If you have a hankering to sleep in a room that takes you back in time, check out L.L. Beans 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.
By Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian
The Kansas City Star
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.