Tables in Florence are just my style: simple, set with no fuss.
Occasionally, tables were covered with a cloth or table runner,
but most had nothing more than a paper mat.
At home in the apartment, it was easy to follow that lead as there were no linens. Adding simple arrangements of flowers from the market was about as fancy as it would get.
Though I rarely use paper napkins (everyone has their little quirks), they became the norm for our dinners at home which more often than not were for 6 as friends and family joined us. Tied with a scrap of ribbon and with a sprig of rosemary cut from the balcony, paper was quite satisfactory.
Sometimes a napkin was simply folded on the plate on top of which was a small dipping bowl for olive oil. The bowls also served as place holders, terra cotta for guys, blue flowers for the ladies.
Once I found wonderful napkin rings in the shape of various herbs, I couldn’t resist using them as a special touch.
I rather enjoyed having just one set of dishes which took all the decision making out of setting a table.
And, there was never a time when even the simplest food didn’t look quite appetizing on a white background.
After a month of experiencing Florentine style, I’ve found that I quite like its understated, comfortable simplicity that is quite a contrast to the city’s beautiful and ornate architecture.
i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind
12 thoughts on “Florentine Style”
Lulu you have such a talent for making tables beautiful with simple elegance! Thanks for sharing!
Simplistic beauty for sure! The flowers are so gorgeous that the table doesn’t need to be overdone. Love the herb napkin rings! I need to try to simplify a little. Not easy for me to do! lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
simple and lovely the added floral centerpiece makes it feel just that much more special. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo
This is so pretty! Simple and lovely, a table to linger. I have a set of white plates with colbalt rim and they are one of my favorites. I am just getting back to blogging *my blog has been a mess) and look forward to catching up with you. Florence!
How nice to hear from you. I look forward to catching up as I’ve always enjoyed your posts and wonderful photography.
It sounds like you are making the most of your apartment…it is nice that you have friends and family to share in the experience of your time in Florence. Keep enjoying!
Lulu, Wish I were in Florence. Your table is lovely as it always is. I really enjoy your musings.
Ahh…looks like you are making the most of your time!
Looks really amazing, Lulu. 🙂
Lulu, the simple, elegant style is beautiful! You used your style to pull together a lovely table with limited resources. I’ve tried to do the same when vacationing and staying in an apartment. It’s sometimes a challenge, but it’s always fun. Love the little spring of rosemary tied onto the napkin.
Your trip sounds like a fabulous experience.
You are right about the challenge being fun and the experience being one I’m thoroughly enjoying.
Just beautiful Lulu, the simplicity is elegant! Sounds like you are becoming quite the native 🙂