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

To Brooklyn, we go

To Brooklyn, we go

    

I am happy and excited to be taking Plum to Brooklyn. Brooke and I will be traveling to AF, a market in Industry City on June 2 & 3. I am anticipating an eye-opening and fun two days to meet new friends, talk about Modernplum and our quest to make a positive difference in your home life, one linen napkin at a time. I savior these chances to chat and to get to know you, who you are, and what is important in daily life. I am looking forward to displaying our new linen pillows and napkins to everyone, not just because they are made by artisans in Chicago from really beautiful linen fabric, but because they open up a conversation about how these humble objects can make a big impact on the quality of daily rituals like cooking, eating, and relaxing. If you are in the Brooklyn area, come out to AF on 36th Street in Industry City on June 2nd and 3rd where we will be one of around 50 brands from all over the country. I'll have details in our newsletter and facebook page.

I am also very happy to be back in New York. This was my first home out of college and so it is like a homecoming. New York is part of me and I am grateful for the influence it had. I am most excited to show my girl, my fifteen year old, what New York is all about. Never would I have imagined as a 24-year-old that I would get the chance to impart my love of the City on my daughter. But here we are. Time has created this opportunity for the next generation to love this place. I think time is something we sometimes take for granted. Maybe because the minutes and days seem to trickle along without us really knowing their collective impact. Until times like this when all of a sudden we realize that what we do on a daily basis is what shapes and defines our future. This trip is really pointing that out. 

Brooke and I hope to see you at the market!

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Find your peace (in bed)

Find your peace (in bed)

   

My husband laughs sometimes because I often linger in bed. To this guy who doesn't even own a pair of slippers or a robe, lounging in bed or anywhere else isn't just odd, it signifies a lack of motivation. But nothing could be further from the truth. Lingering in bed is a productive pastime and very important to self-care. Your bed can be a special place of total serenity, calm, and relaxation that is unlike anything else. For how much time we spend there, I wonder why the bed isn't used often as a real asset for daily personal renewal, beyond just sleep. Here are a few things you can do to make that so:

1. Linger purposefully

Lingering in bed is giving yourself permission to not get up right away in the morning or going to bed early. Lingering doesn't really have an agenda except to just be present, and that is why it is so important to body, mind and soul. Lingering in a comfortable, safe, and meaningful place without anything to do is freeing and restorative. It is stepping off the treadmill to reconnect with yourself. Five or ten minutes, or more of quiet time where you can just rest.

2. Change your sheets often 

Having newly changed sheets is a real pleasure and this definitely contributes having a peace-worthy bed. We recommend at least two sets of sheets that you alternate on a weekly basis. This will help cut down on the chore of washing sheets as often. New sheets have a particular thing about them that just feels good. You know what I mean?

3. Listen to the quiet and your breath

Have you ever woken up and savored the stillness that comes from sleeping? This semi-slumber state comes from being unplugged to the concerns of the outside and plugged into yourself. Listen to the quiet and hear your breath, thinking inward.

4. Have quality bedding

Everyone has their own version of great bedding. Whatever is yours, get some of that. It's important that the nest we create in bed, is personal and meaningful. Good bedding is a large part of that. Bedding should feel good, last a long time, wash well, and look beautiful. Our first recommendation is to buy natural fabrics like cotton, silk or linen. Natural fabrics breath better and feel good next to the skin.

5. Invest in a good mattress

The foundation of your bed is the mattress and so this is an important investment. There are many kinds of mattresses: innerspring, foam, and gel are some popular ones. The important thing is that it feels comfortable to you. When it comes to mattress, quality does cost more, but this cost is offset by its longer life-expectancy and the support the mattress will give your body over time. Your comfort and overall health will be enhanced with a high quality mattress. 

6. Forgo the technology

Finding peace and looking inward is unplugging from the outside world. Technology and electronics aren't part of this journey. 

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Musings on setting the table

Musings on setting the table

Often these everyday, nothing special meals, are those where the real magic happens. That might be time you hear about a new project, an idea for a trip, or a funny conversation that happened that day.
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