Decorating with Antique Textiles-Final Countdown to Brimfield
We’re in the final days before the start of the Brimfield Antiques Fair, Sept 7th-11th, and the highly anticipated Brimfield Tweet-Up on Sept.8 & 9th. I am especially looking forward to my first Tweet Event; there is certainly a lot of excitement swirling around it! Just enter #Brimfield into your twitter stream and your head will be swimming with information and encouragement from all the expert Tweeps who will be attending. Organized by Gretchen Aubuchon Design and The Daily Basics, the VIP tent has so much to offer, I’m not quite sure how designers are going to get any work done!
|Pandora de Balthazar on one of her antique linen beds|
My background is textile design and I am always on the lookout for interesting, indigenous fabrics when I travel or am scouring flea markets. They are usually lightweight and easy to pack. Textiles can add a layer of personality and luxury to your decorating and are always a reminder of where you’ve been. In addition to the environmental value of using antique linens, the beauty and quality can be hard to duplicate with contemporary equivalents. Higher thread counts, sentimental value and resilient properties all make treasure hunting for these beauties well worth the time invested. With Brimfield upon us, antique and vintage textiles are one of the many decorating items to have on your radar. Once there, your first stop should be the undisputed expert, Pandora de Balthazar, who will exhibit on the NE Motel Antiques Field. She owns the world’s largest inventory of antique textiles and linens from the 18th, 19th and 20th century, over 2 million pieces, and is a passionate collector who gives new meaning to the luxurious bed.
|A beautiful bed made with Pandora de Balthazar linens|
|Gloria Collins and Carole|
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