What's the Rush?


Set of Six Hand-Painted Wooden Napkin Rings with Flamboyant Floral Decoration (LEO Design)

Although the Fourth of July celebration was yesterday, many people seem to be extending the holiday to the Fifth of July, also.  Why not?  What's the rush?

These vintage Russian napkin rings come in six bold colors, enhanced with spontaneous and flamboyant hand-painted sprays of flowers and leaves.  By assigning each houseguest a differently-colored napkin ring, he or she might be able to use the same napkin for the entire weekend.  This practice was much more common in the early Twentieth Century—when guests often visited for several days and doing laundry was a difficult and tedious procedure.  Any thing one could do to reduce the laundry load—like squeezing several uses out of one laundered napkin—was much-welcomed by the household staff.  Click on the photo above to learn more about this festive set of folk-crafted table items. 


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (www.LEOdesignNYC.com)

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques (www.mahlaantiques.com) or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (www.antiquecenterofstrabane.com).

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248