Textile Inspiration

I can’t resist beautiful textiles like this lovely old French linen tablecloth that I found at the Union Antique Show.

It was beautiful against the warm wood table surface, so rather than cover the entire table I folded the cloth on the diagonal leaving some of the wood exposed.  Who says you can’t make up your own rules for preparing a table!

The textures in the pears and the terra cotta pots seemed a perfect complement for the cloth.

No problem choosing the dishes, Britain Castles by Johnson Bros.,  that would fit the look. These I was lucky enough to find at a barn sale.  For glassware, the versatile red rimmed thumbprint stems are just right.

The final touch is my most used napkin fold.   Here’s how you do it.

Fold the napkin in half.

Fold accordion style leaving 1-2 inches at the end.

Fold in half and tuck the exposed end into the adjacent fold.  Fan the napkin, and voila, you have it!  This fold is as easy as using a napkin ring and adds a little something extra to the table.

Food is on the table, so let’s eat.  This night’s dinner is a new favorite, Basil-Peach Chicken Breasts, from Southern Living.  It not only tastes good, it’s easy to prepare.

Basil-Peach Chicken Breasts

4 skinned and boned chicken breasts

1 1/4 t. kosher salt

1/2 t. ground pepper

2 T. canola oil

1 thinly sliced shallot

1 t. grated ginger

2 minced garlic cloves

12 finely chopped basil leaves

1 c. chicken broth

4 large peaches, peeled and cut into 1/4″ slices (about 2 cups)

Season chicken with salt and pepper.  Cook in hot oil in a large ovenproof skillet* over medium high heat about 2 minutes/side or until lightly browned.  remove from skillet, reserving drippings.

Reduce heat to medium, add shallot and sauté until tender.  Add ginger and garlic, sauté 45-60 seconds.  Add basil, chicken broth and peaches.  Return chicken to skilled and turn to coat.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until chicken is done.

Garnish with fresh basil leaves.

Whether prepared for guests or a week night dinner, this recipe is a sure winner.  Enjoy!

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33 thoughts on “Textile Inspiration

  1. You are so clever with your design and putting things together – all iso maginative and attractive !

    1. Thank you, Claire. Wish I had some of your goodies to serve at the table.

  2. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog! We spend the summer in Old Orchard Beach! We love it there, lots to do, lots to see and the beach is beautiful!

    Love this post!

    Have a great day!


    1. I always love coming across someone who has Maine in their heart. We’ll have to keep up with one another.

  3. Your tablecloth is beautiful!! Terrific find. Just love the pattern..you created such a perfectly coordinated table…Great recipe and thanks for the napkin fold tutorial!…Have a wonderful day!…

    1. Thanks, Shirley. I was thrilled with the cloth and like it even better now that it is mine.

  4. Gorgeous color and pattern of the table cloth! Thank you for the napkin fold instruction!

    1. Napkin folding 101! I’m always glad to hear from you.

  5. Very elegant. I have never taken the time to dress up the table like this. Must try it sometime.

    1. With your Sicilian cuisine all you need is a wine bottle and a dripping candle. Truth be known, I like preparing the table better than making the food.

  6. MMMMMmmmmmm…..yummy fabric! And the food is lookin’ kinda right, too! 🙂 Your centerpiece is really rockin’, Linda! Delish from soup to nuts and everything in between!

    1. Thank you, my friend. I was very excited with the tablecloth and like it on the table with no dishes!!

  7. I love your tablecloth and the great napkin tutorial. Your food looks delicious and thanks for the chicken recipe. Sounds wonderful.

    1. You’ll have to try the chicken. It’s really yummy.

  8. Beautiful tablecloth and perfect with the pots, pears and your choice of plates, Lulu! The chicken dish looks delicious…..Christine

    1. Thank you, Christine. It was fun putting it all together.

  9. I was a textiles major, and I never get tired of digging around in old linens!~

    1. Boy, would we have fun going through the stacks!

  10. Beautiful table and what a wonderful find on your cloth! I love the pattern and fringe! I saw that recipe in SL among the peach recipes but haven’t gotten around to trying it! I’m glad to know it’s company worthy and a winner 🙂

    1. Thanks, Mary. I get very excited when I find any textile that captures my fancy. This one is a delight.

  11. Hi Lulu, I love your table covering and those dishes!! I wish I had a set. I only have two plate. I do have the thumbprint glasses, though, and I love them. Thanks for the napkin tute and your meal looks delish!!

  12. Going to Fes Morocco tomorrow and will spend some time looking at their textiles and also cactus silk rugs and poofs – would love for you to be there with me. Sylvia

    1. How lucky you are. I bought 3 rugs and several handwoven pieces of fabric in Morocco, a wonderful place for color and texture.

  13. The tablecloth is gorgeous, the color and the way it looks in your wooden table, one side fold in. The dishes are my fav and the food looks yummy! I love your centerpiece, perfect! Hugs,

  14. Wow – a feast for the eyes and tummy too!

  15. Love the cloth! So vivid!

  16. So pretty and gorgeous! Thanks so mush for stopping by and leaving your lovely comment!

    1. Thanks! I appreciate your visit and hope you will come again.

  17. Katherines Corner September 8, 2012 — 7:58 pm

    beautiful, just beautiful. Thank you for sharing your lovely blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

  18. Love the rich color and design in the cloth. The delicious meal makes it look even better.

  19. That tablecloth is gorgeous! Wonderful color!
    Thanks for linking to Let’s Dish! We finally turned the ac off today for the first time since May!

  20. I definitely love the tablecloth (absolutely gorgeous) ~ thanks for sharing the recipe too!

    1. The tablecloth was a special find. I’m glad you like it, too. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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