Sacred Spaces | Warm-Up with Hen House Linens

Our National Sales Manager, Christina, recently asked, 

"What if we replace all of the textiles in our house with paper - bedding, curtains, towels, etc - the house would be a cold and uncomfortable place. Yet, this is exactly what we have done to our tables - the most sacred space in our home.  The table is the place where we come to fellowship with the most important people in our lives!  Shouldn't the table be the most warm, inviting, comfortable place in the home?"

Yes, Christina, it should!  

The simple addition of cloth table linens can do the trick.  Try it!

Gracious Living Everyday | Courtesy of Ellen Allen

THIS is what I'm talking about.  Gracious living everyday.  My dear friend, Ellen Allen, texted me this picture the other day.  (Ellen is the owner of  Ellen Allen Annapolis, Inc, the handbag line that boasts "no matter where your day takes you, Ellen Allen Annapolis handbags help you get there with style and efficiency.")  It was Wednesday morning. Ellen sat down for tea with her husband, Don.  She set the table.  They have 2 young sons, a bodacious dog, and a dynamic business.  They are "crazy busy" and yet she elevated a normal Wednesday morning with the simple act of laying out a cloth and using the "good stuff".  Bravo, Ellen.  You never cease to  inspire me.

ps:  Ellen Allen Annapolis is running a great sale on her iconic Eastport Bag.  See her facebook page for details.  https://www.facebook.com/ellenallenannapolis  

Gathering | Summer Tablescape

An elegant dinner party for friends.  Sounds delish, right?  It is. And, you can totally pull it off tonight. (Okay, you can wait until the next Friday rolls around.)  How do you bring the fancy, fast and without a fuss?  Answer: orchids.  A lovely orchid arrangement as a centerpiece is always a showstopper.  We went all out orchid and dressed up our table in our Nouveau  cloth with coordinating napkins in white and that fabulous shade of pinky-rose.  Layer in simple white plates, fine silver and a variety of interesting glassware.   An elegant tablescape needs nothing more than that.  Just add your classy friends, some fine wine and a thoughtfully prepared meal.  Voila!

Gathering | A Bridal Tea

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something brewed...

Recently, a friend held a tea for her niece who is marrying this fall.  Invitations went out to all the women in her family: mother, daughters, sisters, cousins, aunts and, of course, Grandmama.  It was an opportunity for everyone to gather around the table and share stories about family weddings: the good, the bad and the ugly bridesmaid dresses.  

The table was simply set with our modern, yet elegant Palm Mineral cloth and coordinating ruffle napkins.  Bowls of hydrangeas cut and tied into bouquets served as the centerpiece and as a lovely takeaway from the day.  To help set the scene and inspire story telling, china and crystal dating back three generations (and borrowed from an aunt or two) was laid out.  And as a surprise, my friend's niece was given a china tea service that belonged to her great, great grandmother.  The tea and the tears flowed, the laughter and the finger sandwiches fed them and a new generation of matriarchs was begun.