Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Really Cheaping Out

At the height of the Seventies' craze for carpeting, I enjoyed an illuminating chat with a wise older friend. Daisie was frank: she said her hand-knotted oriental carpet had been less expensive over time than the wall to wall her friends had installed and replaced and installed and replaced. A true friend of the hand-knotted rug will buy a small one to set in the center of a room rather than subjecting a larger one to the assaults of furniture legs. Spare the sport shoes and spike heels as well. Removing footgear at the entrance reduces maintenance in all areas.

A long life filled with hand-me-downs, thrift follies, and expedient imports has taught me that biting the linen bullet to pay for first quality dinner-sized shamrock napkins is still a smart move, especially if I factor in the time and travel cost of acquisition. Get white. It's the most serviceable and can be bleached. I'm still using my grandmother's collection from 1948. 

A large linen napkin makes guests feel safe. It doesn't have to be ironed, although ironing from the back to raise the grain of the fabric is an elegant move. Never iron a crease: linen's tubular fibers will crack before long -30-


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