It's September 1st, and we have some exciting news! Our White Sale was scheduled to end today, but we have decided to extend the sale for ONE MORE WEEK!
Shop our selection of sheets, pillows, duvets, and more for up to 50% off, both in-store and online! Sale ends September 7th.
Q: What's the difference between goose down and duck down?
A: Although goose down may have the reputation of being a higher-quality down, in reality goose down and duck down are quite similar! Here at Au Lit we offer both goose down and duck down duvets and pillows (our popular Chinook Pillow is made from Canadian Hutterite duck down), and believe that both are excellent quality. We've broken down the elements that make these two down products so different.
There two elements that contribute to the quality of down clusters: climate and size. Geese are typically larger than ducks, therefore making their down clusters larger. Geese also live in colder environments, an element that contributes to the size of their down clusters. A bird living in a colder climate will have larger down clusters than the same bird living in a warmer climate. Larger down clusters equals higher fill power (resulting in a fluffier pillow).
In general, duck down is also less expensive because the supply is much greater than goose down. Duck down is a by-product of the meat and egg industry, and there is greater demand for duck food products compared to goose. From a marketing standpoint, goose down has a better image. Yet, a higher quality duck down can be better than a lower quality goose down.
As sad as we are to admit it, summer is coming to an end and back-to-school is just around the corner. Our store has been busy with parents and students inquiring about their dorm room beds, and how to set them up. When you're away at school, your dorm room bed needs to function as more than just a place to catch up on sleep: it needs to work as a study desk, a comfy reading nook, a movie lounge, and so much more. If you're looking for an easy solution for a multi-purpose dorm bed, we've got just the fix for you! Follow our easy formula (don't worry - the math isn't too difficult!) for setting up your perfect dorm bed.
Here's the winning formula: 1 Rustic Duvet Cover + matching Euro Sham(s) = an easy care, gorgeous bed that will transition with you throughout your time away at school. Our Rustic collection features a quilted cotton jersey textured pattern on top, and is backed in a super-soft plain cotton jersey fabric. The neutral grey colour is the perfect base for mixing and matching accent pieces as your style (or housing situation) changes throughout the years.
Why Euro Shams?
If you're wondering what Euro Shams are, they're large (26" x 26") square pillows that are used to decorate a bed. If your dorm bed is a Twin size, you'll need one euro sham; for a Double bed, you'll need two. They're typically placed in front of your pillowcases, and function as the base layering piece for accent pillows. Don't dismiss them as just a decorative accent - in a dorm room, they're useful for so much more! If your room doesn't have a headboard, your Euro Shams can be propped up against the wall for support while you study or read in bed. They can also be used to hide your wrinkled pillowcases!
Take a look below at four bed styles featuring our Rustic Duvet Cover + Euro Shams. Whether your style is classic, girly, or bold, we've got a solution for you. Don't forget to add new sheets, sleeping pillows, and a featherbed (guaranteed to add comfort to even the worst dorm bed) while they're 20% off!
Get the look with Loft 2-Line Embroidered Sham with Blossom Pink stitch & Stammatina Kyra lumbar pillow (available in-store only)
Get the look with our Giordana Monogrammed Cushion Cover (in-store only)
Get the look with Loft 2-Line Standard Sham with Charcoal stitch & Ikat Jaya Sham (available in-store only)
Looking to order any of these in-store only items? Give us a call at 1-800-363-6080 and we'd love to help you!
No matter how beautiful your linens may be, or how much you love them, sometimes it's just not feasible to use them year-round. Whether you're a fan of flannel sheets in the winter, or have a dedicated set of linens for the cottage, chances are that you may have to store your linens for at least half of the year. To keep your linens in pristine condition while being stored long-term, follow our tips below.
If you don't have the luxury of a dedicated linen closet, not to worry! Any area in your home that is cool, dry, and well-ventilated is well suited for storing your bed linens. As practical as under the bed storage may seem, try to avoid storing your linens in plastic containers or boxes. The lack of breathability can cause your cotton linens to permanently yellow or streak.
Linens should be wrapped in white cotton or muslin while they're being stored. One easy tip: after folding, store each set of linens in one pillowcase from the set. Each set will be easily organized by collection, room, or colour. If you're a fanatic about order, try investing in a separate set of monogrammed pillowcases, each bearing the initials of the individual whom the sheets belong to. You'll easily be able to identify the set you're looking for while providing neat and tidy storage.
For the ultimate in storage organization, try our Duvet Storage Bags. Made in Canada from 100% breathable cotton, they're the perfect way to organize your linens by room, threadcount, or colour. One storage bag accomodates a duvet or full set of sheets, from Twin all the way up to King. These bags fit neatly in your linen closet, or can be easily toted along to the cottage or off to university.