In a journey that reads more like a novel than a business plan, Pandora de Balthazár has followed her heart from a bucolic childhood in the Deep South, across oceans to distant palaces, and back home to discover her true purpose.
When Pandora de Balthazár debuted her European Sleep System, the bed pillows did not fit standard American shams. An avid linen collector, she began selling antique pillow slips, thus introducing consumers to the quality and exquisite loveliness of textiles previously unavailable in this country. “Some people find us, attracted by the beauty,” the entrepreneur says. “Others understand our message of nurturing and seek us out.”
A custom linen headboard provides a serene backdrop for a mix of delicate bed covers.
Giving the boudoir accents of seasonal color is as easy as exchanging lengths of ribbon. The company’s in-house seamstresses combine favorite images and seventeenth- and eighteenth-century letterforms to create bespoke monograms, executed with multicolored, padded, or even metallic stitchery.
A circa-1840 handmade Swiss tablecloth enhances this elegant setting. Fine stitching, perfectly designed portraiture and cutwork, and filet-lace edging make a gracious statement for entertaining. These alabaster napkins feature Appenzell embroidery–a style of whitework that originated in Northeast Switzerland and includes openwork backgrounds, floral motifs, and occasionally figurines.
To read more about Pandora’s beautiful collection, see “Of Rest and Restoration,” in the January/February 2015 issue of Victoria magazine.