8.31.2011

Savory Style: Dish Cloth Napkins


From stylish dining rooms in DC (see: Casa Nonna) to the hippest spots in NYC (see: The Dutch), I've been noticing vintage-inspired, striped dish towels being used as napkins all over the place.

It's a trend that's been creeping onto tables as restaurants shed the white formal linens and go for a more casual vibe.

I love the look, which sort of evokes an Italian farmhouse. Or a French farmhouse. Actually, I'll take any ol' country farmhouse. And since I often look to restaurants for design inspiration, I went searching for a good deal to get the look at home.

From luxe to low-cost, plenty of places are hawking them. On the high-end, there's the gorgeous quality Belgian linen from Libeco, priced at about $16 per towel (at right). Pottery Barn has some pretty striped napkins (four for $16).

A much better deal, they're a steal at Ikea for 79 cents apiece.

And I ordered a dozen from restaurant supply site Wasserstrom, where you can get a dozen for $13.50. That's the one pictured at the top of this post, and while Belgian linen they are not, I love them and have already used them for a dinner party.

 

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, or more commonly known as a chefs side towel. Kind of tacky if you ask me.

Amanda @ Metrocurean said...

You say tacky, I say pretty. We'll have to agree to disagree. =)

Anonymous said...

I meant no disrespect :)

Anonymous said...

Fyi, while maybe a trend now in DC, New York's Pastis has used that towel as a napkin since they opened 10-11 years ago. Since then, they are a fairly common sight in New York restaurants.

Amanda @ Metrocurean said...

Things can take a while to, uh, trickle down.

Kimberly said...

Thanks- this was exactly what I wanted to find for casual napkins. Thanks for the restaurant wholesale site to purchase them at. Love the farmhouse casual look.

Thanks again!

Amanda @ Metrocurean said...

So glad you found what you were looking for Kimberly!

Anonymous said...

Amanda, great info. and great read for your blog with good detailed information. I have been searching for this type of towel to use as a napkin for months! Thank for the useful information.