Increasing the full service restaurant dining experience with high-end affordable placemats 0

The benefits of placemats in full service and upmarket restaurant settings — full service and upmarket restaurants can immediately benefit from implementing usage of high-end yet affordable quality placemats to enhance their dining atmosphere – and guests will appreciate the extra touch.  Family restaurants, diners, eateries and fine dining venue use of placemats have come a long way. Early use dates back to the 1910’s and possibly even further back.

Placemats by Nouvelle LegendePlacemat functionality and value — the main function as well as a valuable benefit of the placemat is to provide a layer of value-added protection. This goes beyond the placemat’s inherent style on the dining table presentation.  Table surface integrity is increased substantially to protect against watermarks, heat damage and food stains.  Linen tablecloths are protected for longer use with the utilization of high-end placemats made of vinyl exterior material and a polyester core such as Nouvelle Legende® Tweed Woven Vinyl Placemats.  

In local diners and eateries, placemats not only help to protect the counters, but aid in spillage, as they are spill-proof and will clean up easier.  Upscale four or five-star fine dining restaurants benefit as well.  Having restaurant-grade vinyl placemats in place is essential to tabletop protection.  Placemats double as barriers from potential damage to expensive tabletops from setting hot and heavy-plated dining entrees onto them.  

Protecting restaurant tabletops — premium restaurant dining tabletop surfaces such as veneer, solid wood mahogany or cherry, etc., and marble receive added protection against marks and stains using vinyl placemats, at the same time adding design and style to the table as a whole.

It’s all in the details — successful restaurant design includes all of the napery details, including tablecloths, linen napkins, placemats and eye-catching table pieces.  On fine dining restaurant tabletops, beautifully designed and textured placemats along with high-grade linen blend napkins and cut-crystal glassware can offer a pleasing experience to the senses against a smooth marble table’s finished surface. 

Regard to tabletop details adorned with upmarket placemats, help to create a strong impression of value and an enhanced atmosphere in the minds of dining guests.

Elegantly woven vinyl placemats composed of high-grade restaurant quality material, are among the best possible value for placemats.  Vinyl restaurant dining placemats Nouvelle Legende Tweed Woven Vinyl Placemats come in an assortment of upscale style designs and textures.  Many placemats come in a variety of designs and textures including rattan, smooth, vinyl with polyester, woven mat style mat and various cross-tweed textures.  

Hospitality use of placemats — higher-end placemats are used in hotels, airlines, cruise ships, comfortable lounges, dining trains, organizations, upmarket bistros, event planning as well as indoor/outdoor cafes.  Weather-resistant vinyl placemats are used throughout the day for a clean, natural presentation on restaurant dining terraces. 

Placemats for hotel dining use offer a cleaner presentation for stem-style table formatted restaurant dining rooms and banquet halls.  Luxury hotels who strive to earn or uphold the “Five-Star” score from its guests or clientele with higher expectations are known to offer high-end table linens and napery such as Nouvelle Legende® DuPont Teflon® repel treated tablecloth by Nouvelle Legende® and Nouvelle Legende® Heavy Woven Polyester Napkins.  

Color & style — certain styles of placemats, while still having coloristic-style or smooth-patterned designs to them, can double not only in restaurant dining settings, but also have use in business meetings.  High-grade flat surface placemats can be used as tabletop cushions to jot notes on during business presentations, press events, seminars and to conveniently rest beverages onto them.

Dressing up your casual restaurant tabletop settings with stylish placemats complements your establishment’s décor. Placing colored or texture-patterned placemats at a large table allows guests to easily determine where their individual settings are located.

For the complete restaurant dining table setup, you can set out charger plates — large, flat decorative base platters for formal dining, dining plates, flatware, and drinkware on top of the placemats, so your valued guests have everything they need for their meal service, which is especially useful in buffet-style or self-serve restaurants.  

Overall, beautifully-appointed vinyl placemats provide cost savings, make a positive impression on each and every dining guest that in turn adds a personal touch. Placemats act as a protective buffer between the tabletop and table setting contributing to the ambiance of your establishment.

  • Patrice Bonnefoi

Are you ready for winter? Not without these products… 0

                Winter is about to begin, so it is time to start stocking up on fuzzy blankets and cozy boots. Depending on where you live some heavier precautions may be necessary. Regardless of where you are, we all want to be comfortable, cozy, and warm.  Before you realize you don’t have the supplies you need to stay snug, we want to remind you that there are a few items that you may want to consider getting soon to help your winter be more enjoyable.

Sheepskin scuff During your daily routine, whether you are running errands or cleaning the house, you can slip into a pair of sheepskin slippers or moccasin to experience true relaxation of the soft, warming sheepskin features.  These slippers and moccasins are constructed with a durable rubber sole allowing them to be worn inside and outside, so your feet will always be warm. 

If you live in an area with extremely cold weather conditions, the Microfiber Luxury Coral Fleece Sheet Set will keep you snug and warm throughout a stormy night. There is no need to inflate your gas bill or wear a turtleneck to bed when you can cocoon yourself in the silky softness that draws moisture away from your body.

To help keep you warm while your vehicle is warming up, stay warmer with a sheepskin seat cover, made out of 100% Genuine Australian sheepskin. The breathable qualities of sheepskin's hollow fibers help to keep you warm in the cold seasons. Sheepskin seat covers are always comfortable due to their softness. They provide a comfortable cushion of air that acts as temperature insulation.  During cold months, sheepskin seat covers are beneficial and ideal for giving you that extra added comfort and warmth.

While your sheepskin seat covers are providing more comfort to you, they can add resale value to your car by protecting your expensive upholstery. Sheepskin has natural lanolin that actually improves the durability of leather seats over time. Making sheepskin seat covers an overall great investment for your automobile. Sheepskin seat covers also add a natural cushion that can help to relieve pressure points on your legs and back while you drive.

The holidays are approaching and these items make for great gifts. For example, if you happen to live in California but your relatives live in Chicago, you can send them some sheepskin seat cover gifts to help keep them warm.


  • Patrice Bonnefoi

Don't be like everyone else and forget to clean this area 0

A typical cleaning routine consists of spending hours degreasing the kitchen, disinfecting the bathroom, vacuuming the carpets, and wiping down all the hard surfaces in your home. We do this to make our home healthier, safer and cleaner.  Although these are all important tasks that need to be completed, the couch is a commonly forgotten place that definitely needs more attention.

When it comes to cleaning your furniture upholstery, life would be so much easier if we had the ability to throw the entire couch into the washer and dryer! Unfortunately, this is impossible, even if you have machine washable cushion covers you still have to figure out a way to clean the rest of the couch. It is easy to overlook what might lie on and under the surface of your beloved lounge area, especially after long weeks of snacking on the couch and inclining those stinky feet after several active days.  When you’re exhausted and looking to wind down, you really shouldn’t be laying in all the dust, dead skin cells, pollen, bacteria, and chemicals that have accumulated over time. 

Microfiber ribbed bar mop towelsBefore you begin to clean your couch, grab a towel like the Nouvelle Legende ribbed bar mop towel. Brush off the entire couch to break up any dried spots and remove any bits that have made homes of the nooks and crannies.  The ribbed bar mop towel is a great towel to use because it is pure white and durable; you want to stay away from colored towels to refrain from bleeding onto your tidy couch.  If your couch is in need of a more heavy duty wipe, don’t hesitate to use a stiff brush or sponge.  After you’ve removed all of the surface debris, sprinkle the entire couch with a light layer of baking soda and let sit for 20-60 minutes. Then vacuum off the baking soda, you can even use a bristle brush nozzle for extra scrubbing assistance.

For those tough to remove stains, you’ll need these ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon dish washing liquid
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Combine all the ingredients together in a small bowl or spray bottle. Take your ribbed bar mop towel and dip it into the solution, then lightly blot and scrub stains. Before you start attacking those large stains, test the solution on a hidden small area of fabric to ensure there is no discoloration. If you have an overly stained and discolored couch, you can use the solution to wipe down entire couch. Not only will your couch smell amazing, it will look as though you spent hundreds of dollars to have it professionally cleaned.

  • Patrice Bonnefoi

How to Clean Your Entire Kitchen With One Safe and Natural Ingredient 0

When it comes to cleaning and keeping a healthy home, it really helps to implement a variety of all natural cleaning solutions that are safe for you and your family.  Not only are these solutions more reliable, natural cleaning products will end up saving you time, money, and will contribute to your daily eco-friendly practices.  There are probably a multitude of natural products already in your home that can help you maintain a healthy environment. Today, we are going to focus on baking soda and how it can decrease the amount of scrubbing involved in your deep cleaning routine.

Cooking is an amazing opportunity to spend with friends and loved ones, unless the mess you make requires hours of cleaning.  No one wants to spend their free time scrubbing the good memories away, especially when you are required to wear a gas mask to prevent harm from those seriously harsh chemicals.  With that said, let’s begin in the kitchen.

There is nothing like the smell of cookies baking in the oven, unless you can’t smell the cookies because of the burning mess that is roasting on the bottom of your oven.  To solve this problem, you will be mixing three parts baking soda and one part water. Once the mixture turns into paste, it is ready for you to begin layering it on your oven’s interior surface. With your oven off and cool, you are first going to dampen the oven by spraying it with water or hosing it down.  As you begin to lay down the paste it is important to focus on the bottom, you will want a layer about ¼ inch thick.  After a few hours of saturation, grab a microfiber cloth like the CleanAide® premium 350 GSM black cleaning towel, and wipe off all the paste and accumulated gunk that comes with it. For those extremely old, caked on messes, it may take a few applications but will always work in the end. If you need extra scrubbing power, remember to use your CleanAide® microfiber spot cleaning towel.

If you end up having some extra paste, there are several other places that it can be used.  To spot clean your stove, dip a clean ultrasonic cut microfiber towel   in the paste and scrub away.  Since we’re already in the kitchen, you might as well break out all the pots, pans, and food containers to strip them of irritating food stains and bothersome odors. For the worst smelling containers, let soak overnight.

Don’t forget to place a small box of baking soda in the refrigerator, freezer, and cupboards to keep away unpleasant odors. Baking soda can also be put in the trash bin. Sprinkle some on the bottom of the bin and also after you put on a new bag.  Baking soda can be used around the entire house so you might as well use it everywhere, especially since it is less expensive when bought in larger containers. 

If you use baking soda for other kitchen messes, we would love for you to share your experiences in the comments bellow.

  • Patrice Bonnefoi