August 9, 2019
My favourite tablecloth for the summer and it's made of paper
Many, many moons ago I did a stint of work experience at House & Garden magazine. Whilst there I was told that I must make a pilgrimage to Holland Park to visit a kitchen store called Summerill & Bishop. Nestled on the corner of Clarendon Cross with its bare pink plaster walls (then pretty avant-garde), and its array of baskets and wonky white tableware it was a slice of Provencal heaven and became a regular pit stop on my propping travels. In fact, I even got the idea for our eldest daughter’s name when co-owner Bernadette called down the stairs to her assistant ‘Aurélie!’ one day.
Tragically, Bernadette passed away in 2014 but to commemorate her passing the family and her fellow business partner June decided to trademark her signature flower mark and use it to design a collection of ‘falling flowers’ table linen. The designs include a series of hand stamped linen tablecloths, but, the best bit for me is that they have also printed the design onto paper.
I don’t know about you but I have always been a sucker for some paper tableware. Must be all those National Trust gift shops I trawled around as a child. It means you can host the chicest of dinners without worrying about the cost or upkeep of fine linen. So, whether you’re serving up a grand alfresco lunch or a celebratory dinner with friends, style this one with a profusion of garden roses and copious bottles of palest rosé for the perfect low maintenance summer table.