for the love of linen + Oggetto giveaway

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One of my rules for living simply is to try and stick to possessions that work hard for us – multifunctional things that earn their space in our home by being practical and useful, as well as pretty.

One area where I fail fairly spectacularly at this is blankets. Oh, blankets – the prints, the textures, the promise of wintery days snuggled up, & summer picnics at the beach. I have more than I can ever use – probably enough to wrap the whole village up twice – but in these times of climate change, I really think we can’t be too careful when it comes to cozy textiles…

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So, when I told Rory I’d chosen a linen throw from Oggetto home, he gave me more than a little side-eye. Of all the beautiful things, did we really need another blanket? Didn’t I want a nice basket or bakeset instead? 

Well, yes and yes, obvs, but I also knew we needed this throw – & you probably do to! Here’s why:

  1. You can hot wash it. Pure linen can be washed at temperatures up to 95c, meaning there’s no nutella smudge or paw print that you can’t wash out. In fact, it gets softer and lovelier the more you wash it!
  2. You don’t have to iron it – the lovely scrumpled, waffled finish means it looks natural and lived in, all the time. 
  3. It’s breathable, meaning you don’t get that snuggled-up-in-a-plastic bag feeling of synthetic blankets. Warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and wicks away moisture from the skin, which I hear is a good thing.
  4. It’s strong and hardwearing – linen is twice as strong as cotton, a fact I learned in my baby-wearing days. I still have a pink and silver woven cherry blossom wrap in the softest worn linen, that still supports Orla brilliantly – though my spine sadly does not.
  5. It’s absorbant – according to google, linen can soak up to 20% of it’s dry weight without feeling damp, which is handy when a certain small someone insists on holding her water ‘ASELF MUMMY!’
  6. It’s ok to actually throw it on. It looks intentional, which is great for me as I am interminably awful at anything neat, tidy or orderly. I think I’m missing that gene or something.
  7. It has two tones, meaning I can flip it over for a fresh look.
  8. Linen has natural antibacterial and anti fungal properties – helpful for a household throw that will be a kitten blanket, toddler fort and sofa cover, all in the space of a day.
  9. It’s simple & elegant. Possibly my  biggest reason, if I’m honest, is the simplicity and natural, lived in softness that linen adds to any space. It’s a key texture in Zakka style.
  10. It’s made in France. Probably by a woman in a headscarf, living in a ruined old chateau by fields of lavender and sunflowers. I mean, it doesn’t say that last bit on the label, but it pretty sounds likely, right?

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Such is my love for it, I’ve talked Oggetto into giving away another linen throw, in your choice of colour, from their beautiful online store. To enter, just follow the instructions in the rafflecopter window below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Open worldwide; winner will be chosen at random in one week.

Best of luck!

 

A few other faves…

oggetto giveaway

one | two | three | four | five | six | seven | eight

This post is kindly sponsored by Oggetto, but all linen obsessiveness and other views are entirely mine.

  • Why didn’t I think of a linen blanket?!! I’ve never had a blanket in our home before but this year in our new home – i think it will be a must have. I adore linen – it is such a tactile and versatile cloth. I often find myself in fabric shops feeling up the linen rolls or on Merchant & Mills webshop lusting after their crushed, washed linens. *sigh*

    Thank you for introducing me to Oggetto – this is right up my aesthetic alley.

    • never had a blanket?! oh it’s a must – chilly evenings on the sofa are just blissful with something draped over the back that you can just pull down around you.
      I was only recently introduced to Merchant & Mills by Nadia from Nadinoo (in my sidebar), and now I want it allllllll. I don’t know what I’ll do with it, but I definitely need it! haha x

  • Rhi

    Simply beautiful… just got new sofas so looking for something stylish and understated to enhance them! Thanks

    • ooh good luck Rhi! It was our new sofa that inspired this one for me!

  • lindsay chadburn

    gorgeous these are amazing!!!

  • The throw is absolutely beautiful. I also love the basket in square number 5.

  • Oh. My. Gosh. I have an obsession with blankets and throws too. This is just beautiful!

    • yes! We need a club! or an intervention… x

      • Nope. Def a club.

  • Julia Williams

    Lovely giveaway and just love the photos with this post! x

  • Emily Stewart

    These are lovely! And I agree you can never have too many blankets!

    • Yes! People laugh now, but when the next ice age comes, they’ll be sorry x

  • Sheona

    Sitting here with my coat draped over my knees. Definitely need a blanket! x

    • You need a sleeping bag, not a blanket. One of those ones with a hood x

  • Ah, I have recently joined the ranks of those obsessed with blankets and throws… we’ve just bought a new (enormous, huge, gigantic and comfy) sofa and I have been hunting high and low for throws that aren’t made of fleece or chenille (shudder). This is exactly what I’ve been looking for, thank you for introducing me to Oggetto! x

    • YES! What is with all the Chenille and fleece and faux knitwear? I just want wool and flannel and cotton – is it so much to ask?( I also recommend looking at repose.am if you haven’t already! ). Fingers crossed for you! x

  • Jemma Louise Dwyer

    This is lovely 🙂 love to win x

  • jo liddement

    Am looking for a throw for my settee and love the hard wearing quality of the linen ones.

  • cathrynbowen

    This would be lovely to win – perfect for winter nights wrapped up on sofa

  • Martina Evans

    Such a lovely giveaway; Thank You!

  • Liza Brown

    I am obsessed by blankets and thows and I have a few chunky knitted ones, old french toile quits, a crazy colourful patchwork mohair one lovlingly knitted by my mother in law. We even have a name for one of them – Pinkerton – a cheap but beautiful blush fleece! – just sayin – I know I’ve missed the comp. Good luck to all those who entered.