Friday, Sara Kate went to Ikea to pick up another Anes dresser (which has become a fave), and stumbled across these simple table runners, LENDA ($6 ea), that reminded her of our time in France, two years ago...
When we were in Paris, we noticed that the Brasseries didn't use table cloths as much as simple runners, which were easy to replace often and had a style that, while still luxe, were simpler and more efficient.
I used them to set up a dinner table for guests on Saturday night and thought that they were gorgeous and more fitting in the heat than a tablecloth. Better yet, they're cheap, machine washable and come in four GOOD colors (for Ikea). Here's a complete list of Ikea's table runners.
Aside from recommending them, I thought I'd also give you the lowdown on the rest of the stuff in the picture:
And give you some strong links to other table runners we've covered: