All you need are the crayons. This is a cheap and rustic way to dress up your table—just lay out some butcher or craft paper, and write your guests' names as place cards. You could also write the night's menu or identify dishes on the table, if it's a buffet. See an example of that, below.
We see quite a lot of pretty aprons these days. There's a cottage industry on Etsy and elsewhere, creating aprons that appeal to the Mad Men-inspired hostess. The cutest aprons I've seen lately come from an unlikely source: A perfume and fragrance company based in San Francisco.
There are many wonderful posters and other art objects being created and sold to raise money for Japan relief efforts. These hand-pulled block prints by Berkeley artist Rigel Stuhmiller are especially beautiful and 100% of the profits will go to Save the Children to benefit Japan.
Has spring arrived at your home yet? Here are five lovely, handmade tea towels to celebrate the coming season. Whether you're already planting your first seeds or waiting for the snow to melt, they are certain to bring a little freshness and cheer to your kitchen!
The baskets, not the bread. Soft cloth baskets for holding bread have a casual look to them. They keep the focus on the bread inside while still looking charming on the tabletop. Here are a few of my favorites:
We're heading into Valentine's Day and soon everything will be awash with red and white and pink. We thought we'd give our eyes a rest today and focus on the pretty patterns created from blue and white stripes. Ah, so cool and refreshing!
We've always felt annoyed by cheesecloth. All those gauzy layers and then the stuff isn't even really reusable. And then we found flour sacks. They're not really thick enough to be dish towels...but they're definitely not cheesecloth. They're perfect.
We've been focusing a lot on special holiday tablesettings lately. But even during this season, everyday life goes on. Wipe-clean placemats are convenient for daily use, and there are lots of stylish options out there: