Past Basket Founder, Linda McFadden, featured on The Bubble Joy blog

Linda McFadden Past Basket Milwaukee Home Tabletop Shop

Linda McFadden, the “elegant pirate.” Image credit, Renn Kuhnen

Past Basket founder, Linda McFadden was featured in a stunning photo essay article entitled, “The Elegant Entrepreneur From Estonia”, on The Bubble Joy with Mithra Ballesteros. Set on the McFadden’s Lake Michigan Home, author Mithra captured Linda in her element as she created a beautiful tablesetting amid the scenic views of their summer home.

Beach Theme Tablesetting

Breezy Entertaining tablesetting by Linda McFadden. Image credit, Renn Kuhnen

“Linda believes in relaxed entertaining. Her quiet but confident hospitality puts everyone at ease. She doesn’t fuss over starched linens. She arranges flowers loosely in whatever containers she has available. She mashes up an old world European elegance with a modern American country style.”

Continuously connected with nature, Linda is known for her ability to use natural elements in her décor style and brings that love of the outdoors into her Milwaukee home shop.

Linda, her husband Dave, and Rudy McFadden. Image credit, Renn Kuhnen

Linda, her husband Dave, and Rudy McFadden. Image credit, Renn Kuhnen

“But it’s not just the pretty inventory that makes Linda’s shop so special. She cuts the sweetness of her style with a dose of nature. She uses birch trees as design elements, and did so long before it became trendy. She decorates with nests, branches, leaves, logs, shells, and wildflowers foraged from her yard. No vignette in her shop is complete without a reference to Mother Earth.”

Everyone has a story and Linda’s is one of courage and a soft tenacity that Mithra beautifully captures in the excerpt below:

Linda McFadden sits with Goldendoodle, Rudy. Image credit, Renn Kuhnen

Linda McFadden sits with Goldendoodle, Rudy. Image credit, Renn Kuhnen

“She and her family escaped the Soviet invasion of Estonia, lived as refugees in Germany for five years, and then arrived in the United States when Linda was thirteen…”

…Learning that Linda journeyed to America on a boat, I understand her love of dishes painted with ships. She lived as a refugee, and she knows that a beautiful table makes daily life a little better. Perhaps because she experienced the loss of her home as a child, Linda holds dear all the little things that make a house a home.”

Read the entire article and see more stunning images of Linda in her element at The Bubble Joy.

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