Vintage Linens

A few weeks ago my mother brought me her collection of vintage linens–to keep! I have a real appreciation for things like this. Most of these linens belonged to my grandmother, my aunt and my mother.  Some are hand-embroidered and others lovingly collected. In a world of ‘instant everything’ I  love items that have survived for years because they’ve been well cared for.   A few remind me of my childhood because I remember seeing them on our kitchen table or I’ve seen them in family photos.

Tea towels and table runners…


calendar towels…

and tablecloths…

Two from my childhood…I remember both of these quite well:

If I have to pick a favorite from this collection, though, it is this one. A linen towel, made in Ireland, covered in daffodils. I plan to frame this and hang it in the dining room we are currently redecorating. I think it will look perfect with the cheery yellow wall color I’ve chosen for that room.

I can’t wait to start using these around the house. Some may end up on the table, some displayed and some may transform into kitchen curtains. Whatever I decide, I’m going to enjoy them–beautiful yet useful!


Oh, and not to forget my lovely assistant…this was given to me by my mother-in-law. It’s a fold up clothes drying rack she found at a thrift store.  I believe it dates from the 1950’s or ’60’s. It worked perfectly to display all these lovely linens. 🙂

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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