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« Book tour, segment 1! | Main | Mason jar pendant light chandelier »

Linens 2.0

It feels like I’m overdue on my ‘book tour, segment 1’ round-up. Although, really, it seems more appropriate to post something once this segment is officially finished. I wrap up this first nine days of travel with a signing in Houston on Thursday night. Look for a photo montage shortly thereafter with details about all the warmly welcomed, book signing fun we’ve been having.

Marisa of Food in Jars blog (and forthcoming book, next year!) hosted a potluck party for me at her house last night. She writes about how much fun we had and what good things we ate in her post here. I’d like to share with you a ‘Hip Trick’ from the home of fab preservationist and all-around hip homemaker, Marisa McLellan.

As we were cleaning up and restoring her house to non-potluck mode, I noticed this cute set-up near the entryway to her kitchen.

And, as you might have caught on, I’m a sucker for found object, vintage decor items. But this story gets even better…

This set-up is the ‘great linen switcheroo’. Used linens go in the bin on top to be added to the laundry bin in the bedroom periodically and fresh linens live in the tub just below. The practical and genius nature of this scenario struck me as a perfect thing to introduce to folks who are maybe just making the paper-to-cloth changeover. By keeping a mini laundry bin near your kitchen and dining areas, you need not trek around the house just to deposit your linens in the laundering pile.

I still traipse from kitchen table to bathroom laundry slot every evening; you can be sure that I’ll be on the lookout for a cute receptacle like Marisa’s upon return to Austin from my travels this week!

And, this has nothing to do with linens, but I couldn’t help taking a shot of another HGGH-heaven aspect of Marisa’s home (I could’ve wandered around in there for hours, noting all the great ideas she has in place around her home). Her everyday use pantry shelves are so adorable. Rock on with your cute, mismatched and vintage jars, sister!

Reader Comments (5)

I love the kitchen cloth idea. Pinned it on Pinterest.

April 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMama B

Ohmigosh! Super cute and completely perfect! I hate putting the dirty tea towels in with my clothes. Their own little bin int he kitchen is such a simple solution. Thanks!

April 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEB

Loving those jars too, esp. the beans! I am just in the process of hauling out my cloth napkins/ linens and buying a few more vintage pieces on eBay, as our kids are growing up and thankfully we don't need wet facewashers for every meal now! We still have some paper napkins we had for a kids party, erm, years ago now, that we get out for occasional visitors but I realised, they are squashed and even though we'd like to use them up to not 'waste' them, they don't send the right message!

April 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdixiebelle

i love that idea! i am always taking a trip to the laundry closet after dinner. and what a great photo of marisa's larder shelves and jars! so glad you are having so much fun on your book tour kate! :)

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertigress

The linen bin is awesome!! Super idea. That pantry makes me absolutely SWOON.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAimee

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