Pillows also should be carefully chosen. Trudy recommends wool-filled pillows covered in organic cotton. She particularly favors PureGrow wool, an American product that is pesticide- and chemical-free, not chemically cleaned, and from humanely raised sheep.
Avoid synthetic pillows or those made with petroleum-based foams, which are "like breathing formaldehyde all night," Trudy advises.
Choose sheets, pillowcases, and other bed linens made from organic cotton, she adds. Traditional cotton is loaded with pesticides and insecticides, often processed with chemical softeners, bleached or dyed, and treated with formaldehyde finishes. Avoid cotton-polyester blends, which are usually treated with formaldehyde or other finishes to prevent wrinkling.
Organic cotton must meet standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which include using no chemical pesticides, defoliants, or insecticides; only natural fertilizers, beneficial insects, and crop rotation are permitted, and chemical treatments and finishes are not allowed when the cotton is processed.
Always wash new bed linens at least once before you put them on the bed, particularly if they are not organic cotton, Trudy says. "I wash them in pretty hot water and throw in a handful of baking soda with the soap. If the fabric is not organic and was sprayed, you want to wash out any residual pesticides so you’re not sleeping on that."
The upholstered headboard, bed skirt, and window treatments in Jill’s bedroom are made with 100 percent cotton fabric that has not been treated with chemical finishes. A table skirt is made of 100 percent bamboo fiber produced in a sustainable manner.
Bed (Gustavian king-size headboard): Country Swedish, 888/807-9333, countryswedish.com, trade only.
Mattress ("Aurora’’): The Natural Bedroom by Vivètique, vivetique.com.
Headboard, bed skirt, underskirt on table, and drapery fabric ("Country Leaf’’/Green #J235F-01, by Jane Churchill): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900, cowtan.com, trade only.
Trim ("Annecy Cord’’/Mint, Light Blue #981-31058-169): Samuel & Sons, 212/704-8000, trade only.
Sheers ("Delphi’’/White #1562-01): Summer Hill, 650/462-9600, trade only.
Sheets and pillowcases; pillow shams; duvet; throw: Dujardin Design Assoc., 203/838-8100.
Silver table lamps ("Column Table Lamp with Bead’’ #RL11106PS): Ralph Lauren Home, 888/475-7674, ralphlaurenhome.com.
Paint (custom-mixed color): Aura by Benjamin Moore, myaurapaint.com.
Table topper ("Kuma’’/Whisper #H223-101, bamboo): Designtex, 800/221-1540, dtex.com.
Freen Floral vase on bedside table: Scott Potter Designs, 207/775-3630.
Botanicals; Chinese figurine; slipper chair; coffee table (vintage, Kittinger): owner’s collection.
Slipper-chair fabric (discontinued): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900, trade only.
Settee ("Garbo’’ #2100-01940): J. Robert Scott, 800/651-4354, jrobertscott.com.
Settee fabric ("Kuma’’/Whisper #H223-101): Designtex, 800/221-1540.
Carpet ("Wicker II’’ #7601): Stark Carpet Corp., 212/752-9000, starkcarpet.com, trade only.
Fire screen; Delft vases: Dujardin Design Assoc., 203/838-8100.
Television: Sony USA, sony.com.
Chaise longues; round table; tray table; box: owner’s collection.
Floral pottery on table: Scott Potter Designs, 207/775-3630.
Chaise fabric ("Dallas Sailcloth’’/White #8480): Calvin Fabrics, 888/732-1996, henrycalvin.com, trade only.
Chaise trim ("French Piping’’/Emerald #981-26621-069): Samuel & Sons, 212/704-8000, trade only.
Bolsters: Dujardin Custom Pillow Collection, 203/838-8100.
Lamp ("Stacked Glass Ball Table Lamp’’ #RL11158PS): Ralph Lauren Home, 888/475-7674, ralphlaurenhome.com.
Valance over shutters ("Kuma’’/Whisper #H223-101): Designtex, 800/221-1540, dtex.com.
Trim ("Annecy Cord’’/Dark Taupe, Brown #981-31058-169): Samuel & Sons, 212/704-8000, trade only.
Shutters: Dujardin Design Assoc., 203/838-8100.