21 July 2013

Dirty Little Shopping Secret



I have a thing about tablecloths. I love them. I look at them all the time and think about buying them, but rarely do. It seems such an extravagance to buy a tablecloth. Sometimes I have one in my online basket, then at the last moment I delete it.


I have absolutely no problem buying clothes, my husband could confirm this. Maybe I feel I can justify the need for new clothes.

When I do buy a new tablecloth, it sits in my airing cupboard for months before it's used. I am so precious about them, I am scared they get stained. I used to use them, but now I have a toddler.


Did you see my gorgeous fruit tablecloth in my Spicy Veggie Tacos post? I was very reluctant to bring it out of the airing cupboard, but I thought it would be a good background for my photo. I even allowed my family to sit down to dinner while it was still on the table!

So I am going to window shop and show you some of my favourites. I am going to try not to give in and buy one.

I apologise in advance to any of you who might just give in to temptation.


  1. Patterned Tablecloth - H&M £12.99    
  2. Block Printed Tablecloth and Napkins - notonthehighstreet.com £25
  3. Oily Rag Round Tablecloth - John Lewis £45
  4. Colour-In Teatime Paper Tablecloth - notonthehighstreet.com £11.99
  5. PiP Studio Blossom Tablecloth - John Lewis £75
  6. Print Tablecloth - H&M £12.99
  7. Oscar Tablecloth - mydeco.com £45
  8. Cowboy Oilcloth - Cath Kidson £22 per metre 
  9. Fantasy Tablecloth - Zara Home was £39.99 now £16.99 

Do you use a tablecloth?


What's your dirty little shopping secret?




Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for John Lewis. Any views expressed are my own.

30 comments:

  1. we use a cloth to cover the table when not being used, but take it off when the grandkids eat at it.

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    1. Now that does sound wise Elaine!

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    2. One word, oil cloth! Wipe clean and incredibly pretty. I buy mine from Ebay - tablecloth shopping without the guilt :)

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    3. Good idea Lucie, I am off to have a look!

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    1. It's super cool, isn't it? Cooper had a babygrow and bib in that pattern. It was very cute.

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  3. My dirty little shopping secret is that you've started both of my obsessions: #1, Cath Kidson anything, #2, those gorgeously frilly little aprons.

    I now know what to bring you when I come and visit... ☺☺

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    1. Hehe, I am obviously a bad influence on you Tanita!

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  4. ooh for once the ones I like are the cheaper ones, must look in H&M and Zara, never thought they did tablecloths. I bought a cloth in France and haven't used it except for a photoshoot, like you, I'm too scared I get something on it!

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    1. You get some fabulous printed tablecloths in H&M. They are always changing their stock though, so you have to be quick.

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  5. Oh my gosh, I want that cowboy one! I too have an obsession with tablecloths!

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  6. I love tablecloths but share a student house, so it's just not suitable or practical! I'm sure it would get ruined in a heartbeat. I love these ones though and will definitely be getting some once I graduate! My shopping secret is under control now - I just don't let myself go into stationary shops, because I will buy one of every colour in everything!

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    1. Haha, I am a bit like that with Paperchase. I am a list maker, so I love there notebooks

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  7. You can get clear pvc tablecloth from Lewis and put that over your best tablecloth before you set the table this way you can see the pretty cloth and not worry about the spills.

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    1. What a brilliant idea Nayna, I am so glad you told me about them, I had no idea!

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  8. Not an obsession, but I do enjoy looking at tablecloths in shops and markets when I'm on holiday - and sometimes I can't resist buying. Such as the Basque linen one from the Pyrenees or the white hand embroidered one with matching napkins I haggled for in a Portuguese market.
    My current everyday favourites were buys from Gudrun Sjoden online sales - I live the colours and retro feel of the prints.
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    1. I love retro prints too Celia, but there is something about the traditional once you get abroad that are rather special.

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  9. Hehe, that thing you have with tablecloths? I have the exact same thing with vintage jugs! Except, I don't hold back. In the slightest!
    Janie x

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    1. Good for you Janie! I was loving your prop cupboard, but didn't realise it spread out further. I try not to look at jugs. No room!

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  10. I'm not a tablecloth person at all - only a runner at Christmas! But my little secret is my serious Anthropologie habit. I don't 'do' shoes or any of the other girlie things so I think I can justify those big white bags coming in the house :D

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    1. Oh I love that shop too! I go have a look now and again, but manage to talk myself out of it.

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  11. We have an oilcloth on our table all the time. Our table gets used for more than just eating so all spills can be wiped up easily.

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    1. I just ordered one last night after someone else mentioned them. Should be more practical.

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  12. I love tablecloths too but the fabric ones wouldn't last five minutes in this house. Instead, I buy oilcloth by the metre and hem it. Dunelm Mill has a decent range at really reasonable prices.

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    1. I wish I had known. I bought one online last night and it was a lot dearer than those in Dunelm Mill.

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    1. Oh I love mustard too! I could eat it by the spoonful!

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  14. I like table cloth number 2

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