With the proliferation of pretty canning jars and books geared towards urban preservationists, more and more people are making jams, chutneys and sauces these days. So it makes sense that linens and aprons designed to appeal to the canning crowd were bound to happen. And boy have they ever.
When it comes to raucous holiday family gatherings, it's best to cover the table with something that won't show stains. This bright, beautiful tablecloth from John Robshaw's India-inspired line will hide stains admirably, and look pretty festive too. If these bright colors aren't your style, there are subtler patterns too.
100% cotton. Machine Wash Warm, Tumble Dry, Iron if necessary at Medium Setting.
You know you've got it bad for food when you start decorating other rooms of your house with it. But these pillows are so cool, and there isn't much opportunity to use them in the kitchen! So, go ahead, bring the food on into the living room or bedroom!
Tie dyed napkins? Brilliant! I'm really loving the colors of these, not to mention the practicality. One more little stain isn't going to be noticed in this riot of colors. OK, so they're probably not for Thanksgiving dinner, but they're perfect for the lunchbox.
Many aprons are too large and long for me. I get tangled in the ties, find the bottom hem snagging on the cupboards. So I love this apron, ample enough to protect, but not too long or cumbersome. Its cotton and hemp denim fabric is durable and washable.
Measures approx. 30" w x 25"h. Machine wash cold, tumble or line dry.
Linen is one of the nicest materials there is: It's strong and long-lasting, and it gets softer and softer with use. These handsome, well-made towels from Fog Linen are both beautiful and practical, another highlight of linen, and they come in several classic patterns.
Most kitchen linens are small, lightweight, and widely varied. Which makes them an often inexpensive and easy item to bring back home from travels. Here are some unique pieces that are decidedly of their place:
West Elm has piles of good-looking napkins this season in all sorts of practical dark colors and patterns. This dotted cross and diamond pattern is among my favorites. The indigo color mixes well with other dark blue napkins in their summer collection, and it also has the advantage of hiding all but the worst stains.