Friday, May 6, 2011

Detail: Embroidery and Lace

Lovely white antique textiles.

Most teens look forward to owning a car, or at least driving one, upon turning sixteen; I, to antiques. If you have been following Haute Design for some time, you will understand my fondness for one-of-a-kind and beautiful old things, whether it's an old painting in a modern, elegant kitchen, or an incredible arrangement of top to bottom antiques, or a simple collection of teacups.

It was for my sixteenth Birthday that I visited a favorite local antique store, offering imports from Europe —wall sconces from castles in England, armoires from country chateaux, hand painted trays from Norway, and more. Having happily saved away for a very special chair, a dressing table set in silver, a dainty white nightgown with a monogram, and lace detailed pillowcases, my sixteenth year marked so many things that would forever change my eye and taste. A love for craftsmanship and things of the past were nurtured even more so than ever before... Do you also have a fondness for antique embroidery and lace?

+ more lacey inspiration here
Images: Campagne Decoration magazine + full article, by Eric Hérouville


  1. How sweet to read this Sarah! I was the same, saving for antique table and chairs and dishes to fit into a small window alcove in my bedroom when I was in high school.

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

    xoxo Mary Jo

  2. I took an interiors textile course recently and was amazed when we covered the history and evolution of lace. It's such a gorgous fabric with such a rich history, especially in Ireland.

    I have a collection of antique tea cups and glassware that I simply adore. It makes me so happy to live amongst such lovely objects.

  3. I can't find enough embroidered linens. I love it so much that I bought a babylock machine with an embroidery feature. Needless to say, their have been many pieces embroidered. Even with a machine, it takes time but is so beautiful.
    These images here are stunning. I love the embroidery tools shown here too. Thank you for sharing, Sarah.

  4. ahh those linens are simply exquisite! have a beautiful weekend, darling! xo

  5. nothing beats the beauty of vintage embroidered linen..always gorgeous..thankyou sarah for your lovely comment about meyha's room on my blog..really appreciate it..have a lovely day..xx meenal

  6. Dearest Sarah,

    Perfect pictures of the greatest open lace embroidery. I guess I'm fortunate for owning a few of those treasures. We bought in Portugal while on vacations such a tablecloth with cut-work embroidery. When using it over a red jacquard tablecloth from Italy it changes the entire dining room. Double napkins; red + white lace in a silver napkin ring... One thinks life is a fairy tale.
    Love the antique mother of pearl handle crochet hook and lacing hookF!

    Have a great weekend!

    Lots of love,


  7. That lace work is unbelievable.

    I can't remember what I wanted as a sixteen year old, but I certainly wasn't as cool as you!

  8. I love embroidered linens! Like you, I have great fondness for handcrafted and old items with provenance.

    Have a great weekend, Sarah!

  9. unbelieveably gorgeous! i'd love to use those a a slipcover of sorts on a loveseat or sofa!


  10. white antique textile, mon dieu!

    I wish I had been as clever at 16. Well, in my defense I didn't want a car ;-)

  11. That first photo is so beautiful and warm! I'd forgotten how cool it is to snap a picture with a lit candle during the day!
    Not to mention the glorious craftsmanship of lace.
    And the story (in bits) of how you got to be you is just wonderful!

  12. Hello Sarah,

    I am lucky to have as a wonderful treasure a tablecloth that belonged to my grandmother and that has been in so many familiar celebrations and I feel so happy every time that I can use it.

    Bigs hugs and thank you for your ever sweet and warm words in my blog,


  13. I love the white lace and embroidery! There is just something special about a handcrafted tablecloth or other linen. So classic and so beautiful.

    Also, thank you for the sweet notes on my blog recently! I hope you are having a lovely Saturday evening, enjoying life's simple blessings.

  14. Hi Sarah and thanks a lot for passying by me! II'm so flatterede! You know that I daily follow you! This embroidered and laced white details are such delicate and romantic..I love this style and I love mixing&matching it with something a little more modern!

  15. For my 21st birthday, my Mum and Dad bought me a collector's edition Royal Albert teacup and biscuit plate, so I understand. I have always loved delicately embroidered tablecloths and bedspreads - I imagine them in my future Provencal Villa.

    Have a lovely week, Sarah.

    Andrea x

  16. This is another one of those posts where I enjoy reading all of the comments even more so than creating the post —wonderful stories! Thank you to all who shared them with us —they are beautiful...


  17. These photos remind me of my childhood...some of my aunts, my grandma, family friends, they all embroidered, crocheted, created beauty for everyday use. I still have one or two embroidered family "heirlooms". Seeing all these creative women definitely influenced me creatively...and now I embroider, sew, do collages and patchworks (can't crochet, though :-)


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