Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Few Of My Favorite Things...Cloth Napkin Edition

I've started our registry—using Wish Pot, which allows you to add anything from anywhere, which is fantastic and I will tell you more about in an upcoming post—and I'm currently experiencing a little cloth napkin love. The ones that we use currently were free at my first job, which means I've had them for, oh, about 6 years. They are lovely bright striped numbers, but they are faded and stained, and I think it's time for something a little bit more grown up. I know it may seem a little silly to spend a lot of time thinking about cloth napkins, but when they are really the only thing decorative on our table at most times, I would love to have some that transmitted more of the feel of the rest of our house—calm, subtle, soothing. And for the purposes of your imagination, our table is wide wood planks, so keep that in mind as you look at a few versions from very talented makers that I am loving this week.

The one above is from Heather of Skinny La Minx in Cape Town. That is her Specimens napkin, and I love the grown up gray paired with the fun graphic print.

This is the Checked Linen Napkin from Sam at Inklore. Oh, how I love the look of linen.

Okay, these are actually the Seasons Tea Towels by Claudia Pearson, but I do love the bright colors so I might email her to see if she has any plans for napkins in the works. These would be lovely with either white plates, or even the jadite plates that we currently have.

I'm curious how you all have approached your tableware and linens. Did you start with the plates and go from there? Did it just come together naturally?

1 comment:

  1. OOH! The Skinny LaMinx ones are my favorites, but you really can't go wrong here.

    I started with the plates — our Heath Ceramic ones in very light blue (almost gray) — and just generally keep an eye out for napkins and placemats that work with that, because I like to keep a pretty full napkin drawer so I can change things up depending on my mood/the season. I have some completely plain (kind of a kraft-color in a woven cotton) that i got for a dollar apiece at some discount store, and I also have my absurdly large collection of vintage handkerchiefs, which are great for mixing in whatever colors/patterns I'm feeling (or all white/lace for fancy times). My biggest issue is that our table seats 8, and great napkins are usually SO expensive, I can only ever buy two or four at a time. So there's a lot of mix and match going on...