Did you know that the lace in a nineteenth century bride's dress became a part of her wardrobe for decades to come?
Posted by on 7/14/2018
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While searching for some videos to show how drawn thread embroidery is done I came across some great videos of several techniques
Posted by on 6/25/2018
I really do use vintage linens every chance I get. Here are a few photos of my table for a party yesterday.
Posted by on 5/15/2018
Learn the elements of achieving the perfect farmhouse style decor
Posted by on 5/1/2018
Layer colors and textures for a cozy bedroom. Go from a hotel look to a bedroom that looks like a fancy Bed & Breakfast with a little lace or a fancy coverlet.
Posted by on 4/19/2018
I've been putting together a list of books and catalogs for research reference and thought I'd share them here.
Posted by on 4/18/2018
See the peak of fashion in lace curtain styles from this 1902 curtain manufacturer catalog.
Posted by on 3/13/2018
Here's a great idea for your wedding day, or a wedding gift for the bride
Posted by on 12/31/2017
Both the DOILY and the ANTIMACASSAR are used to protect furniture. Learn the difference and how they're used
Posted by on 11/19/2017
Understanding the difference between ANTIQUE, VINTAGE and RETRO
What could be simpler than ironing linens? Well, like anything else, there are some "tricks of the trade" that will make your ironing quicker and easier while getting better results.
Posted by on 10/21/2017
Back when fabric was made of real materials, you needed a real iron. I just found mine!
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Posted by Karen Duke on 9/30/2017
What's the origin of those fun old bedspreads with tufted yarn poking through?
Should you wrap old linens in tissue paper to store them?
Posted by on 9/22/2017
Learn more about the Madeira embroidery method and history
Posted by on 9/3/2017
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When do you use a cocktail napkin versus a luncheon napkin or dinner napkin?
Posted by on 8/31/2017
What could be more charming than lace curtains adorning your porch, blowing in the breeze on a warm summer's day?
Posted by on 8/31/2017
Guests will love to stay overnight when you have prepared for their visit by anticipating what they need to be comfortable. One of my friends - a man, at that! - once said he likes coming to our house because it feels like a bed and breakfast. What a lovely compliment that was! Here are some tips to help you get ready when company is coming.
Posted by Karen on 8/30/2017
There's nothing quite like the feel of vintage linens, from a time when everyday things were made to be not only pretty but durable and useful.
If you find a hospital blanket, get it! Here are some ideas for using them in so many ways.
Posted by on 8/29/2017
If you've wanted to achieve the look and feel of a spa-like, high-end hotel experience in your own bedroom or guest room, here are some tips on choosing the right duvet to fit your needs.
Posted by on 8/28/2017
Find it challenging to keep white bed linens looking their best? Try these tips for laundering and storage.
Posted by on 8/25/2017
I was 50 years old before a friend taught me how to fold a fitted sheet. When I stumbled on this video I just had to share it.
Posted by on 8/24/2017
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Collect old linens, use them often and use them in unexpected ways
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