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Nothing puts a smile on our face more than seeing our products being used (and cherished) in real homes. We love knowing that we change the way you sleep, and seeing the pictures to prove it! Check out some of the gorgeous bedrooms we've spotted lately featuring Au Lit bedding, and discover the talented designers and customers behind them. We hope they inspire you! Make sure to tag your photos with #aulitfinelinens -- we'd love to see them!
@barlowreid_design - Barlowe Reid Design
Get the look with our Lavato Nicosia Cloud Euro Shams
@alexandradecorista - Alexandra Naranjo Designs
@staceco - Interiors by Stacey Cohen
Get the look with our Loft 2-Line Duvet Cover & Shams
@jessicawaks - Jessica Claire Interiors
Get the look with our Scallop Embroidered Sheets & Shams in Navy
@lindsaystephenson - Lindsay Stephenson
Get the look with our Loft 2-Line Embroidered Duvet Cover in Oyster
@phillipmitchelldesign - Phillip Mitchell Design
@staceco - Interiors by Stacey Cohen
Get the look with our Loft 2-Line Embroidered Duvet Cover in White
With the long, hot days of summer upon us, getting a good night's sleep can sometimes be impossible. Even with air conditioning, the warmth and humidity of the day can still interfere with a comfortable sleep. We've interviewed our knowledgable sales staff on their top tips for a restful slumber during the dog days of summer.
1) Choose the right sheets
Cotton percale sheets are a great go-to solution for a cool sleep. "If you've never tried percale sheets, summer is the right time to do it", says Linda, one of our expert sales associates. "When you get into a bed with percale linens, it's cool to the touch." Another great option is linen or a linen/cotton blend. The texture of linen - which comes from the flax plant - is always cool and renowned for being an excellent summer sheet.
2) Lighten up... your duvet
The great thing about a down duvet is that down adapts to your body's temperature, so it can be used all summer long. That said, we definitely recommend using a lightweight or ultralight duvet during the hottest months of the summer. Check our our lightest options, the Au Lit Ultra Light Duvet and the Tremblant Light Duvet.
3) Get down with down
We believe that choosing the right pillow is one of the key factors in getting a good night's sleep. As we mentioned above, down adapts to your body's temperature, and will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Goose down is incredibly breathable - perfect for avoiding sweaty bedhead in the morning. No matter how you sleep, we've got a down pillow that's perfect for you.
4) Layer up
Just like you would with your clothing, your bed works well with layering pieces. Whether it's a down blanket (which is much thinner than a duvet and does not need a cover) or a cotton coverlet, you can easily remove each item throughout the night as needed. Even your duvet can be rolled at the foot of your bed hotel-style.
5) The right PJs are key
Cotton percale pyjamas were made for warm summer nights. With a crisp, linen-like feel (just like your favourite button-up shirt), they'll keep you cool even on the warmest night. Tip: make sure they're a bit roomy; pyjamas that are too tight restrict air flow. We love the ultra-soft Fontenay nightshirt, crafted from pure Egyptian cotton percale. We also recommend Lusomé jammies for hot nights, as they were created with a special wicking fabric to prevent night sweats and keep you cool.
6) Invest in a mattress pad
While it seems counterintuitive to add more layers to your bed in the summer, the mattress pad is essential for protecting your mattress. Everyone who tries our St. Dormeir Mattress Protector can't help but rave about it! Made from a breathable mix of cotton and wool fibres, we've heard countless times (from both men and women alike) that it's the secret to maintaining a consistent - and sweat free - temperature throughout the night.
7) Try lavender water
Research shows that the scent of lavender helps to ease insomnia and anxiety. A few spritzes of our Lavender Linen Water on your sheets and pillowcase will assist in carrying you off to dreamland.
Welcome back to our "In Bed With..." series, where we take you behind the scenes and into the bedrooms of Au Lit insiders. This week, we have a special treat for you! We're taking a peek into the bedroom of Joanna Goodman, Au Lit's CEO. Join us as we explore Joanna's perfectly polished bedroom and hear about her style.
"I fell in love with this house the moment I saw the master bedroom. Even empty, the space was magnificent. As soon as I saw the coffered ceiling and Juliette balcony, I knew this was the one. My style is very eclectic - I like to mix antiques with modern elements, which is exactly what I've done in my bedroom. The walls were already painted white when we moved in so I felt like I had a blank canvas. I chose my favourite colour, icy grey-blue for the headboard, bench and detail on the white linens, which makes the room feel calm and serene. And I did white silk drapes that I plan to keep forever. I am a big advocate of choosing a style and palette you love for your master bedroom, and not worrying about trends."
"I'm not loyal to any one set of sheets. I like them all, but I have two current favourites in the rotation: the 410 Thread Count Percale and 800 Thread Count Percale. I never iron my sheets, but I do take them out of the dryer after about ten or fifteen minutes and hang them to dry on a small rack. My favourite sleeping pillow is the Au Lit Firm - it is my perfect pillow. Not too firm, not too squishy. I also have the Lausanne duvet and it's divine - light, puffy, and sumptuous! I love spending time in my bed. In fact, I spend a lot of my free time cuddled up with a good book and hopefully a kid or two. And/or my husband. And if I'm in my Lusomé jammies, it's a perfect day."
"I have a a lot of favourite things. I can't live without my Rowenta Garment Steamer - it's the only thing I trust to steam out my clothes properly so I don't have to iron in the morning. I also love my art. I've been collecting pieces here and there for many years and I'm obsessed with them. I also adore my Anice Embroidered Shams. They're all white piqué with ice-blue embroidery, made in Italy. I feel like they make the bed pop. Oh, and I love my silk-velvet bench too because at night I toss all the bedding on it, which makes it really easy to remake in the morning. (Notice a theme? It's called laziness. It might look fancy and pristine, but it's truly easy living made possible by some tricks of the trade.) The whole room just makes me happy every time I set foot in it."
Happy Canada Day! To celebrate our nation's birthday, we've rounded up our favourite bedrooms that are Canuck-inspired. Wishing you all an amazing and relaxing holiday!
Au Lit Fine Linens Scallop Collection
To see more of our favourite Canadiana bedrooms, follow our Beautiful Beds: Canadiana Pinterest board!
Who else feels like June has flown by really quickly? It's hard to believe that it's the last day of the month and the end of our legendary June Outlet Clearance Sale. We still have stock remaining at 20%-80% off, including headboards, bedding, furniture, lamps, blankets, and much more! Take a peek on the shop floor of the Au Lit Outlet...it's not your average outlet! Now is the perfect time to make your dream bed a reality. Or shop our Clearance Sale online here.
Have a question about something that you see? Give one of our dream bed experts a call at 1-800-363-6080.