Patricia Altschul Dishes about her Favorite Table Linens

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  1. I remember admiring the linens in the Leron windows when I lived in Manhattan, and I don’t have nearly enough. They do have a wonderful product.

  2. Thank God you are keeping these things alive for us. I sometimes feel like I all this beauty was just just a dream I once had, for it no longer exists in the world around me. It has been replaced by a vast nothingness in decor and design and I loathe it. Oh, how I long for the beauty that once was everywhere, in homes, in restaurants and hotels and the time when women were ladies and actually embraced real feminism and weren’t so wrapped up in trying to be men. You and people like Patricia are keeping it alive and deserve so much praise. l will never give up hope that someday beauty and gentility will once again flourish and grow and bloom again and this desert of design.

  3. Thank you for another treat for the eyes! A well set table is so special. Am a lover of fine linens and delighted in viewing the photographs. Got a chuckle about some tablecloths being used as Christmas tree skirts…..I use a tablecloth that I bought from the south of France as one. Placemats…..have always adored their individual personalities. Napkin rings….ugh…all I think of is used linens although that is not always the case.
    Thank you again!

  4. Fortunately, there are ways to have the quality of Leron linens without the cost. Over the years, I have bought many, many placemat sets and a couple of gorgeous heavy linen damask tablecloths on eBay. My standard wedding gift for many years, was one dozen 22″ damask napkins. I often found them in junky antique stores, still uncut and unhemed as they came in those days. Fortunately, I know how to roll and whip a hem on a napkin – learned that when I did french hand sewing for my daughter when she was a child. Even someone who prefers Crate & Barrel white dishes to fine china, finds a dozen of these useful.

    Learning to iron linen properly is an art. Many years ago, I learned from the chairman of our Alter Guild how to do so; always iron it while wet, not even just damp, but wet. That’s how one gets the silky crispness that is so lovely. And yes, a mangle/rotary iron is very helpful!

  5. I’m positively enamoured by Leron and of course Patricia would be in the know! They came to San Francisco once when my mother in law ordered a custom set. Something that surprised me was it wasn’t as expensive as “Price Available Upon Request” indicates. I appreciate David’s recognition of there being a market for every taste while allowing the discerning tastemaker to celebrate the elegant detail of Leron Linen. It’s a dying art and I thank you Andrea for shining light on it!

  6. This fabulous post deserves another 80’s in Manhattan story from moi- the late esteemed designer, George Clarkson, who himself once owned a shop on Madison Ave (selling fabrics) – hired me to be his interior design assistant around 1983 or so- where I met the cream of New York society, including the David Johnston’s- this charming couple bought an old Auchincloss estate in Southport called Bella Vista- (overlooked the Long Island Sound and the Fairfield CC golf course) and we used all Leron’ linens for the house and its many guest bedrooms- each of which had its own special chintz and wallpaper – and Wilton carpets-

    Mrs. Johnston, who did the book “Palm Beach Houses” is known as Shirley- and she was so kind- she even had us all stay in the house for the weekend after it was finally completed- she had her very own maid who did nothing but iron the linens- plus a couple who lived in the guest house- anyway, it was a sensation to sleep on those sheets and dine with those napkins and mats- such luxury and such beauty! I always think of her beautifully made up face with her cornflower blue eye shadow, black mascara, and bright red lipstick! Framed by the most gorgeous coiffure in bright pineapple honey blonde! A true rose in the garden of life-

    • I don’t know how I missed this fabulous comment, Dean, but I noticed while taking a stab at my first Pinterest Board. Better late than never especially when an anecdote makes me smile so widely. Thank you for sharing!


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