Is it a spring thing? Lately, I’ve been struck by waves of nostalgia. This happened recently when I checked out Saga Living, a Nordic home accessories shop in my neighborhood that stocks an impressive selection of Marimekko — that beloved Finnish textile and clothing brand that hit it big in the era of flower power. Right away, the bold red and orange floral pattern on the left, Unikko, struck a chord for reasons I couldn’t place. Not quite ready to commit to an entire collection of linens, I walked away with a collection of Op Art tea towels, to add a nice splash of vintage color to my kitchen. When my mother saw them hanging next to the sink, she recalled putting up Marimekko prints in her first house. “You know, I even think that was the pattern on your bedding when you were a kid,” she said. Ah ha! Gotta love seventies flashbacks… —Megan K.
P.S. In case you’re wondering, as I was, a “tea towel” is merely a fancy British term for a dish towel. Wikipedia.com gets more in depth on the subject: “In 18th century England, a tea towel was a special linen drying cloth used by the mistress of the house to dry her precious and expensive china tea things.”