A Stitch in Time..

IMG_0753(one side – flowery with geometric)

Beautiful bed linen lifts me away from the world and gives my soul one more colour.  My most favourite, treasured set came from my Grandmother and I used to sleep in it as a child when we stayed at her beautiful thatched cottage in the country.  Now, even though it is faded and getting worn away, Charlie sleeps in it which is an utter joy because it represents a living link to the past.


(The other side geometric)

But part of the love is not only the nostalgic memories and how soft the sheets are, but the design is just so edible and clever: The pillows, the duvet – even the fitted sheet and the sheet – have the choice of 2 contrasting patterns, one on each side: one flowery, one geometric.  What’s always amazed me is that the sheets are one printed piece of fabric yet when you look you never see the other pattern coming through, even now when they’re decades old.  And the two sides compliment and work together so fantastically allowing endless combinations and configurations. I’ve never found anything like them…until recently.


A Company – The Secret Linen store – has just started offering sheets and duvets that are reversible.  And there’s more..


They’ve used a single off-white warp throughout making every piece feel as though it’s from the same family, so even though each design can have a totally different look, it can all be mix and matched together to create you’re own aesthetic.


And they send out free samples so you can see what you’re getting and check colours..


Also the prices..they’re aiming for great designs and GREAT prices…from £30 for a double duvet? I likey.


But possibly most exciting of all for me (see previous post) THERE’S A SIZE LABEL WOVEN INSIDE!!

Yaaaaaaaaaaaay!! At LAST!!!



Maybe I can finally retire my beloved set before it falls to shreds…….and turn it into a quilt so it can continue giving joy and memories for generations to come.

Anyone know a good quilt maker??!



Laters, Kate x


    • Maison Bentley Style

      Special times hey. Great linens ARE hard to come by..most of my favourites are vintage and I do worry for them. This Company are doing the internet trick of cutting out the middleman and bricks n mortar to reduce the prices..i’m all in favour xxx

  1. theblackberryboys

    These are lovely! I love the ones from your Grandma 🙂 I had some really soft one with yellow flowers on them, from my Grandma, but they fell to pieces 😦 I love quilts. I always wanted one 🙂 When I was 11, I made one for my doll 🙂 I still have it . The good old days, probably now days girls don’t play with dolls any more at that age 🙂

    • Maison Bentley Style

      There was a pink set as well with tiny pink roses..sigh!! I would love to have a quilt made from them – I’d be a bit nervous to start my first quilt on something so sentimental..but I am going to track someone down who could do it for me..maybe I’ll suggest it to the husband as a lovely B’day present for me! xxx

  2. holzfeder

    You did it again: discover another treasure. So nice patterns, I can almost feel the touch of the fabric. I feel already sleepy. It is the perfect grey evening here to get into cool sheets.

  3. KerryCan

    Yes, quiltmaking in your future–it all seems so pre-ordained! I remember the sheets on the guest beds at my grandmother’s house were the softest in the world. It wasn’t until I was much older that I realized it was because she was so frugal and the sheets were so old and worn!

    • Maison Bentley Style

      Ditto!! But my, they’ve stood the test of time well. I also have a paisley comforter of hers that I treasure. One day I’ll write a post about her..maybe on her birthday xxx

  4. Anny

    If you have a local quilt guild, I’m sure the ladies there would jump at the chance to work with such lovely linens!

  5. The Fashion Huntress

    That’s such a lovely memory 🙂 I never had much of a draw to bedding until I realized that I could pick my own and pick something fun! I think my mind was in my childhood days of the sheets just being there/picked for me!

    • Maison Bentley Style

      Hehe! I would love to make a quilt..I like the really traditional ones best – but I love the idea of something with memories being upcycled into something to embrace xxx