All posts by Tim Gledhill

Practical Gift Guide Shibori Indigo Japanese Cotton Pillow

Feel good about your giving this year by choosing quality over quantity and buy a practical gift that will be used, loved and cherished throughout the year and for years to come.

Cloud Light Pale Grey Italian Linen Sheet Set Practical Gift Giving

Cloud Grey Italian Linen Sheet Set

These sheets, in a beautiful neutral shade of light grey, are made from 100% linen woven in Italy. They are pre-washed to make them wonderfully soft from day one. They look fabulous; they feel fabulous – what better, practical gift than many nights of beautiful sleep?


Ivory Linen Napkins and Placemats with Chocolate Brown Hemstitch


Ivory Napkins and Placemats with Chocolate Brown Hemstitch

Classic yet unexpected; elegant yet tough enough to give many years of use.  For someone who likes to entertain, these linens will elevate their hosting to new heights. 

$24 Each

Black White Red Green Plaid Cotton Flannel Table Runner

Black/White/Red/Green Plaid Table Runner

Who loves decorating for Christmas?  Well they will LOVE this woven cotton flannel runner with accents in white, red and green.  It’s fun, festive and will become a beloved part of the holidays.


Indigo Shibori Pillow Cover Practical Gift

Indigo Shibori Pillow Cover 

Japanese cotton decorative pillow cover with a miniature dot shibori design.  The pillow covers are two-sided with the reverse of the fabric on the back.  Comfy, chic, practical gift…and everyone loves indigo.


Natural Linen Napkin Burgundy Red Border Practical Gift

Cinta Burgundy Napkin

Natural undyed Italian linen printed with a rich burgundy red border.  The border is a hand-painted print so has a unique artistic look.  Formal, casual, it’s a great napkin and a fabulous, practical gift.  

$18 Each

500 Thread Count Cotton Percale Sheet Set Red Hemstitch

500TC Cotton Percale Sheet Set with Red Hemstitch

Crisp white 500 thread count cotton percale woven in Italy embellished with a line of hemstitch in red (four other standard colors and 500 custom colors available).


Heather Lavender Lilac Linen Cocktail Napkins

Heather Linen Cocktail Napkin

Cocktail napkins fall into the category of non-essentials that make your life better.  The perfect gift for anyone who enjoys having friends over for drinks.  46 different colors, prints and hemstitched options in the online store.

$4 Each

Red Shibori Japanese Cotton Napkin

Red Shibori Japanese Cotton Napkin

Just the right amount of festive that you can use year-round.  Lovely, soft, low-maintenance Japanese cotton napkins (no ironing needed). Shown with Orange Shibori placemat.

$16 Each

Palm Print Monstera Linen Duvet Cover Practical Gift

Tropical Leaves Linen Duvet Cover

Rain or shine the Tropical Leaves linen duvet cover brings a good-time summer feeling to the bedroom.  100% Italian linen with a hand-painted print of monstera and palm leaves. Uplifting and cozy – give the gift of a better Monday morning.


Natural Flax Italian Linen Placemat Charcoal Grey Hemstitch

Natural Linen Placemat and Napkin with Charcoal Hemstitch

Special Event/Everyday; Modern/Traditional:  The understated, luxurious, variegated natural undyed pure linen placemat is enhanced with hemstitch in charcoal grey are a wonderful addition to any occasion.

$24 Each

Custom Size Linen Tablecloth Made to Measure Practical Gift

Custom Size Tablecloth

There is no standard table size, and you can spend a lifetime searching for a tablecloth that fits your specific table.   Save someone that search with the incredibly thoughtful, practical gift of a bespoke tablecloth made to measure for their table – call 213 748 3038 or email to order.  Turnaround time is 1-2 weeks.

From $135

Fall Table Styling Guide A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Table To Suit Your Personal Style

Entertaining season is upon us again, so I have put together some fall table styling inspiration in the form of a handy step-by-step guide to creating a look that suits your personal style.

fall table styling inspiration natural linen striped tablecloth warm red green colors

Step One: Pick a Base Color

1a: Light – White, Ivory, Camel, Natural Linen

Ivory Floor Length Pure Italian Linen Tablecloth

For anyone who entertains regularly, an ivory or white pure linen tablecloth is a classic, sophisticated, beautiful quality piece that will always be stylish and will be a key piece in your hosting repertoire. But a range of other light and neutral linen colors can work perfectly with your decor, dinnerware or to create a different atmosphere: relaxed Natural Linen, warm Camel Gold linen, soft Cloud Grey or cool Silver Grey.

1b – Dark – Charcoal, Black

Fall Table Styling Slate charcoal grey pure Italian linen tablecloth

Dark tablecloths bring a totally different atmosphere.  They can bring a depth and intimacy, particularly for evening parties on short fall and winter days.  Black linen tablecloths add the ultimate drama while our rich Charcoal Grey table linens are a little softer.

1c: Patterned

fall table styling guide holiday tables cape gold silver white linen tablecloth

Printed table linens are a perfect way to express your personality and make a table that is unique and memorable.  For the fall holidays, anything goes.  From dramatic painterly prints to organic textural patterns, you can style a table that is the backdrop for creating unforgettable memories.

Step 2: Layer 

2a: Add Placemats

black pure italian linen placemats white napkins monochromatic placesetting

fall table styling guide coffee brown placemat napkin

Black on ivory; white on black; coffee on ivory, silver on slate…dressing your table is like dressing yourself.  One of our key pieces of advice for fall table styling is to layer linens to bring added texture, personality and show your curatorial prowess.  And practically speaking, you can leave the tablecloth down and switch out the placemats for multiple different, low maintenance looks!

2b – Or a Runner

fall table styling guide natural Italian linen runner white napkin

Table runners are often seen running the length of the table, but an alternate is to run them across the table like two joined up placemats – what the French call a tête-à-tête runner. Whichever way you use them, both runners and placemats are an excellent way to add contrast and interest either straight onto the table or over a tablecloth to make each meal feel special and unique.

Step 3: Choose Napkins

fall table styling natural linen napkin burgundy red border

fall table styling red placemat orange napkin Japanese cotton

No matter what your everyday dining style or however often you entertain, your napkins are likely to get the most use of all your table linens.  If you get a good quality linen napkin, they will wash and wear well for years and years and give you a range of options for casual and formal get-togethers.  Match the napkins to the other linens for a sleek, understated look or contrast to bring in other colors and textures to suit the occasion and guests.

Step 4: Add a Hemstitch or Monogramfall table styling black Italian linen tablecloth white napkin hemstitch

A hemstitch adds a classic elegance to table linens.  Add a hemstitch in a contrasting color and you bring a fresh design flair to that timeless style.  It provides another opportunity to express your personal touch in original and refined ways.  We offer a range of hemstitched linen napkins and placemats in standard colorways, and you can add a hemstitch to any table linen with a choice of 500 colors to perfectly co-ordinate with your room, dinnerware, outfit or mood.

All of the looks shown in this fall table styling guide are available to buy in Huddleson’s online table linens store or please get in touch with any questions or to inquire about ordering custom table linens (lead-time for delivery of custom linens is usually 1-2 weeks).

Greek dinner party blue and white linens place setting bougainvillea centerpiece runner

This Greek dinner party was loosely inspired by the colors and flavors of the Adriatic:  classic blue and white table linens; a simple, fresh, healthy menu; and a scene-stealing bougainvillea table runner.  In a world full of infinite possibilities, picking a loose theme makes decision-making a whole lot easier.  It creates a frame within which to lay out your ideas.  I hereby welcome you to Greek night!

Blue and white place setting table linens bougainvillea Greek dinner party

The reason the blue and white color combination that we associate with Greece – and especially the island of Santorini – became a stylistic emblem is twofold.  The white part is because most houses were colored white to keep them cool, and since 1974 Greek law has mandated all houses be white.  The blue part is because most Greek Orthodox churches had their domes painted blue (blue is a color associated with the “God bearer” i.e. Mary, mother of Jesus).   So it became a unifying accent color as neighborhoods took their cue from the parish church.   It is also no coincidence that blue and white are also the colors of the Greek flag 🇬🇷.

Blue and white placesetting Greek dinner party bougainvillea

For our blue and white place settings we layered Anfa blue and white linen placemats on a solid white linen tablecloth and topped with navy blue linen napkins.  Evoking a strappy Greek sandal, we tied the napkins with white leather cord and used simple plain white dinnerware.

Greek dinner party blue and white tablescape table linens bougainvillea

Having the Greek dinner party theme made picking floral arrangements easy – Bougainvillea climbs all over the blue and white houses adding vibrant color to the streets and gardens all around the Greek islands.  We replicated the look by foraging around our neighborhood in Los Angeles for clippings of the passionate, vivid red flowers to lay down the middle of the table as a runner-cum-centerpiece.

Greek dinner party appetizer goat cheese stuffed dates

The food was simple, natural and wholesome and – adhering to my golden rule of hosting – could almost entirely be made in advance.

For appetizers we stuffed dates with a mixture of goats cheese, garlic and parsley.  Side tables were adorned with olive branches, casually arranged in urns.

Halloumi watermelon appetizer navy blue linen napkin Greek dinner party

Halloumi cheese, originally from Cyprus, is under-appreciated in the US.  Grill slices of halloumi for a couple of minutes on each side and top with chunks of watermelon that you have marinated in vinegar, honey, olive oil and mint for a simple and delicious passed appetizer.  Garnish with chopped almonds.

The photographic evidence of the rest of the food is patchy!  Main course was a Greek dinner party family-style.  A passed plate feast of Greek salad, lamb meatballs, grilled chicken skewers (marinated in garlic, shallots, olive oil, honey and lemon juice), tzatziki and pitta bread.

Candlelit Greek dinner party outdoor al fresco blue and white bougainvillea runner

The house cocktail was a ‘Greek mojito’.  Replace the rum from a regular mojito with brandy (if it really is Greek, you’d use Metaxa, but any brandy will work).  I was a sceptic, but it was delicious.

The final piece of experience I have to impart: as the bougainvillea gets drier and the taper candles burn lower, there is a risk of combustion that should be gently monitored.

Buy the blue and white placesettings here.  And please let us know if you have any questions or would like to inquire about custom size tablecloths or anything else – or 213 748 3038




Easter Ivory Linen Tablecloth Spring Lunch Pastel Aqua White Linen Napkin

I’m not about to spill all my linen beans, but let me tell you this: people really love an ivory linen tablecloth.  There is a very good reason for that – ivory linen tablecloths are gorgeous.  The very subtle sheen and drape intrinsic to linen give life to the fabric; the touch is soft and comforting; and the clean, crisp off-white is timeless, elegant, sophistication.

Ivory Linen Tablecloth Yellow Tulip Centerpieces and Aqua and White Linen Napkins - Huddleson Linens

The occasion for this outdoor lunch party was to celebrate Easter Sunday (a keen eye will spot the chocolate eggs!) – so we went big on the yellow flowers and complemented the tablecloth with Huddleson Melita Aqua and White linen napkins for a pastel flourish.  But another great thing about an ivory linen tablecloth – you can use it all year round because it pairs beautifully with every other color.

Huddleson Ivory Linen Tablecloth Spring Lunch Outdoor Yellow Floral Arrangements

I prefer a little wildness to my floral arrangements – nothing too prissy.  Here I used all bright sunshine yellow and green which gave a nice dramatic, joyous punch.  I arranged tulips and ranunculus low and wide; forsythia blossom for height; and some foliage for volume.  The vintage white porcelain vases and oversized green bottle are flea market finds.

Ivory Linen Tablecloth and Aqua and White Printed Napkins from Huddleson

Poolside Spring Lunch Ivory Linen Tablecloth & Aqua and White Printed Linen Napkins from Huddleson

So what did we eat?  We started with a beet, goats cheese and endive salad.  Cut red and yellow beets into cubes and roast for 10 minutes.  Meanwhile, make the dressing by combining sherry vinegar, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard and oil.  Allow the beets to cool and then add the endives, some walnut pieces and some goats cheese.  We didn’t have time to arrange it perfectly, so we tossed some edible flowers on top to prettify.

The main course was slow roasted pork with crackling and apple sauce; roast vegetables and potatoes dauphinoise. Even here in Los Angeles, we found it hard to find a butcher who had a rump joint with the skin on.  So we asked the butcher to give us some skin separately and we tied it to the joint.  I’m glad we did because the crackling was absolutely delicious and it is a treat that you get to enjoy rarely.

This recipe takes over 6 hours.  There are quicker ways of cooking a pork roast, but you do get a wonderfully tender result by cooking it low and slow.  Bring the meat up to room temperature and make sure the skin is dry.  Score the skin with a very sharp knife and rub salt into it.  Season the underside with salt and pepper.  Roast for 30 minutes at 425F.  Then turn the oven down to 325F, cover the meat with silver foil and cook for 4 1/2 hours more.  Take the joint out of the roasting tray.  Drain out all but 2 tablespoons of fat.  Layer in loosely chopped onions, carrots, zucchini, garlic.  Coat the vegetables with the pork juices and I like to add a splash of orange juice too.  Put the pork on top of the vegetables and cook for 45 mins more.  Serve with fresh gravy and apple sauce (chop up any apples and boil until soft – add a touch of brown sugar, salt and maybe brandy).

  I also made potatoes dauphinoise.  Set you mandolin to 2mm.  Slice peeled potatoes into an oven safe dish.  Cover with heavy whipping cream, a generous amount of chopped garlic and some grated gruyere.  Bake at 300F until browned (approx 1 hour).

And look how happy everyone was!  The perfect Sunday lunch party.   Very easy and, as I always ensure, something that can all be put together before your guests arrive so that you can relax and enjoy the moment.    Ivory Linen Tablecloth by Huddleson. Perfect for a Spring lunch outside.

If you need an ivory linen tablecloth, it is for sale in many sizes here; and the Melita Aqua and White napkins are here.  And please let us know if you need a custom size or have any questions.

Scandinavian dinner party layering a white linen tablecloth with natural flax linen table runners and white linen napkins

This week’s dinner party has a sophisticated, modern rustic vibe.   I wanted to layer up solid colored table linens in white and natural flax colors, a look often associated with those effortlessly stylish Northern Europeans.  So why not go the extra step and throw a Scandinavian dinner party and pick a menu to match the aesthetic?

Scandinavian dinner party layering white and natural flax table linens

For the linens, the base layer is a rectangular white linen tablecloth.  On top we layered natural linen table runners widthways across the table – what the French call a tête-à-tête runner.  (This is the 18″x64″ size if you’re looking for them in the online store!)

Scandinavian dinner party layering white and natural flax table linens, candles and blossom

The napkins are the simple white pure linen napkins, and to add a little whimsical flourish, we tied them with rope and added a little flower sprig to each placesetting.  When using minimal color or print, it is beneficial  to have some texture in the textiles, which also fits with the rustic aesthetic.  The tablecloth was neatly pressed (there’s a fine line between beautiful texture and a mess!)  Our tip for artfully rumpled napkins and runners is to give them a short spin in the dryer on a low heat, then take them out and smooth by hand while they are still slightly damp, and that will give you this soft, textured look.

Scandinavian dinner party layering white and natural flax linen table linens, candles and blossom

The finishing touches to the Scandinavian dinner party table decoration were plenty of candles (essential for atmosphere and providing flattering light) and fresh blossom.   One of the keys to creating a tablescape that feels well proportioned and pulled together is to use items of many different heights on the table.  On this table we used low tea lights, different height glasses, tall taper candles and the final addition:  the tall branches of blossom that adds a fabulous theatricality.  There are a lot of pieces on the table, but because they are all glass and white, with just the natural linen runners to add a contrast, it all works together fabulously!

Our Scandinavian dinner party menu was very quick and easy to prepare.  The starter was Shrimp Skagen.  Named after Denmark’s largest fishing port, it is essentially dressed shrimp on toast.  It is easiest to use pre-cooked, pre-shelled small shrimp (I found these in the freezer at Whole Foods).  To make the dressing, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, horseradish, pepper and fresh dill in a bowl.  Combine with the shrimp.  Serve on toast (sourdough or brioche) and garnish will fresh dill.  It makes a fantastic lunch that you can prepare ahead of time.  To make it a little more fine-dining, we added some wild salmon caviar (you can use any caviar).  Serve with brut champagne.

The main course was fresh cod fillets with new potatoes and sun-dried tomato pesto.  Preheat the oven to 375.  Halve the baby potatoes and scatter them on a baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil, salt and rosemary.  Roast for 20-30 minutes until golden brown on the outside and tender on the inside.  Pesto is very simple to make, but you can also just blend some sun-dried tomatoes with a jar of your favorite shop-bought pesto!  Add a little pesto to the potatoes, turn off the oven and place the sheet back in the oven to keep warm.  Pan sear the cod in a hot skillet – approx 4 minutes on each side.   Serve with fresh arugula (dressed or undressed), toasted almonds and shaved parmesan.

Dessert was a frangipani, fruit tart, served with whipping cream.  Not a Scandinavian dinner party speciality, but a great way to end any/every meal!

Scandinavian dinner party layering a white linen tablecloth with natural flax linen table runners and white linen napkins

Please browse our online linen store for more inspiration of how to decorate you table or your bed, and let us know if you have any questions or special requests.








Why linen is the most luxurious, practical fabric for your home

At Huddleson we are evangelical about the beautiful, unique Italian linen fabric from which we make almost all of our collection, so I wanted to take a moment to share some of the reasons why linen should be your secret ingredient for a happy life.

why linen Ivory pure linen sheets are so comfortable

Linen bed sheets will help you live longer

Supple, soft linen sheets are soothing, moisture-absorbing and oh-so comfortable which encourages regular, uninterrupted sleep cycles – and we all know that a regular good night’s sleep adds years to our lives.  Linen sheets are also intrinsically hypo-allergenic and anti-bacterial, so sleeping in linen will also help avoid skin problems and illness.

why linen sheets in a beautiful silver grey will give you the best night's sleep

why linen tablecloths are effortlessly sophisticated and durable

Linen is a year round, functional fabric

Linen has several properties that make it a very practical solution for bed and table linens year round.  It is very absorbent – which is great for both mopping up a spilled drink and keeping you cool and dry on a hot night.  It is breathable – again, good for comfortable sleep in the summer and releasing stains.  And linen also has good heat reflectivity, so if you add a duvet or blanket, linen sheets will help retain that heat and keep you warm in winter.

why linen sheets in classic white should be in everyone's linen closet

why linen hemstitched napkins are the ultimate formal acessory for entertaining

Linen lasts and lasts

Linen is extremely durable and resilient – many times stronger than cotton.  Linen fabric is woven from the stems of the flax plant, whose unique structure is why linen is both supple and resistant without pilling or becoming distorted.  Year after year, wash after wash, the fibers do not stretch out of shape, break or pill, while at the same time becoming softer and more cozy.

why linen is the most lustrous luxurious fabric for bed and table linens

Furthermore, linen fabric cleans very well in the washing machine.   If your linen tablecloth or linen sheets  pick up marks, soak overnight in OxiClean and then machine wash and they will come out sparkling bright and will not yellow over time.

why linen placemats and napkins elevate everyday meals to a special occasion


Linen looks great

Linen has a texture, feel, vibrancy and drape that has been admired for thousands of years, because it is luxurious, lustrous and comforting.  Linen represents simple, classic, sophisticated good taste.  Also, because of linen’s highly absorbent nature, it holds dye very deeply for a saturated, rich color that fades minimally.

why linen tablecloths with grey stripes are the perfect combination of classic and contemporary

Linen is good for the environment

To turn the flax plant into linen requires no chemicals or oils.  Less energy and water are required in the manufacture of linen in comparison with other fabrics, such as cotton.  And there is virtually no wastage it its production.  Linen really is just a woven plant fiber.  Simple!

why linen palm print tropical sheets look and feel better than you could imagine

Now you’ve seen all the ways why linen will improve your life, browse our collections of linen tablecloths, linen napkins and linen bed sheets to add some wonderful linen items to your home.

why linen napkins in classic ivory are essential for formal entertaining

And to learn more about specifically why linen grown and woven in Europe is so special, below is a beautiful video about the lifecycle of European linen production with contributions from our two largest fabric manufacturers.





Linen gifts – luxurious, practical, enduring, thoughtful and if they come from this list…guaranteed to be well received.  I hope the list will inspire you – click each photo to be taken to that item in the online store.

And if we pique your creativity and you want to create something tailored specifically to your recipient, tell us about it.  We make all of our custom linens – custom sizes, embroidery, monogramming etc – at our Los Angeles workroom, and we’d love to get to work on your bespoke linen gifts.

Silver Grey Vintage Washed Linen Sheet Set Great Gifts

1.  Silver Grey Vintage Washed Linen Sheet Set (Queen $290; King $330)

What is kinder and more thoughtful than the gift of a better night’s sleep?  These sheets are the ultimate in softness and comfort.  Made from pre-washed Italian linen, these linen bed linens keep you cool in warm weather, warm in cool weather, are naturally anti-microbial and hypo-allergenic.   Also available in white and ivory.

Topical leaves palm print table runner linen gifts

2.  Tropical Leaves Linen Table Runner (14″x90″  $75; 14″x108″  $80)

How big is Aunt Barbara’s table?  I’m not sure, so instead of guessing a tablecloth size, why not get her a beautiful, unique table runner (and go for the longer one – much better too long than too short).  Tropical Leaves is eight different palm and monstera leaves in fabulously energizing shades of green printed on white linen.


Navy blue placemat with ivory hemstitch linen gifts

3.  Navy Blue Linen Placemat with Ivory Hemstitch ($24 each)

These are exquisite placemats.  Our navy blue linen placemats are very handsome and perfect for both everyday and special occasion use.  Adding a contrasting hemstitch in ivory elevates them to a beautiful piece of contemporary luxury design to impress the most discerning guests (or just make you smile and feel special).   Also available in a wide range of color combinations.



Lobster orange napkin linen gifts

4.  Lobster Linen Napkin ($16)

These are not our most popular color napkin.  They’re not in the top 3.  But they are wonderful, unique, vibrant, fun, soft, joyful pieces of loveliness, and anyone who receives them will use them as often as they can.   And then probably buy more.  And the placemats.  And maybe a runner.


Linen gifts Natural flax table linen charcoal grey hemstitch

5.  Natural Linen Table Runner with Charcoal Grey Hemstitch  (14″x90″ $90;  14″x108″ $105

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll have learned that runners make great gifts and our contrast hemstitched linens are sensational.  This is a great color/fabric combination because the natural linen isn’t so fancy, but the embroidery is ultra-luxe, so you’ve nailed the high/low everyday/special occasion, old/young, trad/mod matrix and found something everyone can agree is probably the nicest table runner they’ve ever seen.

Linen gifts guide python pillow

6.  Python Pillow Cover (12″x21″  $40; 18″x18″  $45; 20″x20″  $47.50)

These are cool, chic, they bring a little bit of Miami or Milan or Mombasa to wherever you and your loved ones are.   They go with everything (apart from green, they don’t go with green).  What you get is a 100% linen pillow cover.  Machine washable.  Pillow inserts sold separately.

Linen gifts guide - white cocktail napkin with ivory border

7.  Cinta Ivory Border Linen Cocktail Napkin ($5 each)

Cocktail napkins are one of those things that you may not buy for yourself but you really love being given.   What do you do with them?  You hand them out with every drink at your next cocktail party to make guests feel like they’re a million bucks; or you put it under your water by your bed, so you can go to sleep knowing you are sophisticated enough to have linen cocktail napkins on your nightstand.   Also available with a border in Concrete Grey, Charcoal Grey and Silver Grey.

Linen gifts guide: Lovebirds napkins

8.  Lovebirds Linen Dinner Napkins (Sold individually at $18 each; there are 8 different designs)

Adorable.  Linen.  Napkins.  Each napkin is printed in the corner with a hand-painted watercolor of a lovebird.  Some are settled and snuggling.  Some are content.  Some are on the lookout.  Beautiful artwork on lovely Italian linen.  And they’re lovebirds.  Love.  Birds.  Most people like that a lot.  Linen gifts goals.

Linen gifts guide: White silver gold linen tablecloth

9.  Melita Metallic Round Linen Tablecloth (68″ $140; 90″ $230; 108″ $300; 120″ $350)

If you design tablecloths for a living, its hard to pick one to offer up as a favorite gift of the year.  I picked this one, because it’s very hard not to like it and very easy to love it.  At it’s core it’s a neutral, textural pattern.  A white tablecloth with a little bit going on.  But it soars as a very beautiful piece of art in very beautiful colors that will intrigue and delight you for years to come.   This is a great tablecloth made from 100% Italian linen – machine washable and soak in OxiClean to remove stains…again and again and again.  The print is also available as a napkin, placemat, table runner and pillow cover.

Huddleson Linen Gifts Guide - Natural Linen Napkin with Gold Border

10. Cinta Gold Linen Napkin ($18)

I picked the Gold color because it is the most popular and it is a terrific color combination.  These natural linen napkins come with eight different border colors – black, greens, reds, fig.

The borders are printed from painted artwork, so they retain the painterly texture.  They are elegant and sophisticated, and also cool and unique.

Moreton black and white ombre pillow sham cotton percale

11. Moreton Ombre Cotton Percale Pillow Shams (Queen Pair $65; King Pair $75)

At their core, these are beautiful 500 thread count long staple cotton percale pillow shams.  So far so fantastic.  Add in the black ombre print and these are awesome pillow shams, the like of which has never been seen.  A lot of people have white cotton sheets.  And a lot of people’s beds would look a whole lot better with the addition of these.  There’s also a duvet cover which is quite nice.

Linen gifts guide: White napkin black hemstitch

12  White Linen Napkin with Black Hemstitch ($24)

Is this my last choice?!  Boo.  At Huddleson, what we do best is make table and bed linens of exceptional quality with a design twist to make them unique, special and, in our eyes, very beautiful.  People love white pure linen napkins.  If you add a contrast color hemstitch, you keep the simplicity and functionality you love about a white pure linen napkin, and elevate them to a whole new level of beauty and sophistication.  The hemstitch can be in any color you can think of.  Contact us if you’d like a color we don’t have in the online store.




Every meal in December is a celebration, and there is no better way to relax with friends and family than a Christmas brunch.

Traditional Christmas brunch in the Hollywood Hills with red, white and green floral centerpiece with white roses

The venue for this Christmas brunch was a mid-century Japanese-inspired dwelling high up in the Hollywood Hills, where just a few minutes out of the city, the ambiance is more tea house than sleek condo.

Traditional Christmas brunch in the Hollywood Hills with red, white and green floral centerpiece with white roses

More is always more with Christmas table decorating!  For the color scheme of the table I stuck with traditional shades of red, green and white with lots of textural elements – pine cones, pomegranates, brass candlesticks, silver napkin rings, embroidered napkins and the fabulous flower centerpieces.

Traditional Christmas brunch in the Hollywood Hills with white anemone and rose centerpieces and white linen napkins with red hemstitch

The floral displays combined white anemones, white roses, red berries, fanal, eucalyptus and a smattering of mistletoe berries.  The flowers were arranged in five separate vases to facilitate easy variation of the flower heights, easy incorporation of the candlesticks into the middle of the flowers and means they can be dispersed around the house afterwards.

Christmas brunch placesetting red tablecloth white linen napkin with red hemstitch

For table linens, I paired the Lobster Italian linen tablecloth with white linen napkins with a red hemstitch.  All the white accents in the napkins, plates, candles and flowers give a bright, fresh look that plays beautifully off the deep reds and greens in the tablecloth and flowers.

The house cocktail was a classic bellini – fresh puréed peach in champagne – which we served with canapes of smoked salmon and bacon-wrapped dates, and of course a Huddleson linen cocktail napkin in petrol green.

The main course was a vegetarian baked frittata; spinach, cranberry, walnut and feta salad; and olive bread. Traditional British Christmas Pudding

For dessert we served traditional British Christmas pudding outside (which is not what Americans understand a pudding to be, but rather a dense, rich fruit cake – delicious!)

Wishing you all a very merry festive season, during which I hope you enjoy at least one fabulous Christmas brunch!




Fall Table Setting Insporatiopn Los Angeles Custom Size Linen Tablecloth

Camel linen tablecloth;  white, gold and silver printed linen napkins; bright pink and coral dahlias: this is Huddleson’s fall table setting inspiration!  This dinner party was so beautiful and such fun, I wanted to share.

Fall table setting inspiration caramel tablecloth pink coral peonies

Squeezing in a last outdoor dinner party before the clocks fell back, the linens we used were a Camel gold linen tablecloth paired with the Melita Metallic linen napkin – a beautifully delicate print in shades of gold, silver and bronze on a white linen.

Camel linen tablelcoth organic printed linen napkin dahlias pink coral

The late season dahlias in pink and coral arranged in a vintage white porcelain vase were fabulous, adding a wonderful blast of joyful energy and color.

Fall table setting inspiration brass geode gold tablecloth

The brass and glass terrariums did sterling duty as hurricane vases to shelter the candles and cast the most flattering light as darkness fell.

The evening’s house cocktail was a French 75:

2 Parts Champagne/Prosecco

1 Part Gin

A generous squeeze of fresh lemon

Simple syrup or honey: sweeten to your taste

Add mint to keep it summery fresh.   Serve as cold as possible.

Fall Table Setting Inspiration White Gold Bronze Camel Caramel

After starting with a mixed antipasti and olives, for main course we had two large salads and marinated grilled beef.

Fall Table Setting Inspiration Bean Salad

Bean and tomato salad:

Chop off the ends of the green beans and boil until they start to soften: 4-5 minutes.  Drain.

When they have cooled in the strainer, put into the bowl you will serve them in and add halved cherry tomatoes and scatter with chopped almonds.

Dressing is 3 parts olive oil to 2 parts red wine vinegar, add in a squirt of lemon juice, some crushed garlic and fresh basil.  I’m adding honey to everything at the moment, this is no exception!  Dress an hour before serving to allow the flavors to seap into the vegetables.

Salad II:  Superfood Salad

It sounds like an LA cliche, but this salad is delicious, filling and yes…people on most diets and with most intolerances won’t object.

Ingredients: Chopped Napa Cabbage, Chopped Kale, Edamame (cooked and removed from shell), Cucumber Batons, Carrot Batons, Blueberries, Goji Berries, Walnut Pieces (if all your guests can handle a nut), Gala Apple Pieces, Pine Nuts

Fall Table Setting Inspiration Brown Yellow White Dahlia Linens

Dressing: Mix equal parts white wine vinegar and olive oil.  Add a good dose of Acai juice (if you don’t have it, use another not-too-sweet fruit juice: orange, cranberry, raspberry etc.).  Salt and pepper to season.

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I picked wines toward the center of spectrum on both white and red – an unoaked Californian Chardonnay and a French Pinot Noir.

We finished with apple pie and cream…but I was too slow to catch a photo of it.

When looking for dinner  or lunch party fall table setting inspiration – or planning the Thanksgiving feast – allow yourself time to enjoy the occasion with your guests and prepare as much as possible well in advance.   Everything for this dinner party could be made before our friends arrived, making for a beautiful, fun and very easy evening.

Browse Huddleson’s online store for pure linen tabecloths and napkins – like these or many other options for colors and prints.  And Email us or call 213 748 3038 if you think we can help!




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.

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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.

Huddleson Contemporary Linens Brand Inspiration

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.

Huddleson Contemporary Linens Brand Painted Digitally Printed Luxury Design Oval Tablecloth

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.

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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.

Huddleson Contemporary Linens Brand Guide to Successful Entertaining Linen Napkins 

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.

 Huddleson Contemporary Linens Brand Ivory Round Pure Linen Tablecloth

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.