Drawing inspiration from nature, mid-century modern design, and modern art, Huddleson Linens' new collection of top-end table linens are fresh, contemporary, and elegant. Printed on the finest Italian linen, the majority of the prints are from hand-painted artwork created with the format of a table in mind. The collection, which includes tablecloths, runners, placemats and napkins, is absolutely lovely. To discover the design process behind the line, we chatted with Huddleson Linens founder Tim Gledhill about the inspiration for each design. Keep clicking as he walks you through the patterns, and then make sure to shop the Huddleson Linens collection here.
The days of pecan pie, 30-lb. turkeys, and Yule hams are about to sneak up on us, so while you're shopping for pumpkin puree and Christmas sweaters, don't forget to dress up your dinner table as well! Crate & Barrel has kicked off a fabulous sale on table linens to make the task a cinch. Now through Nov. 29, select tablecloths, napkins, and napkin rings are 25 percent off! My favorite is the Marimekko Lumimarja Tablecloth ($32 and up), which has a modern berry pattern that's festive and seasonal, but not too kitschy.
Check out a few more of my picks from the sale below!
She writes, "Here are my decorations for my living room for Halloween that I featured on my blog. I loved mixing in a spooky font tablecloth as a slipcover with my cool Halloween posters."
Be sure to post a photo and details about your arrangements in the Lovely Little Vignettes group! Plus, if you submit a vignette by Nov. 5, you'll be entered to win a Canon Digital Rebel SLR XSi camera!
I admit that I'm known to fuss over my Thanksgiving table as well. The first year that my hubby and I hosted Thanksgiving dinner for friends and family, I stayed up late into the night sewing a dozen napkins, pressing tablecloths, and arranging flowers. In the end though, it was all worth it. Not only did the food turn out wonderfully, but the table looked spectacular as well. Plus, as far as I'm concerned, deciding on color schemes and flower arrangements is all part of the fun.
So tell me, how do you dress your Thanksgiving table? Do you keep things casual? Is your feast a buffet-style affair? Or do you get formal with placecards and calligraphied names? Tell me all about it in the comments!
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Don't get me wrong: I love beautiful, expensive tablecloths, like the Anthropologie Forested Tablecloth. However, at $108, I'm not quite ready to jump on buying this cloth, especially when my houseguests aren't often the neatest people in the world. It's always been hard for me to justify getting a really expensive tablecloth when someone's going to inevitably spill red wine on it! So, to stop stressing about my precious tablecloth and concentrate on my guests, I often use a tapestry instead. At around $20 to $30, it's a great, penny-pinching alternative to a more costly cloth. Interested? Check out these bedspread tapestries to get started!
Stripes are the little black dress of tabletop décor. They're always in style. You can never go wrong with a good striped or broad-plaid tablecloth. For instance, I'm absolutely in love with the Designers Guild Dickenson print, and I don't see that changing . . . ever. It's a good thing, because a table cloth and six napkins will cost me $195. For now, I might have to treat myself to a set of four napkins ($40). But why stop there? There are so many striped table linens to love. See my other beautiful finds when you read more
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I don't always iron my clothing, but you can bet that if you have dinner at my house, the tablecloths, placemats, and napkins will be wrinkle-free. There's just something about a well-set table that makes me smile.