12 Practical & Pretty Placemats
You love hosting. You're on top of getting those Pretzel Pops, Mac and Cheese Muffins, and Mini Deep Dish Pizzas piping hot and ready for consumption. You even had a couple Candy Cocktails before your guests arrived. But what did you forget? Your tablescape! Not officially a word but one that gets tossed around here on a more-than-daily basis, the way your set your table is what really brings a dinner party together. Lucky for you, we've rounded up 12 practical & pretty placemats that'll surely kick that tablescape up to 11.
1. Paint Chip Placemat ($18): Paint chips as placemats? We love it! These little darlings display paint colors in English and French, and are perfect for the Francophile, color lover, and designer alike.
2. Perforated Roll of Cotton Placemats + Napkins ($28): Throwing a party and not quite sure how many placemats and napkins you're gonna need? Grab this roll and improvise. The material itself can be laundered at least 6 times, and is biodegradable.
3. Retro Cafe Placemats ($20): Fancy your kitchen a French cafe from the 50s? Then you'll definitely want to stock your home with a pad of these paper placemats. We love the idea of using these for a big event, and maybe coming up with complementary tablecloths.
4. Record Placemats – Set of 2 ($14): Music lovers, worry not. These are simply silicone likenesses of records, and are even dishwasher-friendly. "And when you serve fish, make sure to crank the bass." WOW.
5. Pressed Dahlia Placemats – Set of 2 ($20): It's officially May Flowers season! Add a little floral-meets-design whimsy to your table with these gorgeous cut-outs.
6. Chalkboard Placemat ($16): One of the best things about going to restaurants as a kid is getting handed a paper placemat and a pack of crayons. Bring that joy home with this sweet chalkboard placemat. And, if you want to make your dinner party feel a little fancier, write the menu on everyone's placemat before they arrive. Each pack includes one placemat, four pieces of chalk and an eraser.
7. Round Wooden Placemats – Set of 2 ($26): Farm to table, for real. We love these wooden slabs for placemats, hors d'oeuvres trays, etc.
8. Popmat Paper Placemats ($26): Inspired by children's pop-up books, these whimsical paper placemats truly add another dimension to your table. Great for a birthday party, bridal shower, or rehearsal dinner, there's room to write names, table numbers, whatever you like.
9. Double Sided Frosty Dew Placemat ($45): This gorgeous textile placemat is made to order by the skilled makers at Satsku Shibuya. Each placemat is reversible and printed with soy & water-based inks.
10. Tasty Placemats – Set of 4 ($54): Do you like it salty, sour, spicy or sweet? We love all four! And we love the typography on these playful mats.
11. Vinyl Lace Placemats ($2): Similar to the dahlias but made out of vinyl, these lace placemats are great for a night of romantic dining. Bonus points for doubling as awesome sun print stencils and photo backdrops.
12. Cheat Sheet Placemat – Set of 2 ($26): Keep everything properly in place with a pair of cheat sheet placemats. Mimicking blueprints with the utmost of manners, these would make even your stuffy etiquette teacher (you had one, right?) proud.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)