I love a beautifully laid table, it tends to be something that we concentrate on for special occasions – Christmas, Easter, birthdays, but I don’t think there needs to be a special occasion. A Sunday lunch, a family gathering, a lazy brunch, all good reasons to take a little time setting the table. It doesn’t have to take hours and it doesn’t have to be too precise, a relaxed collection of a few simple items can be enough to bring a table to life!
I recently had the pleasure of working with small business Layered Lounge. This wonderful online interiors business is run by Lou and Suzy, two working mums who combined their love of interiors and started Layered Lounge two years ago now. They have a fabulous range of tableware, soft furnishings, lighting and faux flowers amongst many other lovely items.
Lou and Suzy very kindly sent me a few of their linen items and napkins rings to style up in my home. I love linen, it’s such a simple but elegant material, so easy to style and creates a naturally relaxed look. I had so much fun styling and photographing my table.
To create this table I firstly used the Linen tablecloth from Layered Lounge it comes in a natural and a white shade, I went for the natural. I love the textured look of linen, it’s not meant to be ironed smooth which really goes into creating that relaxed dining look (and also I hate ironing so its perfect for me!) I then added their blue linen napkins which are a beautiful rich shade of blue and then the Eucalyptus napkin ring which compliments everything perfectly.
I then made a centre piece with flowers, it’s completely up to you as to which flowers you use, I tend to go for something seasonal, I used stocks, gypsophila and then some eucalyptus on the table. Dotting around some small candle votives means you can take the table through to the evening. Adding some extra interest with side bowls, bread boards etc also helps bring a scheme together. All that’s left are the plates, you can stick to one style here or mix and match which I think works really well, glasses and side plates/bowls. You then have a table perfect for any occasion!
Four Ways to Fold your Napkins
I had a little play around with the napkins and thought I would share with you four different ways in which you could fold your napkin for your table setting.
1. Simple & Elegant
Fold your napkins in half one way and then twice again the other way, and then finish with your napkin ring, voila, simple!
2. The Knot
Fold your napkins in half one way and then in half again, simply knot the napkins and then add a sprig of eucalyptus, gypsophila or choose your own additions.
3. The Fold
Roll your napkin diagonally and the fold in half length ways, add your napkin ring for a relaxed look.
4. The Bow
Roll your napkin diagonally (quite tightly) and then fold each end in so they cross
Turn the napkin over so the folds are underneath and then carefully slide your napkin ring through to the middle.
Thank you to the lovely ladies at Layered Lounge it’s been an absolute pleasure styling these wonderful products. I hope you’ve enjoyed the read and if anyone would like to share their table styling with me over on my Instagram page the_indigo_house then I would love to see them all.