Tuesday, January 31, 2012

still life 99-- simple comfort linen sheets

Linen has a special place in my heart. Ever since I was little I've loved it in all forms--clothes, pillows, hand towels.  I can't go into a store with linen and not touch it. It's natural, minimalist, and luxurious all at once. Plus, it feels as good as it looks.

When I used to work for the British textile company, Cowtan & Tout, I would relish putting away fabric memos just because I loved the tactile experience. I remember one co-worker looking at me a little sideways when she handed me a huge stack of sample returns and I lit up with excitement--linen!...filing fabric wasn't her idea of a good time, but what can I say? Simple pleasures.

So you can only imagine the delight I take in these linen bedsheets given to me by my in-laws this Christmas. Sleep is ever so slight, rare, and precious these days, and so sinking into soft linen each night is the sweetest luxury I can think of. Just the right weight, just the right softness, and perfect even when wrinkled.

**still life 99 is my visual catalog of the idea that we don't need a lot of things at home, but what we do need should be beautiful. They should be worthy of being noticed.**


  1. Gawd those linens look luscious. I sooooo need new bedding. I think you would be horrified if you saw mine ; )

  2. Beautiful!! I bet you just love going to bed each night. What a great gift!

  3. Heaven! I have been looking for same. Care to share brand??

  4. Gorgeous photo, Leah. I am sorry to report that I have never slept on linen sheets. But now that will be a goal of mine. Glad to hear that you are sleeping in comfort -- when you are sleeping.

  5. Linda- mine are Restoration Hardware's Stonewashed belgian linen sheets, but I'm thinking about eventually investing in another set ("off weeks" when these are being washed have become sad times around here. Tough life, I know :), and when I do I think I will spring for a set of Tricia Rose's Rough Linen. I've heard rave things about them, and I think it would be nice to support such a talented entrepreneur.

  6. i'm in love with the duvet cover - is that also restoration hardware?

    beautiful site!


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