I’m one of those die-hard napkin nuts- a pretty napkin makes a table. I was raised in a cloth-only household, and I take great pride in ironing mine to crispness and setting our table each night- even the wee ones get a real deal napp’un. So it only figures that I die over the below napkin rings, even if they do create a bit of artful chotchke on the table once removed. The hot pink World’s Fair 1939 vintage bakelite perisphere one takes the cake- and they also exist (though rare) in root beer bakelite, aka “poor man’s tortoise”! Die again.
Firstly, I want a name like Elizabeth Archangeli. Period. That last name wields some serious power! But I digress. Elizabeth is making these absolutely lovely coastal-inspired linens out of her Vermont studio, as spied on Food & Wine . . . and I just had to share! Would make for fab girlfriend gifts, or dress up any ho-hum party you have coming up.
I never thought I’d say it, because it’s pure sacrilege. But I’m gonna go there: I think Julia B. has up-and-trumped ole Leontine. Leontine can still be the lady-in-waiting, don’t despair- but JBL is the new reigning queen of STUNNING tabletop linens, monogrammed goodness, heavenly bedding, and more. I could say something snooty and poserish like “ooo I just can’t wait till one of our girls uses these at her wedding”, but y’all- let’s face it . . . at $135/napkin, it isn’t probably going to happen anytime soon. *wink* A girl can dream, though!
Below, the ones that are keeping me up at night:
The Calais Dinner Napkin from Julia B. Linens = my all-time fave.
Julia B. Linens’ monogrammed Signature Cocktail Napkin = the ultimate girlfriend gift.
Paris is always a good idea- (the Julia B. Linens Paris place setting).
The Biarritz napkins from Julia B. scratch that pompom “itch”.
The Versailles dinner napkin – so aptly named!