The New Cath Kidston Bed & Bath Collection Arrives

Vintage inspired homeware brand Cath Kidston amaze and delight us all each season with the release of their fabulous new prints. Spring/Summer 2014 is no different, with a host of stunning new patterns in the brand’s classic pastel hues now available at Amara.

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New to the bed linen collection are the fabulously floral Painterly Rose & Budgies prints which are both a traditional testament to Cath Kidston style. The Painterly Rose range has a fluid hand painted inspired design with a turquoise spot reverse. The combination of the two patterns allow you to mix and match pillowcases, sheets and duvet covers to create your own unique pattern variations.

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Perfect in both children’s and adult’s bedrooms alike, the Budgies bed linen range features the adorable creatures set amongst flower sprays with a pale blue reverse. This fun print brings carefree style to any room and is a beautiful summery addition to the home.

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Not to be forgotten, the new Cath Kidston range also includes towelling for you to give your bathroom a refreshing update. From the Bright Daisy floral print, to the fun Stars design you will be completely spoilt for choice, which is the perfect excuse to sample them all!

Which new print is your favourite?

Don’t Forget to Shop the Amara Winter Sale

The Amara Winter Sale is still on and we have seen so many luxurious must-haves for the New Year we just had to share some with you…

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Be transported to your own idyllic island paradise with Baobab Collection’s Zanzibar range. Perfect for banishing the winter chill from your home these sun, sea & sand inspired candles will get you through to when the real sunshine comes out.


Missoni Home is one of our most popular luxury brands and we have many of their gorgeous products in our sale. Our favourite is the exquisite Nerja throw which features a bold floral design which will instantly brighten a gloomy room.

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If you don’t already own a onsie, you are seriously missing out! These snuggly all-in-ones are the chicest form of loungewear at the moment and are essential for those cold winter nights. The Polle velvet jumpsuit from Pip Studio is the ultimate in luxury loungewear and will guarantee you look as good as you feel.

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Every bedroom can do with a refresh in the New Year so why not make a bold statement with Roberto Cavalli bed linen? With a range of fabulous designs you can create a range of new looks from opulent to sleek, we especially love the Basic range which is reminiscent of ancient mosaics.

What have you seen in the Amara Winter Sale?

Homegirl London Loves Pip Studio’s Vintage Hankies Pattern

Homegirl London have featured the rather striking Vintage Hankies cushion by Pip Studio on their blog which is perfect for adding a touch of antique inspired style to your home. This beautiful print is available in three different cushions and in a bed linen range, ideal for creating a chic co-ordinated look.

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Alternatively, this cushions would be right at home on a sofa amongst other complementing soft furnishings, to add a vintage flair to your lounge.

Are you in love with the Vintage Hankies print too?

Caring for Gingerlily Bedding and Other Silk

Gingerlily are the leading specialists in top quality silk bedding and have evolved into an international brand. Their products are crafted from the finest A-grade long fibre mulberry silk, making their products naturally hypo-allergenic, beautifully soft and fantastically stylish. Contrary to popular belief, they also require much less cleaning than ordinary bed linen. This is due to the fact that you do not perspire when sleeping in silk as it adjusts so readily to body temperature and it also doesn’t play host to dust mites.  However, in order to prolong their luxurious feel, steps should be taken to preserve the quality of all Gingerlily products. It is always best to get silk items professionally laundered, but with the right precautions and steps, it’s entirely possible for you easily care for many of your products at home- though you should never bleach or shampoo silk garments, as it will destroy the fibres/damage the silk and leave residue.


Gingerlily provide a wide range of silk bed linen, including fitted sheets, pillowcases, throws, blankets, cushion covers and duvet covers. Blankets and throws should always be professionally dry cleaned, but other bed linen can be hand washed in cool water or machine washed at 30 °C.


Use a protective bag such as a cotton pillowcase if you are machine washing your bed linen. This prevents the seams becoming damaged due to the pulling action of the machine. Use a gentle detergent and when possible, hang the linen on the washing line to dry rather than machine drying. If this is unavoidable, make sure the tumble dryer is on a cool setting. Linen can also be rolled up in a towel to help dry it out, but ensure that you do not wring or twist it.


Gingerlily also provide luxury silk bedding, including silk-filled duvets, mattress toppers, bedspreads, cushions and pillows. Always use a duvet cover with your duvet, as it’s more hygienic, protects it from wear and tear and many styles & designs are available to choose from. If properly covered, Gingerlily duvets, toppers, bedspreads, cushions& pillows should almost never require cleaning. Instead, you should just air them two to three times a year. Simply leave them outside for a few hours out of direct sunlight in order to allow them to breathe and rejuvenate the fibres that may become compacted during use. 


In the event of a spillage or stain, most Gingerlily products should be spot cleaned only with a warm damp cloth and a light detergent. For larger stains, it is best to take duvets, mattress toppers and pillows to a professional cleaner as domestic washing machines may damage the silk fibres. For bedspreads and eiderdowns, his should be the first port of call- they should be dry-cleaned only, as their delicate nature means that ordinary washing machines and even spot cleaning can ruin them.

When not in use, duvets and mattress toppers should be stored out of sunlight in a cool dry place.


To keep your Gingerlily silk nightwear/loungewear in top condition, follow the same washing guidelines for the bed linen. To remove minor wrinkles, simply hang up your garments overnight. For more stubborn wrinkles, hang up the garments in the bathroom during a hot shower, as the humidity will remove wrinkles for you.


Silk is ideal for allergy sufferers as its soothing properties have been recognised to help prevent and aid the recovery of skin irritations, poor circulation, arthritis, asthma and night sweats. It also contains amino acids in common with our hair and skin, helping to retain its shine and to keep facial lines at bay. The perfect luxury material for bedding, silk is wonderfully luxurious and with the right care, will last for many years to come.

Fun Disney Bedding & Bath


Disney cartoons are famous all over the world, and the characters and comic strips have now entered the world of bed linen & towelling. From cushion covers & beautiful duvet sets to plush bathrobes & towels, this luxury range celebrates some of the most recognised cartoons of all time.


Fun yet sophisticated, the cushion covers have a sketchy feel and feature some famous faces- Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck. 


All of the Disney products are 10o% cotton, making them fantastically soft, and the bed linen, bathrobes and towels all feature comics starring Mickey Mouse alongside Donald and Goofy. A beige colour scheme is available alongside the white, too.

Would you add some Disney sparkle to your home, or perhaps give these as gifts this Christmas?

Yves Delorme in English Home

November’s issue of English Home has proven them to be fans of Yves Delorme bed linen. To be honest, who isn’t? At Amara, we stock plenty of Yves Delorme products, and they’ve been fantastic sellers from the beginning.

Yves Delorme

Internationally acclaimed for its fine European linens and home accessories, Yves Delorme is part of the family owned French company Fremaux Delorme, which has produced linens since 1845. With more than 160 years of tradition and experience in its résumé, it is a worldwide distributor of fashionable linens for the home.

Yves Delorme

All of Yves Delorme’s products reflect a passion for the art of home textiles and combine the latest technical innovations with the most beautiful traditional materials. Their luxury linens are distinguished by the unique quality and attention to detail that is typical of French couture. Every spring and fall they produce fresh new looks and alongside their fashionable collections, they have a range of timeless solids and neutrals that blend with any décor.

Yves Delorme

Shop Yves Delorme here.