En route to Boston we stopped at Yale for the afternoon, exploring the campus, art museums and the college part of the town. Right next door to the British Art Center is Metaphore, a linen-and-dish boutique that offers only European goods.
My old friend Ekelund was in the house (I discovered this Swedish company in Norway) and I learned about some new linens, from Belgium’s Libeco (I bought some linen tea towels from the above rustic collection) and Paris’s Cluny.
While I typically avoid French Provencal (like Pierre Deux), Cluny had a peculiar shade of pink that was irresistible, and better yet, it came in an oilcloth placemat! (If you have three children under nine, you’ll understand my excitement.) Here’s a detail, accompanied by a very Chaucerian table runner from Ekelund. Can you imagine the Canterbury Tales?
This wonderful little shop also had the most deliciously colored candles from France (I bought an orange squash pair) and pretty bone china mugs from Scotland.
If you’re in New Haven, for a degree or an afternoon, I highly recommend Metaphore. It represents beauty at home.
Above image: personalized linens from Libeco.