How to Buy a Down Duvet

November 27, 2015

It's down to the wire now of our November Pillow & Duvet Sale, and we've got one final informational article for you. So far we've covered how to shop for a pillow online, answered your questions about featherbeds, and given you all of the dirt on buying down.

The process of buying a new duvet seems intimidating, but after reading this post we hope that you'll feel informed enough to buy a down duvet with confidence. Here at Au Lit, one of our core beliefs is that an investment in a good duvet is an investment in a good night's sleep. Although a down duvet is a sizeable purchase, consider thinking about it as an expense that will pay off year after year. With high-quality down duvets lasting 10+ years (with proper care, this can stretch to 20 years), the cost per year is roughly the same as a nice bottle of wine, or the main course at a restaurant.

To make it easy for you, we've rounded up the 3 most important points to consider when purchasing a down duvet.


1) We always recommend pure white goose down with a loft of at least 500. We believe that 100% down is the best option, rather than a feather/down blend. While down clusters are light and airy, feathers are heavy and contain sharp quills which can poke you through the cover.

Note: If you're buying a duvet in-store, always read the sewn-in label; it will give you all of the information that you need. Make sure that the duvet is approved by your regional down association (in Canada it's DownMark; in the U.S. it's the American Feather and Down Council). These associations ensure that manufacturers are accurately stating the contents of their products. 

When our down duvets are labelled "pure white goose down", we guarantee that that's exactly what you're receiving.

2) Inquire about the thread count of the duvet's shell. Look for one with a high thread count; this prevents noisy crunching, and the possibility of the down leaking out. We recommend anything over a 300 thread count, preferably in a cotton satin. A higher thread count shell is softer, resulting in a light and airy duvet.


3) Look for baffle box construction on your down duvet, rather than channels construction. This will ensure that the down is evenly distributed (ie. no cold spots) and will prevent the down clumping in one area. Pro tip: we recommend shaking your duvet each morning as you make your bed - this will help to fluff up the down.

Now that you're armed with all of the information that you need, make sure to check out our selection of down duvets! At 20% off until the end of the month, we think it's the perfect time to stop dreaming about your dream bed, and start creating it.

Last Chance for Pillow & Duvet Sale (plus free shipping!)

November 27, 2015
If you're the type of person who prefers shopping for Black Friday sales from the comfort of their own bed (is there any other way, really?), we've got a treat for you! We're offering free shipping on EVERYTHING from Au Lit, plus 20% off of our entire selection of pillows and duvets. Happy shopping!

Canadian Reno & Decor: December 2015

November 23, 2015

It's official: we can't stop raving about velvet. Once reserved exclusively for royalty, everyone here at Au Lit HQ is obsessed with the fabric's luxe soft touch, iridescent tone, and rich texture. Need to update your decor for winter? Simply swapping in a velvet pillow or two on your sofa or bed adds a layer of visual richness and warmth that is perfect for long, cold nights at home. 

That being said, we were thrilled to see two of our favourite velvet pieces featured in the Holiday issue of Canadian Reno & Decor magazine. Can you spot our Velvet Arches Pillow and Silk Velvet Tufted bench?

Want to get this luxe look for your own home? Our White Metallic Velvet Arches Cushion (made from pure silk velvet) is available in two sizes: 20" x 20" square, or 16" x 36" lumbar. 


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The 10 Most Amazing Hotel Bedrooms in the World

November 20, 2015

While we can all agree that there's no place like home, there's nothing like the thrill of travelling and discovering a new city, a new food, a new experience. While you're out gallivanting across the world, you still need a place to rest your weary head. We've compiled a list of ten amazing and unique hotel bedrooms around the globe that would be incredible to call your home away from home. Enjoy!

Hotel Puerta America

Underwater Suite, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

One by the Five, Paris

Burj Al Arab, Dubai


James Bond Suite, Hotel Le Seven, Paris

Armaggan Bosphorous Suites, Instabul

Iniala Beach House, Phuket

Ice Hotel, Sweden

Sextantio le Grotte Della Civita - Madera, Italy

Ritz Carlton, Shanghai

Whether you're a seasoned traveller, or a rarely take vacations, there's something to be said for bringing the comfort of home wherever you go. Just in time for your travels over the holidays, we've introduced our brand new Au Lit Travel Duvet. Made from pure white goose down, this light and fluffy duvet cover is designed to fit perfectly in your suitcase. Combined with our Au Lit Travel Pillow, you can experience the comfort of a quality sleep wherever your travels take you.

Au Lit Travel Duvet

Limited Edition Au Lit Travel Pillow Red

Psssttt.... These pieces are now 20% off! During the month of November, take 20% off of our entire selection of pillows & duvets.

Q&A: What is a featherbed?

November 18, 2015

Q: What is a featherbed?

A: A featherbed is a feather-filled mattress topper that provides softness to your mattress. It sits on top of your mattress and underneath your mattress pad. It's beneficial for adding comfort to every bed, but will truly enhance your sleeping experience if you have an uncomfortable mattress or futon. It also gives your bed a romantic, sumptuous look; many of our customers describe that it's like "sleeping on a cloud".

So, why aren't featherbeds more popular? For starters, traditional featherbeds get a bad wrap. The feather fill - while supportive - is also renowned for poking unsuspecting sleepers in the back with quills! We resolved this issue with our Luxury Featherbed, designed with an ingenious down pillow top. The pillow top protects you from painful quills, all while retaining the firmness of the featherbed itself. A truly luxurious experience, in our opinion!

Au Lit Featherbed

During the month of November, all pillows, duvets, and featherbeds are 20% off! Shop our amazing sale here.

Our Top 5 Pillow & Duvet Videos

November 16, 2015

We're officially halfway through our month-long Pillow & Duvet Sale - it's really flying by! We thought that we would look back and share our favourite videos with you about these products. Sit back and enjoy our top 5 videos about all things pillow & duvet. 

When Should You Replace Your Pillow?

Purchasing a Down Duvet

How to Choose a Pillow

The Dirt on Down

 Does Your Duvet Cover Your Entire Bed?


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Top 5 Tips for Buying a Pillow Online

November 13, 2015

If you've never done it, shopping for a new pillow is a fun experience. We encourage our customers to kick their shoes off, get comfy, and test out every pillow on our sample bed. However, shopping for pillows online can be a little more daunting. Not to worry! We've put together our top five tips to make shopping for pillows online a breeze.

1) White goose down is a safe bet for a superior quality pillow.

The simple truth: white goose down pillows are some of the best you can buy. We believe that an investment in a good pillow is an investment in a good sleep. If you're currently sleeping on a flat pancake or a hard piece of foam, investing in a new, down-filled pillow will truly transform the quality of your sleep and your life.

If you've decided on down, white goose down is uniformly the best quality down you can buy around the world (regardless if it’s Canadian goose, European goose down, or anything in between). Choosing white goose down will ensure pillows that are quill-free and do not have the odour associated with feathers.

Although our down pillows are certified hypo-allergenic, if you have severe allergies you may want to consider a synthetic pillow. Our Jasper pillow has a down-like feel, with synthetic clusters blown in strand by strand to give it the softness and malleability of down. If you prefer something firmer, a pillow with a mix of down and feathers is another option.

2) Make sure it's certified.

Wherever you buy your pillows, it's important to check that the products are certified and approved by the Down Association. Here in Canada, it's called DownMark; in the U.S.A, it's called the American Down & Feather Council. A pillow that is approved by either of these companies ensures that you are buying from a company that adheres to industry standards.

3) The shell matters.

While the filling of the pillow is extremely important, the shell of the pillow is another feature that shouldn’t be overlooked. We recommend sleeping pillows with a higher thread count shell (300+ Threadcount Cotton Sateen) to ensure that the pillow cover is soft, light, and there is no noisy crunching. You want your head to sink softly into the pillow and a super soft shell will enhance that experience.

4) A pillow for every sleeper.

Consider the way you sleep when selecting the right firmness of pillow for you. For example, if you're a stomach sleeper, a super soft pillow provides good support. A side sleeper might prefer a firmer pillow for better neck support and alignment.

Here is a short guide to help you choose which pillow is right for you:

SUPER SOFT SUPPORT: A good choice for stomach sleepers. Look for a pure white goose down pillow. We recommend the Heirloom Pillow.

MEDIUM TO SOFT SUPPORT: Preferred by back sleepers, but an excellent choice for all sleepers (side, back and stomach.) We recommend a pure white goose down pillow with more fill (ounces of down.) The more down in the pillow, the firmer it will be. We recommend the Au Lit Medium pillow.

FIRM TO MEDIUM SUPPORT: Ideal for side sleepers. Choose a pure white goose down pillow with even more fill, such as the Au Lit Firm.

EXTRA FIRM SUPPORT: Ideal for side sleepers and people who love lots of support. Look for a very dense down fill or a blend of feather and down. We recommend the Summit pillow which is 80% feather surrounded by 20% of down to prevent being poked by quills. 

5) Practice makes perfect.

If you're still not 100% sure about what pillow is right for you, it may come down to trial and error. Due to the nature of down, pillows will soften and transform after a few months of use. We always recommend starting off with our Au Lit Medium pillow, and testing it out for a few months. You may discover that you need something softer, firmer, or you may be someone who likes to use two pillows!

Pro tip: if you've purchased a pillow that's not right for you, there's always a way to make it better. If you'd like your pillow to be more firm, put it in a size smaller protector (for example, using a standard protector on a queen pillow). If you'd like your pillow to be a bit more soft, simply unzipping your pillow protector will allow for more softness or stick it under your mattress for a few days to speed up the softening process.

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