Q&A: Does a higher thread count mean a higher quality sheet?

June 08, 2015

Q: Are 1000 thread count sheets the best quality? If I want the softest sheets, should I buy ones with the highest thread count?

A: No, not necessarily! A higher thread count does not always equal a higher quality sheet. To illustrate this point, take a look at the five items in the image below. Imagine that you were weaving fabric and using these items as your "yarn".

The first "yarn" is a threaded steel bar

The second is an unstable brass chain

The third is a coarse hemp rope

The fourth is a rigid polypropylene rope

The fifth is a soft, fluffy strand of cotton

Regardless of how many "yarns" are woven together, the softest sheets to sleep on would always be the ones woven with the fluffy cotton yarns. Increasing the brass chain to a thread count of 400, or the rope to a 600 thread count, does not make your "fabric" better quality. It's the quality of the cotton fibres that makes a sheet feel luxurious and soft to the touch. That's why we always recommend 100% Egyptian cotton, which is the best in the world. At that point, any thread count above 200 is all about personal preference.

Image and idea courtesy of Sferra Linens.

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Style at Home: July 2015

June 05, 2015
We're blushing! Our Genziana Blush collection is featured in the July 2015 issue of Style at Home magazine. Explore this lighter shade of pale and take a peek at the full Genziana collection, available in Blush and Ivory.

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Pro Tips on Creating the Perfect All White Bed

June 03, 2015

Sometimes the simplest things can make the biggest statement. Case in point: the all-white bed. After fielding numerous questions from our customers about creating the perfect white bed, we polled our dream bed experts for their top tips and advice on creating this airy and serene escape for your own home.

#1 - Play with Texture

Without a doubt, this is the one element that will transform your bedroom from boring and bland into a magazine-worthy retreat. When working with a limited colour palette, it's extremely important to add depth with contrasting fabric textures. Although it seems counter-intuitive, mixing textures like waffle, satin, pin-tucking, and jacquard will add visual interest to your bed. Don't be afraid to mix it up!

#2 - Incorporate a Variety of Shades

Not every piece has to be the exact same shade of white. To give your bed an interesting and complex perspective, try mixing various shades of white like ivory, oyster, and antique white. The mix of tones will give your bed a complex element without feeling sterile, and will contribute to the overall neutral scheme of the room.

#3 - Experiment with Embroidery

When choosing embroidery, the natural instinct is to gravitate to colour. This is difficult to resist, especially when there are so many options available! Why not try white-on-white embroidery? The result makes a bigger statement than you might imagine. A bonus: if you ever want to bring colour back into your room, you won't be tied to one particular shade. White-on-white embroidery allows your bedroom to change with your mood.

#4 - The Importance of Accessories

Although they may seem trivial, accessories are the key element that can tie your whole room together. A white knit blanket at the end of the bed adds an interesting texture to the room. A simple bouquet of white flowers, an eggshell chandelier, or an ivory bench at the foot of the bed help to add dimension and can reinforce the airy spa feeling that an all-white bed brings.

#5 - Stick to Your Vision

Despite it's reputation as being boring or clinical, having an all-white bed is actually the most courageous move you can make. While a common mistake is trying to add more impact to a room through colour, an all-white room exudes confidence. Plus, an all-white bed is actually the easiest to care for and the least high-maintenance. When armed with some Oxy Clean, your white bed will stay soothing, white, and spa-like for years to come.

Below are some images of our favourite white collections for you to mix and match. Hope they inspire you!

 

Lavato Ungaretti

Lavato Linen White

 

Essential Ribbed Pique 

Veraluna Pintuck

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Au Lit Outlet Sale has arrived!

May 30, 2015
Shop in-store at our Au Lit Outlet location (2049 Yonge Street, south of Eglinton) or in our Sale section online!

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In Bed With... Kayla

May 29, 2015

  

Welcome to our new series, "In Bed With...", where we take you behind the scenes and into the bedrooms of Au Lit insiders, getting under the covers with their personal style. The first guest in our series is Kayla, one of Au Lit's lovely sales associates. 

"My style is very minimal; I like the entire room to be very clean, classic, and white. It has to be free of distractions - I can't sleep at night if there is a mess, or if the light from a cell phone is on. My boyfriend and I share the same sleep preferences: we like a very cool room, blackout curtains, and try to avoid clutter in the bedroom as much as possible."

 

"Working at Au Lit, I've had the opportunity to test a lot of sheets! I've discovered that my favourite is the 410 Thread Count Percale. After washing my sheets, getting into bed feels like being wrapped in a soft and beautiful cloud. I don't iron my sheets, but I do always iron my pillowcases - it makes a world of a difference.

The Casa Quilt and matching Euro Shams add texture to my all-white bed, as does my new Marled Light Grey Throw. It is cotton knitted, and so cozy and lovely. I also added a white Lavato Linen Sham and opted for this beautiful scroll embroidery to add some detail. I think it really ties the room together."

"The Au Lit Medium Goose Down Pillow is the best thing in the world! It's like sleeping on a marshmallow that doesn't lose its shape. I also love knowing that it was made in Canada - it's important to me to support Canadian companies."

 

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Bridal Trends: The Linen Shower

May 26, 2015

Wedding season is officially here, and our store has been bustling with brides and wedding guests alike. We couldn't help but notice a new trend emerge: the linen bridal shower. Bridal shower themes have taken a turn for the unique (see: honeymoon showers and kitchen showers), allowing brides to express their personality in a creative way.

With so many couples already living together and building a home prior to marriage, traditional gifts are often unnecessary. Couples can spend up to one third of their lives sleeping and in their bedroom, so why not make it the best sleep ever?

The tradition of giving fine linens to newlyweds is not a new one. Historically, the bride-to-be would receive a trousseau, or hope chest, filled with treasures like table linens, bed linens, quilts, and clothing. These linens were often monogrammed with her new family name, and were intended for the new couple to set up a home together.

The linen shower is a fun take on a classic tradition, where building the couple's new dream bedroom is a true collaboration between the bride and her guests. The bride's sister may buy her a set of shams, her grandmother a set of sheets, and her bridesmaids a duvet cover. We invite you to pop the bubbly, toast the bride, and host the best linen shower ever! Visit our Registry page here for lots more information.

All images via Au Lit Fine Linens and Emily March Photography

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Q&A: What is long staple Egyptian cotton?

May 22, 2015

 

Q: I've heard a lot about long staple cotton. What does that mean?

A: Great question! To know about long staple cotton, you must first learn about Egyptian cotton. Egyptian cotton is known for being the best quality cotton in the world. Egypt's heavy rain, humidity, and consistent temperatures contribute to the ideal climate for growing cotton. These growing conditions result in cotton that boasts extra long fibres, or staples. The extra long staples allow for the spinning of much stronger and more uniform yarns, resulting in fabric that is extremely smooth, durable, and which becomes softer with time.

Of the world's supply of cotton, only 1% comes from Egypt! When choosing your linens, we always recommend 100% Egyptian cotton to ensure the highest quality standard. Unfortunately, suppliers can write Egyptian cotton on the package, even if only 1% of the cotton is from Egypt. If the package says 100% Egyptian cotton, you can trust it’s going to be of superior quality.

 

 

 

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