Just as the kitchen is often the center of the house, the table is the center of our day. Whether eating, gathering with family, doing homework, socializing with friends or a place to sort the mail, the table is where everything happens.
Simple, well-made designs and food are at home on any table, so LOOT brought together a collection of handmade things from around New England, that are perfect for the table. We are also using these one of a kind products to suggest some ideas for making your table a place where the simple things mean the most.
For more information about the products featured here don't miss our shopping guide so you can contact the maker directly for information or to make a purchase.
Quality over Quantity
Do you have serving bowls and linens tucked away in your kitchen that you never use? Instead of collecting more, choose simple, well-made, high quality things for your kitchen you will use everyday. This wheel thrown, White Serving Bowl by Amanda Ann Palmer Ceramics (VT) is perfect for salad, side dishes, fruit or pasta for a crowd. 100% Linen Windowpane Hand Towel by The Everyday Co. (MA), is practical, absorbent and gets softer with every washing. Shopping Guide
When things found in nature are already so beautiful, there is little we need to add. Natural objects create focal points with texture, interesting shapes and subtle colors so they blend in anywhere. Birch Tree Wood Candle Holders by Urban+Forest (ME) will remind you of the woods and each one is completely unique made from Maine birch trees. A succulent is an easy to care for accent and this Concrete Geometric Planter by Sunny Florists (MA) is just the right size for the table. Shopping Guide
Taking a break for an after school snack or a weekend morning newspaper is best enjoyed at the table with generous servings and special treats. Handmade, small-batch Vanilla Marshmallows by Sweet Lydia's (MA) makes hot chocolate a memorable experience. Seen here served in a large size, wheel thrown, White Mug by Amanda Ann Palmer Ceramics (VT) and Windowpane Dinner Napkin by The Everyday Co. (MA). Shopping Guide
A Neutral Backdrop
When the serving pieces are simple the food takes center stage like this Classic Fresh Chevre goat's milk cheese from Seal Cove Farm (ME) which is made on the farm from their own goats in the french tradition. Also seen here are Birch Tree Coasters by Urban+Forest (ME) all cut from Maine birch trees, and concrete Geometric Succulent Planter by Sunny Florists (MA). Shopping Guide
Everything in its place makes work easier and ideas flow. Seen here Hand Printed Letterpress Greeting Card by Of Note Stationers (MA) - see their full line of cards for designs for every season. A hand sewn Coil Rope Catch-All Basket made by Wild Carrot Cordage (CT) can hold mementos, keys, toys or other small items that might collect on the table. Coffee Mug by Amanda Ann Palmer Ceramics (VT).
If you have been inspired by any of the products above please reach out to the maker to purchase or for more information. Use our handy shopping guide!
For more simple style ideas and handmade products, see our previous post Simple Style: Home.
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Photos/Styling: Melissa DiPalma