I’ve been going to the Alameda Antiques Faire for years, and have visited the Euro-Linens large booth many times—but last month I had the opportunity to chat with the owner, Dani, and learn more about their business and the process they use to make their pillows. I fell in love with the pillows made from vintage cotton mill sacks from France. She and her husband, Erik, started their cottage industry together, and they have really top-quality items.
I had to leave the Alameda without purchasing from them, since my car was filled to the brim and I had already spent more than I had intended. But I couldn’t get those pillows out of my mind, so I decided to drive to La Selva Beach last week to check out Patine, the little shop that they run their business out of.
What a wonderful little enclave La Selva is, just tucked into the coast there. It’s a little treasure, quietly welcoming those who enter.
I spent the better part of the afternoon drooling over everything in the store, taking photos, and visiting with Dani. Her husband, Erik. stopped by as well, so I got a chance to meet him too. He designs and creates the pillows, doing all the sewing himself. Sounds like a keeper to me! What a warm, friendly couple they are; it was such a pleasure to get to know them.
When I look at the pillows, I’m reminded of the peaceful afternoon I spent on my solo drive, finding the gem of this little community, and most importantly, making a new friend. If you’re ever in the area, I encourage you to stop by—Dani would love to see you.