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Dorma design and make some beautiful bed linen and I can often be found peering through the window of our local stockist. Although I have plenty of bed linen it is always good to ring the changes, you don't have to redecorate your bedroom you can just change some of the accessories to create a totally new atmosphere.
Dorma bed linen is expensive but you get what you pay for and I have had some of the Dorma Honeysuckle bed linen for years and it is still going strong.
Bedding used to be just that, you had a pair of sheets, a few blankets and an eiderdown or a bedspread but then the interior designers got to work and began offering us chic and stylish bedding that was irresistible and from then on many of us were bitten by the bug.
If my budget would allow I would buy the entire matching set of Dorma bedding but I have to settle for what I can afford.
I have been eyeing up this Dorma bedspread for months now, it is the bedspread that belongs to the `Hermione` collection and the colour is perfect for my bedroom. I am not into interior design, I tend to mix and match my colours so that I am less restrained when it comes to making a new purchase.
This Dorma bedspread started off at slightly under £90 but I managed to buy it at the reduced price of a little under £70. If you work it out I will probably get three or four good years wear from my new bedspread, so if you look at it that way then it will have cost me about £20 a year - so not really a reckless buy.
Having bought quite a lot of Dorma bedding in past years I know full well that the quality is second to none. Dorma use first rate fabrics that wash really well and the bedding is always well machined and finished off.
The Dorma Hermione range is classed as romantic and I think that it is very pretty and feminine. The colours that have been used all blend together perfectly and the bedspread looks incredibly elegant.
The fabric is a 100% cotton sateen which means that the surface of the fabric is quite shiny.
The background of the fabric is duck egg blue which is one of my favourite colours and it is also one of the very up to the minute colours - though I bought it just because I liked it!
The duck egg blue fabric is covered with lovely large `rosy` blooms which are a pinky-blush colour combined with some creamy coloured parts and the leaves are a beautifully muted green.
The flowers look lush and extravagant and the colour palette is sheer perfection.
The bedspread is quilted and the quilting looks strong, around the edge of the quilt Dorma have added a narrow band of white fabric ( this sits about an inch and a half in from the edge of the quilt) and this adds a good finishing touch.
Dorma describe this as a bedspread but it is what most of us would call a `throw-over`. The square quilt measures 79 ins x 79 ins and this is just about the right size to sit on top of a double bed. If you think of a pair of double sheets that measure 90 ins x 100 ins then that will give you a good idea of the overall size.
The Dorma Hermione bedspread is fairly thick but it is light and is meant to be used as a `working` bed cover and not just an ornamental one. But having said that I am already finding that I am taking it off before I get into bed and putting it back onto the top of the bed in the morning !
The quilt is fully washable, if it was dry clean only then I would have resisted the temptation.
But on the label it does say that it must be line dried. I have a couple of cotton sateen cushions and when the fabric has been washed it does need a good hot iron to get all of the creases out and according to instructions the quilt also needs a hot iron too.
The Dorma Hermione range has the lot, pillowcases, cushion covers, duvet covers and curtains but I have contented myself with the bedspread for now. If I have a windfall (?) then I could always buy myself another piece of linen from the range - I think that is the beauty of Dorma, you can add to it as you go along.
The bedspread looks and feels good, the fabric is undeniably very good quality and I am a happy bunny. I cannot envisage washing the bedspread very often anyway but it is good to know that you can machine wash it if needs be.
An average person spends about one third of their life sleeping. So, why is it that so many of us skimp on our bedlinen but are often more than happy to shell out for new clothes? Are your sheets faded and bobbly? Duvet cover seen better days? Perhaps it's time to stop compromising quality over cost and treat yourself to a little luxury for a change. We did exactly that about a year ago by investing in some Dorma bedlinen and are now complete converts. We know have three Dorma duvet covers, matching pillowcases and sheets and Dorma bedroom curtains. I honestly wouldn't consider buying any other make when it comes to bedlinen.
Why is Dorma so special?
All of Dorma's bedlinen has an high thread count - this is the number of individual threads per square inch of material. The higher the thread count, the more luxurious the fabric will feel. Dorma don't produce anything below a thread count of 200 (above the usual industry standard) and even have a range that offers a 600 thread count. I can honestly say that the higher thread count makes a massive difference. Our Dorma linen feels so smooth, soft and crisp - such a contrast to our old duvet covers and sheets.
Will it last?
All Dorma bedding is tested for light and colour-fastness, strength and resistance to shrinkage and pilling (bobbling). I have found that the linen washes like a dream with no sign of fading. Obviously, I cannot comment on the durability of our Dorma bedlinen, as this was purchased quite recently. However, I have heard several accounts from friends and relatives who are still using Dorma linen purchased over 20 years ago.
What are Dorma designs like?
Dorma offer styles and patterns to suit every taste, whether you are looking for something modern or more traditional. You'll find fabulous colours and patterns in their range as well as simple elegant lines. Take a look at www.dorma.co.uk for the full range.
Surely all of this comes at a price?
Yes, it certainly does! A double duvet cover can cost anything between £65 and £145. Dorma is certainly not a cheap option but some fantastic savings can be made if you pick up items in their sales (Dorma has a sale on at the moment). Check their website for reductions - at the moment some lines are reduced by as much as 70%. We've never paid full price for our Dorma bed-linen either purchasing directly from Dorma's online shop or picking up items in the Debenhams sale. Dunelm Mill stores also stock a Dorma range, so keep your eye out for deals there.