One of the things we love about linen is its durability. There’s a reason why linens have traditionally been passed down through generations: quite simply, it looks great for years and years. But every linen sheet or tablecloth will eventually come to the end of its life. If you’re trying to follow a sustainable lifestyle you’ll be glad to know that linen is biodegradable and so leaves no waste. And if you keep old linens for scraps, you can create anything from cleaning cloths to easy Halloween DIY crafts.
There’s no need to buy loads of plastic tat to decorate your house over Halloween (unless that’s your thing, in which case go for it). Instead, you can have fun making your own seasonal decorations, and keep things looking classy too.
Here are some ideas for Halloween decorations and costumes that you can make from any household linens that are past their best.
We are so excited to be joined on A Simple Path this month by designer Marianne Vigtel Holland. We came across Marianne’s beautiful images on Instagram and were immediately captivated by the way she captures the beauty in everyday things, and how she uses texture and light in her interior styling. We thought you’d love to hear more about her work, and her thoughts on the importance of using natural materials – like mineral paints that are not only environmentally friendly they also create a unique sense of tranquility, and the many ways she uses linen fabric. Marianne refers to her work as ‘slow design’, which makes it a perfect fit with our slow living ethos here at Linenbeauty.
Read on to hear more about finding the poetry and beauty in the things we surround ourselves with, and how to go with the flow.
Inspired by this Twitter conversation with renowned Irish author Marian Keyes (a fan of LinenMe’s linen dresses), we got thinking about why women’s clothes need pockets. It seems obvious, but so few garments (particularly dresses and skirts) are made with useful-sized pockets that we thought we’d investigate further.
Why do women need pockets? Well sometimes we don’t want to lug a bag around. It is liberating to not have a bag hanging round your neck all the time. Sometimes you don’t want to think about accessories and sizes, you just want somewhere to stash your phone and purse or wallet. There are those who think pockets spoil the silhouette or cut of a dress, and of course, a slinky body-con number is probably not going to be enhanced by some pockets. But for clothes that are designed for everyday there’s always a place for a pocket. We love having somewhere to put our hands when we are standing. We love the comfy feel pockets bring to a pair of trousers or a dress. We like the way the fabric moves and hangs around them. And pockets are super practical too, offering an easy place to stash essential items or things we are using temporarily.
There is a perception that women’s clothes should be all about beauty, whereas men’s clothing is about utility. We disagree. There’s no reason we can’t have both. If you want your clothes to be comfortable yet stylish and well cut then a simple linen shift dress with pockets is just the thing. Or a boxy cardigan with pockets large enough to carry your notebook. Or a pair of loose, flowing culottes with handy pockets that give the fabric some extra flip.
If you’ve been gripped by the energy of renewal that Spring brings, you may be turning to your home and tackling those areas that are in need of some TLC. Brighter, sunnier days can show up smeary windows that have been curtained off throughout the Winter. Bulky woollies might need to be stored away, leaving space for fresh, lighter clothes. Now that you can throw open the windows those tired corners can get a lick of paint, and heavy drapes can be replaced by lightweight linen curtains. Spring cleaning needed be a massive task – just focussing for 15 minutes on each room can bring some Springtime sparkle into your house, and even the busiest of us can find this small amount of time for some sprucing. To get you inspired, here are 5 Spring cleaning essentials to put the fun back into housework and the beauty back into your cleaning cupboard.
Browsing for linen and baffled by words like ‘huckaback’ and ‘thread count’? Don’t know your stonewash from your garment wash? Never fear, Linenbeauty is here to set you straight and guide you through the sometimes complicated business of choosing linen products. Here are the key terms you might come across, and what you need to know to make the right choice.
If you are a skilled maker looking for inspiration, or a newbie to sewing, here are some fab linen craft projects to make your home even more beautiful. We’ve used linen as the springboard, thanks to its versatility and durability, and you can add embellishments as you please. Love pom poms? Bring them on!
Sleep is essential to our wellbeing, yet many of us struggle with insomnia or disrupted sleep. Whether unable to fall asleep or waking in the early hours, bad nights can wreak havoc with our health and happiness. So, we’ve got some tips that will help you tackle the issues head on, and hopefully get some proper, restorative ZZZZZZs.
Linen makes the ideal choice for clothing and bedding in summer. It’s magically quick to dry, wicks moisture away from your skin, is breathable and lightweight, and perfect for travel (more on packing for a trip here). To keep your linen happy and looking beautiful this summer, follow these simple tips for your linen care.
The story starts with the delicate flax flower that has been grown for thousands of years and whose by-products have been put to a diverse range of uses, from bank notes to cattle feed and dyes to cosmetics. So, how does the humble flax turn into a fitted sheet?
We’ll show you how is linen made :
You can read more about the history of linen here.
(Images via: irishgenealogy.com,tristan forward,Skoch3, arts-brighton.ac.uk, linenme.com)
With spring approaching faster and faster every day most of us start thinking about relaxing in the rooftop gardens, cycling around the city and late afternoon barbeques in the garden. When the burgers and hot dogs are ready, remember to think about several more things that you’ll need to make your barbeque evening just perfect.