It's official: summer has FINALLY arrived! Now that the haze of the Victoria Day long weekend excitement has rubbed off, are you looking around the cottage, realizing that you're left with stacks of faded floral sheets and scratchy blankets (that have been around longer than you have)?
Our suggestion: start fresh. Our Cottage Shop is open, and it's packed to the gills full of perfect bedding, pillows, duvets, and accessories that will make your cottage the ultimate retreat to relax, unwind, and get away from it all.
Scroll through our styled shots below for inspiration (shot on location on Lake Joe in Muskoka) or check out The Cottage Shop here.
When you work at a company whose sole purpose is to change the way you sleep, chances are that you end up living, breathing, and eating the subject of sleep. Just in case you're not as obsessed as we are (and we're guessing you're not!), we've rounded up our favourite books about sleep for you to enjoy this long weekend.
The Sleep Revolution, Arianna Huffington. As soon as we got our hands on this book, we immediately read the whole thing cover to cover. Huffington's story is a compelling one: after collapsing in a pool of blood at her office, she realized that her chronic lack of sleep was destroying her health, relationships, and career, and set out on a mission to change our society's perception of sleep. This book explains the history, nature, and science of sleep; in our fast-paced, constantly connected, and sleep deprived world, it's more important than ever to prioritize a good night's rest. We think that everyone should read this and undergo their own #SleepRevolution.
Counting Sheep: The Science and Pleasures of Sleep and Dreams, Paul Martin. Just like The Sleep Revolution, Martin investigates the physical and psychological impact of sleep in our sleep-starved society. He takes a facts-based approach to sleep, analyzing the scientific nature of our dreams, and the role of sleep in the animal world. He investigates every aspect of sleep, launching a thorough study into the world of REM sleep, snoring, the relationship between alcohol and sleep, and so much more. Perfect for those who love facts and figures.
The Miracle Morning: The Not So Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 am), Hal Elrod. While this book is not about sleep per se, it is about creating a morning routine that will change your life. Elrod posits that implementing his five rituals upon waking each morning will transform your life, improving your motivation and attitude. You'll never look at your alarm clock the same way again.
Dreamland: Adventures in the Science of Sleep, David K. Randall. After a sleepwalking accident, Randall launched into a full fledged investigation of our body and brain and the impact that lack of sleep has on them. We love that he takes a peek into the strange, odd and even disturbing side of sleep and sleep disorders. Often shocking, you'll walk away armed with more facts about sleep that you could imagine.
Go the F--- to Sleep, Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes. Have you struggled with lullabies, stories, and the unending battle of getting your kids to sleep? You'll laugh out loud at this subversive and beautifully written children's book... that's not really for kids. Every parents who is frustrated with FINALLY getting their kids to sleep will appreciate this book.
I Dare You Not To Yawn, Helene Boudreau and Serge Bloch. One fun fact that we learned in The Sleep Revolution? Sometimes the best way to get to sleep is to pretend to be as awake as possible. This charmingly illustrated book promises just that, as it chronicles a child fighting off a yawn (and the inevitable path to bedtime that comes with it). The perfect read-out-loud bedtime story that will put both parent and child to sleep.
It's no secret: we are in LOVE with pale blue (you may have noticed that it's our signature colour!). We were thrilled when Pantone selected Serenity (a soft pale blue) as one of their joint Colours of the Year for 2016. Since then, we've noticed this timeless favourite really take centre stage, especially in world of bedroom design. We've rounded up our favourite bedrooms in this soft shade to inspire you.
We're proud to say that our duvets are certified hypoallergenic. Before the goose down is sewn into a duvet, we ensure that it goes through a rigorous cleaning and sterilizing process. First, the fluffy down is separated from large feathers, quills, debris, and dust, and then washed and sterilized at a temperature of 48°C. After being dried, the down is filtered again numerous times, ensuring that it's as clean and dust-free as possible.
If you think that you're allergic to down, consider this: we've discovered that many people who think they're allergic to down are actually allergic to the dirt and dust mites that can live in old or unclean down. If you've found yourself sneezing after sleeping under an old duvet, this could be the reason why.
If you do suffer from severe allergies, please keep in mind that nothing is ever completely, 100% hypoallergenic. Instead, it has been "designed to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response, as by containing relatively few or no irritating substances." In plain terms, this means that you may still have a reaction, no matter how thoroughly the down is cleaned. Our Jasper duvet, made from synthetic fibres, as well as our Premium Silk duvet may be better options.
Linen is a natural fibre, which comes from the flax plant. Often touted as "the world's strongest natural fibre", linen has been one of the most popular fabrics in the world since its inception over 8,000 years ago! We absolutely love linen for a lot of reasons; its natural breathability (perfect for summer sleeping), its high moisture absorbency and its wonderful crispness, which always gives it a cool hand.
The one deterrent for some people has been that linen wrinkles quite a bit. Thanks to the bedding industry's recent innovation of pre-washing fabrics, linen lovers get to experience all the joys of linen without having to iron it. In fact, what makes washed linen so beautiful is its rumpled, slept-in look that is so unique and simple - and easy to care for.
A flax plant field in France
Interesting fact: Linen was the first fabric ever created. Ancient Asian and Mediterranean cultures discovered that fibres of the tall, reed-like flax plant were able to be used as thread, and wove them by hand to create sheets of fabric (which were used for clothing). For thousands of years, linen continued to be woven by hand in this manner. With the birth of the Industrial Revolution and the invention of the spinning machine, linen became an affordable and readily available fabric, becoming the most popular option for household goods.
The tall, reed-like stalks of the flax plant
What's the difference between cotton and linen? While both are natural materials made from plants and are often confused for one another, in reality they're quite different. Cotton is derived from the cotton plant, which has soft, fluffy fibres that make very fine threads. When these fine threads are woven together, they create cotton material. In comparison, linen is a much thicker fibre, and less strands are needed to be woven together to create material (this encourages breathability). Linen can also feel more crisp or stiff to the hand, although with multiple washes it softens considerably.
If you love linen, you'll love our Lavato 'Misto' collection, made from a 50/50 blend of pre-washed linen and cotton. This unique blend results in sheets that offer the best of both worlds: the structure and durability of linen, mixed with the soft feeling of cotton. As a bonus, the pre-washing takes away all of the fuss and wrinkling usually associated with linen.
It seems as though we can't flip through a design magazine or scroll through a blog without stumbling upon a bedroom outfitted with a rattan hanging chair. Over the past few years, this 1960s-era Scandinavian design staple has re-emerged at full force, especially as a cozy reading nook in the bedroom. We're curious: what do you think of these suspension chairs? Would you put one in your bedroom? Let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.