A few weeks ago I visited my friend Michelle in Plettenberg Bay. On our weekend visit to meet Michelle and Cornel’s new born baby Tehilla, we also visited her family who lives in Plettenberg Bay. Michelle’s mom, René, has always been an inspiration to me! Their farm house is a classic example of a French-inspired gem! René has a very special love for linen and recently launched her new product range Trousseau.
The word Trousseau (tr’oo so or troo so’) comes from the French ‘trousse’, meaning a small bundle, or a woman’s possessions such as clothing, lingerie and linens that accompany her into marriage; the chattel of a bride. I had the privilege to do a shoot of René’s linen collection in their gorgeous garden. She graciously offered to do a giveaway of two of her gorgeous products on The Pretty Blog.
The two products up for grabs are one French linen-backed mohair throw and one mohair duvet inner. René explains more about her products and how to treat linen: The noble wife from Proverbs “makes coverings for her bed, she is clothed in fine linen” and so it is today. The marriage of fine French linen and mohair truly is a thing of beauty and a joy to behold. Linen textiles appear to be some of the oldest in the world and was sometimes used as currency – valuable indeed! When washing your linen resist the temptation to bundle it in your drier. Rather plant up a hedge of rosemary or lavender close to your washing line and with the easy abandon of the French, throw your beautiful linens in the sun. The smell will be with you as you slip between your sheets. I do not iron my linen, as I love the slightly wrinkled look and consider it part of the charm.
The mohair blanket I use (woven by my husband) as a beautiful backing to my throw, is a natural fibre and because of its incredible lustre ability to almost being non-flammable and the most durable of all animal fibers, the finished product will become an heirloom. Enjoy it, treasure it, and then pass it on to your children! Mohair duvet inner: A new take on the mohair blanket is the duvet inner. With all the qualities you have experienced from your treasured blanket, the mohair duvet inner has arrived! Featherlight and warm it will have you longing for your bed and all the nostalgia that comes from a product you’ve known and loved forever. Available in Single, Double, Queen or King. (you can contact Rene via her website for more info)
How to enter
If you’re keen to win one of these items, please leave a message of what is your most desired item for your trousseau collection.
Terms & Conditions
Entries close 28 September 2011. Please do not enter if you have won something on The Pretty Blog in the last three weeks. The prize is not refundable for cash. We regret that only residents from South Africa can enter.