Autumn first arrives with the morning. One day we feel the chill in the air as we lock our front door and turn in surprise to see the first hint of frost on the car wind shield We quickly fasten the top button on our jacket and climb into the driver’s seat, for the workday doesn’t pause for a bit of frost. But perhaps that is the moment when we first start dreaming of a winter holiday in some exotic climate. Our final series in the Autumn/Winter Collection was inspired by the romance of the eastern Spice Trail and the longing for a hazy sun in a bleached white sky. Imagine tents billowing softly in the hot wind, feasting on flat bread and dates while sitting cross-legged on rugs, or watching the long, spidery shadows of the caravan cross the desert floor. A lovely picture indeed. But I think it only fair that you also consider water rations, sunburned lips, the distinctive odour of camel and sand in EVERYTHING. As much as an exotic holiday may beckon, it might be better to bring the romance home where you can enjoy the benefit of sleeping soundly in your own bed. Our stunning Byzantine Bed Linen captures the essence of the ancient east using the colours of baked bricks, white plaster and blue mosaic tile.
A classic paisley is carried on a staggered stripe that ebbs and flows like drifting sand. You can easily imagine yourself in an airy, crenellated tower overlooking the bustling village bazaar where reams of hand dyed fabrics are bought and sold, and where you might find our Nina Bed Linen. A bold ikat pattern and lush red ribbon trim embody the more adventurous flavours of the market towns, like cumin and cedar and lamp smoke.
And for the desert oasis of your dreams, our Petra Bed Linen combines a soft paisley and rich red in a sateen finish that will make you feel as though you have your own private mirage.
With the Spice Trail Collection you’ll have the romance of the mystic east in your own familiar room and you just might forget entirely that there’s such a thing as frost. At least until the next morning.
We’ve been talking an awful lot lately about being warm and cozy; the kind that involves mounds of pillows and blankets and a roaring fire. But there are memories that are just as warm and we tend to gather these around us in the autumn just as we gather wool socks. Old photo albums resurface and favourite stories are retold. Loved ones long gone are remembered and simpler days are yearned for. Who can say what it is precisely that makes us look to the past with such appreciation. But our Nostalgia Collection was made to encourage those charming trips down memory lane. I advise you not to resist. Just lay back and imagine you’re a child again, visiting the grandparents and feeling like you’ve left one world behind and are safely cocooned in another. Our perfectly ladylike Elouise Bed Linen pay gentle homage to the modern botanicals of William Morris and conjure visions of patent leather pumps and mysterious, wonderfully smelling bottles and powders on the dressing table. Grosgrain ribbon and stylized lace lend an elegant touch without being the least bit prim…because everyone knows grandmother was as sassy as she was gentile.
The delightfully dotty Penny Bed Linen on the other hand just might be the incarnation of swing music and pincurls. A deep moody blue and adorable frills are equally sweet and jazzy; like dancing barefoot in the sitting room to the sound of the radio.
our Natalie Bed Linen best. A cheerful stripe of seersucker in colours you could just eat up, this finale in our Nostalgia Collection will have you believing that life is a bowlful of cherries once again.
And as you slide between the sheets and envision your juvenile self toddling after grandmother in a kitchen alive with smells and sounds, creating a simple magic that only she seems to have time for, you’ll feel something deep down to your toes that is every bit as effective as a woollen throw: it’s called warm and cozy.
Soft and warm simply go together, like fish and chips or bread and butter. Almost the moment the temperature drops, we turn into such tactile creatures, entwining ourselves in fabrics we threw off for the summer and now welcome back like best friends. The leaves change, the sun sets a little earlier and comfort reigns supreme. We seek the softness of lamplight and firelight and the patina of things that have been loved over years, like that bench at the back door where the children sat to put on their boots, or dad’s old cable knit sweater. It’s a nesting instinct, as natural as breathing, and it must be gratified (nature is an insistent little vixen). And so we obligingly designed our Luxe Retreat Collection to be as much a solace to your sense of sight as to your sense of touch. It’s cosy to be sure, but also irresistibly elegant. We began with a slightly faded stripe and charcoal knit in our Copenhagen Bed Linen that captures the tender side of masculinity with gorgeous greys and subtle tailoring. Instead of daydreaming of snuggling up in bed, you may find yourself daydreaming of the one you get to snuggle up to. It’s a romance in colour and texture that suits him as well as it suits her.
Or perhaps you favour bands of muted gold and silk with velvet piping; pure decadence made simple in our Silk Stripe Bed Linen, like hot caramel drizzled over white cake. It’s the height of luxury and yet perfectly accommodating to little hands and feet that might clamber up next to you first thing in the morning.
But if you dream of awakening amidst clouds, then I would happily recommend our Domino Bed Linen as a perfect fit. You’ll feel like you’re floating on this textural, colour woven, sea of dots. It’s a pattern that easily lends itself to a modern sensibility as well as the intense pleasure of sleeping in on a Saturday.
But really, no matter where your tastes lie, our Luxe Retreat Collection will satisfy your cravings for soft and warm, helping you nest for the season as nature intended.
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