Friday, April 8, 2011

Linen Love

I have for many years had an intense love affair with linen
(hence the title of my blog)

I love how smooth the fibres are, how cool it is in summer against your skin, how when its still looks beautiful. I love how it provides a relaxed elegance in your home that is instantly recognizable, how it comes as rough jute fibre or silky soft for handkerchiefs and I love all the colour variations from crisp white to soft taupe to warm greys.

 We see linen in napkins, table cloths, scatter cushions, bedlinen, curtains, tote bags, scarves, clothing, espadrille french shoes and a multitude of other uses.

So where has this love affair stemmed from I hear you asking ... well two words- French mother. Yes I am lucky enough to have a blood line to the home country of beautiful linen!! So lets blame my obsession on my breeding - well at least that's the excuse I keep telling my husband when I'm eying up another piece of linen for home!

I am so fortunate to have been passed on some exquisite pieces by my mother - table cloth & napkins, Euro pillow cases, sheets, handkerchiefs all hand embroidered and monogrammed by my great grandmother.  It makes my heart sing when I see these little pieces of ancient perfection. At some point I'll give you a sneak peek into my collection.

Quite simply...Linen I love You



Angela Steyn said...

Em, you are on fire! Well you know how much I love linen also... hmmm, can you just imagine the lovely stack of beautiful vintage linen we would have in our shop?!


A Room For Everyone said...

Linen is absolutely beautiful and yet I don't seem to have much. Something I'll have to change.. Rachaelxx

Kellie Collis said...

These are gorgeous! Love those pretty linens too! Have a wonderful day, Kellie xx

Blue Fruit said...

Hi Emma,

Lovely to meet you and thank you for the lovely comment. Your blog is looking very pretty. Linen, ahh...just something about it's tactile quality that makes most people go wobbly at the knees. I love it too! Especially when contrasted with something quite different.

Fabulously french said...

I adore old linen as well and was lucky enough to find two fabulous antique linen sheets complete with large monogrammes and scalloped edge - makes me sleep well :-)

Bon week-end a toi,

Leeann x