Cotton Matelasse Bedspreads

Matelasse Bedspreads and Quilts

Now is the time to put your winter duvet into storage and put on a medium weight bedspread, and we think the Matelasse bedspreads are perfect! Matelasse is a term used to describe a particular style of bedspread or quilt.

Cotton Matelasse Bedspreads

(These matelasse bedspreads are in the basket weave design. You can use this pattern in a boy’s room or a master bedroom. It is so versatile, as it will go with any kind of design style, and can also be used as a blanket or use it to finish the end of your bed).

Traditionally, Matelasse: ‘is a weaving or stitching technique yielding a pattern that APPEARS quilted or padded. Matelassé may be achieved by hand, on a jacquard loom, or a quilting machine. It is meant to mimic the style of hand-stitched quilts made in MarseillesFrance.’ They have a textured sculptured look that appears to be padded, but actually there is no padding within the fabric.  As you can imagine, there are numerous possibilities when it comes to creating intricate patterns and designs with this technique!

We have a number of different Matelasse styles in bedspreads and quilts. We think they are great for the spring through to autumn months as they are a perfect weight on top of a sheet.

Matelasse bedspreads are usually made out of 100 percent cotton. And Egyptian cotton is considered superior to most cottons since it has such a long fibre. This in turns makes the fabric woven from the fibre very soft.

The all-cotton fabric lends itself to some amazing designs that are raised to create a soft texture that makes you want to touch it. And mostly, you will find a Matelasse bedspread has been designed to be reversible.

And as most Matelasse bedspreads are made out of 100 percent cotton, they are machine washable. This makes it a great choice for your next bedspread purchase. And the more you wash your bedspread, the softer it will become (though always read the label for the care of your bedspread).

Matelasse bedspreads are true luxury!

Notes: From Wikipedia and Lovetoknow

 

 

 

 

Spring Clean Your Bedroom! Fresh BED LINEN.

It’s SPRING time! Time to spring clean your bedroom and bed linen. We have just moved house and I have had to decide what to keep or not to keep and what all the rooms in the house need or don’t need. Of particular interest (of course!) is my bedroom.

While initially fretting that everything I love and treasure won’t fit in, (we have moved to a smaller house) I am now secretly pleased that the move has been an opportunity to SPRING CLEAN and CLEAR THE CLUTTER. It is so easy to keep stuff just in case you might need it one day. But there is little storage in a smaller house, so it means really thinking about what to keep. And to take a fresh look at the bed linen!

So, two sets of REALLY good SHEETS. I cannot understand why we generally baulk at spending a bit extra on good sheets when we spend so much time between them (the sheets). It is such a pleasure to sleep on really smooth Egyptian cotton sheets. Or divine Italian Cotton Sheets. You really DO notice the difference!!

 

And a couple of REALLY good PILLOWS. The HUNGARIAN GOOSE DOWN pillows are such bliss to lay your head on. You can get one which has a firmer inside and is surrounded by the HGD so that it doesn’t lose it’s shape as you sleep on it. Or you can just sink into a pillow until the morning.

And of course a REALLY good DUVET inner. The HUNGARIAN GOOSE DOWN is the best for a DIVINE warm and blissful sleep. If you get the Duvets which snap together, you have the advantage of a SUMMER weight as well as WINTER weight duvet.  Though if you live somewhere it is hot in the summer nights, you might just be happy with a winter duvet and a sheet and cover for the summer.

THEN there is how to dress the bed to make it LOOK attractive and inviting and a haven for your night time. But at least start with good bed linen. It really does make a difference.

Flannelette Sheets – Warm Soft Smooth Luxurious

Flannelette sheets seem so old fashioned!

Many of us have memories of them as children, and not necessarily fond memories. The sheets seemed to pill, so you would get tiny balls at the end of the bed or in the middle where the sheets rubbed.

But now we have the most beautiful flannelette sheets! Sheets which are warm, soft, smooth and so luxurious!

The Bellini Lux Flannelette Sheets we have sourced from our suppliers are made from the best quality flannelette in the world. These beautiful smooth warm sheets are made in Portugal, which is the leading flannelette manufacturing country.

Flannel is made from cotton that is brushed on both sides to raise the fibres, creating a soft luxurious feel. It’s medium weight adds extra warmth making them much cosier than cotton sheets, so no matter where you move in the bed there will never be a cold spot.

And the superior construction and yarn size means that these flannelette sheets are non-pilling, and keep their shape, and will last longer that any other flannelette sheets. They will last you for years.

These particular sheets have a luxurious soft handle, and they are made from 100% pure brushed cotton.  They are a thick and cosy 185gm, ensuring you have a world class flannelette quality sheeting.

So you no longer need to settle for a poor quality flannelette sheet which pills and which may last you a year at best. If you haven’t slept in a good flannelette sheet, give these a try. You will be warm and snug for winter.

“I reluctantly got out of bed from between my flannelette sheets this morning (feeling like it wasn’t right I had to be up so early!)”.

“Best night’s sleep snuggled up in my flannelette!”.

You too will love these divine flannelette sheets!

Why pay more for a Good Linen Sheet?

Why pay more for a good linen sheet? I recently had a conversation with a friend about why some of the sheets we have in our online store are more expensive than other linen sheets.

Obviously it comes down to the old saying, you pay for what you get. Though sometimes it is hard to know exactly what it is you are getting.

So here’s some information on Linen which will shed some light on the difference between a really good linen sheet and a poor quality linen. Which will explain why some of the linen sheets and the linen duvet covers and other linen bedding we have costs more. And why it is worth paying the extra.

The Vida Stonewashed Linen which we sell is superior to other less expensive linens on the market because of the linen fibre. This linen is grown in Belgium which is regarded as the best quality in the world, closely followed by linen grown in France. Vida Stonewashed linen is then sent to Portugal, the home of luxury textiles, to be woven and finishedThe Vida linen is dyed in one process, and stonewashed in another process to give the depth of colour and full bodied handle. Only the finest yarns have been used which have gone through an anti-pilling process and are pre-shrunk. These Linen Sheets and Duvet Covers are long lasting and they are the ultimate in comfort.

General Information:

Linen is made from the fibres of the flax plant. Linen is laborious to manufacture, but the fibre is very absorbent and sheets made of linen are valued for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather.

There are two varieties: shorter tow fibres used for coarser fabrics and longer line fibres used for finer fabrics. The expensive sheets usually use the longer line fibres.

Linen is relatively easy to take care of, since it resists dirt and stains, has no lint or pilling tendency, and can be dry-cleaned, machine-washed or steamed. It can withstand high temperatures, and has only moderate initial shrinkage.

Linen should not be dried too much by tumble drying, and it is much easier to iron when damp. Linen wrinkles very easily. Nevertheless, the tendency to wrinkle is often considered part of linen’s particular “charm”, and many linen sheets are designed to be air-dried and used without the necessity of ironing, such as the VIDA range.

A characteristic often associated with linen yarn is the presence of “slubs”, or small knots which occur randomly along its length. Slubs are traditionally considered to be defects, and are associated with low quality linen, although they do not compromise the integrity of the fabric.  However, the very finest linen has very consistent diameter threads, with no slubs at all. And this linen is so much nicer to sleep on!

So a very good linen is smooth, cool to sleep on, and, it only gets better with age.

White Hydrangea Cushions to remind your self of summer

White Hydrangea cushions. It’s the time of year when Hydrangeas are almost past their best. I have a passion for Hydrangeas, especially white ones. They always remind me of summer and lazy days. Although they do flourish best in a moist and slightly shady condition. But while Hydrangeas start blooming in early spring, some hydrangeas bloom best in summer and others bloom clusters of flowers in the fall season.

Hortensia photo

White hortensia outside a french cottage.

First discovered in Japan, the name hydrangea comes from the Greek “hydor,” meaning water, and “angos,” meaning jar or vessel. This roughly translates to “water barrel,” referring to the hydrangea’s need for plenty of water and its cup-shaped flower.

The Latin name for the plant is Hydgangea, and the common name is Hortensia. Known as Hortensias or Four Seasons, these are the pink, white or blue hydrangeas that you buy for Easter or Mother’s Day.

(Naturally, hydrangeas are white.  With its ability to hold aluminum, the flowers can quickly turn blue based on the acidity of the soil).

We have a beautiful cushion with the iconic white hydrangea on it. So pile these white hydrangea cushions on your indoor furniture, or outdoors on a summer’s day, for yourself or as a (longlasting) gift! Hortenisa love@ www.linenboutique.co.nz

Wonder Wash for laundering your bedlinen – A handy tip.

White Vinegar is my wonder wash. It is the unsung hero of my laundry. It is one of those little handy hints that make a difference. And I love anything that makes my bedlinen look and feel gorgeous!

I read about white vinegar a few years ago as I always love looking for natural products and try to use them where possible. Some have been failures! But White Vinegar I have used for years and it works. I put it in the washing machine where the fabric softener goes. It softens clothes and bedlinen (especially if you have been using some of the regular wash powders) and acts as a cleanser.

Below are some points that I came across in a book “Tips from your Nana” by Robyn Patterson which I thought are worth sharing. So here they are, unedited:

  • Add 1/2 cup white vinegar to your rinse cycle in place of fabric softener to soften, brighten and reduce lint on clothes. Excellent for sensitive skin.
  • Soak whites and smelly or stained clothes in a bucket of warm water with 1 cup white vinegar before washing. Especially great for sweat stains, smelly socks, grease, and whites that are greying or yellow. (this is why I use the white vinegar on sheets – to keep them white and fresh).
  • Clean your washing machine now and then to remove grease and buildup by running it through an empty wash cycle with 1 cup white vinegar.

And as the book says, NO, your clothes and linen does not come out smelling like vinegar! And even is there are traces of the vinegar smell, it disappears as the laundry dries.

Try it. It is inexpensive and lasts a long time especially if you get the biggest bottle of white vinegar you can find.

Perfect to help keep your beautiful bedlinen fresh and clean.

 

Egyptian Cotton Sheets for Absolutely Luxurious Sheets

Egyptian Cotton Sheets. 

Egyptian cotton is hard to come by, and not all cotton grown in Egypt is what we know as “Egyptian cotton.” Cotton is the most extensively used fiber for bedsheet fabrics due to its strength, breathability, and durability. The length of the cotton fiber is known as its “staple”; the longer the fiber, the more durable the fabric will be. Long staple cotton is difficult to grow and process, but the end results, while more expensive in the short term, are luxurious bedsheets which last for years.

Egyptian cotton – true Egyptian cotton – is the longest staple cotton available, and is grown along the banks of the Nile in Egypt. However, most bed linen on the market advertising itself as “Egyptian cotton” is not truly Egyptian cotton. This is due to a variety of factors.

  • American Upland cottons – which are much shorter than Egyptian cotton – comprise 90 percent of the world’s crop, and make up a large percentage of fabric being labeled as “Egyptian cotton.”
  • Many fabrics labeled “Egyptian cotton” only include a miniscule amount – along the lines of 5 percent – of actual Egyptian cotton.  
  • There is no regulation for the term “Egyptian cotton,” and some dictionaries define it merely as any finely woven cotton.

It can be hard to tell the real deal from the imposter linens, but the difference becomes apparent after your linen has been laundered. True Egyptian cotton only becomes softer with use and can last up to 10 years, while fake cottons will have furring or piling over time and will eventually give way to wear-and-tear.

One of our most trusted suppliers, Seneca, has been importing beautiful Egyptian Cotton Sheets for years. The cotton is grown in the Nile Delta, the cloth is woven in Egypt. Certified genuine Egyptian cotton. Absolutely luxurious sheets.

Tidying Your Linen Cupboard

Home from the holidays! After a great summer Christmas holiday and best beach New Year, we are home again. And one of the first things I do at the start of each new year is to de-clutter. So instead of unpacking and putting clothes back into drawers and cupboards, I use the moment to throw out and pass on all the extra stuff it seems so easy to collect over the year. Clothes which I don’t actually need. But someone else might need or want. So having sorted everything and decided what I am going to keep, then I get into the linen cupboard and do the same. I take everything out, check it out, sort it, bag up the linen I no longer need or want (or like!) then re-fold and re-organise the storage.

I just have a plain white linen cupboard – nothing fancy – but it is clean and airy. And clearly I like the linen to be neatly folded and stacked! Some might say obsessive, but I do have few friends who are more OCD than me when it comes to organisation and storage! It probably won’t last long once the children and family have pulled out their beach towels and sheets as they don’t seem to notice these things. But for a brief while I have a huge sense of personal satisfaction and gain some peace at the thought all is sorted and organised.

I have included a picture – not of my cupboard as my linen cupboard is much bigger to accomodate my linen passion! – but I thought it might provide a small inspiration to get your linen sorted and organised for the year ahead. There are plenty of storage containers and ideas for organising your linen, and if you have any suggestions or ideas that work for you, we would love to hear from you! Happy 2017!

Laundering with Love Using Delicious Soap Flakes

Laundering with Love – Seems some of us share the same secret passion for gorgeous laundry soaps and crisp pressed sheets and line dried linen!

Most people I know are happy to throw their bed linen into the wash machine or take it to the laundromat, add whatever powder is on special, give the sheets a quick dry in the dryer then maybe (or may be NOT) fold them and either stash them in the linen cupboard or re-make the bed immediately with the same sheets. All perfectly fine and works well for most.

But a few of us take great and secret pleasure in laundering our linen. I am always on the lookout for delicious smelling laundry soaps. I like my bed linen to smell really nice. It is such a pleasure at the end of the day to slip into a freshly made bed. So, I was thrilled when I came across the Paillettes de Savon Pur, in Rose and Natural. I have washed the bed linen for my son in the Natural, as this has a soft clean fresh smell without being fragrant. And I wash the bedlinen for my daughter and ourselves in the Rose as I am a rose addict. The sheets are soft and clean smelling (even when dried in the dryer!).

It is really easy to scoop a cup of soap flakes, add a bit of water then sprinkle over the washing in the machine.

And after your sheets are dried and pressed (or folded) and put back in to the linen cupboard, there is a lovely soft fragrance which wafts out every time you open the cupboard door. And of course it is especially lovely when the bed is made and you slip between gorgeous clean smelling sheets.

Delicious Laundry Soap Flakes – one of life’s small pleasures.

SHOES & SHEETS

SHOES by DAY: SHEETS by NIGHT

A young man selling absolutely gorgeous shoes, said to me a while ago that the two things we should pamper ourselves with are Shoes and Sheets. Because we spend our days in shoes and our nights in between the sheets. I totally agreed with him and promptly purchased the absolutely beautiful shoes.

Then came home, opened the doors of the linen cupboard and took a really good look at my sheets.  Read more