Lighten up with a new coverlet or duvet & free shipping for our blog readers!

Now that we’re rapidly approaching summer 2015, it is definitely time to make sure your bedding is ready for the new season as well!  During the hot summer it can be difficult to find the right amount of covers… with A/C blasting, you may still need some warmth, or you may just want a very light layer.

Here are some options.:

1.  If you like to keep your home really cool with a lot of A/C, a summer weight down duvet may be a good option for you!  Cascada Summer Weight Down Duvet is made with 600+ fill power down and offers very high quality at a moderate price.

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2.  Another great option is a lightweight quilted coverlet/blanket.  We have three options, all by Echelon Home.  They’re made with cotton sateen and filled with poly fiber fill.  Here is the Laguna coverlet with a quilted geometric pattern, and a queen is just $89.  A really great price point for this level of quality!

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The two other options, Sonoma and Monterey are great choices as well.

As a special thank you to our blog readers, here is a coupon code for Free Shipping ($50 minimum order required):  FREESHIP.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

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New & Affordable Hotel Collection Sheets & Duvet Covers by Echelon!

“Hotel Collection” has been a popular look for years now.  It’s favored for its classic simplicity and that it looks great with virtually any type of bedroom decor.  We are so pleased to now be offering 3 Line Hotel Collection sheets, pillow cases, duvet cover sets and euro shams made by our friends at Echelon Home.

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They feature 100% long staple cotton sateen weave sheeting in white detailed with triple line embroidery in: light grey, ivory, silver blue, white or navy.

Here (below) you can see the duvet cover set with the euro shams.  The sets come with shams – - a pair of standard shams with full/queen, and a pair of king shams with king.  The euro shams are sold separately in pairs.

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Now the really great part… a queen sheet set is just $89.00 or full/queen duvet cover set $99.00! You can easily spend over $400 on this look, so it’s an incredible value!

Gift Boxed Robes by Chortex make the perfect holiday gift!

With the holiday shopping season upon us, we’re pleased to offer 2 styles of gift boxed robes.  The Plush Soft Terry Robe and the Luxury Waffle Terry Hooded Robe are both made by Chortex and represent the highest quality available (100% cotton, made in Turkey). Both styles are available in white, in size S/M or L/XL. These robes are the same type of robes that you find at luxury hotels… and wish you had at home!  They make wonderful, thoughtful gifts for anyone on your gift list!

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The Luxury Waffle Hooded Robe is the same robe as the Luxury Waffle Terry Robe, except with a hood! The version without the hood is available in other colors (charcoal, duck egg and silver). The Plush Soft Terry Robe is also available in other colors (natural, duck egg, claret and navy).  The other colors are not offered in the gift box.

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Welcoming Pom Pom at Home to Linenplace

We are incredibly please to be offering the gorgeous and casually-chic Pom Pom at Home bedding and bath line!

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Here’s a little about them:
“As natives of Belgium, we naturally have a passion for everything “linen,” resulting in a crib and adult bedding line made of 100% linen. Our lines are versatile; with delicate embroidery, crushed velvet and hand-crocheted lace on the finest and softest linen. Pom Pom at Home embodies a “lived in” elegant look that is still relaxed and casual. This is the main inspiration to this unique collection which transforms everyday experiences into a sheer delight. We have also recognized that we live in a time where we are globally conscious of how our daily actions affect our environment. What better way to start and end your day than by having our linens as a reminder of how you did your part. Our 100% certified organic linens are made from the purest of flax fibers. The combination of luxury and environmental sustainability has never been so comfortable. Pom Pom at Home embraces the essence of life’s enjoyment. Its products evoke a sense of romantic glamour, peaceful memories, gentleness and freshness. Whether it is Pom Pom at Home’s fine linens, accessories or fragrances, all are made with the highest quality and attention to detail, always with a passion for beauty! Our vision is that each of our products will fill you with delight and bring you that little touch of luxury that makes life more pleasurable.”

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shown above: Pom Pom at Home Allegra Linen bedding paired with Malibu wool blend throw blanket and sham

Here at Linenplace, we’re crazy about 100% linen, so we couldn’t be more happy about offering their linen sheets, duvet covers, bedskirts. We also offer Pom Pom’s comfy wool blend  throw blankets and decorative shams! Their cotton shower curtains will add just the right amount of feminine elegance to your bathroom (but not too much that your husband or boyfriend will protest, LOL!)

Spring Break Time: Beach Towels!

Just in time for spring break and with summer right around the corner, we’ve added some beautiful beach towels made in Turkey by Chortex!  These towels are 100% cotton in a generous 40 by 70 inch size.  The designs are not printed onto the towel, but are part of the weave (this is what is referred to as a yarn dyed design vs. printed).  The weight of the towels is 450 grams per square meter (GSM), which is good for a beach towel.  Beach towels are often made very cheaply with 200 GSM weight.  The quality is definitely what you’d expect from a top towel maker like Chortex!

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My favorites are the Moroccan Tile and the Conch Shells.

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So where are you headed for spring break this year?

Decorating Look for Less: Tulip Table

The Saarinen Round Dining Table (designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll) is a go-to piece for interior designers. It’s a wonderful mid-century modern piece that can work well with many different aesthetics. The basic version features the cast aluminum base with a bevel-edged laminate top.

Saarinen Round Dining Table, White Laminate Top, $1,879.00
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The “deluxe” version features a beautiful white marble top from Italy. $2,868.00.  It’s also available with customized choices (other marble tops, wood tops, black base, etc.)

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These are fantastic if you can work it into your budget! However, if not, there are some fairly decent options to get the designer look at a value price!  Here is Ikea’s Docksta table… only $199.00!  The base doesn’t have quite the same elegant lines and the table edge isn’t beveled, but for $199 can you really complain?
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If you have your heart set on marble…here’s a reproduction on Amazon made by LexMod for only $843.35.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!  It’s nice to have a day to appreciate your loved ones, especially in these hectic times when it seems like we are all busy, all of the time!
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It’s not too late if you’re still in need of a Valentine’s Day gift.  Here are a few last minute ideas.

Godiva Chocolate Bear, $25.  Here in NY you can find Godiva at Hudson News and Barnes & Noble.  This guy is so cute… the bear is made by Gund and he comes with 8 tasty heart shaped chocolates (milk and dark).
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Of course it’s probably too late to have flowers delivered, but you can always pick some up.  Even grocery store flowers can be quite alright!  Certainly better than nothing.  Here in NYC you can buy roses on the street today.  It seems tons of enterprising people have decided to sell roses on street corners… very handy for last minute gifts!

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Another classic Valentine is fragrance!  It’s easy and fast to just run into a department store or Sephora and pick one up.  I like See by Chloe and Bond No. 9 I LOVE NEW YORK for Earth Day (women) and Bleu de Chanel (men).

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Last idea, and super easy… is just run into a wine shop and pick up a nice bottle of Champagne.  Champagne is always correct as far as I’m concerned!  And you don’t in fact need to spend a lot… one of my favorite Champagnes is Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV.  My local wine shops have it for about $35 – 37.  It’s a great value.  The non vintage releases regularly score over 90 points (WS) and was one of WS’s 2012 Top 100 Wines.  I know most people automatically go for Veuve Clicquot, but I think this is just as good and a better value… and, the red label is perfect for Valentine’s day too!

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For next year… don’t leave it to the last minute!  A really amazing gift is a set of luxurious Italian sheets like Virtuoso or Lyric by Peacock Alley!  Unlike chocolate, flowers, perfume or Champagne, these will last for years to come!

Architecture: La Maison de Verre

From time to time, we’re going to do posts on architecture that we love.  So today, we thought we’d start with La Maison de Verre in Paris.  Verre means glass in French… which I’m sure you could guess anyway by the glass block facade!  This was a private home built for a French doctor completed in 1932. It’s a great example of early modern style.

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The design was a collaboration by Pierre Chareau (a furniture and interiors designer), Bernard Bijvoet (a Dutch architect) and Louis Dalbet (a craftsman metalworker).  It is made of steel and glass blocks.  Amazing for the time!  It is located at 31 Rue Saint-Guillaume in the 7th arrondissement. You would never guess it’s there because it is hidden behind a typical looking street facade that leads to a courtyard where the Maison is.  You can read more about La Maison de Verre here and here.

Great Valentine Gift: Draper Stripe Throw

I simply adore throw blankets… I must have 4 or 5 of them.  I prefer natural fibers like wool and cashmere. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I think our Draper Stripe Throw by Dwell Studio would be a wonderful gift!   We have both the chinois blue and the major brown in stock.  This blanket is made with baby alpaca (95%) and just a touch of polyester (5%), and is a generous 50 x 70 inches in size.

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So what is alpaca exactly… it’s a lot like wool. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about it: “Alpaca fleece is a lustrous and silky natural fiber. While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and bears no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. It is also soft and luxurious. In physical structure, alpaca fiber is somewhat akin to hair, being very glossy. The preparing, carding, spinning, weaving and finishing process of alpaca is very similar to the process used for wool. Alpaca fiber is also flame-resistant, and meets the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s standards.”

Like any fiber, different qualities certainly exist… the alpaca used in Dwell Studio’s throw is very high quality making it super soft.  I have seen samples of lesser quality that do not have the same beautiful hand-feel.  You can be sure with this blanket you’re getting the best!

NYT: Living in 704 square feet

The New York Times Home & Garden section has an interesting article about a couple and their 2 dogs who live in a 704 square foot 1 room home.  What do you think of this?  Could you live comfortably in a small space?

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It’s not as bad as it sounds really… because they have a huge yard including outdoor living space and 2 storage sheds.  The large room is divided into functional areas with a bookcase, and a curtain to separate the bed area from the main area. You can see more photos in this slideshow, here.  Eco-friendly features are a green roof planted with local flora and a 550 gallon rain barrel for collecting storm water for reuse.

I think it’s fantastic!  “Tiny living” forces you to pare down on “stuff” and keeps operating costs low. Bravo!