February 15, 2012

The humble old tablecloth: Not anymore!

I grew up in a family where dinner was always, and I mean ALWAYS eaten at the table. We had a kitchen table, formal dining table and outdoor table and it didn't matter which one the meal was eaten at - it was always set. By 'set' I don't just mean knife and forks, salt and pepper, I mean tablecloth, napkins, and on special occasions - napkin rings, place cards, floral centrepiece and candles.

Today I still only eat at the table (my one and only table) and one of my favourite things is to set it for guests. I have a collection of placemats and I regularly use rolls of paper and runners of fabric but never a tablecloth - I don’t own one, much to my mother’s dismay.  A tablecloth is one of the simplest and cheapest things to make, and can transform any table.  The below images have given me inspiration for something more than just a plain rectangle of fabric...

Love the scolloped edge both on the tablecloth and chair cover, and the contrast of plain and check.

Simple duckegg blue linen pleated tablecloth.

Cute, fitted, scolloped edge tablecloth.

Something out of the ordinary - love the choice of bordering the panels so as to highlight the shape beneath.

Beautiful applique of Nana's doilies.
Simple tie side linen tablecloth. Love it because you could manipulate it into any style with your table setting.
Simple broad banded tablecloth.

Completely opulent puddled tablecloth with triple ruffle trim.

Love this idea of the table detail print on the linen.

February 13, 2012

Monday's Lesson: Pattern 101 Houndstooth

Yes, I know it makes you automatically think David Jones but trust me; Houndstooth, Dogtooth or even its baby version, Puppytooth (how cute!) can be a great vintage pattern to throw in the mix.

The easily recognisable pattern, Houndstooth is two tonal and made up of distinctive broken checks and abstract, four-pointed shapes. The pattern's name originated from its resemblance to the jagged back teeth of hound dogs, and was traditionally a woven black and white wool cloth of the Scottish Lowlands. In the 1930s and 40s Houndstooth was a popular pattern not only for suiting but for home upholstery and drapery. Today many fabric houses produce Houndstooth as a staple item in varying sizes and colours, even combining with other patterns such as checks and plaids.

Sensational yellow Houndstooth. Love the scale and the repetition of the pattern on the scatters and throw.
Duralee Winthrop Collection Houndstooth in Buttercup

This would be my favourite Houndstooth! Love the break in the traditional two tonal rule.
Etamine Houndstooth

Love the contrast of the strong geometric Houndstooth against the soft floral.

Large scale pink Houndstooth available through www.interiordecorating.com

Kravet Basics Houndstooth / Plaid

Traditional black and white Houndstooth. Love the seating idea and also the splash of pink to break it up.
Casamance Constantine Hounstooth
If you’re interested in more ways to incorporate Houndstooth patterns into your decorating, check out my Pinterest board http://pinterest.com/bobbinscissors/pattern-101-houndstooth/

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