ISSUE 42  |  West Marin and Beyond

A West Marin Visionary, Organic Bedding Department

October 15, 2012 8:30 PM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

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In the mid-nineties, I bought a set of organic cotton sheets from West Marin-based bedding company Coyuchi. My friends (who were just wrapping their heads around the notion of organic foods, let alone linens) scoffed at the idea and thought I was nuts. I like to think I was ahead of the curve. In truth, of course, it was Coyuchi founder Christine Nielsen, a former West Marin school teacher, who was ahead of the curve.

Nielsen launched Coyuchi in 1991 after a fortuitous meeting with Sally Fox, a cotton grower near Bakersfield who had discovered how to organically grow naturally colored cotton strong enough for weaving. This discovery proved to be the genesis for Coyuchi, with Nielsen starting out making organic cotton fabric for home furnishings. Later, she saw a gap in the market for organic bedding and started making sheets and pillowcases. Although Nielsen sold her company to Organic Style in 2008, the original Coyuchi shop is still on Main Street in Point Reyes Station and is still well worth a visit for the well-priced bedding seconds on sale.

For more information, go to Coyuchi.

Photography by Mimi Giboin for Remodelista.

Above: The light-filled entry to the Coyuchi shop in Point Reyes Station.

Above; Decorative Organic Pillows from the Coyuchi Line.

Above: An old door serves as a headboard.

Above: A selection of Shower Curtains on display.

Above: Accent Rugs hanging from a display stand made from saw horses.

Above: The entrance to Coyuchi on Main Street in Point Reyes Station.

N.B. For bedding and more, see our previous posts on Fabrics and Linens.