Spring bedding
What is it about bed linens these days? Love the textures and colors of natural linens,

soft cottons, scrumptious washable velvets…the boutique dyed range of colors…

and of course…always the ruffles! Bella Notte Linens above, with my treasured

antique French linen from antique dealer and blogger Karin of La Pouyette.

Bella Notte is a small local company up here in Northern California

started by designer Kathleen McCoy. Their Spring Outlet sale is this weekend

Details and coupon here

luxury bedding
I probably have enough…but it never hurts to look…

Or does it?


Los Angeles based Matteo Linens…above is their Wallpaper quilt line…

Like Bella Notte….they cut and sew first before dyeing bedding in

small batches. My buddies Pam of Red Ticking in Seattle here,

and Heather of Trove in Laguna Beach here both carry the line.

Complete list of stores here. If you have a chance to visit

a store that carries their line you’d fall in love

with the colors and feel of the fabric…


Wonderful neutrals…

gorgeous deeper grays and taupes…


Here’s their Americana quilt…


Love how they mix in ticking with the lace edged linen.

Matteo’s has a month long promotion…

Online only April sale ending….soon!

15 % off  and free shipping promotion here


Antique French linen

Here’s a piece of antique French linen I just dyed a charcoal gray…

While I was initially disappointed in this piece…heavily patched,

it’s imperfections freed me up to throw it into the dye bath. It has the

characteristic feel of heavy linen that I prefer over metis (a linen cotton mix).

It’s a personal thing…it’s best if you get a chance to feel for yourself…

antique linen

I was lucky to be able to find these linen sheets at the flea market…

From Karen Silen of La Maison Violette 

At booth D-15 at the Alameda “Antiques by the Bay” Flea Market here

These I lined with Bella Notte Whisper Linen curtains

in a post about my bedroom…here

antique French linens

One of my most trusted sources for antique French linen is, of course,

Wendy Lewis, her candy store of hundreds of antique quilts, pelmets, toile,

eiderdown, ticking, vintage metis, and antique French bed linens, gowns

and yardage listed on Ebay under Antique Vintage European Textiles …

Her antique and vintage sheets here, earlier post on Wendy here.

Wendy features quite a few dyed linens now…if you want to leave

it to a professional!


More luxurious linen with subtle shading and infinite custom details…

The lovely Italian Arte Pura bed and table linens…beautiful website here

Available exclusively through Maryanne Flaherty at Beadboard UpCountry

in Brenham, Texas. Her great posts about the line are here and here


Enough for now…and back to work….
Garden border Trouvais

Finally…a little competition for the poppies…

 Iris Pallida “aurea variegata”…