Sharing passion and love
for linen fabric and slow living

26
Oct
2018

Easy Halloween DIY Crafts Using Linen

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.

halloween DIY crafts with linen

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.

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14
Oct
2018

6 Ways to Mark the Changing Season in Your Home

As summer turns gently into fall we’re thinking about different ways to mark the changing season in our homes. Fall brings with it spectacular displays of fiery red leaves, delicious autumnal vegetables, dew-spun cobwebs and hedgerows bursting with berries. Here’s 7 easy things you can do to bring some of this sense of bounty and colour into your home.

welcome fall in your home

1.Invest in new linen bedlinen

Why linen? Well, because it’s perfect for transitional seasons, regulating your body temperature so you always stay comfortable. Ideal for fall, when one minute the sun is shining and the next there’s a distinct chill in the air. Whilst in summer we’re all about whites and cool neutrals, fall brings a chance to add some warmth and texture to your home. A great way of doing this without the hassle of redecorating is simply to use some new bedlinen in earthy browns, jewel tones or rich greens to give a seasonal feel to your bedroom.

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14
Sep
2018

A Simple Path: with designer Marianne Vigtel Holland

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.

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31
Aug
2018

Why We’re Talking about the Menopause

The menopause is still something of a taboo subject for many people. Shrouded in mysterious language like, ‘The Change’, there are misconceptions and misunderstandings about just how this life event could affect us. Some women sail through with very few difficulties, but for others it can be a very challenging time. Menopause can cause changes in your body shape, mood swings, hot flashes, skin breakouts, aches and pains, ‘brain fog’ and tiredness. Pile these on top of your normal everyday tasks and worries, and this can be a stressful and painful time for many of us. The more we talk about it, the more we can help others understand what’s going on for their friends, their mothers, their sisters and their colleagues.

We thought we’d apply our slow living philosophy to thinking about the menopause, and offer simple suggestions that might help relieve some of the symptoms. Obviously, we aren’t offering medical advice, but there are lifestyle changes you can make to ease the transition and to support any other treatments you choose to have.

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2
Aug
2018

How to Make Your Own Refreshing Botanical Spritz

It’s hard to stay cool at this time of year. Whether on a long journey or the daily commute a refreshing facial spritz, or mist, can be the perfect way to lower your body temperature and keep your skin feeling clean. To give your laundry and house that fresh-from-the-fields feeling you can also use scented waters. Spray onto linens before ironing to release their delicious fragrances, or spritz around the house.

Herbs and botanical scents can also help you relax. If you’re finding it hard to sleep, spray some lavender water on your pillow or eye mask for a soothing aroma that will help you drift off.

We’ve got a simple DIY for you, with step-by-step instructions, so you can make your own. Just throw a bottle into your bag, suitcase or purse and you’re good to go – wherever your summer adventures take you.

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25
Jul
2018

5 Delicious Recipes for the Best Summer BBQ

One of the joys of this glorious summer weather is eating outdoors. And there’s nothing quite like getting friends and family together for a BBQ, whether in the garden or on the beach. If you’re planning a gathering and are bored with the usual sausages and potato salads, we’ve got 5 delicious recipes for a winning BBQ.

summer bbq recipes

Need some culinary inspiration? Tie on your apron, and get those coals fired up.

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8
Jul
2018

A Simple Path: with food stylist and writer Frankie Unsworth

We are super-thrilled to be joined this month by food stylist and cookery writer Frankie Unsworth. Frankie has worked with many cooks, photographers and writers at the top of their game, styling photographs to create a story around each object or dish that’s being photographed. She has just launched her own cook book, complete with stunning images and brilliantly useful tips for making your meals look as good as they taste.

She has kindly taken time out of her busy schedule to answer our questions. This is a real treat: read on for inspiration about choosing to follow your passion in life, the joys of owning a dog, the love of good linen and being held at gunpoint at the age of 17.

slow living food styling - Frankie Unsworth

Can you tell us what you do and how you came to be doing it?

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2
Jul
2018

Let’s Get Organised for Summer!

Isn’t this time of year crazy busy? There’s all the end-of-term stuff if you have children: sports days, moving on workshops, visits to colleges, exams, revision, sports team parties. If you work you can feel like you have to get everything in order before people disappear for the summer, of before you take a vacation. And if, like us, you are experiencing soaring temperatures it’s hard to get much done without wilting. Not that we’re complaining. Summer is grand and the long days mean there’s more time for being outside. It’s just that July seems frantic. So, we thought we’d look up some of the best personal organisers and diaries to help stay on top of things.

Getting organised needn’t be boring or rigid. In fact, like Mrs Miniver standing in front of a shelf of diaries, prepare to enjoy yourself. There’s something very reassuring about opening up the clean, blank pages of a diary or planner. It feels like things can be rationalised and clear, rather than just stumbling from one event to the next. As well as the inside pages, the cover and look of your organiser is important. It will be in your purse, on your kitchen table or by your side on your desk most of the time, so choose something you love to look at too. Chose carefully so that you really use it.

slow living journal

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22
Jun
2018

A Simple Path with Jen from Little Birdie

We are thrilled that the wonderful Jen from Little Birdie is joining us this month for our A Simple Path interview series. Jen is a freelance writer and photographer, originally from Scotland but now living in Yorkshire with her husband and son. Her work encapsulates all we are trying to do on this blog: celebrate a slower, more mindful way to live, whilst acknowledging the realities of everyday life.

Jen’s work is honest, beautiful and authentic. She understands the pressure we can all feel to have the ‘perfect’ life and tries to support and encourage rather than portray an unrealistic version of her world. She loves to write about, and photograph, nature, food, her gorgeous home and the simple, slow moments in life. Reading her posts is like being surrounded by a waft of fresh air. We think you’re going to love this interview.

Welcome, Jen. Thanks so much for being here.

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5
Jun
2018

How to Have a Slow Living Summer

With summer fast approaching it can be tempting to wish away the time between now and your vacation or the start of the school holidays. When you work hard and have a busy life it’s natural to yearn for a chance to slow down and take a proper break. But it doesn’t have to be like that. You can take advantage of the warmer weather and longer days, building in moments of calm and restorative peace wherever you are. Here are 6 tips for a slow living summer that will ensure you are ready to catch any chance to switch off and unwind, even in the midst of the hurly burly of everyday life.

At work or play, these are 6 simple ways to boost your wellbeing and start enjoying the whole of the summer, instead of counting down the days until your vacation.

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4
May
2018

6 Everyday Clothes We Can’t Live Without

Are there certain things in your wardrobe that you find yourself reaching for over again? Clothes that either look great or make you feel great, or if you are lucky, both? We’ve written before about cultivating a capsule wardrobe, getting rid of things that you never wear and instead creating a small collection of pieces that work well together for work and for play. But even with a pared-back amount of clothes there are still some trusty everyday clothes (and accessories) that we just keep coming back to.

Here’s what we love wearing, on rotation, pretty much most of the time:

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19
Apr
2018

A Simple Path: With Jessica Cresswell of The Woodland Wife

We are so delighted to be joined this month by the lovely Jessica Cresswell. Jessica, her husband and young daughter live and work in a woodland. In between tending her hens and looking after the woodland (which is surprisingly time-consuming) Jessica writes a blog, The Woodland Wife, and takes stunning photographs of her everyday life.

The lush forest trees are not the only greenery here – our faces are green with envy at her simple, outdoorsy lifestyle. But it’s not all idyllic, and Jessica and her husband have made big sacrifices to attain a slower, off-the-beaten-track way of life. It’s wild in the woods, in the best sense of the word.

Here are Jessica’s thoughts on taking inspiration from the rhythms of nature, parenting, slow living, keeping on asking questions and how to be mindful when you are feeling anxious. Enjoy – this is a goodie!

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23
Mar
2018

5 Slow and Simple Easter Crafts for All the Family

Whether or not you celebrate the festival of Easter there are plenty of reasons to make the next few weeks special. There’s the coming of Spring now the Equinox has passed, there’s the lengthening of the days which means more time outdoors, there’s the chance to plant seeds and see what has self-seeded in the garden over the winter months. Many of us have the urge for a Spring clean, sorting through our wardrobes and storing away winter woollies, and decluttering after a season spent mainly indoors.

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23
Feb
2018

6 Ways to Spruce Up Your Bedroom For Spring

With March nearly upon us we’ve been looking at ways we can get our home ready for Spring. One room that is often neglected is the main bedroom. Whilst other rooms are more public, the fact that this is probably not used much during the day, and is the least visited room when people come round, can mean it gets overlooked. But when you remember that we spend about one third of our lives asleep, it’s clear that our bedrooms also need a bit of thought and attention. So, here are 6 simple ways to spruce up your bedroom for spring and breathe new life into this important space in your home.

bedroom for spring - linen bedlinen

1.Capture the essence of Spring

Bring Nature indoors and give your bedroom an instant refresh. Forage for broken blossom branches, or pick some daffodils or snowdrops from the garden. Pots of white muscari look sweet on a nightstand, and pussy willow stems add some simple elegance.

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9
Feb
2018

A Simple Path with Chris from Sweet Simple Vegan

We are so excited to be joined this month by Chris from Sweet Simple Vegan, who shares his wisdom on all things slow living, following your passion and building a foodie brand. Chris and Jasmine have a huge following (check out their Instagram: @consciouschris and @sweetsimplevegan) and are working to encourage more of us to adopt vegan principles in our daily lives. Whether you want to go vegan or just live a less animal product-heavy lifestyle, they will inspire you to get creative in the kitchen, and to be more mindful in the everyday.

And we bet that the mouth-watering pictures below will have you rushing for farmers’ market veggies and some luscious vegan recipes. Just look at the colours in those meals, the freshness just bursting out of the bowl. Totally yum.

Thanks so much for joining us, Chris. We are delighted to have you here.

sweet simple vegan - linen napkins - LinenMe

  1. Can you tell us what you do and how you came to be doing it?

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26
Jan
2018

Why We Love Women’s Clothes That Have Pockets

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.

linen dress pockets - LinenMe

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31
Dec
2017

What Was 2017 Like For You?

At this time of year our thoughts inevitably turn to the year that is ending. We think back to the events – good and bad – that stand out, and also remember the quieter moments that make up the everyday. This year has seen some troubling political developments and horrific events across the world, but there has also been much to be thankful for. On a smaller scale, we thought we would give you a round up of Linenbeauty’s 2017, and some ideas on how to make 2018 a great year.

So what happened at Linenbeauty in 2017?

A Simple Path launch

This year saw the launch of our new interview series, A Simple Path, in which we speak to creatives, entrepreneurs and social media influencers about what makes them tick. We are honoured to have featured some fantastic guests and learned so much about what inspires them, what slow living means to them, and how we can all strive to make our world a better place. If you missed any of the interviews, go here, here, or here for a taste of our slow living journey.

Slow Living Guide

Inspired by these interviews, and by the issues around authenticity and social media bubbles, we collected together the wisdom we have gleaned over the course of 2017 and created our own guide to slow living. In it we address ideas like: what is slow living, how realistic is it to try to live a simple life and how can we balance the practical requirements of everyday life with a need for something fulfilling and nurturing? If you haven’t read it already, you can find it here.

what is slow living

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9
Dec
2017

A Simple Path: With Jessica Rose Williams

We are so excited to be joined this month by the wondrous Jessica Rose Williams, known as the ‘queen of minimalism’! Jessica is a writer, photographer and lover of a capsule wardrobe. She helps people declutter their clothes and attain more freedom with less stuff.

You may already have signed up to her free Minimalist Challenge, enjoyed her beautiful photos on Instagram or read her thoughtful and insightful blog. Now here’s another treat for you: Jessica Rose’s philosophy on slow living and the courage it takes to say no.

We think you’ll love this one!

Welcome, Jessica. Thanks so much for joining us.

Can you tell us what you do and how you came to be doing it?

By day I run a finance business with my husband but I’m really a writer and a photographer. I blog at jessicarosewilliams.com where I write about living a simpler more creative life, and all the benefits that come with that based on my own experiences. I also work with people 1:1 to help them simplify life and build capsule wardrobes.

I’d always wanted to start a blog but I didn’t have the confidence. Two years ago I made a big lifestyle change and started living a more intentional simpler life. I got rid of everything that didn’t add real value and it gave me the nudge I needed to chase my creative dreams. Getting rid of all the distractions in my life made me realise what really mattered to me and what direction I wanted to go in.

jessica rose williams - slow living

If you had one piece of advice or wisdom to pass on to your younger self, what would it be?

You are good enough just as you are, be kinder to yourself.

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5
Dec
2017

5 Lovely Holiday Traditions from Around the World

If you are looking for some new rituals to share with your loved ones over the holiday season, look no further. We’ve hunted around for some lovely holiday traditions that all foster a spirit of togetherness, thoughtfulness and comfort. Whether you adapt these to suit your personal preferences, or wholeheartedly embrace an established ritual, we hope these ideas will bring a fresh energy and joyful time for you and your family and friends.

Jolabokaflod (Iceland) – Holiday Traditions

christmas book flood - Holiday Traditions

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18
Oct
2017

5 Natural Ways to Beat Autumn Colds and Winter Blues

If you are suffering from the Autumn sniffles or struggling with the ever-shortening days and darker evenings, we’re here to help with natural ways to beat autumn cold.

Our immune systems can take a battering at this time of year, so it’s important to take care of yourself. Eat well (try not to reach for sugary quick-fix snacks when you are feeling tired), take a good quality vitamin supplement, get plenty of sleep and try to find some time in your day to be still and quiet. Sometimes you might need extra help to get back on track, like these 5 remedies below. All are based on natural ingredients, but if you are pregnant be wary of essential oils and check their suitability before using.

Here are 5 ways to see yourself happily into winter:

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