A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

For the Love of Burlap: Easy DIY Table Runners

DIY Handmade Burlap Table Runner Napkin Inspiration, Decor Decoration Tablescape, Thanksgiving Fall

I’ve always loved the material burlap. It’s coarse and can be difficult to work with (all that unraveling…), sure – but when you’re in need of a quick and easy classic look burlap never fails.

My favorite burlap accessory is a simple table runner. Burlap has a country/rustic appeal that works beautifully in vintage  tablescapes, but I’ve also used burlap squares under elaborate wedding centerpieces or straight down the Thanksgiving table with all of the festive and fancy dishware.

DIY Handmade Burlap Table Runner Napkin Inspiration, Decor Decoration Tablescape, Thanksgiving Fall

Burlap is a really inexpensive material – head down to your local discount fabric store (mine sells it for a mere $2-3 yard) and cut desired strips for your table. You can throw a quick stitch on the end in a contrasting color (such as the below image to the right) or purposely fray the edges as I always do. Voile! Instant eye appeal for the table.

If you’re planning on making napkins, I’d upgrade to a higher quality burlap or even a faux version (such as a cotton look-a-like).

DIY Handmade Burlap Table Runner Napkin Inspiration, Decor Decoration Tablescape, Thanksgiving Fall, Stencil, Paint

Inspiration from top: Apples and OnionsLiving with Lindsay and Style Me Pretty.

What’s better then a strip of plain burlap? A quick applique or stenciling to create a truly unique look:

DIY Handmade Burlap Table Runner Napkin Inspiration, Decor Decoration Tablescape, Thanksgiving Fall, Stencil, Paint

Frog Prince Paperie gives a tutorial for updating standard square napkins – this would look beautiful as a design on the table runner, too!

Thanksgiving is overwhelming enough, keep things simple this year and create a classic tablescape out of floral blooms (paper, fabric or fresh, cut right at the neck), butcher paper and stenciled burlap napkins. I love this beautiful and easy inspiration: 

DIY Handmade Burlap Table Runner Napkin Inspiration, Decor Decoration Tablescape, Thanksgiving Fall, Stencil, Paint

Flowers by Emerson Made.

Happy Monday! Kevin and I are celebrating a ‘Babymoon’ in Palm Springs today, there’s nothing like disappearing from work for a day to spend time together and to soak up some belly rays. We are overdue! (Plus we figure we’ll be over-the-top too busy to fit in anything like this in a couple of short months…)

Friday Guest Blog Interview: La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita Guest Blog Interview - High Gloss Magazing, Mag - Pepper Design Blog

Paloma is the creative mind behind La Dolce Vita, a blog that focuses on ‘the sweet life’ of interior design, fashion, travel, food and inspiring people.

On any given day you might find musings on bold home decor, fall boot trends or an elegant table setting. I’m excited to be hosting an interview about her beautiful blog today and I know you’ll enjoy the ‘sweet’ read!

La Dolce Vita Guest Blog Interview - High Gloss Magazing, Mag - Pepper Design Blog

A bit of Paloma’s favorite inspiration

Founded in the summer of 2007, Paloma began writing as a respite for summer boredom while working as a high school Spanish teacher. In addition to the growing blog, she’s a contributing editor on Circa Lighting’s blog and is the Houston contributor for PinkMemo – an online fashion and style magazine. Finally – Paloma is launching her very own online magazine this coming January, you can read more about High Gloss here!

Paloma has ‘virtually’ sat down with PDB to share her favorite styles, the motivation behind her work and her favorite design suggestions. Follow the jump for the full interview! Continue reading

Project Nursery: Before We Moved In

As we get closer to the ‘big day’ (seven short weeks!) Kevin and I decided it was time to begin tackling the new nursery.

Little secret: I have trouble making decisions – it takes me weeks to pick out a paint color or fabric pattern let alone an entire room layout that’s full of all of the above plus furniture, etc – so deciding how to design the gender-neutral space has been especially tough. From colors to themes to styles… too many choices.

But we’re taking baby steps and and that includes tearing out all unwanted features of the current space. Here’s a quick ‘before’ of the room just prior to us moving in to the house two years ago (aka all decorating done by previous owners):

Nursery Before

And here are the must-fix-before-we-even-begin-to-decorate areas of the room:

The most unusual piece must be the built-in cabinets topped with bathroom floor tile. They span a wall of the room and probably at some point in their life served as storage, but in a pretty unattractive fashion.

Second would have to be the floral carpeting. Not that brown floral rug which was moved out by the previous owners, but the green carpet underneath covered in rose vines. Wheerrrreee do you even find that?? The rug was pulled up before moving in and wood floors were revealed underneath, it was a close one though!

On the minor side, the light fixtures needed an upgrade and the windows ultimately needed replacing and new molding. Plus the fact that there were three of them in a row meant a bit of creative covering to keep the light out during nap time.

So mission number 1 is set: tear out built-ins, work on floors, pull out light fixtures and update windows!

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