Who knows the history of this piece of cloth? Judging from its frayed edges it was once part of a larger piece the use of which I can only guess. I was attracted to its beauty a number of years ago at an antique show and couldn’t resist bringing the fabric home. What a good decision as it now serves as a favorite table runner.
When it is on the table I never know what will happen next as the colors and pattern lend themselves to many options. This day I had cut peonies from the garden and put them in old beer bottles, another antique purchase at a different time. Arranged with wooden female figures, they mixed well with the fabric.
Later in the week we were having guests for dinner, and with the arrangement on the table suggesting a traditional look here’s what happened. Old Britain Castles by Johnson Brothers are the plates of choice.
From there it was easy to complete the look with subtle patterned napkins and thumbprint glasses trimmed in red. The napkin fold couldn’t be simpler as it is the four layers of the square turned back on one another.
As I was setting the table, I began thinking about the menu. Deciding that a cold soup would be a nice way to start the dinner, simple white bowls were added to the setting. Though I’m trying not to increase an already generous collection of dishes, I couldn’t resist the bowls at TJ Maxx the other day as they are a perfect size for everything from soup to ice cream.
Looking at the finished table, it dawned on me how many times most of these pieces have been used on a table in different combinations. It is amazing how the same things can be used to create a variety of looks, one of the reasons I so enjoy setting tables.