By Elizabeth Eadie
There are few things more personal than buying the fabrics that touch us each and every day. Linens and towels become so much a part of our lives that not only do they reinforce the aesthetic we use to define ourselves, they tell others a lot about us as well. Do you prefer cottons and linens in neutral washed out colors or do you like silk and embellishments in rich jewel tones?
As much as our tastes define us, so do our lifestyles. Share the bed with a furry friend or have kids? You’ll probably want to make sure those sheets are easy to clean. Are you a frequent house host? Having a couple of sets of guest towels would probably make your life a little easier. And if you’re really serious about a guest suite, you might go so far as to make it a retreat for your guests. You could use this opportunity to create a room unlike your own, experimenting with new colors and textures for your guests to enjoy.
Or what about the cooks? At my home, it seems like we can never have enough kitchen towels. We breeze through them quickly when cooking and baking so we try to keep a good many on hand.
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Hours: Mon – Sat 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Arhaus, in Harbor East, is a great place to shop for furniture and home goods, as well as bedding. I personally love the Ingrid bedding, a custom designed bedding set made of solid natural linens with a blue subtly nautical feel.
A few other notable shops include:
A local retailer that recently expanded to a second location in the D.C. area, Trohv, carries bedding and wonderful Turkish towels. I could continue my navy and white nautical theme since the towels come in those colors as well. The bedding is in the basement so be sure to go downstairs for a look-see. They also carry baby linens and kitchen towels.
In Fed Hill, Phina’s For The Home is known for their classic luxurious linens. They carry linens from European lines such as Signoria, Manuel Canovas and Libeco Home. They also carry organic Turkish towels and have both feminine and distinctly masculine bedding.
Nouveau at Belvedere Square both sells home goods and provides interior design services. Nouveau is known for its colorful and fun take on interior design. At the shop, you’ll get a glimpse of their unique style and be able to buy the elements to mix into your own home.
Know you’re ready for a linen and towel makeover but not sure where to start? Check out magazines or blogs and take notes when you travel. Maybe a hotel has used a color combination you’ve never thought of or a blog features patterns in ways you wouldn’t think to use them. Don’t be afraid to create your own version of what the pros have done.
No matter what your color palette, budget or location, these local Baltimore home goods stores will be sure to have something that will be perfect for you and your home.
Elizabeth Eadie lives in downtown Baltimore. She is a Baltimore web designer, a maker of watercolor stationery and a design blogger.