Serene & sumptuous

Sometimes in life, it's little indulgences that really enhance the everyday, like curling up on the sofa under a cosy throw with a favourite magazine or slipping into clean sheets after an indulgent bath. Is it just me or does sleep really seem to come more easily and more satisfyingly when you nestle down beneath fresh, clean bed linen? It's the same story in the morning when you wake up to the touch of your favourite sheets on your skin. You might not want to get out of bed, but you invariably feel more ready to face the day after a good night's rest.

If you really want to spoil yourself (or your guests), Gingerlily's luxury bed linen is effortlessly elegant, exuding the undeniable glamour of silk in an alluringly understated way. Silk is naturally hypo allergenic too, so silk filled duvets and pillows are a healthy alternative to traditional bedding, particularly for allergy sufferers, as they are resistant to dust mites.

This dimpled ivory bedspread (it comes in taupe and nude too) has been designed to complement Gingerlily's bed linen range. Pile it on top of a freshly made bed and finish off with a few matching cushions for a totally sumptuous look.

Above left: The bed linen, shown here in silver grey, has a soft, subtle sheen and is made from the finest 'A' grade mulberry silk.

Above right: In a serene, calming shade of blue, the Louis silk bedspread combines the beauty of raw silk with pleats for an elegant architectural look.

The collection also includes silk nightdresses, dressing gowns and elegant Coco Chanel style pyjamas. As Lisa Armstrong wrote in this this piece for The Telegraph, Audrey Tatou as Coco Chanel in silk pyjamas is about as close to perfect as style moments get. I'm coveting my own Coco /Audrey moment in these, topped off with this black velvet smoking jacket style dressing gown.

Now, light your favourite scented candle.... and relax.