For the love of linen.

There's nothing quite like the texture of linen, especially when it is crafted with love into beautiful timeless pieces. We recently spoke to Karen the creator of Me & Zebedee, a luxurious monochrome home wares company designed, screenprinted and made in the Byron Hinterland.

 
 

How did Me & Zebedee begin?

Me & Zebedee began one morning while I was stuck in traffic driving to work. I thought there must be more to life than this, so I set about learning some new creative skills that would alleviate the boredom of a desk job. I took a 1 day screen printing workshop and combined that with my long held love of textiles to develop a range of cushions and pillowcases, then branching out further to other textiles for the home.

 
 

What is a monochrome life to you?

I think monochrome makes a fantastic base palette for anything. It allows you to play with textures, shapes and patterns and still remain chic. My wardrobe is monochrome too!

 
 

What do you love about working with textiles?

I love looking at a roll of fabric and imaging what it could become. It's an amazing medium to work with, especially my favourite linen which just gets better with age. I am a bit of a fabric nerd, I can be heard visibly sighing over a gorgeous piece of vintage linen!

 
 

How do you define great design?

I favour the simpler things in life, use of clever shapes and patterns goes a long way. I have a lot of creative friends and I love nothing better than hearing about their creative processes and how turning raw materials into something beautiful is their passion. Great design is everywhere you just need to look around.

 
 

What are your tips for styling your table for a dinner party?

I love basic white crockery, vintage silverware, a good linen napkin with a sprig of foliage for a pop of colour and texture. Add in a bunch of friends and family, a bottle (or two) of Sauv Blanc with some 80's classics and I am happy!

 
 

For details on how to purchase Karen's home wares be sure to head over to the Me & Zebedee website. 

With Christmas just a couple of days away what better time to pop open some bubbly and celebrate with friends and family. I'll be downing tools for a couple of weeks to enjoy the silly season. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

Ainsley and Kat