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Setting the Stage

For months, I’d been hunting far and wide in search of the perfect placemats to no avail. First World problems, I know, but I'm pretty picky about these things. I wanted something that could beautifully compliment any mix of food and dinnerware without causing distraction and appearing too chunky or bulky.

Yesterday, my sis-in-law alerted me to Clothingline’s Chilewich sample sale. I’m usually wary of sample sales - the long lines, rummaging, and scrambling can get totally uncivilized. But when Talida assured me the crowd was tame and the selection was promising, I couldn't resist. (My iPhone cover is from Chilewich, and I absolutely adore it!)

I swung by after work, and I’m so glad I did! I walked out with a stunning set of Lattice placemats in Caviar. The luxurious texture creates an almost-neutral canvas with just the right hint of sparkle, and I love how its ethereal weave allows the beauty of our glass dining table to shine through. Bonus points: Chilewich is best known for creating beautiful pieces out of woven vinyl textiles, which are extremely durable and completely low-maintenance. Score!

My new placemats were a complete steal at $5 each - Barneys retails them at $20 a pop! This sample sale is running till Thursday evening. If you live/work in the area, go check it out! It’s a great opportunity to pick up some fantastic gifts for the holidays :)

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Reader Comments (6)

I'm not a place mat aficionado, but the ones I saw on the chilewich website are really gorgeous. Any of them would go well with my rickety dinner table and plastic dinnerware.

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJS

definitely a nice selection. our dining table is even more inviting :)

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhusband

LOL didnt even know BNY carrys Chiliwich.. !!

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShampoo47

They're restocking! This sale doesn't always happen every year, and this is an especially good one to go to. My best find of the sale are the floor tiles, which are also going at $5 each!

So many sample sales this month! They're not always crazy, really depends on the sale and the time.

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertalida

Wow giiiiirl what a great find! Gorgeous and at a great price - can't beat it!

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJess

The photo composition is great--from the lighting to positioning to cropping to the variety of textures. I especially love how there are elements out of focus. The image as a whole captures the ethereal quality of the place mat, which is equally stunning.

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhipsterspecs

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