Linen may be one of the oldest textiles in the world, dating back to at least 8,000 BC. The threads are spun from the stems of the flax plant, a naturally bug and disease resistant crop that is also grown for its seeds. The fabric woven from these threads has a unique finish, is stronger than cotton, and can last for years with proper care. Linen is the classic fabric for tablecloths, napkins, and even bedding.
Tea towels. The very name conjures up images of Victorian drawing rooms and ladies sipping tea from dainty cups. Well ditch that dated image! Tea towels are the unsung powerhouses of your kitchen and dining room. They’re not just a pretty face, they’re not afraid of getting down and doing some dirty work. Classically made from linen for its soft texture, durable nature and the fact that it won’t leave lint on the fine china, tea towels can be found everywhere from stove side to on the table, and that’s just where they belong. The tea towel’s close cousin, the flour sack towel, is an example of frugality meeting sustainability—old flour, grain and feed sacks would be repurposed into household towels.
There are some things that just go together – wine and cheese, chocolate and port, fall and blankets. As days turn cooler and nights get crisp, we naturally reach for cozy blankets and throws to ward off the chill. Sometimes all that’s needed is something light and soft, other times only the thickest, warmest of blankets will do. Outside or in, a cozy throw is comfortable, a little shot of nostalgia, and stylish as well. How to choose a fall blanket? We’ve got you covered. Continue reading
We’re on a bit of a bedroom theme this week. It just makes sense. As the seasons change and cooler weather comes along, one thing that tends to change radically is what we’ve got on our beds. Your bed should feel comfortable and welcoming, and we’ve offered tips on achieving that layered look and going a bit lighter for a summertime bed. Today we’re delving even deeper into bed making territory to create a bed that’s effortless, elegant, personal and most of all, luxurious and green. Continue reading
Your bedroom should reflect the people who sleep there, so if there’s a guy in the home, embracing a more balanced or masculine décor can be a good thing. It’s time to go beyond the man cave! How do you create a more masculine (and grown up) look in the bedroom without making the place look like an old English hunting lodge? The key to a more manly look is the right mix of color, pattern and texture. It’s possible to create a luxurious and inviting bedroom that doesn’t have a single ruffle, frill or flower. Continue reading