Refreshing the master bedroom (our special space) is one of my favorite rooms to hit each new season. It doesn’t take much more than clean sheets, new throw pillows, and fresh flowers (for good measure), but to have this opportunity to try out 100% pure linen sheets . . . well . . . this year’s Spring bedroom refresh is one for the books!
*This post is in partnership with Saphyr Pure Linen. The text, images, opinions and pleasure was all mine!
Soft washed 100% pure French linen.
Just saying that out loud makes me feel like royalty.
I can date my love – no, obsession – over linen fabric clear back to my high school days. I’m not sure I even knew what it was called then, but I can clearly recall being so intrigued by solid color fabrics with nubby raised weaves and a gentle relaxed wrinkle.
All well and good – but today my friends, I want to talk about Soft washed 100% pure French linen. The real deal.
Pure linen in the most delectable, soft buttery colors you could imagine.
It all came about one day while taking my daily scroll through Instagram land.
When lo and behold, on my tiny screen came up the feed of @saphyr_pure_linen. I stopped and gasped. I wanted more. So I dug deeper and deeper into the words “pure”, “soft washed”, “linen”, and to top it all off . . . “French” . . . reste mon coeur. (Which siri tells me means, “be still my heart”).
It’s as if the screen was taunting me, “touch me if you can”.
I could take it no longer.
I bugged and pestered my way into the Saphyr inbox, and all but begged and pleaded for them to let me photo and capture the beauty of their linen.
As luck (and hard work) would have it, I entered the playing field of my dreams.
Fresh white, blissful blue and calming cream, pure French linen is exactly what my dreams are made of.
ALL ABOUT THE LINEN SHEETS
In these images you’ll see I’ve covered my down comforter with the “Fresh White Duvet Cover”. The fitted and flat sheet are strutting my favorite color of all time – “blissful blue”, and I’ve mixed and matched the pillowcases for a white-on-white tone with “fresh white” and “calming cream”. The ruffled pillow comes from my own DIY tutorial, Ruffled Sham pillowcase.
*More wonderful color options available on saphyrpurelinen.com.
There is an intended frayed edge on the flat sheet and pillowcases. For me that is the “piece de resistance” of this product. What character and uniqueness it brings to the linen.
After pre-washing my linen, the fray became slightly more evident and yielded an even more refined fray . . . if ever there was such a thing.
I have been ensured by Saphyr that while you may have few stray strings to pluck after the first 1 or 2 washings, it will not continue to unravel but will hold onto it’s unique worn appearance.
Something to also note about pure linen is the relaxed “lived in” wrinkle it naturally has. I wouldn’t suggest attempting to iron that out – though you could, if you really enjoy ironing. (whaaaaa????!!!!)
What I would suggest is to wash and mostly dry, and promptly remove it from the dryer and put it on your bed slightly damp or leave to hang. If they sit in a wadded up pile, the wrinkles may look a bit more than “lived in”.
A few other things I love love love about linen sheets is how breathable they are, which is a natural characteristic of the flax fiber used to create linen. Linen is also stronger and more durable, which means it has a chance to stand up to my sandpaper feet longer than others. Linen is absorbent, eco-friendly and hypoallergenic. All great reasons to love linen.
Saphyr says this . . .
“If you’re a warm sleeper, want your sheets to last, sweat when you sleep, have sensitive skin or allergies, or are environmentally conscious, consider trying linen sheets.”
You can read more about linen HERE.
OPINIONS ABOUT LINEN SHEETS
I’ve heard many of varied opinions on linen sheets. In fact, I’d feel deceiving to not tell you that Mr. TIDBITS himself says he would prefer the standard cotton/polyester blend sheets we own because he says he prefers the silky feel over the luxurious, delectable lofty feel of linen. I know, I don’t get it either. He is a wonderfully simple man with simple tastes (that’s why he picked me).
In considering sharing linen sheets with you, a product that could very possibly be 3 times the cost of what you would likely spend on sheets, I had to do a little soul searching.
I get fuel for my fire by sharing ways to get the look for less, or to thrift, DIY, re-envision and love your space no matter the stage you are in.
So I asked myself, why would I share 100% pure linen sheets??
Sheets. Pillowcases. Duvet covers. You can certainly go thrifty on these products and get a nice look for less, so why would you splurge on linen???
Good question, eh?
My answer . . . if it’s not feasible for your budget, by golly, don’t do it. (Though, be sure to take advantage of 15% off when you sign up for their newsletter).
However, we all have our things right? The things we save up for, splurge on, treasure, indulge in. For some, that is a nice purse, a pair of shoes, beauty products, a special outfit, organic foods, or the perfect piece for the perfect spot in your home – all things that make you “feel” good and special.
For me? Oh how I indulge in linen. It’s my thing and I thought, perhaps it might be yours too.
This product may not be for everyone. Some say too expensive, too wrinkled, too textured, but I say to all linen lovers, you will not be disappointed. I “feel” sooooo good climbing into bed. The lofty drape, the nubby texture that only gets softer with time – it is all better than silk to me. It’s that little something for this hard working mama that makes her “feel” truly special.
From the very first moment I opened the package, to the very first time I climbed into my 100% pure French linen sheets, I thought to my linen loving self . . .
Touch me. Hold me. Love me.
Bury me in linen.
My kids thought I was really weird to be so obsessed.
But whether you fall into the linen-obsessed category or not, I hope you’ve walked away with some Spring inspiration!
I am slowly making my way around to each space and doing a thorough clean and declutter, and adding in florals and Spring blues (mixed with plenty of white).
I’ve been swapping out furniture pieces by shopping around the house, just to give my eyes a visual refresh.
And keeping a focus on a more laid back, low maintenance decorating approach.
I’ll be sure to list the sources below, but I encourage you to not forget about your space, your bedroom where you relax and unwind.
It’s a great space to freshen up for the change of seasons, as I have so often encouraged.
One sweet reader of mine was inspired to simply add some flowers to the side of her bed, even though she could only climb the stairs up to her room once a day for bed time. I believe just a small effort to make our sleeping space feel that much better is always worth it.
I’m grateful beyond words for the opportunity to inspire and share here. It humbles me and intimidates me at times. This blog has provided me with wonderful opportunities and the blessing of helping my family financially, but I mostly hope it is always a helpful and inspiring resource for you.
While I spoke vastly on linen in this post, I hope the take away was to find the one thing that really makes you feel special and work towards achieving it. Because you are worth it!
And that feeling of achievement and knowing you can work hard for what you wish for, is worth all the linen sheets in the world!
Thank you for being here today, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on linen. Are you obsessed too or wondering what in the world drives my passion for it? Is it something you’ve tried or wish to try? Let’s chat in the comments below! And please let me know if you have any questions.
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Many of the other items you see were handmade by Mr. TIDBITS, thrifted or re-purposed, including the headboard, bed skirt, and side tables.
To see my other Spring room refreshes for 2018, click HERE or below.
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And be sure to click around below to view my friends Springs homes sharing with this years Joyful Spring Home Tours. You are sure to be inspired!