Saturday, August 20, 2011

Table dressing ...

I love to see tables dressed for dinner. And, while nothing beats white linen for formality, there are so many other textiles at our fingertips to drape over a dining table. Why not complement a mood or menu with something out of the ordinary?

Embroidered sarees or Indian wedding blankets create unparalleled drama when draped over a table. Kudos to the stylist who paired the coral sari with the stunning gray walls. Beautiful!  Image above via Simple Everyday Glamour.


Linen, flax and burlap are among my favorite natural textiles for their casual, welcoming feel. The French striped linen (left) takes the formality of the table and chairs down a notch, while the dyed burlap runner (right) dresses up a farmhouse table setting.

Above images via El Mueble magazine (left) and Uniquely Austin Events (right).

Homespun quilts are an unexpected pleasure on the table. I doubt there's anything that could add more cottage charm.

I love the simplicity of these tablesettings. Images via Woman's Day magazine (left) and 100 Percent Cottam (above).

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