Avoiding Those Tug O’ War Nights

Anyone who has shared a bed with a partner has undoubtedly experienced a moment when they’ve found themselves without any linens or covers to keep them warm and cozy. We all know that dreadful feeling when we look over at our loved ones and notice they have fully wrapped themselves into the duvet like a pig in a blanket, leaving you to fend for yourself. You contemplate prying the duvet off your partner, potentially offering a swift kick to the back in hopes they’ll roll over, or you consider a move to the sofa where you may find another quilt and a few more hours of shut eye. Let’s consider some other popular options, so you can avoid starting WW3 with your companion.

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  1. Scandi-Style: Two Duvets, One Bed – this method allows both parties to have their own duvet and removes the argument/battle factor all together. The Scandis are clearly the non-confrontational type and this really does solve the problem! Bed buddies can share a mattress but still have their own cocoons. One must simply master the overlaying of the duvets for morning cuddles and try to avoid gaps where cool bedroom air might enter the nest. It takes practice! For those of us who obsess over what a made bed looks like, consider a throw or blanket at the bottom of the bed like the tan one pictured above or the orange one below to complete the look.dbf67e3cb3408ef54854441a441f4677
  2. King Duvet on Queen Bed – This method decreases the chances that you’ll end up without any bit of the duvet, due to its obscenely large size. However, if your partner is particularly skilled at “sausaging”, they may be able to successfully wrap themselves entirely within it. The trick with this method is to grab hold early and chances are your partner will settle down with a good two-thirds of it, leaving you with at least enough duvet to cover your slice of the bed. Your bed will look plush, lush and incredibly luxurious with the overflowing fabric draped over it. In order to balance out the heaviness of the larger duvet, be sure to have a few big pillows on the bed to balance it out.
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  3. Flat Sheet and Duvet – Many Americans prefer this style of bedding and the flat sheet helps keep the duvet from slipping around throughout the night. Adding a simple flat sheet adds traction and not to mention aesthetic appeal to the bed. This means you have a completed bed look and functionality. You won’t have to clean the duvet cover as often, and the fitted and flat sheet are much easier to manage. It’s not the best solution to the tug o’ war, but it certainly will reduce the ability of your partner to ball up in the duvet. It’s worth a shot!586491_2_o

Any other ideas? How about going back in time to separate beds?! Feel free to share your ideas in the comments section below.

Monaco Yacht Show 2016

The Monaco Yacht Show brought 125 super yachts, 40 luxury tenders, 580 exhibitors from 38 countries and nearly 40,000 visitors to Port Hercules in Monte Carlo over four days (Sept 28-Oct 1). The event was a huge success with a great turnout and even better parties. Exhibitors included yacht manufacturers and brokers, architects, and of course interior designers and luxury products for the yachting world.

Though I did get to spend some time exploring the super yachts, most of my visit was spent inside the exhibition tent chatting with interior design pros and reviewing (read: drooling over) stunning display stands of one-of-a-kind furniture, art, and home accessories.

valombreuseValombreuse stood out as the highest quality linens I’ve seen on the market. This Paris maison prides itself of providing 100% hand embroidered products, from complete bed sets to unbelievably constructed tablecloths and placemats. The level of craftsmanship was truly exceptional. The company has a showroom on the Champs Elysées and is available to visit by appointment.val2val1

fullsizerender-7Frette’s stand also had magnificent nautical colors on display and found creative ways of highlighting their bespoke service through beautiful sketches and illustrations of previous projects.

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Luxury superyachts and sailboats sit in the harbor as the sun rises during the Monaco Yacht Show (MYS) in Port Hercules, Monaco, on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. Over 125 of the world's most luxurious yachts will be displayed in Port Hercules during the 26th MYS which runs from Sept. 28 – Oct. 1. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

A Day At Decorex International 2016

I had the pleasure of attending Decorex International 2016 on Wednesday September 21st and did I have a blast! The four-day event enables access to some of the best designers and manufactures in the world and was a true display of craftsmanship, creativity, and beauty.

Many of this year’s designers built unique display stands with gorgeous installations and it was great fun to walk around and experience so many different spaces.

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My personal favourite was The Sofa & Chair Companys installation that mimicked a luxury flat complete with bar area, dining space, living room, and master bedroom. The display was perfectly curated by the company’s team of interior designers and merchandising experts, who did a wonderful job of showcasing innovative products inspired by the latest design trends in this season’s neutral and serene colour palette of blue, gray, beige, black and elements of gold.

As they so well illustrate, what city flats lack in size can be made up for with high-impact style choices: bold and unique furniture pieces, a great colour palette, and textured décor can transform a small space!

img_1361Next, I spent some time admiring Heirlooms‘ fine linens. This English brand began manufacturing linens in their workshops in West Sussex in 1984. The company combines the finest materials and traditional craftsmanship to create linens of exceptional quality and lasting beauty. Heirlooms designs for the luxury consumers’ every need at sea, on shore, and in flight. I fell in love with a few beautiful safari themed nursery items and table linens that would work perfectly as a place setting for dinner on board a fabulous yacht.

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Lastly, I loved learning about the high quality textiles available for made to measure curtains, blinds, and bespoke upholstery at Prêt À Vivre. The company is London based and offers a nationwide measuring and fitting service as well as personalized guidance throughout the process. Prêt À Vivre has a huge range of exclusively sourced fabrics and offers a wide range of colours and prints. They also teamed up with French company Toile de Mayenne to supply their beautiful fabrics in the UK.

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I enjoyed a glass of bubbly at the 1508 London designed Champagne Bar, attended a LuxDeco sponsored panel discussion with Maurizio Pellizzoni, Matthew Jones, and Nicole Kluk about how the different areas of the creative community work together to produce bespoke spaces, and met with many company founders and creative directors. It was a packed schedule, but it was highly informative and fun! I even got to play with some English Sheep called “Exmoor Horns” brought to Decorex by the Campaign for Wool and I cuddled with a Springer Spaniel named Charlie.

img_0899Decorex also works to support a few organizations, take a moment to check out their websites and learn about the good they are doing: Goodweave and Fine Cell Work.

Next stop, the Monaco Yacht Show!

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Defining Luxury & Luxury Home Goods

Having studied the luxury industry and become an expert in the field of luxury home goods, it is valuable to open this blog with a conversation on the definition of luxury and luxury home goods.

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The term and concept of luxury was once easy to define but it has taken on different meanings over time. Today, the meaning of the term luxury has become diluted and has taken on many forms due to its democratization. The question “What is luxury?” can be answered in countless ways. The responses are relative to personal beliefs and are closely linked to one’s socio-economic status and culture. More importantly, what constitutes luxury for one, may not be luxury for another. Ultimately, luxury is an experience which is unique to each individual.

The luxury industry is primarily focused on creating needs that consumers do not know exist. Luxury products are not necessities; they are personal pleasures and the majority of luxury purchases are inspired by more than a need. One may need a car for transportation purposes, but one does not need that car to be a Ferrari in order to get from point A to point B. This argument frames luxury in a specific and unique way and allows us to define it in a somewhat metaphorical sense.

The role of luxury is to sell dreams. As Jean-Noel Kapferer, one of the great experts in the field explains, “Luxury evokes the notion of rarity and of access to the privileged life.” Therefore, luxury is largely concentrated on creating products that tap the emotional side of consumers. In order to do that, luxury brands focus on long-term value, rather than becoming a bestseller.

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I define luxury home products as those which have been created with the utmost respect for the material, craftsman, and customer. These products highlight an individual’s skill and ability to work with their hands to create fine and delicate products that are available in limited quantities. These products are generally created with rare materials such as antique lace, high quality, durable and expensive cotton, and are finished by the hand of a highly skilled artisan who shares an appreciation for the product.

This blog will focus on highlighting luxury home products and showcasing them in their purest forms. We will review products, discuss hot topics in the industry, and talk about all things related to bedding, towels, and tableware. Welcome to the world of Anne France Home!