Singing the blues

There’s nothing new about blue and white, or about Delft design – the pattern of the gorgeous earthenware originally designed and produced in the Netherlands. But it’s a look that never goes out of style … and is perfect for hot October al fresco lunch table.

We cannot rave enough about the linen – Delft design or otherwise – that you’ll find on the La Perle website. These natual linen napkins in Delft blue pattern are on our to-buy list, as is the coordinated tablecloth. Napkins R195 each from laperle.co.za

It’s not Delft, but we’re fairly taken with this indigo-hued Marrakech embossed porcelain crockery collection … deep blue, it’s really lovely mix-and-matched or used with plain white. Priced from R89.95 for the side plate.

Add to the table these blue Hedone pressed tumblers, and if you’re eating outdoors and are celebrating Italian style with all the bambinos, these Bistro acrylic tumblers are perfect. R49.95 to R59.95. All from woolworths.co.za

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If you’re redecorating on a budget, these vinyl tile stickers cover your old outdated tiles … a really affordable kitchen make-over. They can also be stuck directly to your wall to create the illusion of wall tiles, and are water resistant. There are 24 patterns in the range, and cost R16 per vinyl tile. Details: fantastick.co.za

Between the Delft floral decor bowl and large ceramic planter, R599 and R699, both from Mr Price Home, is a stunning Ginger jar – for storage, decoration or take the lid off and use as a vase. R308.60 from grandiflora.co.za • Make a table cloth from Babylonstoren’s iconic linen range, this one with their signature Delft print … it will add instant vibrancy to the dining room table. R1500 from bablyonstoren.com
• No need to decant … Baleia Extra Virgin Cold-Pressed Olive Oil is buttery and smooth and is packaged in a show-me-off bottle, as does the Beleia wine – this Chardonnay is lovely with creamy Italian dishes (oil from R125, wines R110) from baleiawines.com

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