Well I’m not sure if it’s the gradual easing of lockdown – the 16yo has been to school twice in the last three months and is due to go again next week… I know! Or the fact that I have reluctantly taken up running in the form of the Couch to 5K but suddenly now that I have a pressing reason to get out of bed in the morning all I can think about is how soon I can return. And so today, 30 June, halfway through this extraordinary year as the nights are drawing back in again, we’re talking bedding. Now regular readers will know that The Mad Husband takes a somewhat militant view of of this – a sort of Henry Ford approach – you can have any colour as long as it’s white. So, this is very much my fantasy collection but the sources are good – even if you are only looking for white cotton percale.
La Redoute has a huge range of affordable bedding, the only downside being there’s a lot to wade through, but if you can spare the time you will find some treasures. Not to mention that there’s often a sale on. Look out for dozens of pretty florals, crisp cottons and soft linens.
H&M will be known by all of you but I have heard very good things about their linen range. I have tangled with linen from other companies and found it hard and scratchy but, while I haven’t personally got any from here I hear good things.
Rise & Fall is an ethical bedlinen company that gives a percentage of its profits to Centrepoint, the homeless charity. But their sheets, especially the sateen ones are also insanely comfortable and wash like a dream. Add that to their wind powered factory, which recycles 99 per cent of its water, the plastic free packaging (apart from the postage labels which they’re working on) and the low impact dyes and you can sleep deeply and ethically. Oh, and the largely female workforce, and their families have access to free education too. I have two sets of this and I can completely recommend it.
Secret Linen Store was set up by sisters Molly and Harriet, the former a textile designer, the latter a marketing manager who have a combined 30 years in bedroom high street retail. They source from Portugal and the UK and pledge to treat suppliers fairly and be honest and transparent. You can read their ethics statement here. Meanwhile I might float this pretty ticking stripe past you know who…
Society of Wanderers is an Australian company selling gorgeous colour combinations of French flax linen bedding. Style your bed in a soft yet colourful mash-up of pink gingham, green florals and plain accent colours. What all the best-dressed beds are wearing. If you can bear to pay shipping from Australia (and possible import duties) there is even more choice. But just look at it!