One of my favorite places to eat in the fall is in a tiny, shingle-sided house on my mother’s property. We call it the barn kitchen, but it’s too small to house a kitchen and isn’t really a barn, either. It is the perfect size for a (very) intimate gathering and feels right for a cozy dinner once the cooler weather arrives, especially when we have a fire going in the fireplace. Because it's so rustic I like to keep the silverware and serving platters simple. A fresh loaf of bread, a great bottle of wine, and something warm, like a creamy butternut squash soup or a hearty stew are delicious choices and easy to prepare. Or, if it's still too warm for soup, I love using the space for an indoor-outdoor picnic. I pick up a few prepared salads, put some grapes in a bowl and have the perfect spread. Whatever we’re having, my one tip is to pull out nice, linen napkins. Recently I’ve been using a set made from the Sweet Grass fabric in my new fabric collection. It immediately makes any meal feel special.