5. Linens

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Now is the time to check your tablecloth and napkin supply. Are they free of cranberry stains and rips? Are they starched, ironed and ready for the table? If it's time for a new cloth, consider Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen (http://www.fergusonsirishlinen.com), which has been weaving damask linen in Ireland since 1854. Washington designer Terry Sullivan likes the Web site's traditional Oakleaf design for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

If you have a favorite vintage textile or piece of fabric you've inherited or unearthed at a flea market, hem it and have it cleaned. You can layer it on top of a simple white tablecloth, says D.C. designer Nestor Santa-Cruz, to create a rich texture on your dining table. Use with simple white china and add goblets in a color picked from the fabric.

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