My friend Chris Weber is one of the most talented people I know. She was the one who first taught me that the common everyday dishtowel can be an important element of decor. They’re like accent pillows, but for your kitchen.
Chris owns Studiopatro, where she designs stylish yet practical home linens that are almost too pretty to use. But that’s the true beauty of them — hand-screened and stitched in Northern California, they’re durable and highly useful, and get softer with each wash. They’re definitely made to get a good workout in your kitchen while making it, and you, look good.
I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Chris, a graphic designer, on various projects over the years. She’s creative, fun and nothing short of brilliant. But few projects were more satisfying than helping her launch Studiopatro’s website. I loved shooting her gorgeous aprons and tea towels, and collaborating with her to come up with clever ways to use her stylish linens. Now I keep a stack of them on hand as my go-to hostess gift, teacher gift, client gift. Her neutral colors and tasteful designs go with anyone’s decor. I even use them as gift wrap. Who wouldn’t love a bottle of wine or cookbook wrapped in a beautiful, useful tea towel and tied with a ribbon?
Now that I’ve tossed my ratty, stained dishtowels, I no longer cringe when a guest wants to help dry dishes. And when I hang Studiopatro linens from the oven door, my bland, old kitchen looks modern and stylish. That’s the power of good towels.