The Magic of Linen + 5 Linen Care Tips

 

Warm, breezy days and flowing linens were made for one another. The centuries old fabric is made from the fibers of the flax plant, and the lightweight, breathable fabric is perfect for slower, more rumpled days. You’ll notice I didn’t bother to iron out the fold seams in these photos, and that’s because I think they add to the charm of all things linen.

MagicLinen is a family business located in Lithuania that combines their knowledge of textiles and love of décor to create linen pieces meant to be passed down through generations. All of the company’s goods are made from high quality European OEKO-TEX certified linen fabric and is softened through stonewashing, the modern way of doing so without any harmful chemicals. MagicLinen’s collection is entirely handmade and includes linen bedding, clothing, napkins, towels, placemats, table runners, towels, scarves, aprons, and more.

 

 

“We care a lot about eco-friendly, organic and slow living. We cherish classic values, at the same time being modern, opened to a world and new ideas, doing our best with a lot of enthusiasm and hard work. These principles reflect in the goods we deliver – we choose the most organic fabrics and enjoy the process of making items by hand than going to big factories.”

 

 

MagicLinen is aptly named, because the fabric really is just that and has been used through the ages to make everything from canvases and wallpaper to clothing and bedding. It’s super durable because linen is naturally thicker and 30% stronger than cotton, so it will keep its shape and withstand more washings while growing softer over time. It can absorb up to 20% of its own weight in water before starting to feel damp and dries quickly, making linen the perfect material for bath towels and clothing. The material is also a natural insulator meaning it keeps you cool in the summer and retains heat from your body in the colder months. It’s also hypoallergenic which is fantastic for people who have sensitive skin or suffer from allergies. A big bonus – linen is sustainable and eco-friendly.

 

 

I’m not fussy when it comes to the textiles in my home or in my wardrobe, so MagicLinen’s pieces fit right in. The dishtowels are super absorbent, the bed linens so cool and soft for summer, and the tablecloth and napkins my favorite options for pulling together a quickly dressed table. I want these pieces to last for along time, so I did my research when it comes to caring for them.

Washing
Linen items can be both hand washed and machine washed, though preferably on their own. When machine washing use the gentle cycle with warm water with a mild detergent. For hand washing also use warm water and about a teaspoon of mild detergent. Allow the linen to soak for 10 minutes before swishing it around while avoiding the urge to wring, twist, or scrub as it can stretch the fabric. Rinse with cool water until all of the soap is gone. To combat any stubborn stains, soak the spot in a detergent and water solution and launder as usual.

Drying
Washed linens can be machine dried on low heat. Remove them from the dryer while still slightly damp and hang or lie flat to dry completely. Air drying adds softness to the linen items, you can line-dry lay them flat on a white towel. The only linen pieces that will ever require dry cleaning are more structured garments such as linen jackets, suits, and hemstitched items in order to preserve their shape.

Avoid
Bleaching your linens or using detergents with optical brighteners can weaken linen’s fibers and cause discoloration. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets can weaken the fibers and reduce their absorbency and moisture-wicking properties. Don’t store linen in plastic bags, instead choose linen bags or reuse old pillowcases.

Ironing
I prefer the wrinkled look, but if you’d like a crisper appearance you can use a medium-hot iron on the fabric while it’s still damp or overlay it with a damp towel.

Storing
Make sure they’re are completely dry to avoid mildew before storing your linens in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area that’s located away from direct sunlight.

 

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Chicken Salad 10 Ways

Chicken salad sandwiches are kind of a sentimental food for me, filled with memories of my junior high best friend and I wiling away the hours eating them in the mall’s food court. They were my first positive interaction with mayonnaise, which sounds strange I know and with which I still have a love/hate relationship. Lately my lunches have been getting boring and I thought searching out the perfect chicken salad recipe could help remedy that – here are ten recipes I’m going to experiment with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prep Yourself for Dorm Life

I’ve been to two graduation parties this month, and that can only mean one thing – college classes will be starting very soon. Back when I was moving into the dorms I wish there had been a more comprehensive list of things I would actually need and use, so I’ve rounded up some items that I’d grab the second time around. (You know, as a creepy 38-year-old dorm dweller.)

 

A small console to hold the television (if you’re bringing one) on top and kitchen essentials and food below (if you don’t have a kitchen).

Some favorite art so that your walls don’t feel bare, especially if they’re of the cinderblock variety.

Over-the-door hooks for bathroom towels, robes, purses, etc.

An external backup drive for music and important things you have on your computer. Trust me!

A 20-piece set of silverware for when you’re not eating in the cafeteria.

A floor length mirror, I like this over-the-door one with extra storage inside for jewelry.

Versatile clips that work for chip bags and hanging art alike.

A cozy throw for late nights or homesick days.

A mattress pad of some sort because extra long dorm room beds are the opposite of comfortable.

 

Under the sink storage if you have your own en suite bathroom because space will be at a premium.

An adjustable closet extender to add an extra row of hanging space for your clothes.

Some sort of shelving (if your room doesn’t have any provided) to hold books, etc.

Storage like these wire baskets for everything from snacks to accessories.

Headphones to block out your roommate, for the walk to class, and a million other things.

Two sets of soft bedsheets, I definitely recommend a spare just in case.

A few throw pillows to lean up against on your bed.

A squishy bathmat to soak up all that extra water on the floor post shower.

Command Strips for everything because most dorms hate nails with a passion.

 

A bath caddy to schlep to the shower if you’re living that community bathroom life.

Kitchen towels for when your four dishes get dirty.

If you have the room for a chair I really like this folding butterfly one that can be stashed when not in use.

I recommend four bath towels and two face towels – one set in the laundry and one in rotation.

Small locking storage containers for any leftovers you might have.

Though it’s easier to buy paper plates, I’d opt for plastic ones that can be recycled at the end of the year.

Same goes for bowls.

Pick up a few ceramic mugs for early mornings and late nights that demand caffeine.

Plastic cups, too!

 

A tray isn’t a necessity, but it is nice to have one around to control dresser clutter.

A can opener.

If you have linoleum or cement floors in your room you’re going to want a rug next to your bed.

Most dorm room come with a desk, but if not I really love this simple one that can go along with you to your sophomore year.

Pot holders are now part of your life.

As is a drying mat or rack for dishes.

Pick up a small trashcan or two for your desk and kitchen area.

Bedside organizers are so smart – grab one to hold your phone while it’s charging at night along with your favorite magazines or books.

Again, rugs are your friends!

 

A desk lamp for study sessions or late night reading is a must.

Or go with something more standard like a small table lamp that can be reused after you move out.

A coffee maker, a French press, some sort of coffee producing device is non-negotiable.

A laundry basket with handles that will hold at least two weeks of clothes and is easy to carry.

A few decorative glasses or containers to hold toothbrushes, hair elastics, etc.

More hooks! Think vertically when it comes to storage as well as horizontally.

Pouches are great for organizing within your school bag and purse.

I suggest a mid-weight comforter or duvet that will be cool enough when you move in this summer, but that can be layered with a blanket or two come winter for added warmth.

Like this blanket.

 

While candles are usually considered taboo for their open flame, grab some incense and room spray for when your space gets a little funky and stagnant.

Well-designed notebooks make classes that much more interesting.

A trusty wireless speaker.

A few water bottles to fill and carry to class, I like this collapsable one that can be sized to different quantities or squished entirely.

There’s nothing wrong with having a tiny nightlight to help find your way at night, especially if it also functions as a charger!

Reusable snack bags to stash in your school bag.

A shower organizer, because two to four roommates have more bath products that you imagine.

This little hanging pocket organizer would be great hung next to the door to hold your keys.

A fun mirror with storage underneath for makeup or jewelry.

 

Take along a few picture frames for pics of you and your high school BFFs.

Storage boxes for desk supplies, jewelry, skincare products, etc.

A water filtration pitcher and refill filters is a must.

A shower curtain you all agree on and a few liners as well.

Utility carts are super versatile – use it to hold food, kitchen necessities, bathroom things and more.

You may not need them that often, but a small ironing board and iron should be going with you.

Slim hangers so you can pack all the more into that little closet.

A power strip for all of your technology.

A small lidded garbage can for the bathroom, next to the toilet.

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Sorbet 12 Ways

Ice cream may be considered summer’s sweetheart, but on a sweltering day hand me a dish of sorbet please. Dairy is the last thing I want to eat during the dog days of deep summer when I could be digging into a light and flavorful scoop of the aforementioned instead. I’ve never made my own, but these 12 sorbet recipes are calling my name!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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