Brunch Design Find

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:

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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.

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I love the way they add contrast and interest to the table setting while letting the table’s beautiful sheen show through.

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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.

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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!