After my daughter saw the table linens I made to set a modern table with my (now vintage!) wedding china, she wanted a set for the Haviland Rosalinde china she inherited from her grandmother. Here's a closeup of this pretty pattern from an earlier post. (Click the link below the photo to see that post.)
Taking a plate along, we headed to the home decor fabric section of JoAnn's. We first looked for a geometric pattern in green, to complement the soft greens in the leaves of the china pattern. But my daughter spotted this pretty fabric that really highlights the lavender flowers in the design.
I made two runners and five napkins before running out of fabric. I probably should have made the runners a bit narrower, but I wanted to be sure to have room for the silverware. The fabric is Waverly Lovely Lattice in Violet, and it's a cotton sateen. It comes in several other colors, and I'm tempted to buy more! Here's a placesetting, with Gorham Chantilly, my mother-in-law's pattern that my children now have.
I set a quick table on a recent overnight visit, just to see how the new linens would look, so there's no centerpiece. But imagine purple mums and white pumpkins for a fall table or daffodils for a spring table!
Here's another look.
A guest's view. . .
Another closeup. Here you can see that some of my mitered corners are better than others! But focus on the pretty scalloped edge of the plate and the graceful lines of the silver pattern!
My daughter was pleased with the linens as a way to set a modern-looking table with this treasured gift from her grandmother, and I know her grandmother would love seeing her beloved china enjoyed by another generation.
You've heard of The Young and the Restless? And The Bold and the Beautiful? Well, the story of my life would have to be called The Dull and the Dutiful. No one would buy my autobiography, as I had a happy childhood, married a terrific man, and have two brilliant and delightful adult children and three adorable (and brilliant) grandchildren. Oh, and I have a great job at a university.