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Through sustainably made linen goods, we create beautiful, calming spaces and experiences that encourage connections to self and community while also respecting the environment and planet in which we live.

Ten ways to create your sanctuary

Ten ways to create your sanctuary

 What was that certain something that caused me to start Modernplum? It was helping woman find calm and stay grounded and find connections to the things that matter for them. It's a pretty simple idea but in actuality, I think its getting harder and harder to achieve.

Societal influences like digital culture, fast consumerism and an extended work week among others, demand a lot of our attention and they aren't going away any time soon. So we must combat these with daily and seasonal rituals that act as a kind of buffer to the outside. As a company, we are all about celebrating these buffers and making products and creating experiences to help you create calm and stay grounded at home and life. We are the anecdote to these influences and demands for attention, asking instead that you make time for yourself, your home, and the people you love.

Here is my list of must-do's or should-do's for creating a sense of calm, staying grounded, and ultimately staying present to the important things. More posts to follow on these 10 important rituals. 

1. Cook at home
2. Set the table
3. Have a beautiful bed
4. Spend time in bed
5. Vary your decor
6. Read 
7. Drink lots of water 
8. Smell lavender
9. Keep fresh flowers in the house
10. Seek beauty
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Natural dye Easter eggs

Natural dye Easter eggs

                     

Easter is this Sunday, and we are natural dyeing easter eggs this year as part of the celebration. Easter is a multi-faceted holiday for us. It marks the beginning of spring which means that in Chicago, we are now into our 9-month run of great weather.  I have been interested in using natural dye on eggs, and in our textiles, for awhile. In a world full of the artificial, eye candy, bling, and disposable consumerism, natural dye leads us to a place of simplicity, mindfulness, and calm.   Aesthetically, natural dye just looks so earthy and nice and real. While big bright colors are nice, there is something a little fake about doing those colors on eggs. Didn't these just come from a chicken? Just saying. The other thing is that natural is natural, which means it's healthier. I would feel much better about using these eggs for cooking afterward if they were natural dyed. Not so much with artificial color. The other part of natural dye are the recipes which are more akin to cooking a great colorful meal than being in a chemistry lab. Which brings me to another point - natural dye is safer for children, who, if curiosity gets the best of us and them, can even taste these solutions and don't have to worry about them staining the countertop or floor.  What a win.  For recipes, I recommend this article by Martha Stewart or a simple google search also turns up many references: https://www.marthastewart.com/267850/dyeing-eggs-naturally. A Beautiful Mess blog also has a great article on the subject: https://abeautifulmess.com/2018/03/naturally-dyed-easter-eggs

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Bedding for everybody

Bedding for everybody


  

There has been a lot of discussion in the press and otherwise lately about the challenges and victories for achieving equity in daily living. Progress forward is being made in so many areas. But one sector we don't hear much about is design. There is reporting on the latest colors, styles, and latest design projects but with one story missing. And that's is the story on how interiors and specifically bedding is keeping up with the move toward a more unisex or gender-neutral preference. This new aesthetic, we believe, provides a new vision for bedding and home textiles. This new aesthetic is inclusive and simplified. Straight lines, geometric shapes, proportioned color and neutrals ensure a restrained look, but one also filled with great variation and complexity. While very beautiful, ruffles, flowers, swirls, and dots in pastels pinks, peaches, blues and yellow colors are designs with a narrower demographic focus and they seem a little dated from this perspective. At Modernplum, we've been designed this way since day one. Making modern, timeless and inclusive goods is what we do. See our bedding collections here.

 

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