The Linen Cupboard

The generations that have gone before us seem to have been a much more romantic lot. For instance, could there be anything more sweet than the idea of the venerable ladies of the family sewing a bride’s first set of linens for her to ‘keep house’ with? A sentimental notion that isn’t very practical in the modern age since most mothers these days don’t sit around and hem pillow cases – most mums don’t even have time to iron them. But while I’m happy not to be stuck with the task of making anyone’s bedsheets, we certainly seem to be missing some of the charm of yesteryear. It was almost a rite of passage among women that a linen cupboard was properly stocked. And while feminism has disavowed some of these home-making traditions, we still think it’s lovely to have a well curated linen cupboard filled with beautiful things, whether you’re a bride or not. A stack of neatly folded sheets and towels isn’t just a pile of stuff in a closet. It’s what you wrap your loved ones in day and night and it’s a state of readiness for honored house guests. It’s also a tradition that grows over the seasons from the first year in a home of your own to the time when your cupboard is full and you can trace your life back several decades through cottons and silks and fine trimmings. It’s the care and attention to detail that makes this tradition beautiful and most certainly worth preserving, even in our busy modern era. There’s no need for dear great grandmother to embroider your towels with trembling ninety-year-old fingers – let Christy provide the quality linens and you can just have great grandmother round for tea. You can impress her with your brilliantly appointed linen cupboard…

 
 

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