Sometimes I spy something great but I have to be sneaky about taking pictures of it because sometimes it happens while I’m at a brunch with 20 other people and I don’t really know all of them and have to consider that they might think I’m a little odd for taking pictures of the placemats.
But last weekend I saw these really great placemats:
The loosely woven rope seemed to hold together without glue. I wished I could have picked them up to figure out how they were made, but people don’t seem to do that in restaurants. Bummer. A Google search once I got home revealed that Sur La Table sells something very similar, so perhaps I won’t have to figure out how to make them myself.
I love the way they add contrast and interest to the table setting while letting the table’s beautiful sheen show through.
Sometimes the dishes are really interesting too and you have to be extra sneaky about turning them over to see what they are. It turns out that these are from a British company called Dudson. This is their Evolution line – it’s made for restaurants but also seems to be available on Amazon. I loved the texture of the glaze and the lovely shape of the little creamer.
I thought the shiny red salt and pepper grinders were also a great colorful addition to all the natural tones on the table. A little color makes a big difference.
I’ll be back soon with more Design Finds – I have so much to share!