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3 Must-Haves for a Cottage Table
Never underestimate the value of an easily accessible, well-balanced, and stylish toolkit for entertaining. These three items are great, easy designs for spicing up a cottage table.
Written by Jennifer Milas

Crocheted & Lace Doilies

This frill from the Victorian era is making a comeback. As unique and varied as a snowflake, vintage doilies are truly one-of-a-kind and a tasteful way to add an heirloom look to any table. They can be found at most garage sales, thrift stores and flea markets for a few dollars.

Dolies
PHOTO BY JICKIE TORRES

 

For special occasions: Use them individually as part of a centerpiece, overlap a string of them together to make a lace table runner or drape them over chairbacks for a frilly semi-slipcovered look.

Everyday use: Use larger doilies as placemats or as a textile to line a break basket. For a fun project, tack a doily onto a corkboard or frame to hang jewelry or post memos.  

Compotes

Found in a variety of materials, shapes and color, compotes make a thoughtful centerpiece for a formal event.

Compotes
PHOTO BY JAIMEE ITAGAKI

 

For special occasions: Cluster a collection of compotes in various heights for a bountiful display of fruits and flowers. Or substitute small pillar candles or tea lights for a glowing arrangement.

Everyday use: Keep a compote on the kitchen table as a fruit bowl. In the bathroom, use a compote to hold a few hand towels for a decorative touch.

Mason Jars

Inexpensive and easy to find, Mason jars are available in a wide range of sizes and colors.

For special occasions: Assemble a row of small bouquets in Mason jars for a centerpiece with a country chic feel. Or fill them with glass beads, gold buttons or green lentils and a candlestick for a colorful, textural touch.

Everyday use: Keep them on the kitchen counter filled with silverware for a casual flatware caddy. Or ditch the Tupperware and pack your lunch in a jar!