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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Displaying pretty towels

Have you ever purchased a pretty linen, but weren't quite sure what to do with it next? One of the easiest ways to display a vintage linen is to layer it with other pieces. Using contrasting colors is a great way to add color to a room and draw attention to your special piece.

I started by using deep Burgundy modern day towels. These are thick and fluffy and have a very rich feel to them.

Then I layered a gorgeous, vintage hand crocheted towel over it. This one has beautiful work on both ends that is just magnificent. I could have left it as is or...

...put a sweet hand embroidered guest towel over it to add color and personality. This could have also been a Southern Belle, cute little animal, or other florals to add the "mood" you're looking for in your powder room.

What appear to be "His" and "Hers" towels are really pillowcases. Who says you have to use linens for their intended purposes. Everyone who came into my powder room commented on the cute towels, but no one guessed what they really were. This is a great way to display pillowcases that are too delicate to actually sleep on, or just too pretty to keep hidden.

I removed the fancy Victorian towel and just left the pillowcases for a simpler, cleaner look. Either way, they add vintage charm to modern towels. I love using linens in unique and unexpected ways.


Alison Gibbs said...

The linen looks fabulous displayed this way

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh thank you for these great ideas! I know there are several women who have been wondering what they could do to show off their linens (including me!) and you have come up with some great ideas. I'm sending them right over:>)

Kari & Kijsa said...

Thank you for your sweet comments on our blog...your blog is truly wonderful!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!

smiles, kari & kijsa

bj said...

Oh, my, your linens are just lovely. Kathleen Grace, aka Kathy, sent me over to take a look and then I also saw your comment on my linens.
Mine aren't as lovely as yours, but I think they would look great, too, displayed this way. Thank you so much for the tips.....

shirl said...

What great ideas for using vintage linens! I love to layer embroidered linens, that way you get to have more out! LOL Your roses,tea cozies and bag holders are beautiful in your older posts! Thank you for stopping by!

the homely year said...

How lovely...they look really pretty displayed in layers.
Margaret and Noreen

Anonymous said...

Thank you for lovely comments and visiting my blog..I will post yours too!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Lovely idea, Patricia! And I am loving the wall treatment that you have going on there. Did you do this? Pretty bathroom, too!!!


Chelle said...

Cute ideas!

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Love your pretty vintage towels! Great display ideas!

papel1 said...

Wonderful Ideas...glad I found your blog and hope to visit again.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

That way no one really needs to dirty the linen cloths... except in my house!