Wednesday, July 11, 2012

In Love with Linen

Linen.
 Soft,
washed,
wrinkly
linen.

White ruffles like dollops of whipped cream
or fluttery little angel wings.

Nothing feels better or looks better in shabby old French-Nordic inspired farmhouse
than creamy white linen floating above vintage oak floors.

Even the furniture slipcovers, although cotton,
have a linen-like look and feel to them.

I can't seem to get enough of washed linen.



Nestled among my bleached linen/cotton shams
are the down-filled linen shams handmade by my sweet, funny, talented West coast friend,
Shellagh.
You know her from her lovely Ticking and Toile blog
and beautiful Etsy shop.



Her creations are made with 100% linen with an incredibly rich and silky feel.
A beautiful creamy vanilla white,
(or whatever color your heart desires)
and ruffles you could completely lose yourself in ~
never wanting to come up for air.

This pillow cuddles a flax colored linen sham I nabbed on eBay 
for a sweet price
because the monogram was accidentally stitched slightly off center.

(I told myself I bought it for the husband because his first name begins with that letter. ♥)




A sofa filled with soft, cushy, wrinkly, smooshy white linen
for snuggling and sprawling in the dappled sunshine.





And then there is this beautiful piece of art.

Silvery blue ruffles like rolling ocean waves.



A linen throw in a such a beautiful color,
also created by Shellagh.

I found myself wrapping it around my body.
I found myself draping it over tables
and letting the silky ruffles cascade down to the floor.







Even the peonies couldn't stop gazing at it.




I watched as the ruffles slipped over themselves
like a waterfall,
creating a puddle of linen on the floor.




I loved it most flowing over the corner of the chaise in the living room
where I could gaze upon the silvery blue puddle every day.





But in the end,
Maizie had the best idea
and claimed it as her own.

A nap among the ruffles.

She's a ruffled linen kind of girl, too...




You can find Shellagh's breathtaking linens in her awesome Etsy shop. 


~  Blessings ~










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62 comments:

  1. I love that throw, Laurie! Thank you for sharing where you got it.

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  2. Love,love,love all your layers of linen!!! So beautiful and dreamy....your little pooch looks so cute too :o)
    ~Des

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  3. What a beautiful linen throw...love it!!
    I'm been changing my decor over to cottage style and a linen throw would be perfect on our sofa. I'm off to check out her etsy shop.
    Cindy

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  4. Maizie has the right idea for sure! Your linens are beautiful ~ I can see why you love them so much, so soft and dreamy!!

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  5. ...sigh...
    silvery blue is a perfect compliment to my soul these days ~
    ever hopeful of that silver lining, so to speak:)

    you linen pretties are just beautiful!

    xo, Rosemary

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  6. Such a pretty post--that's for sharing the link. I visited her and decided to follow. What a beautiful blog! Loving your linens--the blue is so pretty!

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  7. Hi Laurie!
    Oh you are just too sweet girlfriend!! :) Thanks so much for your very kind words! Your home just looks amazing! I love all the ruffles in it! :)

    xoxoxox,
    Shellagh

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  8. Beautiful, Laurie- Shellagh does amazing work, doesn't she? She is very talented. I am sure that you-know-who loves his R pillow ahahhahaha!

    I hope you have a wonderful night in your beautiful white room-xo Diana

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  9. Oh Laurie,

    This post makes me wanna just heave a big heavy sigh and take a nap right in there with Maizie!!!!

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  10. Hi Laurie,
    Oh.. sweet Maizie is one smart girl! I want to dive in too:-)
    Lovely!
    Hugs,
    Bella

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  11. Your linens are beautiful!

    I can see why you love them so.

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  12. truly heavenly! Shellagh's work is wonderful!!

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  13. Pretty throw, Laurie. Great color, and I love wrinkles too.

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  14. So pretty...love the ruffles and love your pillows too!!!
    Suzann ~xoxo~

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  15. Quelle coquine cette toutoune! elle a bien compris que le bonheur était dans ce linge magnifique...
    Très belles photos. Une publication qui m'a émerveillée... Merci.

    Gros bisous à vous.

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  16. So beautiful! Love the ruffles and the imperfection of wrinkles, which makes it perfect :)
    Greetings from Australia♥
    ~Pernilla

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  17. So pretty, love how you have put all your soft linens together.
    Tracey

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  18. Shellagh is amazing !!..and so are you !! your home is wonderful....what a sweet sweet doggie !!...love Ria....xxx...

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  19. beautiful...I too have a love affair with linen...and beautiful photo of doggie...so comfy ! Gail x

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  20. Absolutely scrumptious, Laurie! I love linen, too, but I love old linen the best~~Hand loomed Euro linen, French metis and hemp...my daughter tells me to go roll in my linen!! LOL! I have wrapped it around me, too! Love the color of the throw too!

    Thanks for taking the time to put together such lovely photos for us to enjoy!! Just delightful!
    Hugs,
    Becky

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  21. Beautiful words describing beautiful linens. Well written, Laurie. And well placed amongst your treasures. Gorgeous!

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  22. All your layers of linen are too beautiful.
    I just want to give you a shout out and a huge thanks for introducing me to
    white brite. All my whites have lost all the rust after using this product.

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  23. Oh my goodness so very beautiful!! I love linen and I love ruffles!

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  24. Oh my this is just beautiful. I love the table that is an old window and the flowers on top. Such warmth and beauty.

    The dog looked comfy too!

    Cynthia

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  25. Hi Laurie,
    I Love linen. I love to wear it, I love it for slipcovers, pillows, curtains, and everything. I purchased 35 yards of white linen to make slipcovers for my sofa and love seat. I have been too scared to start as I have not made a fitted slipcover before. I have purchased a Lowes dropcloth so I can try one out first so I don't wreck the linen. I have watched Miss Mustardseeds video and it seems like it should not be too hard. I own the Rachel Ashwell Darcy chairs with the slipcovered seats. They are in my kitchen and I have 3 teenage boys. People thought I was crazy having white slipcovered chairs, but they are great and I love them. They wash like a dream and all the stuff boys spill come right off.

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  26. Laurie,
    Lovely linen ruffles...that blue is such a calming hue!
    Hope your week is going well, dear friend!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  27. i will check out the shop, laurie.

    i sooooooo love linen too. it's the stuff of dreams.

    smiles to you.

    michele

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  28. Lovely, lovely...and Maizie is my kinda girl! :-)

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  29. LOVE white linens:) I bought my beding from Michele on etsy:)

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  30. just beautiful. I cannot get enough of linen either. And I tell myself that I need to incorporate other fabrics into my home. Haven't been able to manage that yet :). Shellagh is one talented lady. Enjoy your day.
    xo
    MC

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  31. I too love linen but have not yet added as much as I would like to my home. Your photos are so lovely and I do love the blue throw.

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  32. Oh indeed nothing better!! Love all the photos..very summer like!

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  33. YOur linens look like clouds! So beautiful!

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  34. I love linens also, yours are so beautiful, so inviting. Love how you combine them also. So zealous, I need more linens. Thanks for sharing over at Sunday's Best.

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  35. Laurie, you have the right to boast the linens, they are divine, and Shellagh has created a dreamy linen home for you :)
    I adore the tones, and the wrinkled mopey feel of your linen look. I am starting to add more linen to mid home, there is nothing like waking up to wrinkled linen bedding, it's a. Natural way to start a day.

    Thank you for sharing your perfect beauty.
    Xoxo
    A beautiful linen home to love.

    Dore

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  36. Everything is so pretty, Laurie. I really love that throw. (I'm a blankie girl myself.) As always, I love your writing.

    xo
    Jami

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  37. Linen is always a good choice. There's nothing like natural fibers. I also spied your coffee table made from a window. Very nice. . .

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  38. So beautiful Laurie! I love that throw from Shellagh and I have a tablecloth so close in color too. Beautiful photos~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  39. So lovely!! Love the ruffles! She is very talented! Thank you so much for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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  40. I love the pic with sweet Maizie enjoying the pretty throw the best.
    Everything looks wonderful, Laurie!
    xxoo

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  41. Everything is so beautiful in your pictures, completely to my taste. A hug Barbara

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  42. I love linen also Laurie and your photos are gorgeous! You sure have an eye for styling gorgeous photography!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful life with us!! :)
    Blessings~

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  43. beautiful pictures--i love all the ruffles:) your friend makes gorgeous goodies!

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  44. Mazie is a smart girl!
    Those ruffles are wonderful!

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  45. I guess I would call this a little piece of heaven. Just beautiful linens, I really love linens, love their feel, their character, and they vintage feel. Really so pretty! I want the ruffled one!!!! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday's Best!

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  46. Heavenly home and beutiful picture:)

    Linda :)

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  47. I love your ruffles!! This is so beautiful!

    <3

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  48. well, i'm in love with linen also, and in love with ruffles. so darling. thank you for linking it up with us at our party http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/

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  49. Oh, Maizie stole the show! Beautiful pictures!! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Wishing you a grand week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  50. I love white linens. My mom always makes fun of me for it. Your pictures are beautiful, so inviting. I could curl up and take a nap on those linens. Thanks so much for sharing at the All Star Block Party!

    Holly

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  51. Love all the ruffles and how you put everything together. Your photos are amazing! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home on Simple & Sweet Fridays.

    Jody

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  52. I'm with Mazie! I need some linen sheets :-)

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  53. Heavenly linens, Laurie, and you've styled them fabulously. I can't even tell the 'R' is off-center. Great find! And oh, that delightful blue/silver throw...I don't blame your dog for snuggling in.

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  54. You are a talented writer and photographer. Such a treat to visit!!
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

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  55. Thanks for sharing this at the All Star Block Party.

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  56. Thank you for sharing this at our party: http://www.FineCraftGuild.com
    Hope to see you again later today! ~ Rose

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  57. I especially love the monogrammed one Laurie! I need to give Shellagh's shop a look-see. All of it oh so lovely! xoxo ~Lili

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