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• Ty­ing a cord of leather around a nap­kin in a loose knot brings an un­ex­pected edge to the soft­ness of the linen.

• White pep­per­corns – avail­able from Porters Fo­liage and all good flower mar­kets – last for ever and make a quick ta­ble dress­ing. Place cloud-like sprigs in bowls or sin­gle twigs on napkins for a feel­ing of abun­dance.

• Ed­i­ble cen­tre­pieces are quick to throw to­gether and invit­ing for guests. Leave bowls or cake stands laden with nuts and sea­sonal fruit – there’s a con­vivi­al­ity to be found at the end of a meal when guests tuck in.

Mug, £14, thedesign­ Cut­lery, from £5.99, Zara Home

Napkins, £44 for 6, Nep­tune

Plat­ter, £10, Sains­bury’s

Place­mat, £4.99, H&M

Leather cord, £3.20 for 9m, Hob­by­craft

Faux berry stem, £20, Oka

Pasta bowl, £24, abode­liv­

Tum­bler, £1.95, idyll­

Plate, £11.50, abode­liv­

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