designer's notebook - from founder Anki Spets

Designing can be a bit obsessive, I get into things and work it over and over in various ways until I am done with it... or perhaps it's done with me. ELI is the latest example of basketweave, a very exciting new development that we've been working on for a while to get it just right. Basketweave is the most transparent of...

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  Continuing AREA classic herringbones, we introduce EMMET flannel. We know... flannel in the spring!  Yes, this is for the many cold nights and mornings still ahead of us.  SHOP EMMET.   HARRY, our popular soft and sturdy cotton blanket.  SHOP HARRY.   AREA founder and designer Anki Spets is heavily influenced by menswear. She pulls from the wide spectrum that on...

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  In a recent article for Remodelista, AREA founder and designer Anki Spets gave her insights on the European practice of sleeping partners using separate duvet covers. Much like skipping the flat sheet, this practice is starting to spread. The benefit is better sleep, as well as the opportunity to style your own side of the bed. As we went over in a previous post on the...

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We get a lot of questions about thread count, and for good reason - it's often touted that higher thread count = better product. Since we have been in the bedding business since 1990 we’d like to share what we’ve learned on the subject as well as our point of view. what is thread count? Thread count is a measure...

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One of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of working at AREA is seeing what combinations we can come up with. I've spent many a pleasurable hour in the LA store with a customer or designer, exploring blends of colors and textures to match myriad needs. Every season we update our Inspiration Look Book with combinations Anki curates herself. See her current Inspiration picks right...

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Color and pattern are the fun part of my work.  With these two new designs, I wanted to create new color combinations in bolder patterns. First, I usually goof around a bit until I get a good feel for what I like to do.    EIGHT Using ink and brush is a very satisfying and calming process. You might have seen that...

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Hello Everyone, I hope that you enjoyed the sale and found some lovely new additions among the throng! As I'm writing this, both our New York showroom and Los Angeles store are now back to normal (until next March). Of course most items, especially “full sets”, sold out during the sale, but please remember that we liquidate our sale items ourselves, down to...

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Hello. My name is Leah Cooper. You and I may have met me before. I worked at the AREA Los Angeles store for 4 ½ years before taking a full-time position in marketing in January of this year. Now I’m working directly with Anki Spets and getting the opportunity to communicate with all of you. Back in 2014, I was...

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  A few years ago, we posted on the theme of "bedding education" and explained our two different types of pillow cases: frenchback and bagstyle. Today, with the 2019 AREA annual sale looming, we’re revisiting this subject. Frenchback is a style of pillow case with a tucked, envelope closure. This style offers a neat and tidy look for the bed. Bagstyle has...

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  This month we’ve been looking back at the origin of baby alpaca at AREA. We also shared a story about LIAM, everyone's favorite present. Wirecutter even chose LIAM as their favorite baby alpaca throw! AREA founder & designer, Anki Spets, has been designing with baby alpaca for over 15 years and it all started with the LIAM collection.  ...

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DUVET COVERS

twin 68 x 86” 
full/queen 86 x 86” 
king 104 x 86”

FLAT SHEETS

twin 66 x 102” 
full/queen 90 x 102” 
king 108 x 102”

FITTED SHEETS 
(w/ 14” pocket)

twin 39 x 75” 
full 54 x 75” 
queen 60 x 80” 
king 76 x 80” 
cal-king 72 x 84”

CASES + SHAMS
accommodates pillow sizes :

standard 20 x 26” 
euro square 26 x 26” 
king 20 x 36” 
standard body 20 x 60” 
king body 20 x 72”

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bagstyle vs frenchback

BLANKETS + QUILTS

twin 69 x 90” 
full/queen 90 x 90“ 
king 108 x 90” 
throws 51 x 70”
xl throws 70 x 90"

THREAD COUNT

Thread count (TC) refers to the number of threads per square inch. The type and size of thread are just as important as the count.
At AREA we carefully consider how each sheet should not only look but also feel. LEARN MORE about thread count.