It's cold outside and we can't think of anything better than coming home to a warm bath and cozying up in a warm bed. That's why we're so excited to introduce two new beautiful towel lines here at Au Lit, guaranteed to upgrade your bath time routine. Say hello to our brand new towel collections, Au Lit Luxe and Honeycomb.
Au Lit Luxe
If you're looking for towels that are plush, thick, and incredibly durable, the Au Lit Luxe is for you. Made from long double looped Egyptian cotton, these luxurious towels are pre-washed for ultra-softness and absorbency. Available in seven beautiful colours, designed to suit every bathroom. Shop the entire collection here.
Have you ever seen towels with such gorgeous texture? Our Honeycomb towels feature a unique basketweave look. Made in Portugal from pre-washed cotton, they're lightweight and soft to the touch. Choose from three beautiful shades: white, natural, and silver. Shop the entire collection here.
It's cold outside, and you suddenly realize that you need a new duvet. There are so many options on the market - how do you know what's right for you? Confusing words like loft and fill power tend to make matters worse. No need to stress; we're here to help, and we think that choosing a new duvet should be easy (just like a good night's sleep should be). Take a deep breath and relax - we've got the answers for you.
In today's lesson, we're talking about baffle boxes. Don't let them baffle you! Baffle box construction refers to a method in which duvets are made, where the shell is sewn in stitched squares, or pockets. Each of these closed pockets is stuffed with a uniform amount of down, and when air becomes trapped within the "wall" of each pocket it results in a fluffy, airy duvet.
Beyond the aesthetic advantage of a puffy duvet, baffle box construction is the most practical. Because each pocket is filled with the same amount of down, it ensures warmness and thickness throughout the entire duvet. It also minimizes cold spots, as each pocket is firmly sewn shut and down is unable to migrate from one end of the duvet to the other, or clump in one section.
We always recommend looking for baffle box construction when shopping for your new duvet. Almost all of our duvets feature baffle box construction, with fills ranging from micro-fiber to pure goose down. You can shop our entire duvet section here, or read our Down Products 101 article here for more information about down duvets.
Pro tip: to keep your duvet light and puffy, we recommend shaking it each morning as you make your bed. This circulates air throughout the pockets and helps to fluff up the down.
Do you have the winter blahs? We've got something to cheer you up... You'll be dreaming of blue skies and the open water with our brand new Monaco Navy collection. Featuring a versatile pinstripe design in navy paired with chic solid chambray, this classic-with-a-twist collection will make creating a beautiful bedroom style smooth sailing.
The Monaco Navy collection is made from pure Egyptian cotton that's been milled in Israel, and every piece is sewn right here in Canada. This collection is all about the details; flat sheets are embroidered with a crisp white border, and striped shams are finished with tailored corners.
Best of all, this versatile collection is begging to be mixed and matched. To amp up the nautical theme, we've added a coordinating sham in our Loft-2 Line collection, embroidered with Navy thread. We say ahoy to this fresh new take on nautical style.
Hope you're enjoying 2016 so far! We've settled back into a regular work routine now, and are busy planning an exciting year ahead. Have you checked out the February issue of House & Home yet? We were thrilled to see Au Lit featured twice this month; our Tartini Copper Throw was chosen as one of Editor-in-Chief Suzanne Dimma's top picks of the month.
We also loved this rustic cabin featuring a DIY wall hanging art piece, and our Lavato Linen Grey Duvet Cover and Euro Shams mixed in with rich velvet and textured knit pieces - so cozy.
Shop our Lavato Linen Grey collection here.
Confused about which pillow is right for your bed? No need to lose sleep over it (pun intended). When creating your dream bed, it's important to know if you need a Standard, Queen, or King-sized pillow. We've designed an easy guide for you, designed to take the guesswork out of choosing the right sleeping pillow for your bed (and finding the right sized linens).
Standard pillows are the smallest of our sleeping pillows, measuring 20" x 26". Standard pillows are most commonly associated with Twin or Double beds, and two of them side-by-side fit perfectly on a Double bed.
When choosing your pillowcases, don't worry if Standard-sized pillowcases are nowhere to be found. Many pillowcases on the market are labelled a general Standard/Queen size, and designed to fit both options. You'll have a bit of a floppy overhang along the opening of the pillow, but the case itself should be a perfect fit.
Queen pillows are slightly longer than a Standard pillow, with a typical measurement of 20" x 30". They're designed with a Queen bed in mind; two of them side-by-side are the perfect width for a Queen bed. However, pillows are a completely personal preference, and many of our customers with Twin or Double beds prefer the extra length of a Queen pillow.
When selecting your pillowcases, you'd also be choosing a Standard/Queen size - the pillowcase will fit just as nicely, just with a bit of a smaller overhang along the edge.
King pillows have an extra-long measurement of 20" x 36", and two of them side-by-side are the perfect width for a standard King-sized bed. This being said - so many of our customers find the extra length and weight cumbersome, and prefer to sleep with smaller Queen-size pillow on their King beds. If this is the case, we recommend using King pillows for decorative purposes, and tucking your Queen sleeping pillows at the back of the bed during the day.
Pro tip: King pillows are actually the perfect width to cover a Twin bed! Try using a single King pillow on your Twin bed for decorative purposes, or to provide extra support alongside your Standard pillows.
Everyone knows the components of a great bed: sheets, duvet cover, pillowcases, and shams... but is that all? There's one aspect of a beautiful bed that's often overlooked: the coverlet. Have you ever wondered what on earth it is, why to use it, and how to style it on your bed? We've answered your questions below.
What does a coverlet look like?
Coverlets are single-sided blankets that are typically lightweight, and made from a woven or quilted material. You can often find coverlets folded underneath a duvet, or folded at the foot of the bed. You may already own one and not even realize it! They're known by many names - you may call yours a blanket cover, blanket, or matelasse.
Why should I use a coverlet?
From decorative to practical, the coverlet has many uses. Practically speaking, the coverlet acts as a good in-between between your duvet cover and sheets. It can be used as a lightweight blanket in the summer, or as a lighter-weight topper for warm sleepers.
It's also used for decorative purposes, especially when folded underneath a duvet. Quite simply, the more layers of texture you have on the bed, the more finished and inviting it will look.
How should I style my coverlet? Does it need to match my duvet cover?
This is completely up to you! However you choose to style it, a coverlet works by adding depth, complexity, and texture to your bed. We often style ours on a bed by placing it on top of your flat sheet, and tucked into the mattress. We then put the duvet cover on top, allowing the coverlet to peek out - adding a hint of style to your bed. It's the perfect finishing touch. It doesn't need to match - we love seeing your coverlet with an unexpected colour or material.
To all of our wonderful friends and customers,
Thank you so much for making 2015 an exciting and wonderful year for us. We wish you health, happiness, and peaceful slumber for all of 2016! We can't wait to help you create your dream bed this year.
The Au Lit Team