How to Wash Your Towels

September 21, 2015

Just like your duvet, pillows, or sheets, investing in a high-quality set of towels is an investment in your quality of life. If you're looking for excellent quality towels that are meant to last, we always recommend looking for towels made from Egyptian cotton (our customers love the Abyss Super Pile Towels). The long-staple fibre of Egyptian cotton is renowned for making towels durable, resilient, and long-lasting.

Now that you've invested in excellent quality towels, what is the best way to take care of them? We've rounded up our top tips to extend the lifespan of your towels.

  • Always wash your towels in warm water with a mild detergent. You may not realize it, but many detergents contain chlorine bleach, an ingredient that will weaken your towels over time and cause them to pill.
  • If possible, a speciality towel wash (such as our Blue-Violet Towel Wash or Verbena Towel Wash) is the best option. These washes were formulated to protect the towel fibres from drying out or fading, and will keep your towels soft and fluffy, yet strong.
  • After taking your towels out of the washing machine, give them a firm shake before throwing them in the dryer. This will help circulate air through the loops, resulting in a fluffier towel.
  • Don't overcook your towels in the dryer! Take them out after half an hour - being tossed around in a scorching hot dryer for a long time will weaken the fibres of the towel.
  • Do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets. Not only are they chemically harsh on fabric, but they can add a film to the towels that reduces their absorbency.
  • Washing towels with towels is always the best option! Washing your towels with sheets or clothing is not ideal, and will help prevent your towels from pilling.
  • If you wear a face cream with any form of retinol or an acne cream, you may want to choose white towels. The acid in these face creams can sometimes bleach your towels or lead to discolouration.

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    Trend Report: Fall 2015

    September 18, 2015

    Whether we realize it or not, trends permeate every aspect of our lives. While we may think that trends are confined to one domain (i.e. fashion), in reality, they're fluid and transcend boundaries. We've analyzed the big trends for Fall '15 and discovered how they influence the world of home decor, fashion, and yes - your bedding. Which trend is your favourite?

    Trend #1: Into the Woods

    Think cozy cabins, heaps of fur, and layers of wood texture. This fall, it's all about rustic style. We're loving all things woodsy and sustainable, au naturel. You'll see lots of soft neutrals paired with earth tones.

    Michael Kors (FW15)

    Lavato White

    Jane Kim Design


    Timber Wolf Faux Fur Throw


    Trend #2: Modern & Masculine

    Classic Italian men's shirting has always translated beautifully to the bed, but this fall it's coming on strong with bold stripes. Look for interesting textures like tweed, houndstooth, and herringbone, all inspired by the bespoke tailoring of London's Savile Row.

    Lavato Rigato Charcoal

    Derek Lam (FW15)

    Giammarino & Dworkin



    Trend #3: Incandescent Tones

    Our favourite neutrals for Fall '15 are literally luminous. In tones of sparkling champagne and lustrous pearls, this palette embodies elegance and luxury. Look for neutrals that shimmer and shine.

    Luisa Beccaria (FW15)

    Gonzaga Pearl

    SLC Interiors

    Ginestra Sand

    Trend #4: Relaxed Living

    While pyjama dressing has been a fashion trend for a few years, a new wave of relaxed style is now at the forefront. This look isn't rumpled or messy - think refined layers of natural materials (linen, silk, washed cotton) with a lived-in look. On the fall runways, this casual style translated into lots (and lots!) of delicate slipdresses with a sophisticated nightwear feel.

    Lavato Linen Contrast Grey

    Jil Sander FW15

    Lavato Linen White

    Trend #5: Texture Play

    This fall, we give you permission to go ahead and touch everything! Textures have gotten a fall-ready makeover; we're seeing a soft and luxurious melange of velvet, knit, linen, and washed fabrics.

    Sonia Rykiel FW15

    James Thomas Interiors

    Vitis Chenille Sand

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    Beautiful Beds: 14 Amazing Bunk Bed Designs

    September 14, 2015

    Happy back-to-school season! We've had so many customers in the store lately asking about maximizing space and efficiency in their kids room. Our answer? Bunk beds!

    When space is at a premium, sometimes the only way to look is up... way up! Make the most of vertical space in the kids' room with bunk beds, either custom built or with a ready-made piece. Not only do they have a built-in element of fun and adventure that appeals to kids, but they can be customized to fit a desk or study area for homework time.

    We've rounded up our top 14 favourite bunk bed designs to inspire you! With these designs in mind, the ABCs of organizing your kids room will be as easy as 1-2-3.

    EMI Interior Design

    Mikael Monson Photography

    Sophie Metz Interiors

    Jennifer Robin Interiors

    Michael Gimber Interiors

    Mona Ross Berman Interiors

    Nannette Wong

    Rock Paper Hammer Designs

    Semel Snow

    HGTV Magazine

    Laura U. Interior Design

    Sophie Metz Design


    Looking for sheets for your bunk beds? Our bestselling 220 Threadcount Percale collection is available in a Twin or Twin XL size.  

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    We Have a Winner!

    September 11, 2015

    Thank you all for entering our #AuLitDreamBed contest on Pinterest! It was a great experience - we loved seeing which of our products were your favourites, and we loved hearing your responses!

    We are happy to announce our winner today. Drumroll please.... the winner is Elizabeth Langston! Elizabeth has won a duvet and shams from her favourite collection, Genziana Blush. This collection has been featured in numerous publications and is a top editors pick, and today it's going home with Elizabeth.

    Genziana Blush

    Keep your eyes peeled for more contests and giveaways from Au Lit - you never know when your name will picked! 

    Have you signed up yet to be an Au Lit V.I.P.? You'll get early access to our sales and exclusive promotions. Sign up to become an Au Lit V.I.P. here.

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    Our New Fall Window Display Has Arrived!

    September 09, 2015

    Our Fall window display is here! While it's a bit of a departure from our classic light and airy look, we feel that it truly captures the spirit of the fall season. Rich and moody shades of grey provide contrast against crisp white bedding, and the scene is accented with luxe fur throws and textured Sferra blankets in seasonal shades of burnt orange and charcoal. Add our super soft grey Pousada Waffle Robe (a staff favourite), and we've got all of your cozy essentials for when the temperature drops. 

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    Au Lit Featured in Style At Home October 2015!

    September 03, 2015

    If the gorgeous rustic cover of October's Style at Home is any indication, it appears that fall has descended upon us! We're totally okay with it... as long as we can cozy up in this stylish house featured in the "Memories in the Making" feature (can you spot the Au Lit bedding?). Take the full home tour below...

    Want to get the look for your own home? Try our Lavato Ungaretti White Euro Shams and Lavato Linen Grey Duvet Cover.

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    White Sale Extended to September 7th!

    September 01, 2015

    It's September 1st, and we have some exciting news! Our White Sale was scheduled to end today, but we have decided to extend the sale for ONE MORE WEEK!

    Shop our selection of sheets, pillows, duvets, and more for up to 50% off, both in-store and online! Sale ends September 7th.

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