Welcome to our new series, "In Bed With...", where we take you behind the scenes and into the bedrooms of Au Lit insiders, getting under the covers with their personal style. The first guest in our series is Kayla, one of Au Lit's lovely sales associates.
"My style is very minimal; I like the entire room to be very clean, classic, and white. It has to be free of distractions - I can't sleep at night if there is a mess, or if the light from a cell phone is on. My boyfriend and I share the same sleep preferences: we like a very cool room, blackout curtains, and try to avoid clutter in the bedroom as much as possible."
"Working at Au Lit, I've had the opportunity to test a lot of sheets! I've discovered that my favourite is the 410 Thread Count Percale. After washing my sheets, getting into bed feels like being wrapped in a soft and beautiful cloud. I don't iron my sheets, but I do always iron my pillowcases - it makes a world of a difference.
The Casa Quilt and matching Euro Shams add texture to my all-white bed, as does my new Marled Light Grey Throw. It is cotton knitted, and so cozy and lovely. I also added a white Lavato Linen Sham and opted for this beautiful scroll embroidery to add some detail. I think it really ties the room together."
"The Au Lit Medium Goose Down Pillow is the best thing in the world! It's like sleeping on a marshmallow that doesn't lose its shape. I also love knowing that it was made in Canada - it's important to me to support Canadian companies."
Wedding season is officially here, and our store has been bustling with brides and wedding guests alike. We couldn't help but notice a new trend emerge: the linen bridal shower. Bridal shower themes have taken a turn for the unique (see: honeymoon showers and kitchen showers), allowing brides to express their personality in a creative way.
With so many couples already living together and building a home prior to marriage, traditional gifts are often unnecessary. Couples can spend up to one third of their lives sleeping and in their bedroom, so why not make it the best sleep ever?
The tradition of giving fine linens to newlyweds is not a new one. Historically, the bride-to-be would receive a trousseau, or hope chest, filled with treasures like table linens, bed linens, quilts, and clothing. These linens were often monogrammed with her new family name, and were intended for the new couple to set up a home together.
The linen shower is a fun take on a classic tradition, where building the couple's new dream bedroom is a true collaboration between the bride and her guests. The bride's sister may buy her a set of shams, her grandmother a set of sheets, and her bridesmaids a duvet cover. We invite you to pop the bubbly, toast the bride, and host the best linen shower ever! Visit our Registry page here for lots more information.
All images via Au Lit Fine Linens and Emily March Photography
Did you check out our feature in the June issue of House & Home magazine? We love how designer & shop owner Jill Kantelberg masterfully mixes a giant, floor-to-ceiling piece of art with an eclectic collection of furniture. The best part? Her calm and soothing neutral bedding.
Here at Au Lit Fine Linens, we are proud to say that we manufacture our linens at the same Montreal factory we opened in the early eighties. In today's retail world where so many companies have taken their production overseas, we make all of our signature products right here in Canada. As our tagline says, "Made in Canada by people who truly care." Have you every wondered... who are these people? Read on below for a fascinating glimpse into the factory that makes the sheets you sleep on each night.
When our founder, Peggy, created Au Lit back in 1981, she searched for a workshop that could produce the high-quality cotton sheets she had dreamed of. Her search lead her to Ghislane Dion and her team of dedicated sewers, all of whom shared the same attention to detail and commitment to quality that she did.
Since that day, we have exclusively used Ghislane's factory for our collection, and she has since enlisted the help of her daughter, Martine. Today, the mother-daughter duo are at the helm of a small team of cutters, sewers, and embroiderers, many of whom have worked at the factory since its inception. Duncan, our fabric cutter extraordinaire, has been hand-cutting the cotton fabric for our sheets for as long as we can remember. His eye for perfection has made him a legend amongst our staff. All of our embroidery and applique is done by Caroline, who carefully hand-guides each stitch, ensuring every single embroidery line is straight.
A lot of our customers are intimidated when we suggest having their items custom made; they imagine it will mean an exorbitant cost and will take six months to arrive. In reality, each piece from the factory is already cut, sewn, and stitched by hand, so making adjustments to tailor your fitted sheet or bedskirt is very easy. In most cases, we will have the piece you're dreaming of back in your hands within 2-4 weeks.
Our close relationship with the factory and our sewers gives us better quality control, and we consider our factory to be part of our family. Take a peek at the photo tour below to see how some of your favourite items are made by hand.