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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Fresh Linen


I've been freshening up some of my stored vintage linens. I try to keep them rotating and make sure they each have their day in the sun. I like the look of them in their changing stacks and piles. Coverlets, quilts, and spreads just need a quick fold. But there's always a bit of ironing that can be done. Always.




But that's the good news! I never feel like I have to iron a thing. It's all for fun and relaxation. If it's not your thing, I just can't explain what a relaxing pleasure it is. Some of you have told me you feel the same way about pressing linens as I do. For some of us it's just what we do, like others paint furniture or bake a cake or garden. Only there's not a single thing to clean up afterwards! I never even put the ironing board away. It's already right where it belongs. . . . 

















Old laundry marks are just so beautiful.















































See you there!

Jacqueline



41 comments:

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Hi Jacqueline,
There is nothing more beautiful than a french laundry basket filled with beautiful vintage linens. I have them scattered all through my house as well!
Your collection is amazing and looks so lovely in your home!
Hope you have a wonderful night.
Sincerely,
Melinda

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

One word........BEAUTIFUL!!! XO

Kate said...

Lovely linens...fresh and fluffy!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Sigh.......

I can practically smell that sweet fresh wonderful white laundry there, Jacqueline!

What a beautiful post!

Rebecca said...

Dripping with freshness! YUMMMMMM....

Love everything you do!

xoRebecca

Anne said...

It's all so lovely displayed.And I bet it is a luxury to use.
Anne

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Your linens look so crisp and white. Just lovely.

Olive Cooper said...

I ironed my beauties yesterday. An old embroidered tablecloth covered in pink dogwood blossoms without one flaw. Also three vintage baby dresses, one almost transparent. I fear I must keep it. Your white linens are beyond stunning in the basket.

thistlewoodfarm said...

You have the most beautiful photography on your blog. That picture with the light streaming onto the basket of linens was incredible.

Thanks for the inspiration.

blessings,
karianne

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

I've been doing the same thing, Jacqueline! Apparently we're not alone... Restoration Linen Cleaner has been "flying off the shelf" of my Etsy shop the past few weeks. I've got to order more cases in the morning. Wouldn't it be fun to see everyone else's pretties, too?

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Oh my, the photos!! I could look at your linen all day long :)
Greetings from Australia♥
~Pernilla

Carol said...

Jacqueline,
Old linens are so beautiful! And I like to enjoy the ones I have, so rotating is a must.
I despise ironing and never do it...except for some linens. I really do like ironing them!
Gorgeous post.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

ahhhhh...always so "refreshing." i can almost smell your clean linens....so lovely.

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Your linens look beautiful. I agree; there is something very soothing about ironing linens and something equally soothing about displaying them for viewing.

erin said...

i can not say that i enjoy ironing, but i love fresh linens and your most beautiful images of them...pure, fresh, simple, just lovely.
erin

vikki said...

I so agree with you about ironing, I too enjoy it. There is nothing more satisfying than a pile of freshly pressed linens. But then I also love to paint furniture as well! The one thing I don't enjoy is baking a cake! I love your blog, everything is so beautiful.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Elegant, fresh and beautiful post as always. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Danielle said...

Hi Jacqueline,
I have to admit that I love ironing too. I can't explain it, but I love it. I love that sizzle sound the iron makes as it's pressing crisp linen. Are we crazy or what?! I have several embroidered table linens that belonged to my grandmother. Sometimes I take them out of the hopechest, wash them, press them, and put that back! I just love seeing them. Your post just reminded me of that. I love your photos : )

Danielle xo

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Beautiful white curtains in the background of your photos. Lovely white linens. Wish I shared your liking for ironing. I like to do it but it makes me so hot.

elizabeth said...

I love your linens! Oh, I kind of want to start a collection of lovely white linens, too!

jeanetteann said...

I so love the fresh smell of pressed linen, especially if it has been sprayed with lavender water first. I love pressing linen, it's like meditation to me too. xx

Bella said...

Hi J,
Fabulously yummy pics!! I can smell the freshness from here... Crisp! I love to iron, but only in the winter, it's my cozy zen winter thing :-)
Hugs,
Bella

Mahek said...

JUST ONE WORD...
BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

Rowan said...

You have some lovely vintage linens. I have a few pieces but I think I must add some more to my collection. Ironing is something I've always enjoyed too.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jacqueline: I think I've told you before, I hate ironing, the usual kind, but something about the linens is a joy to iron, seems such an accomplishment..Beauty in a basket..Happy Wednesday..Judy

val's alentejo blogspot.com said...

I agree Jaqueline,
There is something warm in seeing fresh linen and cotton ironed.
I cannot explain how i feel when i see all my white sheets ironed and so fresh.
The best part for me is when i get inbetween those soft freshly sweet smelling white cotton sheets.
And the linen bedcover over the top.
lovely post
great photos.. you have some fine linen..very old.
Happy wednesday
val

NixBlog said...

Lovely photos with all the different shades of white. Nothing like the smell of freshly-washed linen! reminds of my grandmother :-)

Claudia said...

Such a pretty collection of linens!

xo
Claudia

Eclectically Vintage said...

What a fabulous collection - I am in search of white linens for my guest bedroom! Love the old laundry marks - such vintage character!

Your photography is fabulous too! Happy to follow along.
Kelly

Haworth said...

Such lovely images, Jacqueline. It's always such a pleasure to read your blog. And yes! I'm one of those "love to iron" ladies. My ironing board is an old fashioned wooden one that pulls down from the wall from behind a tall, narrow door in the kitchen. Do you use linen water when you iron? I like to spray Egyptian Cotton or Lavender on handkerchiefs, pillowcases, or guest towels before I press them.

stefanie said...

gorgeous photos!

Faded Charm said...

You always share such beautiful whites...thanks for sharing them with us:-)

xoxo
Kathleen

cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com said...

So soft and beautiful and white, makes me want to snuggle in them.

cindy@stitches

wendy said...

beautiful linens for sure....and I love the ones with the old writing on it.
1882....that is very cool.

On Crooked Creek said...

Jacqueline,
I agree about ironing! There's no 'air freshener' more pleasing than that aroma of freshly pressed linens in the house. Here on the Prairie...there's no room to leave the ironing board up. So~o~o for me it's 'ironing marathon's'! Lovely photography...the sun shining through the window on the basket of fresh linens nearly took my breath away!
Fondly,
Pat

Custom Comforts said...

What gorgeous linens. I love all the whites and textures - prettiest combination of all. Your photos are always so inspiring.
Cindy

Miss Gracie's House said...

Such simple beauty! I do love linens...and yours are beautiful!
Rene'

Special 'K' said...

Gorgeous! I love to iron my pretties. I love the feel of freshly pressed pillowcases. Thanks for sharing. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

collarcitybrownstone said...

I have quite a collection of white vintage linen but its all packed away in different places around my house. I like the idea of stacking them up the way you do as display. I will try that.

I iron my pretties too and the ironing board is out more than it is put away.

Heaven's Walk said...

Ah, Jacqueline....there's nothing better than a French laundry basket overflowing with clean, pressed, sweet smelling linens. What beautiful vignettes! :)

xoxo laurie

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

You have some truly beautiful linens Jacqueline and your photos are gorgeous.

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