It may be freezing outside, but spring has sprung at our store! We've cleared out the velvet and flannel, and brought in fresh florals and light spring colours to our window. We thought that you wouldn't want to brave the frigid temperatures to see it yourself, so we've included lots of photos for you. Enjoy the tour!
With March issues now on newsstand, we're one step closer to spring... although it doesn't help that we're still getting hit with snow! We've got some cozy bedroom inspiration for you, courtesy of our friends at House & Home.
We were so proud to see that the homeowners' gorgeous grey and blue bedroom was outfitted with our Lavato Washed Linen Contrast Grey collection. Want to get the look for your own home? Take a peek at this line below, and shop the entire collection here.
Uh oh... February 14th is less than a week away, and you still don't have the perfect Valentine's Day gift. Our advice? Ditch the flowers and chocolate and try something unexpected. We've rounded up our favourite gift ideas guaranteed to set their heart aflutter.
Champagne. A roaring fire. Our Chinchilla Grey Faux Fur Throw. All of the essential requirements to create the most romantic Valentine's Day they could possibly imagine.
Our new Honeycomb Robe is lightweight, with a gorgeous woven texture. Available in both White and Grey, we think it's the perfect companion to lazy Sunday morning breakfasts in bed.
Set the scene for a romantic bedroom retreat with our Cotton Satin Sheet Set, complete with our luxurious Silk Eye Mask.
Our pure goose down Travel Pillow is the perfect piece to make every jetsetter's heart swell (tuck two plane tickets inside the pocket for an extra special surprise).
Nothing says romance quite like a relaxing bubble bath, equipped with candles, a glass of bubbly, and our Au Lit Pure Linen Bath Set.
Give the gift of a luxurious sleep with our Silk Charmeuse Pillowcases, designed to make them look good AND feel good.
Who says romance can't be practical? We spend 1/3 of our lives in bed - make sleep the best part of their day with a pure goose down duvet.
In our ongoing Q&A series, we answer your questions about Au Lit's products, care techniques, and history. Please send your inquiries to email@example.com; we'd love to answer your question next!
Q: Do I need a mattress protector?
A: Yes, you do! Not only does a mattress pad make your bed more comfortable, but it’s important for hygienic reasons. Your mattress protector works as a protective barrier between you and your mattress, helping to protect it from stains, and shield you from dirt and dust mites.
Because of our body's natural perspiration during sleep, an unprotected mattress can easily become stained (and messy midnight snacks don't help!). Because you're not able to wash your mattress, using a washable mattress protector can help to keep it clean.
A mattress protector also helps to protect the integrity of the mattress, which helps to prolong its life - a bonus for your wallet. A wool/cotton combo (such as our St. Dormier Mattress Protector) will allow your mattress to breathe, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
As practical as mattress protectors are, many of our customers use them primarily for comfort! Not only do they offer extra cushioning (we frequently hear the phrase "sleeping on a cloud"), but they offer extra softness without compromising the support of your mattress.
Shop our bestselling St. Dormier Wool Mattress Protector here.
We like to think that decorative throw pillows are the jewellery of the home. In a striking pattern or detailed embroidery, throw pillows have the power to inject style into even the most basic, little-black-dress kind of room. In the same way that your favourite statement necklace jazzes up a variety of outfits, your throw pillows can do the same; doing double or triple duty as they stylishly accent your bedroom or living room or reading nook... we could go on and on.
Case in point: our Shibori Iris Tie Dye Cushion. Handcrafted in a luscious cotton velvet with a purple and grey tie dye effect, we think it's the perfect way to add a touch of cozy boho-chic to any room in your home. We've featured it in our flagship boutique with our relaxed Lavato Linen Grey bedding, and ruffled Bella Notte shams.
Not only does this pillow pair well with a modern bedroom, but we recently spotted it featured in House & Home's "How to Style Your Living Room Like a Designer" video. Editors Joel Bray and Jennifer Koper show you how to style a bland and basic living room into a designer's dream. We love that this unique accent piece works so well in both spaces!
Love our purple Shibori pillow? You might love our favourite purple bedroom designs. Check out the post Beautiful Beds: Lovely Lavender.
When it comes to choosing your bedding, we believe that comfort is the priority. Choosing the right pillow and duvet can make or break the quality of your sleep. Some of the most popular questions from our customers are about the filling of our down pillows and duvets. What is down? Why is it so expensive? Are feathers and down the same thing? What’s the difference between goose and duck down?
To answer these questions, we need to go back to the source. Down and feathers come from exactly the same place: a goose or a duck. Feathers are the outer covering of the bird; they make it possible for the animal to fly, and they contain quills.
Down fibres lie beneath the protective feather covering of the bird. They typically come from the soft underside of the animal's belly and provide insulation to keep it warm. Down fibres are light and fluffy, and do not contain any quills. For this reason, pure down is considered to be one of the best fillings for your pillows. Their light and airy fibres make the pillow malleable, and ideal for a soft, supportive pillow. Down is perfectly conducive to a comfortable sleep and also provides excellent temperature control, adapting to your body's internal temperature. This will help keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Unlike pure down pillows, feather-filled pillows are typically decorative in nature. They give your toss cushions a soft and sumptuous look, but you would probably find a pure feather pillow too firm for sleeping, and the sharp quills can often poke through the protective cover. Alternatively, you may want to look for a blend of feathers and down - the feathers offering a bit more firmness and the down giving the pillow more softness and malleability. For a really firm pillow without the potential for being poked by quills, we like a down-wrapped pillow in which the centre of the fill (80%) is feather, with a soft outer layer (20%) of down (such as our Summit pillow).
As for the down itself, we’re often asked - why is goose down better than duck? The answer is simple! Geese are larger birds than ducks, making their down clusters larger. Larger down clusters equal a higher fill power, and therefore a fluffier pillow.
With the ubiquity of down-filled jackets on the market, the global price of down has skyrocketed (read more here). Many suppliers are passing off chicken and duck feathers, or blends thereof, as authentic goose down products. Before you buy a down product, make sure that it is regulated by your regional down association. In Canada, this is DownMark. In the U.S, it’s the United States Down Association.
We offer a variety of pure goose down and feather pillow options. If you're confused about which pillow is right for you, give our dream bed experts a call at 1-800-363-6080.
Do you have a small bedroom? While the idea of decorating your tiny bedroom can be stressful, we think that the majority of space limitations can be overcome with thoughtful and creative design. We've rounded up our top 7 tips guaranteed to maximize your style in a minimal space.
1) Ditch the design formula.
For starters, get the notion out of your head that your bedroom should be designed like a mathematical equation. Despite what's popular in magazines and on Pinterest, beds do NOT need to be flanked by two side tables, or NEED to have a bench parked at the foot of the bed. With so many great options out on the market, you can get creative with wall-mounted lighting instead of lamps, floating shelves instead of nightstands, or a small stool that serves double-duty as a bench.
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2) Ceiling lighting fixtures = a bright idea.
If you're looking for a piece with impact, consider investing in a unique ceiling light. A glittery chandelier or modern sculptural piece will draw your eye upwards, emphasizing the feeling of open space between the floor and ceiling. Filling unused vertical space is a great way to make an impact in your room without sacrificing floor space.
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3) Lighten up with transparent furniture.
Furniture that's transparent, such as a lucite bench or glass side table, can go a long way in a small room. These clear pieces blend into their surroundings and allow light to travel throughout the room, making the space seem visually larger.
4) Save space with swing-arm sconces
Instead of bulky table lamps or floor lamps that occupy a lot of space, consider utilizing narrow swing-arm lamps. When hung directly above the bed, they do the same job as a lamp with a lighter, more airy look.
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5) Keep it tone-on-tone
Keeping each aspect of the room in tone-on-tone shades helps to emphasize the feeling of space.
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6) Mirror mirror, on the (bedroom) wall
It might be one of the oldest tricks in the book, but adding a mirror above the bed will help make a small space feel larger. Mirrors reflect light and views, functioning as an extra window and amplifying the space. If you have a large widow, a mirror will also help to blend the feeling of indoors and outdoors.
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7) Look for pieces with double-duty function
Think outside the box(spring). With tight quarters, every inch of usable space matters. Try a side table that also functions as a desk, or a guest room daybed that works as an office during the day.
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