by Marisa Marcantonio

The winter blues may have you pining for spring, so why not dream of warm days to come in some divine bedding? Matouk, maker of beautiful bedding and bath linens, is launching an e-commerce portion of their website. So now you can shop around the clock for pretty patterned, boldly bordered linens, towels and gifts. In honor of this exciting debut, they are generously offering Stylebeat readers the chance to win a set of their classic banded Lowell Bedding! The value is around $563 depending on the size of your bed, so Happy Birthday to you if you win!  In order to enter, dear stylish ones,  please do the following by March 10th:

1. Like Matouk on Facebook at

2.Follow Matouk on Twitter, @Matouk

3. Leave a comment on STYLEBEAT below with your preferred size and color

 Complete the above by Sunday, March 10th at midnight and the winner will be announced on Monday, March 11th. Good luck!

To get even more of a good thing,  Matouk is ALSO doing a custom monogram duvet giveaway on Facebook:
Share a photo on Matouk's Facebook page of a beautifully made up bed for the chance to win a monogrammed Lowell Duvet Cover.  Imagine if you won both, boy, would you be lucky!

 In order to win, complete the following by March 15th, 2013:
Here's what you need to do:

1. Like Matouk on Facebook @
Share a photo of a beautifully made bed on their wall with your bed size, initials, and preferred color.

2. Follow Matouk on Twitter @Matouk
Again, share a photo of a beautifully made bed on their feed with your bed size, initials, and preferred color.

Be sure to follow Matouk and get the scoop! 


by Marisa Marcantonio

I am thrilled to have Julia B as a stylish sponsor! There is nothing as luxurious as gorgeous, custom bed linens, pressed to perfection.
Inspired by vintage linens, Julia Berger created Julia B. in 2008, a collection of custom bed and table linens in the European tradition. After working for Donna Karan and Calvin Klein growing their Japanese market, she decided to pursue her love of textiles. After college, she studied the textile arts at The Cleveland Institute of Art in Florence, which gave left her well-versed on the subject. This led her to start a custom bed and table linen company, and she travelled the globe to find the best hand embroiderers for the job. She works in luxe materials like fine Irish colored linen, English wools for blankets and superior quality 100% Egyptian cotton percale bedding from Italy at an approachable price point. Half-inch wide hemstitch detailing, inset borders, scallop flanges, with a fanciful selection of one, two and three initial monogram options mean you will not see what you order coming and going. Her unique antique - influenced monogram designs and custom work are available through her e-commerce website as well as to the trade. She makes the process of ordering online simple, and even has Monogram Etiquette, explaining what is appropriate for every application. If you are attending the NY gift show August 14th - 18th, stop by for a visit at Pier 94 - Booth#45077 to see the spectacular array of options in person.

Cheery red hemstitch linens with a chinoiserie monogram.

Chartreuse tip towels and canape napkins with grey monograms.

Unusual color combinations are available like aubergine and yellow.

Multi colored embroidered cocktail napkins make cocktail parties more memorable.

Nantes with a euro sham in oatmeal linen with coffee embroidery and a standard sham and top sheet in white percale with coffee embroidery. The monogram is JBAM05.

Pierre has a charming double flange embroidered with scallops for a delicate feminine border. A euro sham in lilac linen with white embroidery and boudoir sham match the top sheet in white percale with lilac embroidery. The monogram is JBAM01.

Anjou in orange linen with the monogram JBCM06 and a boudoir sham in a single initial monogram of JBAM08.

Arles with Euro Sham in chartreuse linen with white embroidery. The monogram is JBAM04. A boudoir sham and duvet cover in white percale with chartreuse embroidery tie it all together.

Paris in a standard sham and boudoir in white linen with blue linen applique border with custom monogram.

Aix, an instant favorite of mine, with an oversized hemstitch in a standard sham and boudoir in white percale with red embroidery. The monogram is JBAM04. Julia has loads of style, and used Katie Ridder's wallpaper, the perfect backdrop for her bedding.

Vannes in hemstitching with criss-cross detailing at the corner and strong contrasting color.

Perigeux in standard shams of coral linen with chocolate embroidery. The monogram is JBAM06.

Beauvais with a classic and timeless double row of hemstitching and a row of polka dots.

Zola in a euro sham in cool blue linen with white embroidery and a standard sham with an intricate floral hemstitch and boudoir in white percale with blue embroidery. The monogram is JBCM03.

Tours is available in 23 linen colors. Shown here with a crisp navy Linen border and the monogram in JBAM05.