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Home Living : July 3rd 2012
6 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, July 3, 2012 MB SHEETS HOW TO FIND TOP GRADE BED LINEN Sateen sheet sets from Aura. 1. The thread count refers to the total number of threads on a piece of fabric. 2. Aura's every day sheet sets have a 410 thread count and their Luxe Collection sheets have a 650 thread count. 3. Adairs carries Home Republic bamboo cotton sheet seperates with a 600 thread count and Mer- cer + Reid sheets sets ranging from a 310 to 1000 thread count. 4. It is not always the case that the higher the thread count the higher the sheet quality. 5. Manufacturers may use thread count to upsell their product by counting threads in both direc- tions. 6.The area size of the fabric in which the thread count is claimed varies according to the standard of measurement used. 7. The softness of a fabric depends on how the threads are spun before being woven into sheets. 8. Fabric types: Percale is a closely woven fabric that is one vertical thread woven over one horizontal thread. BEDLINEN GET BRAVE IN THE BEDROOM SEASON'S VIBE IS UPBEAT Susan Redman Rich shades play a vital role in the latest look. WINTER trends in bedlinen favour the bold and brave. From geometric prints to large-scale florals, there are a number of decorating trends this season that will generate an upbeat vibe in your bedroom. Vintage looks are on-trend, too. Designs adapted from best-selling fashion prints in the 1940s and '50s are a fun way to introduce colour into the bedroom, especially when you want to team textiles with antique pieces of furniture. Although acid brights are a hot new craze, it's better to warm up bedrooms with colour that is deep rather than just for a hue's inten- sity. Rich shades of mustard, teal, forest green, magenta and lilac are popular. Mixing the colours up with white is a great way of adding some ''oomph'' to a plain bedroom, too. You can also introduce an exotic aesthetic with bedlinen that features textured weaves or em- broidery. At Aura, top designer Tracie Ellis travels the world looking for inspiration for her seasonal ran- ges of bedlinen and homewares. ''Our new Autumn-Winter col- lection blends ethnic craft with modern, strong and bold colour, combined with a rugged weave,'' she says. The dominant themes in 2012 are varied but there are three top contenders Ellis has noted in her travels, all of which feature in her ranges. ''Firstly there are lots of jac- quard weaves and cool prints in stripes, geometrics, and modern decorative patterns,'' she says. ''Motifs from nature are strong, too, and are vibrant reminders of unassuming marvels in the en- vironment. In my collection, prints inspired by leaves, trees, grasses abound in stunning rich shades grounded by neutrals.'' Finally a theme particularly close to Ellis's creative heart: ''Ethnic and hand-crafted textiles are inspired by journeys to far- away places. Bedlinen that shows the skill of local craftsmanship and finishes is proving to be valued for its authenticity, orig- inality and truth.'' Ellis says that customers clearly like to make a statement in their bedroom decor with interesting bedlinen. ''They have definitely gone beyond plain neutral sheet- ing and accessories,'' she says. Known for her bold use of colour and interest in choosing textiles with a luxurious handle, Ellis says that her favourite linen set called Oliver is a dark statement in a palette of black, charcoal and silver, but she's also pretty pleased with the solid block- colours across the whole of Aura's collection. ''There's a strong emphasis on chocolate, orange and caramel with accent greens,'' she says. ''And I'm loving the mixture of purple, ocean and deep amber in our Lui striped bedlinen.'' newslocal.com.au Discover Local. For tradies, services and jobs in your local area, grab your NewsLocal newspaper. Decks Pergolas Stainless steel wire handrail Lattice Privacy Screens DIY pergola and deck kits Lic No: 170944C FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS OUTDOOR PINE FREE DESIGN & QUOTE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au 2136330i hln wk39 PHONE: 9980 7611 THOMSON S FRENCH STYLE BEDROOM AND DINING SUITES | CHANDELIERS LAMPS www.fleurfurniture.com.au 267 Victoria Road, GLADESVILLE p (02) 9817 1844 | f (02) 9818 3257 Parking to the rear of shop | Closed Mondays -- Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm 2116078 16/8
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