Beautiful prints to feed a tea-towel fixation

Building a stockpile of whimsically patterned cloths

The most exciting thing I ever found in an antique clothing fair was a pair of vintage Laura Ashley linen tea towels. The brightly colour-blocked designs were so expensive that I prefer to admire them rather than use them – indeed, one day I might frame them – but I mention this because I have something of a tea towel fixation.

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I’ve always believed that everyday household objects should be as aesthetically pleasing as possible. I was therefore hugely excited a year ago when I was given a set of three different coloured linen tea towels from The Edit – perfumer Lyn Harris’s collection of beautifully designed everyday items and household goods. I absolutely adore this range, particularly the pale grey and pink Pom Fleur wallpaper, £75 a roll, with which I one day plan to decorate my office.

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But back to the tea towels, which are 100 per cent linen and printed in the distinctively pretty Miller Harris botanical print. On a recent visit to the Miller Harris shop in London’s Bruton Street, I was thrilled to discover that they are available in three new colours: grey, hot pink and orange (£10 each). I’ve now got a stockpile of the whimsically patterned cloths, which, unlike the Laura Ashley designs, I do actually use.

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