So today I'm sitting in my office, in my jammies, eating Frosted Flakes and thinking about work, when my mail carrier bangs on the door to deliver a package. In it was a stash of goodies that quite possibly made my year, certainly my week--my table linens and apron from the lovely ladies at Dandi!
Clockwise from left: rick-rack table runner, rick-rack placemats, 8-seater tablecloth, halter pini apron, paper napkins.
Dandi is an Australian homewares company that mostly does kitchen and dining linens and other pretty decorative things. They are probably (I think?) best known for their adorable halter pini, of which I am now a proud owner (I already had a skirt pini). It's run by four fabulous-sounding young women, who respond to emails and orders personally, and who even personally pack your order:
A handwritten thank-you note, complimentary pretty paper napkins AND a guide on creative ways to fold them AND a recipe for sugar plums! What else can a girl ask for?
I love their things because in addition to being high quality, they are just straight up pretty, no chaser, no gimmicks, no trying to be "like" anything else, not trying to be retro or anything. (For instance, I love both Sex and the City and Mad Men, and I love to look at the pretty clothes and styling in each show, but a QUICK way to turn me off of your product and ensure my money stays in my pocket is to advertise it to me as being "so very Mad Men!!!" That's just CRASS.) They are made of good quality cotton that feels good and is sturdy--a friend spilled red wine on my white and blue tablecloth last week, and after much soaking and washing in hot water, the stain is completely gone and the cloth is just as good as new. They have a great blog full of fun ideas and inspirations, and sometimes you can catch products on sale at 1/2 off.
I am not at all a "house stuff" enthusiast, but Dandi linens are my one big indulgence, and they provide such superb and friendly customer service I can't help but want to support them as much as I can. Yeah, they're a bit pricey, and shipping to the States is no joke, but you should try them. You WON'T be sorry, and hey! you also won't have the same Crate and Barrel/Williams Sonoma/Pottery Barn set of linens all your buddies have.
Whew! I can't WAIT to have people over again so I can break out my pretty new table things! Thanks Dandi ladies for making my day. The rest of you, what are you waiting for? Get over there NOW!