25 May Summer tablecloths
One of the joys of summer has to be the ability to throw a pretty tablecloth over an outside table, add some flowers picked straight from the garden and transform the space. Old vases, pots and jars clustered down the table add to the informal look, with Cows Parsley, mint, sage, rosemary or Alchemilla Mollis mixed in with whatever is flowering for a perfect English country look.
Block print tablecloths are especially good for everyday use as they are easy to throw in the washing machine and hang on the line, and the patterns and imperfections from the natural hand block process are pretty forgiving on the odd mark.
Rather like cushions, tablecloths have become an accessory that can be changed to suit your mood. Good value and easy to store, a table cloth can set the mood instantly.
Top tips for tablecloth living:
- A patterned cloth will be more forgiving to the odd stain it might pick up along the way.
- Don’t be afraid of colour or pattern.
- For more precious tables, a table top protector cut to the size of your table under the cloth will not only protect it from spills and heat damage, but also the soft padding adds a luxurious touch. Try Simply Tablecloths.
- A machine washable cloth is vital (seems obvious but it is not always the case!).
Paisley hand block printed tablecloths pictured, £55 for a 6-8 seater, with matching napkins £20 for 4 from Block & Dye.