Add Color to Your Bedroom with Pine Cone Hill

If you read any of the popular decorating magazines, you’ve probably seen Pine Cone Hill‘s bright bed linens on their pages. We’ve long been fans of the colorful collections designed by Annie Selke, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer them to you.

They have so many wonderful designs. There are duvet covers:

Twiggie Duvet Cover

Twiggie Duvet Cover


Parchment Linen Stripe Sheets

Parchment Linen Stripe Sheets

And matelasses:

Scramble Matelasse

Scramble Matelasse

There is also a collection of bright, cheerful bathrobes and sleepwear.

Batik Blossom Pajamas

Batik Blossom Pajamas

These bright colors are the perfect antidote to the chilly fall weather that will soon be upon us.

Sferra Answers: What is a Flange?

Sferra recently sent us a great explanation on this popular accent to bed linen pieces:

A flange is a classic decorative accent, typically added along three sides of a duvet cover and on all four sides of a pillowsham. A flange extends beyond the dimensions of a duvet or sham, creating a large, elegant flourish. The finest linens use flanges, as well as hemstitching, to create the signature look and soft drape of luxury bedding.

Here are some examples of flanges:

When looking at measurements of duvet covers and shams, remember that they are of the interior of the piece.  The overall dimensions will be larger, to include the flanges on the outside.

How To Care For Your Bed Linens

Sferra, known for their fine bed linens, recently sent us some great information on the best way to care for your linens. Luxury bed linens are an investment – keep them in top condition for years with these tips.

Most bed linens are made from natural fibers such as cotton or linen. These are designed to be washed at home for ease of cleaning.

Pre-wash your linens before the first use. Separate your linens from other items in the wash, especially those containing polyester, which tends to create pilling, and items with heavy zippers, which can damage the fabric. Separate light and dark colors.

Avoid overloading the washing machine, which can cause fibers to break down from excessive abrasion and agitation. You can wash most linens in warm water on a gentle cycle with a cold-water rinse, but be sure to check the care label.

Use a mild detergent without added bleach, whiteners, or fabric softeners. Do not pour detergent directly on textiles; rather, add it to the water as the wash tub fills or dilute detergent with water, then add linens. Unless linens are very soiled, you only need to use half the recommended amount of detergent.

We recommend LeBlanc Linen Wash and The Laundress Signature Detergent. Both are concentrated, so you use less than regular detergents. The are made from natural ingredients and safe for use in newer, high-efficiency washing machines. And they smell wonderful.

If your bed linens need bleaching, it should be done with care. A good alternative is a special detergent for white laundry.

Chlorine bleach will weaken fibers and cause the fabric to yellow. If white fabrics need bleaching, use only an oxygen-based bleach. While line drying outdoors is gentle, safe, and imbues linens with the fresh scent of the outdoors and natural bleaching of the sun, it is not always practical. You can machine dry most linens on low heat, but be sure to check the care label.

Shake out damp linens before placing in the dryer. Never use a high heat setting, which will weaken the fibers, damage the fabric, increase shrinkage, and shorten the life of your linens. Remove items from dryer promptly, while still damp, to minimize wrinkles. Smooth and fold, or press with an iron, if desired.

Ironing is optional. Linen bedding, like this Classico Vintage, is designed to have a relaxed look, and doesn’t need ironing to look great.

Check to make sure your steam iron is clean – mineral deposits could cause brown spotting. Iron linens while still damp. To restore the lustrous face of sateen fabrics, iron on the reverse side. For embroidered linens, iron them on the reverse side atop a towel to preserve the three-dimensional effect of the embroidery. Use a press cloth to protect delicate lace and cutwork.

We love to use scented linen water for ironing – it moistens the fabric to make ironing easier, and it makes linens smell fresh.

All natural fibers will shrink to some extent, but in most instances we generously overcut our products to allow for shrinkage. Do not wash or, especially, dry linens on a hot setting, which is most likely to damage the fabric and intensify shrinkage. Always follow instructions on care label.

Store bed linens in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. Linens stored long-term should be wrapped in white cotton, muslin (old pillow cases work well) or acid-free paper. Avoid storing linens in plastic bags or boxes, which can cause permanent yellowing; natural fibers need to breathe. Cedar chests can also yellow or streak fabrics.

A great alternative is to use cedar scented drawer liners – the cedar chips are enclosed in a layer of natural fabric, so they won’t harm your linens but will keep moths away.

It’s easy to care for your fine linens, and it will ensure that they stay luxurious for generations. What are your linen care tips?

Made in the U.S.A.: Sophisticated Custom Bed Linens From Legacy Home

For over 25 years, Legacy Home has produced unique and beautiful bedding collections that bring a modern elegance to the most important rooms in your home.

All of Legacy Home’s linens are custom made to order in Virginia and available in just 6-8 weeks.  The best part?  They’ve made it easy to choose by conceiving entire collections for you.


Chic Mushroom Bedding

The updated geometric companion along with spice colored solid linens give Chic Mushroom bedding a more handsome than feminine influence.


Cotswold Navy Bedding

Costswold, a handsome menswear pattern, is mixed with solid linen and wool coordinates.


Tribal Thread Bedding

A spirited version of the classic Suzani pattern, Tribal Thread Sunset bedding combines vivid color and chenille loop detailing to honor this timeless motif.


Harbour Island Bedding

Harbor Island bedding brings the seaside to the bedroom.


Beacon Hill Bedding

Beacon Hill features a smart and sophisticated fretwork design.


Click here to see the entire collection from Legacy Home.

Bring Home Tailored British Hotel Style: The New Belgraves Hotel in London

If you’re traveling to London, there’s a new luxury hotel in Belgravia that’s been getting rave reviews.  Blending traditional British hospitality with an American attitude, the Belgraves hotel features crisply tailored and relaxing interiors.

Decorated by British designer Tara Bernerd, the 85-room hotel is just a ten-minute walk from Harrods and Knightsbridge, and one mile away from Buckingham Palace.

The hotel is a seductive oasis in the heart of the city.   Done in neutrals with pops of warm color, the interiors are modern and plush.  Like other Thompson hotels, the bedrooms are luxuriously appointed with custom-made 400 thread count Sferra bed linens and bathrobes.
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