GREENERY – MORE THAN JUST A COLOUR?

The month of May is usually not one we South Africans associate with the colour green.  In the Western Cape it is autumn, and often cloudy with rain and wind. Inland the first frosty mornings, with leaves turning shades of reds and browns, announce that winter is on its way.

In the Northern Hemisphere May is the month of full spring – riotous green!  Sap is rising and all plants are bursting with new growth and vigour.  It is the month in which we celebrate Mother’s Day, which also has associations with fertility and rebirth.  The gemstone associated with the month of May is the Emerald – suitably green and very precious.

The colour of the year 2017 is Pantone col 15-0343 Greenery.  This colour and shades and variations of it are already weaving their way into our lives – fashion, home décor, make-up, architecture and gardens. This crisp bright green reminiscent of Granny Smith apples or freshly cut grass is officially now the ‘it’ colour.

Fortunately green is the world’s second favourite colour, coming in after blue.  Our eyes are more sensitive to green however and we perceive more shades of green than any other colour.  Green, in colour psychology, is the colour of harmony.  Managed carefully, colour can influence consumer behaviour and purchasing behaviour.

Green boosts creativity and is seen to be fresh and healthy.  It is perceived as positive and confident as well as calming.  We know that being in nature is beneficial to our moods and emotions in terms of health and stress relief.  Those of us living in an urban environment crave connection to the outdoors, and look forward to the fresh pops of Greenery coming our way.

The consensus seems to be to use Greenery sparingly – after all it is a very vibrant colour.  Effective use would be to incorporate touches of the colour into a décor scheme, and not using it as the predominant colour. Have a look at the touches of green in the pictures attached – touches add freshness and vibrancy.

At Linen Drawer we are always on trend, and offer our clients various products in the colour and shades of Greenery.  We like to highlight an oxford border of a satin stitched duvet cover or pillowslip in bright fresh green, or add a monogram on a white fluffy towel in this lovely colour.  Our Horizon throws come in Sage, a soft muted green, as well as the other colours that are so useful in décor schemes.  Hinterveld blankets  have a pure green mohair blanket in colour “I’m Ready”, as well as others in shades of green which will warm you as well as lift your spirits.

Whether you are seeking calm and harmony, or a dash of colour to add a vibrant update to your décor scheme, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.  This year allow the crisp, vibrant colour of Greenery to influence your mood and carry you through the year!

Linen Drawer produce and supply other products. In addition to our blankets and throws, quality bed and bath linen, duvets and pillows, we offer a range of table cloths and accessories. Your one stop online home ware and decor store. www.linendrawer.co.za

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HOLD MY HEART FOREVER

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short time, but their hearts forever” – Unknown

The quote above encompasses what being a mother is all about.  The month of May is named after Maia, the Greek goddess of fertility, nuturing and growth. In the Christian tradition the month of May is named after the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ.

During the month of May we honour our mothers and are reminded of what motherhood means.  Motherhood is not only a biological relationship; some of the people I revere as mothers had nothing to do with my birth, but they certainly are part of my life as mothers.  Mothers all over deserve praise and elevation – not only on Mother’s Day, but  throughout the year.  Often mothers are taken completely for granted, and only revered when they are not there any more!

Being a mother is really difficultrd and no one tells you this when you are expecting your children.  Suddenly your heart is walking about, driving in cars, partying till dawn, and is generally acting as if it’s invincible!  At the same time none of us would have it any other way – there is no safe road you travel in being a mother.

I am not deliberately painting a dismal picture of motherhood, indeed, most mothers would have it no other way. I feel that May and particularly Mother’s Day gives us a wonderrful opportunity to show our thanks to our mothers. Lets spoil the mothers in our lives in May with what we say and what we do. The inclusion of a gift from LinenDrawer on Mother’s Day will brighten the heart of any mom.  Choose from our wonderful range of pure cotton bedding, Egyptian cotton gowns, mohair throws and blankets, pure cottontravel rugs and throws, pure down duvet inners and pillows, exquisite table linen and personalisedfluffy towels.  The choice is yours, and the only boundaries are your imagination.  Shop online (delivery is free to anywhere in S.A.) or come into our showroom in Paarl.http://www.linendrawer.co.za/

A gift from Linen Drawer lasts a long time – unlike the chocolates, flowers or bath salts that are the usual staple last minute gifts.  Our bed, bath and table linen is manufactured from the best quality fabrics available, tested to ensure longevity, and made to strict quality standards.  We are able to personalise most of our products with embroidery or satin-stitch, or  satin-stitch and embroidery combined. All this so that you can show the most important woman in your life how much she means to you!

Other products that Linen Drawer produce and or sell to the hospitality and Décor industries or to  discerning customers around the world are :  Bedding, Duvet Covers, Linen, Towels,  Baby Bedding, Table Cloths, Blankets, Gift Ideas, Duvets, Bath Towels, Bath Robes, Cotton Sheets and Towelling

THE FULLNESS OF SUMMER

Sweltering – the only word to describe the Western Cape at this time of year, and much of the country as well.  In Paarl, at Linen Drawer, all the fans are working full time and there is constant traffic to the fridge to fetch cold water for hot and thirsty staff.

Hot days are followed by warm nights and that’s when the fun starts. It is the time of al fresco dining.  Late sunsets are followed by balmy evenings; no wind, a slight cooling of the air and the only place to be is outside – dining and enjoying the wonderful summer evenings.  These are the times for counting of blessings and immersing ourselves in the absolute fullness of summer.

Of course these evenings are an excuse to bring out the beautiful Linen Drawer tabling http://www.linendrawer.co.za/linen-drawer-tabling – see some photos below:

Late summer is also the time of weddings and engagements.  There is no better setting for a celebratory table than in a beautiful garden, in dappled shade, with a table beautifully laid with Linen Drawer table linen, great food and wine, lovely flowers and the promise of the best of times.

Be assured that all our table linen is fully washable, can be bleached, and with proper care will last and last. We can customize your Linen Drawer table linen to your specifications with embroidery, satin or hemstitching. Odd table sizes are not a problem to us, as our experienced team can make table linen to suit just about any table!

Hurry – because the summer nights will not last forever, and March, the month of changes is coming.  It is a month to look forward to – mornings are darker, the sun rises later and there is a cool tang outside that promises weather changes.  The air has a clean shimmer that offsets the turning leaves and the summer drawing to a close.  The glorious days of late summer are still perfect for evenings spent outside.

Be prepared when the cool south-easterly wind starts up; wrap a soft and comfy pure cotton Horizon travel rug around your shoulders or drape it across your knees, have a look at the beautiful colours that will complement any décor scheme – indoors or outdoors http://www.linendrawer.co.za/throws-blankets/horizon-pure-cotton-throws Entertaining has never been easier!

Other products that Linen Drawer produce and or sell to the hospitality and Décor industries or to  discerning customers around the world are :  Bedding, Bed Linen, Egyptian Cotton and Towels are just some of the many products that we offer.

READY FOR THE BIG CHILL?

The approach of winter always makes me feel a little sad. Summer is like a good friend; accepting, cheerful,uncomplicated and sometimes overly warm.  Winter has a completely different feel – apart from the obvious temperature difference- more like a friend whom you really like, but are just a little less at ease with, someone who keeps you on your toes and challenges you daily.

The mornings are crisper, the days shortening and leaves are turning colour and starting to drop.   Winter in the Western Cape is the best kept secret in South Africa.  Winter here is cold, but not bone chillingly terrible, and hopefully mostly rainy.  Sometimes we have snow – and everyone goes crazy and wants to see it, but all things considered, our winters are just wintery enough to make you want to snuggle deep under the softest, warmest Linen Drawer bedding bought specially for such days.

Of course, at Linen Drawer we are huge fans of these chilly winter months – because we have everything to ensure you stay warm and toasty throughout the season.  I encourage you to have a look – we have you covered when it comes to the big chill! http://www.linendrawer.co.za/bedroom/

Our beautiful bedding in 400 and 600 thread count is known to be soft and comfortable – making it very difficult to get up out of bed on those chilly autumn and winter mornings. Or maybe you need the extra warmth of pure brushed cotton winter sheeting?

If you add apure down duvet and pillow inners, the process becomes a little more difficult.  Feeling extra chilly?  Add a pure cotton Horizon throw, or a Hinterveld mohair blanket.  You are now in trouble – it would take a superhuman effort to leap out of that bed!

The only thing that could tempt me out of bed on a winter’s morning would be the prospect of a long hot bath or shower. After towelling off with Linen Drawer’s softest and fluffiest towels, I would enjoy a cup of hot chocolate snuggled in my thick towelling gown made from 100% cotton and embroidered with my personal logo.

We even have the solution to variably heated partners.   Acknowledging the fact that a perfect partnership is based on compromise and acceptance, we call this fitted sheet the ‘Compromise’ sheet. We combine soft warm brushed cotton on half the sheet with crisp cool cotton percale on the other.  We manufacture these to order and have had great feedback. At Linen Drawer we try to think out of the box!

 The Compromise fitted sheet

Other products that Linen Drawer produce and or sell to the hospitality and Decor industries or to  discerning customers around the world are :  Bed Linen Egyptian Cotton, Baby Bedding, Table Cloths, Blankets and we have a great offering of Gift Ideas. Visit our website www.linendrawer.co.za today.

Horizon Pure Cotton Throws

One of the most effective (and cost effective) ways of modernizing or updating your bedroom or living room, is to change your soft furnishings. Changing one’s colour scheme in a room may be as easy as adding some scatter cushions and draping a throw or two across a bed or couch…. and this could transform the look and the mood in your room.

untitled5This is the same award winning, tried and tested product that Linen Drawer developed and launched a few years ago. The Horizon Pure Cotton Throws have however undergone a revolution in that they now reflect the colour schemes that are currently being used by decorators in South Africa and around the world.

These Horizon Pure Cotton Throws are knitted using pure cotton yarns that are extremely hard wearing, yet completely luxurious. Being pure cotton, they are produced from natural fibres that are hypoallergenic and healthy. These throws are versatile and can be used throughout the home as a practical summer / autumn throw or as a decorative add-on to your décor at any time of the year.

Produced in South Africa, these throws are machine washable and tumble dryable.

The throws are available in 4 sizes, from a travel rug to a king (size) and are priced from just R418.50…. (Delivery is free in S.A.)

Click here to buy yours today!!!

WHAT ARE YOU SLEEPING UNDER?

Your bed companions are a private matter, but which bedding you are sleeping under is our immediate concern.   At Linen Drawer we take sleeping comfort very seriously.  It is our mission to ensure that your sleep experience is comfortable and healthy.

Sleeping under 100% cotton or linen is a healthy option. The benefits of natural fibres have been discussed at length in our blogs and on the website: http://www.linendrawer.co.za/blog

Take stock of your bedding; now is the time to donate or toss those pilled poly-cotton sheets and duvet covers you have been saving for that rainy day. What you gain by using poly-cotton in wrinkle-free/reduced bedding, is lost in the discomfort of sleeping on and under a product that is not 100% natural. You deserve to sleep in the best, and we have the best for you.

The most luxurious and comfortable choice is pure linen. Pure linen bedding; sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers that have been embroidered or hemstitched, ensure a supremely comfortable and aesthetically pleasing experience. Investing in beauty and comfort has never felt so good.

Linen Drawer also has 400 thread count Egyptian cotton bedding. Bed linen made from this splendid fabric is silky smooth and marvellously comfortable. Cool in summer and warm and light in winter, it is the choice of many discerning customers.

Our 600 thread count 100% pure cotton sateen is so luxurious and sensuous that it could start a bed addiction. You might never want to leave your 600 thread count bedding – giving a new twist to lounging around all day in pyjamas.

The problem is what to choose? This is where the able and willing team at Linen Drawer can help you. By assessing your preferences and needs, we can recommend the correct products that will ensure you enjoy every night in your new bedding. We offer a full embroidery and satin-stitching service should you wish to colour co-ordinate your bed linen with the colour scheme of your bedroom. Pure linen can also be hemstitched, resulting in an heirloom piece which you can enjoy using for many years.

A new set of bed linen from Linen Drawer is a life changing experience.  You deserve only the best! Happy sleeping – whatever you choose to sleep under.

Other products that are produced and / or sold by Linen Drawer to the hospitality and Décor industries and to discerning customers around the world are:  Duvets, Towels, Baby Bedding and Blankets. All quality products and all just a click away at www.linendrawer.co.za

PURE LINEN – BEST LAUNDERING TIPS

Pure linen is currently the subject of conversation on so many platforms.  It is one of the most healthful and comfortable choices for bed linen, and many of our customers are choosing it because of these facts.  Pure linen bedding from Linen Drawer will last for many years provided it is cared for properly.

Linen is a natural fibre, and some basic principles apply when laundering it:

Pure linen can be machine washed at 60̊ Celsius.  Use liquid detergent that is suitable for use in hot water.  Rinse the laundry well – I find a little lemon juice in the last rinse, no more than 125ml in 10litres of water is sufficient to remove the very last traces of detergent.

Never bleach or dry clean pure linen – stains can be removed in other ways (refer to our stain removal guides http://www.linendrawer.co.za/resources/advice-on-stain-removal Bleaching damages and weakens the natural fibres of pure linen.

Dry in direct sunlight, or tumble dry till just off damp.   Ironing with a hot iron is advised when the linen bedding is slightly damp as this really results in a smooth product. Make sure linen is totally dry before folding and storing.

If you like your linen with a ‘washed’ look – slight creasing across the fabric – merely hang out to dry fully, fold and store.

As pure linen ages it becomes softer and even more luxurious, and your heirs will thank you for taking good care of your linen bedding!

Linen Drawer is a specialist producer and supplier of bed and bath linen. We sell to the hospitality and Décor industries and to discerning customers around the world are :Bedding, Duvet Covers, Linen, Bed Linen Egyptian Cotton and Baby Bedding …all available at http://www.linendrawer.co.za