Wood shutters in an adjoining sitting room provide privacy and are easy to keep dust-free. Twin chaises are covered in cotton (henrycalvin.com).
Carpets can harbor dust mites, so she also prefers hardwood floors (with a water-borne finish) and natural-fiber area rugs, which can be removed and steam cleaned. "A lot of people are really staunch and don’t put any floor covering in a bedroom," she says. "I like to have something soft underfoot, so I often put a 3x5-foot rug on either side of the bed."
Jill wanted the luxury of a wall-to-wall carpet, however, so Trudy ordered a wool carpet with a natural-fiber backing. No moth-proofing or other finishes were applied to the carpet.
To ensure clean air, install a central filtration system or equip the bedroom with a stand-alone model that filters both particulates (pollen, dander, and mold spores) and vapors (formaldehyde). "My favorite unit is the Austin HealthMate Plus," Trudy notes.
Before you tuck yourself in at night, take a bath to wash away any toxins that may have latched onto your body during the day, slip into an organic cotton nightie, and then rest easy.