Maybe it’s the doldrums of winter or the fact that I love setting a pretty table any chance I get, but I’ve been flipping through Mimi Thorisson’s cookbooks so much lately (specifically this one and this one) as much for her beautiful, simple table settings as for the recipes. When it comes to understated elegance, no one does it better than the French; soft linen napkins, vintage flatware, beautiful glassware and lots of candlelight are so simple but make such a stunning impact. I always choose simple white dinner plates but lately, I love how many of the photos in Thorisson’s cookbooks feature simple patterned dinnerware, paired with silver flatware, footed glass hurricanes and soft linen napkins. Simple, but so chic. If you don’t have her cookbooks, I can’t recommend them enough. And if you’re looking for some light reading, her blog is one of the prettiest rabbit holes to fall down when in need of some inspiration:

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Here are a few simple, but stunning pieces that echo the understated feel of Thorisson’s settings:

Rattan placemat / Stamped dinner plate / Flatware / French wine glass / Duralex Picardie tumblers / Footed glass hurricane / Silver salt and pepper shakers / Linen napkins

All photos via Oddur Thorisson and Mimi Thorisson.


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