In addition to my dining room (which I will be revealing shortly), I have also recently redecorated my dinette. Located at one end of my kitchen and bounded by three walls, it was perfect for a built-in banquette. So, we had one custom built with lift up seats so the inside could be used for storage. My kitchen was always a hospital white ever since we moved in. This was not a conscious decorating decision but was made hastily when we couldn’t decide on a color. Although for years I always felt it was unfinished, now I am at peace with the white and even like it. It was a blank slate I could put any color with and I decided to do blue.
Now, blue was a controversial decision in my house. My husband is not that keen on blue and I have never decorated anything in blue. He wanted green, like the kitchen we had in England, but for some reason, I was feeling blue. And now that I get my way with decorating (after a fiasco hiring a professional decorator), blue it is. But the thing with changing a color scheme is that it can be like pulling a thread from a sweater…it can be hard to stop and I realized that once I changed the room, all my green my napkins and table linen didn’t go.
Now, I would ordinarily head to Bed, Bath and Beyond and just pick up some serviceable cotton napkins, but what I really loved were a set of black denim napkins I got from West Elm years ago. These denim napkins are the absolute best. They are sturdy, don’t require ironing, and have been washed a million without losing their color. But the problem is that they don’t make them anymore. So, when my husband was throwing away a pair of jeans the other day, I realized here were my napkins!
So, a little snip, snip, snip and voila…!
Out of one pair of jeans I got four 15 inch napkins. If my husband was heavier and wore bigger jeans, I might have gotten more. I chose to ignore the seams and frayed the edges instead of finishing them in the sewing machine. I think they look absolutely perfect and I think they will get better and better with each wash.