Do you embroider, or have you ever thought about trying it? If you're up for giving it a go, then consider this pretty constellation table runner. It might look really hard and impressive, but the steps themselves are easy:
For a simple spring place setting at your next dinner, look to the farmers' market and a bunch of hot pink radishes! Tie two radishes — leaves intact! — with twine and place on top of a cloth napkin. I particularly like them paired with a pea green napkin; so lovely and fresh!
I love washed linen napkins. They are incredibly soft and absorbent and their rumpled look suits my casual style. They can be ironed if you want a crisper look, but they are truly beautiful if you just smooth and fold them when they come out of the dryer (or off the line). Their only downside is the price, which can run as high as $30 each. But if you're like me and also appreciate frayed edges, then you can have six linen napkins for half that price, with no sewing involved. Read on for how to make this happen.
A few years ago I was looking for a simple, classic tablecloth I could use for both everyday meals and informal dinner parties with friends. I found it in the grey and white stripe tablecloth from Fog Linen Work. The tablecloth is kind of rustic, but lovely in its simplicity. And it washes beautifully.
Whether you're looking for one-of-a-kind, hand-printed linen napkins or a good buy on something basic, crafters on Etsy have a range of linen napkins to choose from that suit the spectrum. Ten of our favorites are listed here:
The ikat trend probably hit its peak sometime last year, but it's still around. (Not sure what ikat is? Read all about it here.) For a small touch of the textile in your home, look to placemats. As my mother would say, it's a great way to jazz up your dinner table. And you know what? She's right!
It'd be hard to succumb to the winter doldrums if you had such a bright, cheerful plate on your table! Aren't these so fun? NYC-based designer Nicole Porter creates all of her hand-painted beech wood plates, trays, and spoons with a food-safe, non-toxic, zero-VOC paint. I love how the plate design is slightly different from the bowl design, creating an off-kilter mix-and-match when you put them together. More
A beautifully set table is a lesson in balance, the shaping and bringing together of both the practical and the decorative. Our tabletop and dining posts this year focused on that delicate balance, with recommendations on everything from our favorite no-fuss serving dishes to pretty polka-dot table linens, from classic carafes to gorgeous gold flatware. We also had a shopping guide to colorful dinnerware, a roundup of nautical-inspired tabletop, and a few creative ways to display all your tabletop collections! More
I still associate tablecloths with "special occasion dining," and why not? Big holiday meals like Thanksgiving are special occasions, with an abundance of food, family, and friends to elevate the moment. Even if you're not really a tablecloth kind of guy or gal, maybe you'll want to take a chance this season. From simple stripes to a classic floral pattern, these five tablecloths are just what your plain table ordered: More