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.
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!
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.
Psssttt.... These pieces are now 20% off! During the month of November, take 20% off of our entire selection of pillows & duvets.
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!
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?
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.
We were absolutely thrilled to see our linens featured in the beautiful bedroom design of Vanessa Francis, interior designer and blogger at Decor Happy. Vanessa recently completed a challenge where she completely re-designed her own bedroom in six weeks, and we couldn't imagine a more beautiful home for our linens. Take a tour of her lovely bedroom...
Get the look with our Loft 2-Line Embroidered Duvet Cover & Pillowcases with Black thread embroidery:
To see more photos of Vanessa's gorgeous bedroom and see her makeover in action, you can read her entire post here.