I always knew that I loved setting the table but I must admit that our newest tablecloth has already brought us great joy!  I was so thrilled to meet local artist Beverly Ann Moore earlier this year and I adored the amazing tablecloth she made for our Easter Egg Hunt.  When I saw some of the samples for tablecloths that she created for other clients, I knew that I just had to order one right away.  

There were many reasons for my immediate order:

1. Beverly Ann Moore is one of the sweetest ladies around.  I loved the idea that she was going to put her heart, soul and positive energy into our creation.

2. I knew that this piece would be passed down for generations and would only look better over time. She uses acrylic paint on sturdy cotton canvas to create a design that can be spot cleaned with a soft sponge or gently machine-washed.

3. I loved the designs and I love the fact that it was being created just for my little family.
The process was a blast but it did take a few months.  Here are the steps:
First, I met with Beverly at our home so that she could measure our table and we could select the design and the colors.  Beverly really took the time to study our kitchen, make recommendations and gave me some fantastic input.
The second step was the most fun!  We talked about ways to personalize the cloth for our family.  I gave her a piece of my china so that she could copy it onto the cloth.  I also told her about the silver service that my mother-in-law gave us when Justin and I married.  It had a beautiful W monogram on it that I had already copied on some stationery.  She took a piece of stationery home with her so that she could copy the monogram.
Beverly came back for another visit after she had drawn out some design options for us.  She incorporated our china and our family silver!  She also used some of the curvy designs that she knew I would like because she saw them on my website!
Beverly is so kind and so involved in her creations.  Consulting with her on the design was so much fun!  We moved the designs, which were drawn on to tracing paper, around the table and played with various ideas.
After deciding on a design, Beverly sketched it out to scale and brought it by our home to lay it out on the table. She wanted to be sure that the scale, placements, and sizing was correct before she started painting.
Beverly told me that when she is painting, she is thinking about our family and how many great memories we will make around our table.  She puts love into every single one of her creations!
The finished product!  There is a place-setting painted on for each of us, complete with a personalized place card!  I love the clean white paint on the linen colored background but I also loved a cloth that she made with a natural canvas background black paint.  It was hard for me to choose but when I saw the finished cloth, I knew I had made the right choice for us!
A detail of my place setting!  Although it looks beautifully pale, it can handle spills and will not stain!  Beverly told me that she actually tried to stain one with red wine once and it came right out!
He is obviously thrilled with our new tablecloth!  That smile made the process completely worth it!
What I didn’t predict is that my two and a half year old son would want to set the table now that he sees that everything has a place!

To order your BAM cloth today visit www.bamsart.com

Photography by Brian Coats  www.briancoats.com

4 Comments

  1. Krystal Schlegel on August 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    I love this! So adorable!

  2. Selena and Anna on August 18, 2010 at 6:15 am

    That is such a special and gorgeous idea!

  3. Kelley on August 18, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    What a lovely treasure that is practical for every day! I love it!
    kelley@thehiddenlist.com

  4. Aspiring Kennedy on August 18, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Oh my, I love that! What a sweet touch to your dining room. It's such a great piece that I'm sure will stay in the family for a long time. Especially if it's red-wine proof! 🙂

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