Everyday Tables


On a blustery afternoon when staying inside was a better idea than working in the yard, I decided to make pasta. At this house, pasta always suggests dinner with an Italian flair, and that suggests a very fun table.

Several years ago I had to create tables for a function where Italian food would be served. For centerpieces I collected an assortment of olive oil containers, several of which came home with me. For this dinner, they would again make an appearance along with the few remaining blooms in the garden.

I have a mix of dishes that feel like Italy from TJ Max and Goodwill.

Yes, I collect things for the table from a lot of places and totally enjoy mixing them up.

Having been to Italy a number of times, I have quite a collection of things brought home from there. You can be sure that beautiful textiles always catch my eye, and I love this woven piece that fits nicely on the center of the table.

Another of my favorite things are the napkin rings from a delightful shop in Cortona. Each one represents a different herb.

All done, the table is an eclectic mix of pieces that together are just right. For me there are no rules for setting a table except to have it contribute to a joyful gathering.

16 thoughts on “Everyday Tables

  1. You made your own pasta??!?!?!??! I bow to you, good lady!!!!!!!!! What a champ! No way I could do it! I am in awe!!!!!!

    As a seasoned traveler, I know you have many treasures from across the globe that are at the ready to make your tables special. Your napkin rings and centerpiece runner are no exceptions! Yay, YOU!!!

  2. I’m finally getting over the jetlag and able to put a few sentences together. Your table is fun and I can imagine the joy of sitting and eating some delicious Italian food with friends!

  3. You sure know how to decorate a table!

  4. Love the olive oil containers! Such fun for an Italian setting and the plates are so different, love them!
    Jenna

    1. The oil cans have come in handy a number of times.

  5. I love an eclectic table with collected dishware and mementos from travels. Homemade pasta sounds perfect!

  6. A perfect table with well loved assortments from Italy and beyond. And homemade pasta… yes please.

    1. I love having mementos of travel especially when they can be used on a table.

  7. Oh, Linda, I love your table with all the beauty that exists around it. Another fabulous meal appears at the Lewis house and the chef should take a bow.

    1. Well thanks Barb for being so reaffirming!

  8. Jennifer Harris (Jen La Fleur Sproule) September 24, 2022 — 3:37 am

    Love the simplistic beauty of it and the colourful cutlery!

    1. Thank you, Jennifer. My tables are generally simple with plenty of mixing and matching.

  9. Beautiful
    Blustery here today as well over 100mph on top of MT Washington in the last hour with snow. We have had 30 to 40 mph winds all day.

    1. This has been an unusually windy few months. Chilly here but no snow.

  10. marciafennell4315e20520 September 23, 2022 — 6:17 pm

    Like YOU, LULU!
    JOYFUL, warm and welcoming!
    Homemade pasta is a gift, too!

    1. Wow, such nice words. I’ll try to live up to them.

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