I look to the little things for joy, and it’s well known around the office that I’m obsessed with details that make for memorable tabletops for gatherings—a bit of a contradiction, considering I’m an introvert. To me, though, beauty shouldn’t be reserved for a certain personality type. It should be for everyone. So whether I’m enjoying supper on a Tuesday with my family, eating lunch by myself, or even on the rare occasion I’m cooking for a crowd, arranging elements like napkins and glassware are my love language. This year, as everyone heads into the holiday season, I’ve rounded up a few of my new favorite Southern sources to bookmark for all things tabletop, too.
The South Carolina–born fashion designer Hunter Bell launched her first collection of home goods this fall, and while the table linens all look wonderful, this quilt-inspired apron with grosgrain trim stands out.
Tabletop textiles are a relatively recent endeavor for the Texas sisters behind the fashion brand Mirth, and their newest launch, including this gorgeous striped tablecloth, is just as airy and soft and feminine as their clothes.
Longtime friends and young mothers Julia Engel and Hanna Seabrook recently debuted a home and clothing brand called Parterre, and the delicate floral details on the napkins in the collection have a much-sought-after heirloom quality.
Lately I’ve noticed the return of round, woven placemats in interesting materials and colors, but the rectangular appliqué placemats by the Kentucky table linen company Pomegranate, Inc. offer a slightly different take and look very fun.
The artisan Courtney Dodd creates glassware in saturated, kaleidoscopic colors entirely by hand in her North Carolina studio, including these mint green wine glasses, which I would totally use for everything from water to juice to cocktails. She’s truly one to watch.