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Time for bed at L.L. Bean

Updated: 2013-08-11T00:39:47Z

By Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian

The Kansas City Star

If you have a hankering to sleep in a room that takes you back in time, check out L.L. Bean’s Home Fall 2013 catalog. The retailer, best known for its outdoor garments and gear, now sells home furnishings. Just like the clothing, most of the rugs, furniture and linens are rather staid. Yawn.

But tucked inside, on pages 8 and 23, are items that made me wake up and take a look: Sunwashed Percale Sheet Sets, 1931 Big Ben Alarm Clock and Moon Beam Clock. The 220-thread-count bed sheets ($99-$139) have been “enzyme-washed to enhance their natural softness.” Their asterisk-like print makes them fun and kind of special. They come in pastel green and blue and would go smashingly with the clocks.

The Moon Beam Clock ($49) is a replica of a Westclox Bakelite version (circa 1950), and offers you a choice of waking to a slowly illuminating light, bell or a combination of the two. The Big Ben Alarm Clock ($39.95), also a replica of a Westclox model from a bygone era, features a three-level alarm, snooze function and a push-button back light for nighttime viewing.

To reach Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, House + Home editor, call 816-234-4780 or send email to

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