Luxury Linens Make A Decorating Difference


In my research of linens and bedding for the modern home I learned that, historically, linens were treasured. Centuries ago, linens were reserved strictly for nobles as they indicated a mark of prosperity. In the European tradition, a hope chest was filled with a week’s supply of linens and served as a dowry. Financial worth was measured by the quality of linens and quality of the craftsmanship which had to be perfect. Today, those without particular rank can enjoy the simple luxury of quality linens for table, bed and bath.

Today, the presentation of fine linens is all about layering for both the bed and table linens. It is important to make a bed properly and with care to create a peaceful sanctuary of the bedroom. Likewise, table linens provide the background for dinnerware and appealing food presentation.

Most large retail stores have linen departments. But interior design experts favor specialty linen shops like Designers Linen Source in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. Owner Jodi Ruggieri has over 25 years experience in providing exclusive linen lines to interior designers and their clients. Her selection of linens is extensive and of exceptional quality.

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About Karen Carpino

Karen Carpino is an interior designer and founder of Chicago-based Karen Carpino Design. A professionally registered interior designer with over 25 years of experience, Ms. Carpino's clientele includes both residential and commercial projects. She brings you techniques, trends and tips in “Style At Home.”