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  • Hammocks & High Tea

    from Brooklyn, NY

Hammocks & High Tea

About Hammocks & High Tea

Growing up in Guyana, Karen Young was fascinated by the three staples of her grandmother’s beauty routine: lipstick, perfume and scented drawer liners. But when she came across drawer liners as an adult, they invariably smelled like baby powder or lilac and had insipid floral patterns. “I couldn’t imagine a modern woman wanting to smell like either of those scents or feel the least bit sexy looking at those florals, so I decided to create my own,” Young says.

Though the whole idea of a drawer liner may sound old-fashioned, in Young’s hands they’re cool and modern, with prints that mix a boho sensibility with a clean graphic sense. When you look at them, you instantly think how much prettier and tidier your drawers will feel with your clothes arranged on them. Young hand mixes organic essential oils to create custom blends that lift the spirits without overwhelming the senses. “I chose organic essential oils because of their aromatherapeutic quality, as well as the fact that many people are highly sensitive to chemically derived fragrances,” Young says. 

We're offering a choice of three patterns, each consisting of 12 sheets (2 containers of 6 sheets each). The patterns of the drawer liners were drawn from Young's South American childhood. Linden, which is scented with lavender, was inspired by the iron scrollwork found throughout the tropics (photo 3). Rose Garden, which is scented with rose/jasmine (photo 1), was inspired by the profusion of flowers and parrots found in the public gardens in Guyana. And Janya, which is scented with vetiver/mandarin (photo 2), is reminiscent of the elaborate henna tattoos worn during Hindu ceremonies and celebrations. All are printed with soy inks on 100 percent recycled paper.

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