From the Momfilter Archives  For the past 10 years or so I have been giving my husband antique sterling napkin rings for Christmas. They are mostly mismatched and many have engravings. We try to imagine the histories of the owners from the inscriptions–“Nettie 1925” or “Christmas 1861.” During the holidays, I ask my family members […]


I love this tablescape from my friends’ Mimi and Oddur Thorisson (if you don’t follow them on Manger,  or on @mimithor @oddthor, you should!) It reminds me to always buy those candlesticks that I often see at a garage sale, thrift shop, or flea market…and to buy more fruit and vegetables, not just because they’re good for us, […]

kids flowers

Our friend Lela had a dinner party this weekend, and deputized the kids to completely deal with the table setting. The kids (ages 4,7,9) picked the flowers, put them in the vases, and set everything up all on their own. They were so proud, and I realized how much we can err in our interference […]

ikea tablecloth

Our friend Becky had us over for Sunday breakfast last week, and we loved the way her dining table looked, with her new blue and white striped tablecloth from Ikea. You can also get a bright blue tablecloth by taking an old solid colored cloth or sheet, and dying it indigo.

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