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:
I bought this water carafe a few years ago, and it continues to be one of my favorite purchases. If you've ever dined at a French bistro, the design should be familiar — particularly those classic Duralex Picardie glasses! But my favorite element is how the glasses stack into the top of the carafe. When I have a few friends over, it's the first thing I bring to the table. It has an easy, informal look about it, and works equally well for water or wine.
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!
You put a lot of love and care into preparing a meal, so why not eat that meal off a plate that's been just as lovingly created? That is precisely what's so special about handmade dinnerware, and I just love the collection from San Luis Obispo-based potter Christine Silbaugh.
You see the picture, so I don't need need to explain what this is, but I'm going to anyway. A standing knife. I repeat: a standing knife. In other words, a knife that doesn't leave a mess of peanut butter or jam or cream cheese all over your countertop. The future is here, people.
Q: My husband and I have made do with a measly set of cutlery for far too long and we're finally ready for some lovely cutlery. We've been looking for something fairly plain, but with a wee bit of flair, and haven't had any luck. Do you or your readers have ANY fabulous leads for us?
While shopping at Canoe last summer, I saw these all-purpose crosscut boards and almost bought a few on the spot. Made from fallen hardwood logs in the Minnesota woods, each 8-10" board is specially cured and sealed, so you can use them as either a cutting or serving board. More
Q: I live in a 1950's ranch with knotty pine cabinetry. We just got new dishes and they're much heavier than our old dishes. It got me wondering — how much weight can these old cabinets hold? Is there a rule of thumb? The cabinets are one long unit with three shelves and a wooden back.
Rossella's handmade ceramics — which she sells through RossLab, her Etsy store — are just the sort of sweet, simple pieces that make perfect gifts for your mom or sister, or your best friend who's putting you up for a week. It's all in the details: a red scalloped edge on a berry bowl, cream nesting bowls with brilliant teal and purple interiors, a black cream and sugar set with a rim of small white hearts. So pretty! More