Take a napkin from ordinary to extraordinary with a fancy pocket for flatware.
Etienne 14" X 19" embroidered cotton placemat in Rust $11, Lustre 21" square polyrayon napkin In Rust $6, Kava 5¾" stoneware saucer $16, Crate And Barrel. Wood-handle horn flatware $15 per three-piece set, At Design Group.
Layer in a white charger to bulk up the china without losing the airiness of the tone-on-tone palette.
Marimekko Lumimarja 160 X 320 cm cotton sateen tablecloth $125, Marimekko Vancouver. Maxwell & Williams cashmere 30.5 cm bone china rim charger $30, Northdale Trading. Plaza 18" square cotton napkin in Light Grey $12 per set of four, Accents De Ville By Linea. Michael Aram Silver Twig flatware $106 per five-piece place setting, At Design Group. Marry pretty, patterned linens with solids for a pairing that’s harmonious, not busy.
Folklore 13" X 19" cotton placemat in black $9, April Cornell Essential 18" square hand-knotted fringe cotton napkin in black $18 per set of six, Danica. Nikita Filigree beaded napkin ring in black $7, Abbott. Etched stainless steel flatware $40 per 20-piece wet, Homesense. Get the look of monogrammed linens at a fraction of the cost with self-adhesive or iron-on appliqué letters.
Tissage Moutet Gouny Et Marange 66" X 96" cotton/linen tablecloth $294, Jackryn France. Heirloom 14" X 20" embroidered linen placemat $20, 22" square linen hemstitch napkin $14, Pottery Barn. Stick-Ons monogram appliqué, $4, Fabricland. Granny 12" pressed-glass plate $7, Abbott. Brasserie flatware in cream $40 per five-piece place setting, Jackryn France. Lay runners crosswise for a fresh alternative to individual placemats.
Evergreen in Chocolate 13" X 72" cotton runner $40, and 20" square cotton napkin $10, Danica. Gold Birch napkin ring $70 per set of four, At Design Group. Faux bois-finish stainless steel flatware $40 per 20-piece set, Homesense. Repurpose costume jewelry and bits of salvaged ribbon as no-two-alike napkin ring enclosures.
14" Capiz Shell placemat $20, Dorset 21" square cotton/ rayon napkin $5, Crate And Barrel. Napoleon pearlized Ivory plastic-and-stainless steel flatware $80 US per five-piece place setting, Rosanna. Make a tablecloth from remnant fabric. For a no-sew finish, apply
hemming tape to the cut edge; or pull loose fi bres to create a half-inch fringe, then treat with Fray Block (available at fabric and craft stores).
Waverly by Color Collection Country Life cotton toile fabric in Burlap $33 per metre, Fabricland. Tava 14" rattan charger in Espresso $25, Pottery Barn. Hemstitch 20" square cotton napkin in Navy $5, Danica. Rustik beech-handle stainless steel flatware $50 per 20-piece set with tray (not shown), IKEA.