Mother's Day: Our Favourite Gifts & Traditions

May 07, 2015
Mother's Day is just around the corner, and the boutique is bustling with customers picking up pretty gifts for mom. We've got tons of bath and beauty products, the softest robes and pajamas you could imagine, and beautiful bedding that is sure to make her smile. For fun, we've rounded up the Au Lit staff members to see how they'll be celebrating all things Mom this year.

"This Mother's Day, I'm looking forward to a relaxing morning with my daughter. She's a pastry chef, and I couldn't imagine anything more wonderful than her homemade crepes with berry compote. I'll spend the morning in my favourite egyptian cotton Fontenay nightshirt, and perhaps take a bath in the afternoon. It's my go-to indulgence, especially with our Lavender Milled Shea Soap. The lavender scent is the only thing that helps me relax."



"Each year, my brother and I team up to give our mom the ultimate day off. We do our best to pamper her; we clean the house from top to bottom and cook her favourite thai chicken chili stir fry. My mom is obsessed with our super-soft Portofino towels, so I'll be giving her a new set in charcoal to match her bathroom. She also loves to garden, so I'll be bringing her a selection of fresh herbs to plant in the backyard." 


"Ever since having my own daughter, Mother's Day has become a really special day for our family. I spend the day with my mother and daughter, and all three generations head out for high tea at the King Edward Hotel. My husband and I just re-decorated our bedroom in the prettiest shade of pale blue-gray, so I'm hoping he will treat me to my favourite bedding, the Loft embroidered duvet cover (with matching sheets!) in Airforce."


"Without a doubt, the best way to treat mom is with a plane ticket to a fabulous destination. Make sure to supply her with a little bag of luxuries on the side, like our amazing Travel Pillow (I never go anywhere without it), silk eye mask, and K. Hall's Milk Hand & Body Cream."


"Nothing would make me happier than spending the entire day in bed! I would relax and enjoy snuggling with my kids and reading books all day long. I'm also obsessed with monograms, so receiving a plush terry robe with my initials on it or a new set of monogrammed sheets would make my day."


"I have the most wonderful son on the planet, so for me every day is like Mother's Day. He is incredibly thoughtful; he is constantly buying me flowers and cooking me dinner. This Mother's Day is extra special because it is the first year that my new daughter-in-law has joined our family! I would love for all of us to spend the day together in our newly re-decorated living room. We just got a gorgeous new linen sofa and the Miles toss cushions and Oxford throw blanket look fantastic on it!"


"My mom lives about an hour away, so spending time with her on Mother's Day is always extra special. My dad, sister and I try to treat her to the things she loves best: a huge bouquet of lilacs, a pair of comfy gray Donna pajamas, a K. Hall peony candle, and a nice bottle of wine. We always go to The Keg for dinner to treat her to her favourite food, a big steak!"



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House & Home: June 2015

May 06, 2015

Halleluja! It's summer! How do we know? Because the June issue of H+H is out! Check out our lovely Lavato linens in this issue... perfect for the warm weather we've been dreaming about for so long!



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House & Home: May 2015

April 22, 2015

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Q&A: What pillow firmness is right for me?

April 09, 2015

Q: When it comes to sleeping pillows, what firmness is right for me?

A: A comfortable sleeping pillow is essential for a good night’s sleep! It's really a matter of personal preference, but there are some general guidelines.

We always recommend 100% white goose down for the best malleability and comfort. In our humble opinion, there's nothing quite as luxurious as sleeping on a goose down pillow. Because down softens over time, more firmness can be achieved by adding more ounces of down fill.  All our down pillows are hypo-allergenic, but if you are severely allergic, you may want to consider a synthetic pillow, such as our Jasper, whereby the synthetic clusters are blown in for a down-like feel.

The way you sleep is one of the factors to consider in selecting the firmness of a pillow that works best for you. For example, are you a stomach sleeper? If so, a super soft pillow will be best for your neck.

But for all those of you who don't have a particular sleeping position, you may simply prefer a super squishy pillow, a firm pillow, or like Goldilocks, somewhere in between. We find most of our customers know exactly what they like!

Firmness is determined by a combination of fill power and fill weight. The fill power refers to the size of down clusters – the higher the fill power, the larger the down clusters. (This is also known as Loft.) The fill weight refers to the amount of down inside the pillow (in ounces) – the higher the amount down, the firmer the pillow. 

For example, our Au Lit pillow, which has a 575+ fill power, contains the following amount of down:

Medium = 18 ounces  (Standard size pillow)
Firm = 20 ounces   (Standard size pillow)

If you love a really firm pillow, we recommend choosing something that contains feathers. Our Summit pillow has an 80% core of feathers for extra firmness, and is wrapped in goose down to prevent being poked by the quills while you sleep.

Check out all our pillows online and watch our Down 101 video for some guidance on how to make your choice. We offer a wide selection of down and alternative down sleeping pillows of various thread count shells, fill types and fill weights to customize your perfect sleep experience – all made in Canada by people who truly care!

And until May 10th, enjoy 20% off all pillows & duvets during our current sale!


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