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African Inspired Designs Bring the Unexpected to Luxury Bedding

October 12th, 2006

The luxury bedding industry has seen several newcomers in recent years. One woman, Fatim Thiam, has arrived on the scene bringing her unique talents and approach to design that have left an indelible imprint.

“The Sahelia designs were not like any other we’ve ever encountered,” commented Sue Ticotin, owner of Defining Elegance LLC, a company that specializes in custom window treatments and luxury bedding. “Our excitement about a product is our barometer in determining what we offer our clients.”

Sahelia’s founder, Fatim Thiam, was born and raised in West Africa, and educated in France, Canada, and the United States. Fatim recognized a marketing opportunity in the luxury bedding market that was virtually non-existent. Her vision was to create high quality bedding that would incorporate the rich elements of the African culture.

Each of the nine collections is named after an African city with colors and designs that are reminiscent of the spirit of the African people, architecture, art, and textiles. The Walata collection, with its glorious blend of chocolate brown and blue, was conceived out of her travels to Africa. Fatim found inspiration in the architecture of a door and translated the unique patterns of that structure into the Walata design.

Sahelia has introduced two new lines for the fall, the Ife and Luxor collections, which have superbly captured the essence of the ancient cities that they were named after. Ife, a city in Nigeria whose beginnings can be traced back to 500 BC, is known for its astounding artwork and known worldwide for its ancient and naturalistic bronze, stone and terracotta sculptures. Luxor, which dates back some 4000 years, is home to one of the most beautiful temples of ancient Egypt. The Luxor temple was built by two pharohs, Amenhotepis III and Ramesses II, and is probably one of the most interesting destinations in Egypt.

Although African inspired, Sahelia linens are actually manufactured in Italy. Made of the finest quality Egyptian cotton, Sahelia linens are manufactured using the best weaving, finishing, and craftsmanship that has made Italy a top industry leader in fine linen manufacturing.

Fatim Thiam’s eye for design and her vision for Sahelia have clearly transcended the expected. Of her bedding collections, Fatim states, “A bedroom should be a haven of peace, comfort and beauty. At Sahelia, we thrive to help our customers achieve just that in our own unique way”.

Sue Ticotin’s Defining Elegance LLC offers clients the irresistible beauty of Sahelia linens as well as other high quality luxury bedding and bath products. Many designs include embroidery and hemstitch details. Clients have the option to order online or receive personalized service to meet their specific needs. To see these enticing collections of distinction, visit http://www.definingelegance.com

Update Your Bedroom with Luxury Bedding

October 8th, 2006

Once reserved for royalty or the very rich, luxury bedding is one of those delightful pleasures in life that is progressively becoming a must-have. We’ve all seen the rise of popularity with Egyptian cotton sheets over the years and now it seems that luxury bedding is one of those items that people just can’t imagine being without. Each year manufacturers are showing up at the home textile shows to display new collections. Although some trends in color or design appear, it’s the classics or soon to be classics that survive. Today’s consumer wants bedding that is comfortable, classic, durable, and will withstand the changes in trends. Neutral colors and delicate embroidery in high thread count sheeting is in high demand. Silk, linen, and Egyptian cotton fabrics are top choices for bedding fabrics that are extremely soft and beautiful.

Adding to or changing your luxury bedding is a great way to change the look of your room without changing everything. It’s much easier to change your look if you start with neutrals. Use neutral colors such as white, ivory, taupe, or green and soft details when selecting sheets and bed skirts. We are no longer limited by choices. Most manufacturers offer the same color palette for coordinating collections that can be mixed and matched. If you don’t find exactly what you want, most manufacturers will customize your bedding so you can get the best fit and colors of your choosing. Just remember that anything that is special ordered or custom made requires on average a 6-week wait, but it is worth it.

Not everything has to match. Select different pieces for your duvet cover and shams to instantly create a new look. Layering with coverlets and throws is great way to add texture to the room. Many manufacturers are starting to include these pieces in their bedding collections. You also have the option of coordinating coverlets and throws in the same colors, but different designs, textures, or weaves for added appeal.

If you find a fabric or bedding design that appeals to you, you don’t have to purchase an entire ensemble. Keep your main bedding neutral and purchase decorative pillows in your favorite fabrics to add a touch of color or pattern for a different look or to change with the seasons. This is a creative and easy way to showcase those fabrics you love. Pillows can be purchased or custom made to your specifications and style. Purchase several so they can be easily changed at whim. If you have many pieces of furniture in the room, consider an Upholstered headboard in coordinating fabrics to freshen your decor and soften the room. Adding pillows in the same fabric will complete the look. Most luxury bedding manufacturers offer fabric by the yard so that you can customize your window treatments and accessories. Your bedroom is your retreat, so spice it up or add soothing elements to please your senses. Don’t necessarily follow trends. Instead, follow your instincts and do what makes you happy and content. To view enticing luxury bedding ensembles, we recommend visiting Susan Ticotin’s http://www.definingelegance.com



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