not as good as the pier, but less crowded. Good on crossed up swells in the morning before the wind blows out in the afternoon.

Huntington Cliffs - North of Huntington Pier. Best on a low tide and west to southwest swells. Generally more gentle than the pier except on a long period west swell which can really focus here. Metered parking along PCH. Great to surf when not so big out, because when its big out the paddle out will kill you.

Huntington Pier - The center of "Surf City". Very crowded and consistent on both sides of the pier. North side can handle larger swells. Can work on all tides, but shoot for medium. Metered parking on Huntington St, Beach Blvd, and First St. Handles the onshore flow a little more than surrounding areas but the masses will be there. Crowds drop off away from the pier. Great place to be seen and corral for chicks. Lots of bars and things to do here.

South Coast Orange County

Brooks Street

Salt Creek

Doheny State Beach – One of the dirtiest beaches in Southern California thanks to another one of California’s “rivers” flowing right into this longboard break. Doheny is also so polluted because of the Dana Point harbor rock jetties they built, so the water flow remains pretty stagnant. You can actually smell the toxins in the water on a bad day, and you will still find 100 people in the break. On that note, this break is a longboarder’s dream wave when its on! Not much shortboarding done here at all, the break is to soft and really only produces long rollers. Great place to learn how to surf. Doheny breaks long rollers right and left, and you can sit outside by the kelp reefs way outside and ride them more then 500 yards to the beach if you can connect the sections. I personally have gotten sick after surfing this break, so be careful after heavy rains, but I understand if its 5’ and cranking its worth the risk. Doheny only breaks on a South swell, and over the last few years doesn’t seem to be breaking like it used to, but always worth a check on a big south swell. I always like to have a morning session somewhere else and maybe a mellow longboard afternoon session here to cap the day off.

How to Get Here - Exit the 5 Fwy at PCH in Dana Point and head north until you get to Doheny Park Road, go left, and make your first left at the light which will get you into the entrance of Doheny State Beach, you'll see the park ranger station here. Pay to park and walk right out to the beach.

“T” Street or Trafalgar Street


San Onofore State Beach

Common Hawaiian Terms

Some common Hawaiian terms used on the islands.

Hawaiian: Someone of Hawaiian blood, used to refer to anyone of Hawaiian ancestry or of the Hawaiian race. Sometimes Hawaiians refer to each other as Kanaka Maoli.
Local: Someone born in the islands.
Kama’aina: Someone who lives in the islands (and has a state of Hawaii driver's license).
Malihini: Someone who is a visitor, guest, or newcomer to the islands.
Wahine: Woman.
Kane: Man.
Keiki: Child or children.
Haole: Someone of the white or Caucasian race.
Makuahine: Mother.
Makua kane: Father.
Ohana: Family. Often symbolized by the turtle.

Mainland: The continental United States.
Off-island: Where someone, who lives on the islands, goes when they are not on their island of residence

Aloha: Love, Welcome, Hello, Farewell

Aunty: Aunt, all elderly females are considered aunties in Hawaii, a sign of respect

Bodda you: Are you bothered by this?

Braddah: Your friend or buddy

Da Kine: Anything to which you are referring when you can't remember what it is. Also a great surf brand.

Diamond Head – A well known landmark in Hawaii

Grind: To eat or Grinds which is food

Gecko: Lizard often found in local homes, great for eating insects and are said to bring good luck

Hana: Work

Howzit: Local for Aloha, or “How are you?”

Kala: Money

Kama’aina: Local person born and raised in Hawaii.

Luau: A Hawaiian Feast

Lua: Bathroom

Lei: Necklace of flowers, leaves, shells, etc

Malihini: Newcomer

Plate Lunch: Local lunch of : 2 scoops rice, a scoop of macaroni salad, beef, pork fish and/or chicken. Served on paper plate

Slippahs: flip flops

Shaka: Local hand sign that means “cool” “alright” “smooth” “aloha” etc

Stick: Surfboard

Sistah: Sister

Wiki wiki: Quickly