The possession of well-stocked linen closet was proverbially a great comfort to the mind of the Victorian housekeeper, and certainly every woman who liked to have nice things in her home took a great deal of pride in having pretty linen. Most Victorian houses were built with a linen closet, well arranged to show the piles of sheets, pillowcases, and towels, as well as the table linen, each and all with a sachet bag of sweet lavender. The Victorian era bride took great pains and pride in providing her household linen, many months being given to dainty sewing and embroidery. Each article had stitched into it many bright hopes and day dreams. One of the nicest wedding presents that could be given to the young lady was a stock of household linen, for to buy all that was required cost a great deal of money, and it was an expense that people felt they must sometimes go without when they had to provide it for themselves. Decorating with vintage linens adds a charming touch to a Victorian or cottage décor.
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