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Summer is nearly here and we are so excited to share some of the new linens that are joining our collection for the Summer 2015 wedding season! While we have introduced a number of gorgeous prints and bold colors already this year, our latest additions are keeping things nude and neutral! Check out the newest offerings in our ever-expanding collection of luxury linens, and find out why we’re all about the neutrals this season!
Introducing Kildare –
Our newest addition to our collection of organic textured linens is called Kildare! A more lightweight version of our classic Summer Sugar, Kildare blends natural textures with soft colors. The tone on tone look of Kildare Tweed and the creamy texture of Kildare Shell were chosen to add a touch of luxury to outdoor winery and ranch weddings, or to bring a touch of the countryside into a ballroom! Available in full length linens for guest tables, cocktail rounds, and Kings.
Introducing River –
A personal favorite with the NVLadies, River combines delicate chiffon layers with flowing strands of silver sequins. The effect is a romantic filmy overlay that adds a touch of romance to any setting. The pale, ethereal color and hint of sparkle is the perfect accent for a standout Sweetheart Table or Wedding Cake Display. Available in small rounds and table runners.
Introducing Flora –
Another delicate overlay, Flora is available in soft Blush and Matte Gold. The petite sequin patterns call to mind floral lace, creating a gorgeous effect over crisp white linens or rich wood tables. Another specialty table linen, Flora comes in small rounds and table runners to add a romantic accent to tables in the spotlight.
Loving these cream, blush, and gold shades? So are we! The runways were filled with elegant tone on tone neutrals for spring and we loved the versatility and elegance of the soft hues. Lighter colors and rich texture are a must when it comes to selecting linens for the long term – the shades are easy to work into any venue, and offer a wealth of choices when it comes to selecting flowers and table decor! We had a great time styling these new linens with some elegant blush and white flowers for a pop of color, along with place settings fromBright Event Rentals!
We have more new linens to share soon – Kildare, River, and Flora are all available for preorder for Summer 2015 weddings so send us your wish list today!
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Introducing the Summer 2015 Linen Collection!
Can a solid colored fabric have ‘story’? Well, of course it can! Even a solid color without texture has story because colors evoke feelings and memories, and those are two elements that are critical for story. Color is intimately connected to imagery.
Color is also one aspect of how we define ourselves. It is part of our identity. Ask any man, woman, or child their favorite color and they will have an answer. No one ever says, “I don’t know”. Everyone has a favorite color.
Mine is aquamarine. I have a built in homing signal for that color. Whenever I see anything in that color, I’m immediately drawn to it. Consequently, my bedroom is decorated in that color, the walls in my living room are painted that color, even my first car was that color. Come to think of it, I just bought a vase from a little shop in Paris and it was in that color.
Because color is so personal, it’s also the first décor element a bride thinks about when she starts planning her wedding. What colors will the flowers be? What colors will the bridesmaid dresses be? And of course, what colors will the linens be?
Color says so much about a person that I can tell if they’re adventurous, romantic, traditional, daring, fun, or unconventional, just by the colors they select for their linens.
Now add a bit of texture to color, and maybe a little bit of sparkle and you have a fabric that has great story. We called it ‘Hamptons’. This fabric conjures up images of sophistication, just because of its simplicity. It’s a natural organic weave with tiny threads of silver woven through it. It’s for the bride who is totally confident in ‘less is more’. Quiet and understated, yet totally memorable.
Photography: Caroline Frost Photography, Wedding Dress: Carmen Marc Valvo via Style Me Pretty
Photography: Clary Pfeiffer, Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo via Style Me Pretty
Photography: Tec Petaja, Styling: Pearl & Godiva, Calligraphy: Oh My Deer via Once Wed
Photography: Patricia Lyons Photography, Stationery: Rock Paper Scissors via Southern Weddings
Photography: Christian Oth via Style Me Pretty
Photography: Robyn Thompson, Florals: Bouquet Wedding Flower
L: Photography: Mel & Co. via Style Me Pretty
R: Photography: Shannon Kirsten Photo via Grey Likes Weddings
Photography: Erich McVey Photography, Floral Design: The Flower Studio,Vintage Car: Vintage Limos via Style Me Pretty
Photography by Jose Villa, Florals by Nicole Sillapere via Style Me Pretty
Napa Valley Lodge | Visit Temecula
It surprises a lot of people that Napa Valley Linens is located in Emeryville and not in Napa. To be frank, that was never the plan.
In 2009, my husband and I were looking for a piece of property that would be an anchor for us, our children, as well as their children. We were both rootless and we needed a place that would nurture us. Our house in Lafayette, although lovely, was missing that critical element.
After countless trips to wine country, our real estate agent told us to pick the neighborhood where we wanted to live. So we did. We drove him to our ideal street. Our agent promised to write everyone on the street and ask if anyone wanted to sell. Months went by and we heard nothing. Then one day our agent called and told us he’d received a letter from an older couple who’d lived on the street for fifty-three years. Were we interested in taking a look? You bet we were! I instructed my husband on the drive over not to act excited if this was really “the one”. I didn’t want to diminish our negotiating position. He just shook his head and rolled his eyes.
When we arrived at the property, I was crestfallen. It was not what I hoped for or imagined. There sat a little 1950’s ranch house that had been expanded over the years with nothing more than a bit of ingenuity and some trips to Home Depot. I couldn’t see the back of the property for old equipment and broken down cars. But as I walked through the grassy field, a quarter horse approached me and nuzzled the back of my neck. At that very moment, I knew I was home. “This is it”, I said, in front of my husband and the real estate agent. So much for playing it cool.
The plan was to sell the house in Lafayette, and launch our business from Napa. But first we had to scrape all the shacks off the Sonoma property and bring the house up to modern standards. We cleared the property of debris, gutted the interior of the little ranch house, and by the time we finished, the housing market had collapsed and we had two properties and a growing business.
Like many entrepreneurs, I started my business from home and within a year of stuffing linens in every imaginable space, I needed a warehouse. So Napa Valley Linens became Napa Valley Linens of Concord and then it became Napa Valley Linens of Emeryville. Emeryville ended up being the perfect location for us because of its strategic location in the Bay area.
Over the years, we have debated whether to change our name, but by now we have morphed into our name. It’s who we are. It’s synonymous with our relaxed and elegant style. Our linens are not fussy, but they are beautiful, just like wine country.
And our house, well, it’s not fancy, just a tiny little fifties ranch house that sits on eight acres of pure heaven. It’s a blessing. A place that has the ability to restore you, revitalize you, calm you down, heal your hurts, and fix whatever’s broken in you. That part of the plan worked out perfectly.
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Photography: Mallory Miya Photography
Equipment Rentals: Encore Events Rentals
Floral Design: Aimee Lomeli Designs
Drapery: Five Star Productions
The holiday season officially starts this week, no matter what store displays have been telling you for months now, so we thought it was time to celebrate with some gorgeous winter color palettes! Whether you’re planning a winter wedding or a fabulous holiday party, we have you covered with stunning seasonal color pairings!
Glittering Gold and Scarlet
A holiday favorite – for a reason! Sparkling gold sequins paired with rich scarlet red is a fabulous, modern look for any winter affair!
Paris Gold & Faux de Soie Scarlet
Photography: Mary Claire Photography via Rachael Ellen Events
White and Gold
Another classic – crisp, wintery white paired with antique gold and the glow of candlelight is the perfect combination for an elegant and cozy winter affair!
Summer Sugar & Danieli Straw
Photography: Landon Jacob via Snippet & Ink
Rich berry hues are perfect for the winter months, not to mention a vibrant alternative to more traditional palettes! Lush botanical details are perfectly on trend for winter 2014, making this palette gorgeously current.
Krinkle Patina & Faux de Soie Fig
Photography: Lime Green Photography via Green Wedding Shoes
Silver and French Blue
Glittering silver and blue together are winter staples; the richness of French Blue gives this winter wonderland classic an elegant spin!
Paris Silver & Faux de Soie French Blue
Photography: Christian Oth Studio
Cashmere and Scarlet
Champagne hues have become an event design staple and there’s no reason that should change for the holiday season! Pairing soft champagne satin with rich textured red is a luxe way to ring in the holidays!
Lamour Cashmere & Bellagio Scarlet
Photography: VISUAL CRAVINGS via WedLuxe
Playing with gold, silver, copper, and bronze makes for a gorgeous holiday table with a welcome hint of glitz!
Perrier Champagne & Marrakesh Ivory and Gold
Photography: Rebekah Westover Photography via Branches Floral
Gold and Metal
A sophisticated and modern pairing, antique gold, taupe, and black creates a memorable and utterly chic pairing for a black tie holiday soiree!
Faux de Soie Nugget & Ankara Metal
Photography: Elisa Bricker Photography
Silver and Emerald
There’s no way to count out green when it comes to chic winter palettes – pairing it with textured silver creates a cool and stylish palette!
Hamptons Sterling & Lamour Boxwood
Photography: ALLAN ZEPEDA via Hushed Commotion
Blush and Champagne
The hottest colors of the wedding season aren’t going anywhere – blush and champagne bring warmth and glamour to the season!
Paris Blush & Coco Champagne
Photography: KT Merry via Style Me Pretty
Someone once told me that most blogs have an audience of two: the blogger and the blogger’s mother. In the interest of keeping you interested, I’m going to feature a lot of pretty photos from real weddings and events, as well as fabrics that continually inspire me. I will share the colors and patterns that are trending and how I know that to be true. I will explain where trends come from. I will share what I look for in a fabric before committing to it and explain the critical element I always look for in a fabric, “the story”. If the fabric doesn’t have one, then it doesn’t make the cut!
So let’s kick this off with a new fabric that we love at NV Linens. This fabric has a great story. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would have tons of appeal. It has a defined style and yet, the style changes dramatically according to the color. It’s called Brighton.
Here it is in Cayenne:
The story – Boho Chic. It’s been forty-five years since Woodstock and the age of Aquarius and everything late 60’s and early seventies is having a renaissance. This linen is for the flower child, the barefoot bride with flowers in her hair. Outdoors, yes! Farm to table, yes! Biodynamic, organic, vegan, yes! Recycled, slightly worn, yes! This linen has it all. Anything from this era will be popular for 2015, except for tie-dyes. I don’t miss them, do you? There’s a new printing process that creates a distressed look on fabric. I’m crazy about it. Some describe it as faded or antiqued, but the soft, blurry lines of the pattern keep it relaxed and soothing.
That can’t possibly be the same pattern, you think; but it is, only in shades of blue, periwinkle, purple and green. The ivory background is in crisp contrast to the pattern and it makes everything feel fresh and dreamy. It has the watercolor quality of a Monet painting. I’m feeling South of France or Italy, or an al fresco luncheon in a grove of olive trees or under a pergola of wisteria. Bunches of lavender are tied with satin ribbons that rest in big wicker baskets. The table is set with blue and white hydrangea, or bushels of lilacs and trailing white clematis.
Can you see it? That’s called story.