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How did Huddleson come into existence as a contemporary linens brand?

Prior to starting Huddleson, I worked for many years as a Director at The Rug Company. I was lucky enough to spend time in all of their showrooms around the world to work with some of the most talented interior designers creating custom rugs for some breathtaking homes. It was a very inspiring time, and The Rug Company gave me a great schooling in both design and management,  giving the combination of creativity and business knowledge that has been invaluable in starting my own design company.

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I have always loved throwing parties and have been hosting dinner parties since I was a teenager. I had been aware for many years that there was not a contemporary linens brand that embraced table linens as a medium for interesting modern design and thought this was a great opportunity missed.  Some of our most special times are spent with loved ones around a table and the table should be as unique and special as the moment.  At the same time, I was introduced to a digital textile printer who explained that printing digitally allowed us to use the whole tablecloth as a piece of art without the need for repeated designs and with small minimums orders.  Voila!  I grabbed the bull by the horns and started Huddleson with a collection of nine original digitally-printed tablecloth designs.

Huddleson Contemporary Linens Brand Linen Napkins

We now have over 650 SKUs from linen cocktail napkins to luxurious duvet covers plus infinite options for custom table and bed linens.

Describe your typical day?

I wake up around 6.30am and check my emails, Instagram and the news. Our fabric mill and fabric printer are in Italy so I often have to get on the email first thing to catch them before they leave for the day. I then take my dog for a hike – followed by a quick weights workout if I have time. I run the business out of my loft so I take breakfast of yogurt and/or eggs at my desk while I plan out the day. My assistant arrives at 9.30am and her primary role is to get orders out, so she often has to go to our workroom to drop off fabric and collect orders ready to ship. Meanwhile my role is somewhat broad!

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I prioritize my day depending on what will be most effective to take the business forward: sending out quotes, planning photo shoots for the website and social media, pitching products to press and bloggers, meeting with clients and interior designers, designing new prints and overseeing production.

 Huddleson Contemporary Linens Brand Pop Up Shop Table Runners

I usually grab lunch on the go – living with LA traffic means that making lunch plans can take three hours out of your day, which I can rarely afford. I take a break at 4.30pm to play with (wear out) the dog again and buy myself peace for the rest of the day! I wrap up work around 7pm by which time I’m ready to get out of the loft or have people over. I live with my boyfriend in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles and we are spoilt for having some of the best restaurants (and best neighbors) within walking distance so we don’t need to travel far for good food and good company. I love a game of cards or an hour of TV before bed and to read for half an hour before lights off at 11pm.

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You’re a Brit living in Los Angeles – how do those different perspectives influence your work?

Us Brits are well known for a love of pomp and ceremony! I think that is true when we are entertaining at home: we love to put on a fabulous spread! Americans are more casual and more self-conscious about being too ‘formal’ – in actuality everyone loves to be made to feel special, whatever you personal style of displaying that.

Los Angeles has a very open, artistic and entrepreneurial culture.   A huge number of people here are working on their own projects so when discussing a new idea, the usual response will be “awesome – good for you – you must meet XX and talk to YY – I think they’ll be really helpful”.   A more natural British reaction might be, “You’re going to start a contemporary linens brand? Oh, I’m not sure that’s a good idea. Does anyone use tablecloths any more?”  I honestly don’t think I would have started Huddleson if I was living in the UK.

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What inspires you when designing a new collection of linens?

The starting point for any table linen or bed linen design is what I would like to use myself.  Then I have to assess whether my customers will also want to use it!   Functionality is key, so I stick mainly to a usable palette that our customers respond to: white, ivory, grey, navy blue, green.  Our designs are not just around for one season and then discarded, so I pursue ideas that are timeless, as well as original, elegant, unique and sophisticated.  The biggest single influence for designing new prints is fashion. The sheer volume of creativity that fashion designers put out each year is an endlessly rich seam of inspiration for textures, prints, embellishments and product photography.

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LA has a very dynamic art scene, so I try to visit as many exhibitions as possible. They rarely provide direct inspiration, but they open the mind.

And at the origin, as with most designers and artists,  I take shapes and colors from the natural world – so travel is optimal, but just spending as much time as possible outside is wonderful.

Huddleson Contemporary Linens Brand Palm Print Tropical Leaves Bed Sheets

What is the process from idea to finished product?

Initially I come up with a concept and make a rough layout. I don’t paint to the standard required for a textile line, so I commission talented artists to paint the elements of the design – my boyfriend Clifford is an artist so it was fun to have him paint our recent Tropical Leaves palm print.

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I then put together the final layout in Photoshop and tweak scale, colors etc and send it to our digital printer in Italy who prints the full-size computer file onto beautiful Italian linen. In a second process the ink is fixed into the fabric to ensure long-term color fastness and then shipped to our Los Angeles workroom to be cut and sewn into finished bed and table linens.

Why do you manufacture in USA?

We specialize in making custom size linens for clients with extra large or odd-shaped tables or beds – and we also offer all manner of custom options including monogram, hemstitch, contrast stitch and custom print – so it makes commercial sense for us to have our cut and sew workroom nearby so we can turn around one-off pieces at lightning speed.  There is a long history of textile production in and around Los Angeles and therefore a wealth of talent here. Particularly when customization gets complicated, there is no substitute for explaining what you need face-to-face…and we save a fortune on shipping!

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Who is Huddleson’s customer?

They’re a lovely bunch of people! Our customers are people who appreciate good quality and interesting design whether they be royalty or retiree, scientist or socialite.  We mostly sell online, but the linens are stocked in a few beautiful boutiques.

We have loved being a part of people’s weddings – our commemorative napkins printed with the event details and menu have been very popular – and our linens are in some very fine restaurants and hotels.

Huddleson Contemporary Linens Brand Guide to Successful Entertaining

Do you have any golden rules for entertaining?

Make it memorable – hopefully in a good way! People are busy so you need to ensure your hospitality is a treat not a chore. The number one rule is to plan well so that when guests arrive you are there to welcome them enthusiastically, fix them a drink and introduce them to others. Then you’re off to great start!  What you choose for décor and food should all be well within your comfort zone. If the table looks amazing, it takes a lot of pressure off the food! Linen napkins are your starting point – fresh flowers are transformative – a tablecloth should fit your table (approx 11” drop on all sides) – candle light is very flattering – music will make the mood. For food, there needs to be a very compelling reason to be cooking something that cannot be (mostly) prepared in advance (or served raw). Otherwise there is no shame in having an event catered – your guests would much rather have time with you and eat something delicious than the alternative.

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Dream dinner party guests?

Leonardo Da Vinci, Queen Elizabeth II, Freddie Mercury, Karl Lagerfeld, Claud Cecil Gurney, Joan Rivers, Warren Buffett, Cesar Ritz, Kate Moss, Axel Vervoordt, Dom Perignon and Thomas Keller could give a hand in the kitchen.

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What is next for Huddleson?

The goal is to grow from a contemporary linens brand to incorporate other lifestyle elements that energize me.   A true melding of my passions for entertaining/hospitality, design and great food and wine would be the chance to design and run a boutique hotel on a vineyard.   That is the ultimate dream – creating a hotel with exquisite linens, and food and wine sourced on-site.

Tim Gledhill Founder Huddleson Contemporary Linens Brand

Until then, we have some pop-up retail events in the planning stage; more hotel and restaurant projects in the pipleline and we are developing a new collection tailored specifically to hospitality clients.   And we will continue regularly to release new unique printed and solid colored table and bed linens.

Follow along as I chase my dreams on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
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Palm Print Linens for Bed and Table

Huddleson’s newest design is the Tropical Leaves palm print bed and table linens.

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When I start designing a new print, there are many considerations that kick off the process:

What pattern would I personally like?

What do I think my customers would like?

Is it interesting, original and unique?

Does it have longevity?

Of course all of these are highly subjective questions, but with Tropical Leaves I give a resounding yes to all of these questions.

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The six different palm and monstera leaves were all painted in a rich green watercolor – a shade redolent of nature’s power to give new life.

I chose the scale to be at once impactful and calming – bold but not busy.

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The artwork is then digitally printed in Italy on beautiful Italian linen before being shipped to our Los Angeles workroom to be cut and sewn into duvet covers, bed sheets, napkins, table runners and tablecloths.

Palm Print Bed and Table Linens Monstera Banana Linen NapkinOn the bed, this palm print pairs well with our solid white washed Italian fitted sheet and pillowcases – for a pared down look, you can just mix in the Tropical Leaves duvet cover, pair of shams or top sheet and keep everything else solid white.

Palm Print Bed and Table Linens Shams Pillowcases

For the smallest touch of the jungle, we have Tropical Leaves linen decorative throw pillows available in three standard sizes (and custom options available).

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On the table, using the tablecloth and napkins as a full set looks fantastic – the print will be calmed when broken up by all the other things on the table: the plates, flowers, serving bowls.

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Another beautiful combination is to pair the Tropical Leaves tablecloth with our white linen napkins with a green contrast hemstitch.

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We also offer the Tropical Leaves linen table runner to add a small amount of this joyous greenery!

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As with all our collection – order standard sizes of the palm print bed and table linens in the online store or contact us for custom size linens for bed or table.

Spring Table Linens in Shades of Green Blue Pink White Pure

Spring table linens should reflect the freshness of the season in both color and style: organic prints that reflect the flora, fauna and patterns found in nature and soft shades of green, pink and blue, offset by plenty of clean white.

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Heather Linen Tablecloth with Blossom Linen Table Runner and Napkins

As with many designs in the Huddleson collection, the Blossom printed napkins and runner above are painted in a beautifully subtle watercolor and then digitally printed onto the Italian linen.  The Melita Aqua linen tablecloth and napkins below are more abstract, inspired by naturally occurring striated patterns found throughout nature from butterfly wings to stone formations.

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Melita Aqua Linen Tablecloth and Napkins

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All Huddleson’s linens are designed to compliment one another in both classic and more unique colors and patterns to be used over again in different combinations that always feel unique and new. You can use a full set of tablecloth, table runner, linen placemats and napkins for the ultimate polished and put-together look, or separate individual pieces for more informal or everyday use.

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The Swirling Sloan Silver and White Pure Linen Tablecloth and Napkin

Let nature do most of the work for you – the availability of the prettiest flowers and freshest food is reason enough to set a beautiful table and invite friends and family to share this wonderful time of year.

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Lovebirds Linen Tablecloth and Napkins

Click each image above to navigate to the online store for the spring table linens featured or browse our full table linen collection.

All our tablecloths and table runners are available to order in custom sizes – please email us or call 213 748 3038

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Luxury Italian Bed Linens Prints Solid Colors Cotton Linen Bed Sheets

Huddleson is delighted to announce the launch of our first collection of luxury Italian bed linens.

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Cinta Grey and White Striped 500 Thread Count Cotton Percale Duvet Cover and Top Sheet

All the collection is designed in Los Angeles and manufactured in Italy from the finest 500 thread count cotton percale or 100% vintage-washed linen.

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Diamond Grey Geometric Cotton Duvet Cover and Shams (shown with Silver Grey pure linen top sheet)

The four printed and four solid color bed linens are all in tones of grey and white that all co-ordinate and are sold individually so that you can mix and match for your own unique style.

Silver Grey Pure Linen Luxury Italian Bed Linens
Silver Grey Pure Linen Luxury Italian Bed Linens

Our solid colored 100% linen sheets, pillow cases, shams and duvet covers in either silver grey or white are pre-washed for an exceptional softness from day one.  They are a medium weight and the unique anti-microbial, hypo-allergenic qualities of linen keep you warm in winter and cool in summer and will ensure you sleep in ultimate comfort year-round.   (Insider tip: they look wonderful mixed up together).

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Modern Lace Cotton Pillow Shams and Top Sheet

The prints in the first collection – all printed on white 500 thread count luxury Italian bed linens – are:

– Cinta – an irregular painted stripe duvet cover and top sheet

– Diamond – a graphic geometric printed duvet cover, pillowcase and sham

– Modern Lace – a printed interpretation of traditional lace and suzani mandalas on duvet cover, top sheet and pillow shams

– Moreton – a black watercolor print that transition from black to grey on a duvet cover with accompanying black and white ombre shams

The first three are all in the same eight shades of grey and ivory to easily mix and match with one another.

Moreton Watercolor Print Black and White Luxury Duvet Cover and Shams
Moreton Watercolor Print Black and White Duvet Cover and Shams

The whole collection marries unique artistic design with the finest luxury Italian bed linens.

Pewter 500 Thread Count Cotton Percale Luxury Italain Bed Linens
Pewter 500 Thread Count Cotton Percale Bed Linens

No detail has been overlooked.  The both the pewter grey and white 500 thread count cotton percale shams and top sheets come with a satin stitch – tone-on-tone on the pewter and contrasting in either pewter or silver grey on the white.  Again, they lend themselves to being mixed up together to stamp your own design on the collection.

White Cotton Percale Pillow Sham with Pewter Grey Satin Stitch
White Cotton Percale Pillow Sham with Pewter Grey Satin Stitch

We will be introducing new designs and colors regularly and would love to hear what you would like to see in the future from Huddleson’s bed linen collections – either leave a comment below or email us at info@huddlesonlinens.com

White Linen Duvet Cover, Pillowcases, Shams and Sheets
White Pure Linen Bed Linens

Browse all our luxury Italian bed linens here – and treat yourself to a very beautiful night’s sleep!

Holiday table settings – I live for this time of year!  Giving thanks with friends, Christmas with family and endless excuses for cozy dinner parties and cracking open a bottle to catch up with everyone back from summer travels and adventures.

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It’s the reason I started Huddleson – to create great quality table linens with a contemporary aesthetic to provide the backdrop for fun and memorable gatherings.  In fall many of our clients are buying classic tablecloths and napkins in a neutral pallette that can be accented with beautiful flowers, plates, glasses and silverware – and become much loved staples year after year.

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Ivory linen tablecloths are always our best seller – classically elegant with tone-on-tone napkins (shown here with our Cinta white linen napkin with an ivory border) or as a versatile backdrop that can work with any color combination of flowers and napkins.

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But of course I love printed textiles!  This is the beautiful Melita Metallic linen tablecloth.  This unique print in white, gold and silver is beautifully festive with just the right amount of unexpected.

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And as we head towards Christmas: green and red.  I’m not going to tell you to be restrained with Christmas decorating.  Every family has its traditions, but don’t be afraid to move them forward and stamp your own point of view into this special time.

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And then there’s the accessories.  If you’re hosting a drinks party you should have linen cocktail napkins on hand.  If you’re going to a drinks party, they make a wonderful gift.

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Placemats and table runners: layer them on your tablecloth to add texture or contrast – or keep a stack in the drawer for casual catch-ups with friends.

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Think ahead and make sure you have the staples for your holiday table settings.  If you need custom table linens tailored to your specific table size, call 213 748 3038 or email info@huddlesonlinens.com in advance  – and then relax and enjoy the season.  Cheers!

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Huddleson Contrast Hemstitched Linen Napkins

Our contrast hemstitch napkins are our most luxurious napkin yet.

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Ivory Linen Napkin with Chocolate Brown Hemstitch

Many of our clients like to add a hemstitch to our pure linen napkins, to give a refined, formal finish.

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White Linen Napkin with Gold Hemstitch

Our ‘A-Ha’ moment came after we had made 220 super luxurious oversized 22″x22″ white linen napkins for a clients wedding with a white hemstitch and a white monogram.  They look was perfect for their wedding, but they triggered an idea: how fantastic they would look with a contrast color stitch.

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Navy Blue Linen Napkin with Ivory Hemstitch

The result is the most perfect refined, modern linen napkin!

Natural Linen Contrast Hemstitch Napkin Charcoal
Natural Linen Napkin with Charcoal Grey Hemstitch

These are big – 22″x22″ – to amply cover your lap and provide a little decadent luxury.

White Linen Napkin Navy Blue Contrast Hemstitch
White Linen Napkin with Navy Blue Hemstitch

The way the colors play off one another means you can perfectly complement every color scheme or season.

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White Linen Napkin with Red Hemstitch

We have a small number of napkins in stock in ten colorways:

White napkin with black stitch contrast hemstitch

White napkin with gold contrast hemstitch

White napkin with sage green contrast hemstitch

White napkin with red contrast hemstitch

White napkin with tan contrast hemstitch

White napkin with navy blue contrast hemstitch

Ivory napkin with chocolate brown contrast hemstitch

Ivory napkin with navy blue contrast hemstitch

Navy blue napkin with ivory contrast hemstitch

Natural undyed napkin with charcoal contrast hemstitch

We welcome orders for custom napkins in any base color from our collection and any stitch color you can imagine.  You can also add a contrast hemstitch to any placemat, runner or tablecloth.  Allow two weeks for delivery of custom table linens.

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White Linen Napkin with Sage Green Hemstitch

Classic linen napkins, supersized, and invigorated with a beautiful contrast hemstitch.  We’re hooked!  Buy online now!

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Natural linen table linens epitomize everything that is great about linen.  They can be casual or formal, traditional or modern, and offer a classic look that will never go out of style.

Natural linen tablecloth from Huddleson

Natural linen gets its distinctive color after harvesting when the flax plants are laid out in the fields to interact with the soil, rain and sun before it is taken to mills for spinning into linen yarn.

The linen we use comes from Italian mills, woven from European-grown flax plants.   It is a soft, smooth, refined fabric that is both tough and elegant and our natural linen tablecloths become softer and more full of character as they are used and (machine) washed.

Natural Linen Crow Tablecloth by Huddleson

Adding the Huddleson touch to this rich, natural linen fabric we have created a collection of contemporary printed table linens that play beautifully of this earthy base.  The artwork is designed especially for the scale of the table, and by using the latest digital printing technology we are able to create extra-wide fabrics without repeating the design.

Huddleson Crow Natural Linen Napkin and Tablecloth

The Crow Natural tablecloth and Crow Natural napkin feature a print of hand-painted crows circling against silhouetted branches – with the print retaining the shading and brushstrokes from the original painting.

Anfa black check natural linen napkin and tablecloth from Huddleson Linens

The Anfa natural linen tablecloth and Anfa natural linen napkin are a modern take on a Moroccan tile design.  The natural linen background features a hand-painted checkered motif in black reminiscent of block printing coupled with an interlocking chain border.  Casual, elegant and timeless.

Anfa Natural Linen Tablecloth with Black Moroccan Contemporary Print from Huddleson

Cinta Striped Natural Linen Table Runners by Huddleson

Our striped tablecloth and striped table runner design is named Cinta, the Spanish word for ribbon, because it is inspired by the idea of laying party streamers across the table.  The design has eight different colored stripes in shades of red, green, gold and black laid across the natural linen base cloth.

Natural Linen Napkin with Gold Border from Huddleson Linens

Pulling from the eight colored stripes, there are eight different linen napkins with colored borders to co-ordinate with the design – either to pick your favorite or mix up a few of the different colors.

Cinta Striped Natural Linen Tablecloth by Huddleson

Visit the Huddleson online linens store to browse and purchase all of these collections of natural linen tablecloths, natural linen table runners, natural linen placemats and natural linen napkins.

And please call 213 748 3038 or email us to order custom table linens – if you need an unusual size or have any other questions.

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Outdoor entertaining doesn’t get more all-American than a casual dinner with friends on the beach.  And I hereby submit evidence that a beach dinner can be oh-so elegant!

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Harbor Springs on the bank of Lake Michigan is the home to one of the chicest stores in America: Huzza. The boutique is owned by Rad and Kate Macready, who as well as having superb taste also know how to throw a damn good party.

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Last summer they showed their outdoor entertaining prowess by throwing a breathtaking dinner party on the beach just outside town. It was the perfect setting for a simple and low maintenance dinner to celebrate summer and everything that is perfect about northern lakeside living.

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The goal for Stockyard Detroit who prepared all the food was to create a beach dinner that was elegant but most importantly that it gathered the flavors of August in Northern Michigan.

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The table decoration provided plenty of contemporary tablesetting inspiration. The color theme was a new take on the black and gold combination that looks so fresh and modern.

 

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Huddleson’s Seagram pure linen napkins in a deep indigo and dark textured cream perfectly tied together the black and gold of the table with the backdrop of the lake. The artistic print on fine Italian linen is inspired by the paintings of Mark Rothko – a perfect execution of functional art! (Buy the napkins online here).

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The floral displays were loose and organic and made up of white cosmos with wild local greenery.

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The appetizers were shishito peppers with an aioli of garlic and farm fresh eggs along with whitefish paté crostinis topped with capers and pickled red onions. Combining the grilled peppers and the whitefish paté (a Northern Michigan classic) made for the accompaniment to the cocktail hour.

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The dinner menu comprised a selection of tantalizingly presented large dishes to pass and share: summer salad and lamb kebobs with couscous covered in pickled items and homemade sauces of rosewater yogurt and charred tomatillo relish.

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To cap off a magical evening the party continued around a fire on the beach with fireworks over the lake.

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It’s always a thrill to see how people style a table using Huddleson linens – and never more so when it looks as good as this outdoor entertaining feature in Traditional Home magazine!

This gathering in the lush hills outside Los Angeles  focuses on comfort and simplicity in both decor and menu.  The blue and white table linens are Huddleson’s Anfa design which pairs beautifully with simple white serving platters and garden chairs padded with plush pillows.

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The menu is equally unfussy with in season vegetables from the farmers market and grilled steaks with a blue cheese sauce.  To round out peaches were also cooked on the grill and followed by a cheese plate.

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To recreate the look, the Anfa blue and white linen tablecloth and white linen napkins with a blue check are available to buy in the Huddleson online table linen store.

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Ivory table linens lend a  classic, timeless sophistication when entertaining.

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As with anything simple, the key to making this look work is all in the details.

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For starters, the tablecloth.   For a luxurious backdrop you need to use the finest raw materials.  Huddleson’s rectangular ivory tablecloth is made from pure Italian linen woven in Northern Italy where the art of fabric weaving is an art and science honed through generations over the centuries.

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For the napkins we used Huddleson Cinta Ivory napkins – a white pure linen napkin printed  with an ivory border – keeping the look unique and Huddleson fresh!

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To complete the simple, textural style, we used vintage silver napkin rings, solid silver cutlery and platinum rimmed dinner and side plates.  All co-ordinate beautifully together in their classic elegance and add light and life to the table.

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The finishing touch is armfuls of seasonal flowers from the Los Angeles flower market arranged in small bud vases down the middle of the table to create a consistent flow yet not impede conversation across the table.

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For round tables, a beautiful way to style solid-colored linens is to have them drop to the floor and allow the texture and movement of the fabric come into their own.   Our round ivory tablecloths are available up to 120″ diameter without a seam or in any wider size with panels and hidden seams.  As with all neutrals, you can use them as a go-to base and easily mix in another accent color depending on the occasion.Ivory-cream-pure-linen-table-runner

Huddleson also makes table runners and linen placemats – in standard and custom sizes – that can either provide a less formal ambience or be mixed and layered with complementary colored or patterned linens.Ivory-pure-linen-placemat-napkinBrowse our online table linen store for more entertaining inspiration of table linens in a range of modern solid colors and contemporary prints.

And, we recommend taking the effort to get linens that will work for you and provide the backdrop to memorable events for years to come.  So please contact us – 213 748 3038 or info@huddlesonlinens.com – to order a made to measure tablecloth that is perfect for your dining room.

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