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In Love with Linen

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Annie is a confessed fabric addict. She’s seen (and even collected; we have the proof) it all on her many travels, and she could talk a blue streak on the topic. In between the high-end silks from India, the timeless wools from Italy, and the cotton batiks from Africa, there’s one fabric she comes back to time and again: linen.

What is it about linen—especially linen bedding—that Annie is so smitten with? For starters, it’s super durable, and with proper care lasts for many years. It’s breathable and provides warmth without the bulk, and in lighter weaves is even the perfect stay-cool layer for hot climates. It’s versatile, boasting a texture and drape that works well with just about any other bedding. Linen also gets softer wash after wash. And it now comes in so many colors and weights that you can find the perfect linen bedding for any style and any season. Here’s a quick guide to the different weights of linen and how to use them in your bedroom design:

Lightweight linen is flowy and a bit sheer. It’s perfect for creating an ethereal, romantic look (think white, ivory, and pastels) or a beachy paradise (think marls, patterns, and sun-washed tones like coral and citrus).

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Midweight linen has a more substantial feel. It typically comes in tailored styles, making it a versatile choice for contemporary decorating and for men’s or shared male-female rooms.

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Heavyweight linen has a beautiful texture that looks sophisticated when mixed with smooth cottons and silks for spring and summer, or with toasty fleece and lighter-weight linens for fall and winter. The warmest of the three linens, it can be used all year long with a few simple switch-outs.

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What’s your favorite linen piece? Tell us in the comments!

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8 comments

carol April 29, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Linen is beautiful
I just need money to decorate

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Fresh American May 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm

We hear you, Carol! 😉 If only we had unlimited funds to spend on nothing but decor…

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Mary April 29, 2014 at 4:54 pm

When I was at Cambridge, I lived “in hall”, and the most incredible linen sheets were provided, thick as a slice of bread and soft as butter. They were cool on hot nights and warm on cold nights. I have stayed in some very posh homes and hotels, and have searched far and wide, but have never found anything like those thick Cambridge linen sheets.

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Fresh American May 1, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Those sheets sound dreamy, Mary, and we couldn’t agree more with the fabric’s ability to warm when it needs to and keep cool at other times.And it gets softer after every wash, which is even better. We do offer some linen sheets sets through Pine Cone Hill (like this one: http://www.pineconehill.com/product/view/parchment-linen-stripe-sand-sheet-set–PLSS), should you ever be in the market for them again!

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Julie April 30, 2014 at 10:33 am

I have a question about linen . . . in all the pictures it looks crisp and neatly ironed – but the linen bedding that I have seems a bit wrinkled. Anyway – what does Annie say about linen and ironing, etc.

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Fresh American May 1, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Hi, Julie! It’s true—linen can get wrinkly, especially once it’s run through the wash. We think steaming with a garment or fabric steamer is the easiest way to keep it looking great, but you can also iron it on warm setting. Be sure to keep the iron moving so it doesn’t burn.

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Cindi May 1, 2014 at 12:36 am

I like the lightweight linen look!
The first picture is my favorite…
Thanks, Cindi

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Bess Glenn May 3, 2014 at 6:49 pm

I love the midweight bed linens, the fabric is great because it is warm in winter and cool in summer. The more it is washed the softer it gets. The colors and designs are beautiful. Altogether this is a beautiful and inviting bed. The perfect cure for insomnia, and a long lasting investment for comfort and good sleep. I like the third midweight stripes nice for men and women. Classics patterns will last as long as the sheets!

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